prospectus : RiTUAL, single-sheet book show @HBHQ

Ritual book show at HBHQ

Our third biennial single-sheet book show is an international call.

browse the 2017 online catalog (in progress) >

What are your rituals?


A ceremonial act ~ The performance of ceremonial acts ~ The prescribed form of conducting a ceremony ~ A method of procedure That is followed without variation ~ Rites used in the course of worship ~  performance with gestures, words, and objects, often in a sequestered place.

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artist reception
December 2, 2017
6:30 - 9 pm



December 2, 2017 — February 24, 2018

closing tea party, pick-up, book swap
Saturday, February 26, 2018
4 - 7 pm 

Drop-off dates  
Saturday October 28 / 2 – 4 pm
Friday November 10 / 11 – 2 pm
Saturday November 18 / 1 – 4 pm


You can download a pdf of this prospectus at the bottom of this screen. The pdf-prospectus has detailed instructions and a visual diagram of how to fold our preferred format.


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Exhibition Space

Heavy Bubble / @HBHQ

1241 Carpenter Street 3rd Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19147


look back!

browse the 2015 online catalog >

browse 2013 online catalog >


Heavy Bubble takes no commission.

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If you registered but are not able to submit your books for the opening, you can still submit to be included in the remainder of the show. Also, you can submit additional books.


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Our size and format is intended to create a more democratic exhibition to encourage artists, designers, and writers — not just those experienced in book arts. Make your own or collaborate. 

This is how you fold a single sheet book.

1. fold in half.

2. fold in half again.

3. fold in half again.

4. open.

5. fold to cut the center slit.

6. push the ends to the center.

7. fold one cut flap left and one right.

8. fold the top half away from you.

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All books will be handled by gallery visitors. Books should be reasonably durable. Keep this in mind if you are considering adding something vulnerable such as a glued attachment.

We will be hanginging books in bags. Visitors can remove the books for reading.

Do not add endpapers or book boards. We shouldn't have to assemble anything to show your piece. 

8-page format: 11 x 17 folded to 4.25 x 5.5 inches.
Max sheet size is 11 x 17 inches.

Your folded entry cannot be larger than 4.25 x 5.5 inches.

Books must be 8 pages.

Stapling and sewing is permitted but not required.

Digitally-produced work will be accepted.

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This is an OPEN CALL. Submit early. Submit more than one. Not just for artists. Calling poets, writers, designers. You can pay and register any time through November 18, midnight.

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$15 for 1-3 books. Submit as many as you like!

(4 books would be $30, 9 books would be $45)

The exhibition is not juried, but selected work will be featured. Selected artists invited to future shows 

For each piece choose your price from our established tier.

or NFS

No commission taken.

Mailed entries should be paid online. If possible, include photographs or scans of your book. These images will be used to identify your books and used in the digital catalog. Early submissions may be included in marketing. 

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fine print

Heavy Bubble can reject any book for any reason, submission fee will be refunded but not shipping costs.

All books will be available for immediate sale unless designated Not for Sale.

Artist is responsible for shipping.

Submit books in a labeled reusable protective package, such as 9 x 12 stiff envelope whether inside an express envelope or dropped off.

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Books will only be returned if addressed, pre-paid envelope is provided, or they are picked up.

By entering you agree to permit use of your work in promotion, and affirm that you possess copyright of the entire work.  

The complete online catalog of the show will be available (and archived).

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