Lisa Wilkens – The Shadow of an Unseen Power launch event on Saturday 17th October


ambergris editions’ second publication created to accompany Lisa Wilkens‘ exhibition at Paper Gallery The Shadow of an Unseen Power  launches on Saturday 17th October at Sluice Art Fair.

This large format book include 12 images of drawings by Wilkens with a focus on the potential of images as catalyst for discourse and change together with an essay The Half Life of Messages by Reece Jones and an untitled essay by Elise Routeledge.

Please join us at 4.50pm when Lisa Wilkens will be in conversation with Reece Jones to discuss The Shadow of an Unseen Power and highly obsessive making as well as a fascinating biography and particular relationship with nuclear proliferation.

Photography and design is by Jenny Baese with printing by DDZ, Berlin.

Published in an edition of 150 and available now from the ambergris editions shop.


Holly Corfield Carr wins Frieze writers prize!

We are absolutely thrilled to learn that Holly Corfield Carr has won the Frieze Writers Prize!

You can read Holly’s award winning review of Katrina Palmer’s installation The Loss Adjusters (part three of her Artangel project End Matter) here.

Holly edited our first ambergris editions publication the very last time with Lawrence Epps and we’re looking forward to reading Holly’s next review in Frieze!



the very last time moves to the 2015 British Ceramics Biennial

ambergris editions’ the very last time together with Lawrence Epps’ installation AGAIN are now on their way to Stoke-on-Trent for the 2015 British Ceramics Biennial which features work by Mella Shaw, James Rigler, Bruce McLean and many many more.


This years Biennial opens on 26th September with a preview party on 25th September at 6.30pm.  If you’d like to join us for the party please contact us.

Once again the show is being held in the extraordinary and cavernous abandoned Spode Factory and runs until 8th November.



the very last time is now available

Many thanks to all those who came along to launch of the very last time which is now available in a first edition and special edition at Firstsite and in our shop……


……and extra special thanks to contributors Joey Connolly, Esther Leslie, Tamarin Norwood and Marie Toseland who read from the book together with Holly Corfield Carr and Lawrence Epps.








Lawrence Epps and Holly Corfield Carr book launch at Firstsite on 12th September

Saturday 12th September sees the launch of ambergris editions #1 the very last time edited by Lawrence Epps and Holly Corfield Carr at Firstsite, Colchester from 2pm together with a preview of Epps’ new installation AGAIN.


AGAIN is an installation involving a hexagonal 6 player arcade coin pusher stocked with thousands of porcelain, terracotta and gold coins which the viewer can win and take away – or gamble and enter into a wager with the artwork.

the very last time is a new artist’s book responding to AGAIN. It includes a new translation one of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s most poignant letters as well as contributions from poets, artists, academics, an archaeologist, a psychoanalyst, a valuation expert, a bookmaker and a mudlarker.  In turn each contribution to the book has inspired a coin design which can be won in AGAIN.

We’re delighted to be able to confirm contributions from:

Fyodor Dostoevsky, writer, pleads with his wife for forgiveness in a letter home written in the final days of their honeymoon in a new translation by Anna Gunin

Joey Connolly, poet, asks how the bookmaker feels about the dogs

Dr Richard Kelleher, Assistant Keeper of Coins at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge talks coins that sweat and currency that forgets

Geoffrey Munn, Managing Director of Wartski, jewellers by appointment to the Queen, and Antiques Roadshow expert examines a valuable ball of whale bile

Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck, finds Walter Benjamin in the video arcade

Viktor Mazin, psychoanalyst and curator of the Freud Dream Museum, tosses the non-Euclidean coin

Tamarin Norwood, artist and scholar, writes to the last word of casino design: PERCEPTION BEATS REALITY

Marie Toseland, artist and Open School East associate, measures the elastic horizon of desire

Please do join us for the launch of AGAIN and the very last time at Firstsite. Coins will be falling from 2pm and there will be readings and performances from our contributors once you have lost all you have won on AGAIN. For more information on the launch event and how to get to Firstsite, please see the gallery’s listings.

This project is supported by Arts Council England and the Firstsite Associate Artist Bursary Programme.