Caitlin Akers

I am a visual artist based in the North West, UK.

I am a studio holder at The Birley Artist Studios in Preston and a founding member of
artist collective and residency programme Edition Residencies.
I work with artist’ books, printmaking and Installation to explore storytelling, history and poetry.

My work often involves workshops in hand made processes, inviting participants to
learn new skills together to foster community, agency and conversation through making.

Photo credit Joanne Crawford




MA Visual Arts: Book Arts, Distinction. Camberwell College of Arts,
University of the Arts London.  2018

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 
Manchester Metropolitan University. 2017

BA Hons Photography, First Class Honours. Manchester School of Art,
Manchester Metropolitan University. 2010

Recent Selected Works/ Exhibitions/ Fairs/Residencies/ Articles

2024 20:20 Print Exchange, Manchester School of Art, UK
2023 Fifth Ed.Residency, Can Serrat, El Bruc, Spain 
2023 Manchester Contemporary, Manchester Central UK
2023 Twisting Heads, Publication and Workshop Commision for Od Arts Festival, Somerset, UK
2022 Portland Print Workshop Part II, Comission for b-Side Festival, Portland, Dorset, UK
2022 The Birley Annual Exhibtion, The Birley Artist Studios, Preston, UK
2022 Bergen Art Book Fair, Bergen, Norway
2022 Lockdown Collaborations, article for Printmaking Today Vol 31 Issue 122
2021 Fourth Ed.Residency, BABE The Lost Weekend, Online and Arnolfini, Bristol UK
2020 Portland Print Workshop Part I, Commission for b-side Festival, Portland, Dorset UK
2020 Why Publish? exhibition UWE Library, Bristol, UK
2020 30/30, 12 ø Collective, Online
2019 Edition Residencies, APT Gallery, Art Licks Weekend, London, UK
2019 Third Ed. Residency, Barcelona, Spain
2019 @MIF_Memory, digital art commission for Manchester International Festival, UK
2018-2019 16:9 billboard Commission for Kingsgate Project Space, London, UK
2018 The Portland Boys, Commission for b-Side Festival, Dorset, UK 
2018 Second Ed. Residency, Dornbirn, Austria
2018 MA Select Show Case, Camberwell Space, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, London, UK
2018 MA Visual Arts Summer Show 2018, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, London, UK
2018 Risograph Print Residency at KnustPress/Extrapool, Nijmegen, The Netherlands 
2018 Notes From a Precarious Landscape, In Certain Places, Preston, UK
2018 Glasgow Zine Fest, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
2018 Sylvia’s Sisters, IWD, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
2018 PAGES:21st International Contemporary Artist Book Fair, Leeds, UK 
2017 Bristol Comic & Zine Fair, Bristol, UK
2017 First Ed. Residency, Manchester, UK
2017 Academic Residency Partial Fellowship, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy
2017 Skipping Songs, Artist Book, Collaboration with Camberwell Press & South London Gallery 
2017 Bristol Art Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
2017 Xhibit. Bermondsey Art Space. London, UK
2017 PAGES:20th International Contemporary Artist Book Fair, Leeds UK
2016 Pop Up Show, Book Arts & Printmaking, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK
2016 Shakespeare Now Exhibition, Liverpool Central Library, UK
2015 1st International Mini Print Exhibition, Manhattan Graphics Centre, New York, USA

2014 The Reading Room at The Kenton, London & Lytham Pier, Lythm St Annes, UK
2013 The Reading Room at Counter Culture Club, 2022nq, Manchester, UK
2012 Udkant, Doverodde Artist Book Fair and Symposium, Doverodde, Denmark
2011-2012 Hot Bed Press, Graduate Print Residency, Salford, UK
2011 PAGES:14th International Contemporary Artist Book Fair, Leeds UK
2010 Ffotogallery Book Arts Fayre, Penarth, Wales, UK

Awards, Grants and Membership of Professional Bodies

Platform Bursary, OSR Projects, 2018 

STEP Travel Grant, European Cultural Foundation, 2018

Vice Chancellor Scholarship Award, University of the Arts London. 2016

Higher Education Academy Fellow


Special Collections, Manchester Metropolitan University,
‘The Fight’ artist book

Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venezia, Print Colection
‘San Marco Broom’ Etching 

The London College of Communication Library Zine Collection.
'Brighten Up Your Writing' artist' book

Salford Zine Library at Islington Mill, Manchester. 
'Your C' artist' book

University of West England Artist Book Collection at the Centre For Fine Print Research.
'Jive Talk', 'Brighten Up Your Writing' and ‘The Fight’ Artist' Books

Career History

Lecturer, Foundation Art & Design, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. Present.

Technician in Bookbinding, Risograph and Letterpress at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. 2012-2023

Teaching Assistant BA Photography,Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. 2012

NB Some older works of mine are under my maiden name ‘Howard’