Prospectus : RiTUAL, single-sheet book show


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.


To register for RiTUAL 2015, first pay the hanging fee >

browse 2013 online catalog >

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Deadline Monday, November 16, 2015
Books must arrive by 5 pm

artist reception
December 5, 2015
4 – 7 pm

exhibition: December 5, 2015 — February 29, 2016

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

Heavy Bubble takes no commission.


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.


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.

Do not add endpapers or book boards.

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.


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 16, midnight.

register >


$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.

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.

Books must arrive ready to display. This means we shouldn’t have to assemble anything to show your piece.

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

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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