ARLIS South West

What we do

ARLIS South West was established in 2020 and is a collective of library workers based in the south west of England, with the aim of organising events, visits and networking opportunities in the region. We welcome new members from Cornwall in the South, Winchester in the East, Wales in the West and Bath in the north as well as further afield.

We do this by:

· Organising in person and online events on behalf of ARLIS.

· Co-ordinating with other committees to promote their events.



ARLIS South West has organised several events for ARLIS delivered in the south west region or online including:

Life of the [artists’] Book, a one day workshop hosted by UWE Bristol and organised as part of the Scandinavian Artists’ Books Partnership Project. Short talks on purchasing, cataloguing, promoting and preserving artists’ books collections were followed by with a making session run by Eilis Kirby of EAK Press. (April 2022)

Tech Tools For Showing Collection Items Live Online, a webinar delivered in the pandemic, discussing tools and techniques to showcase objects online (September 2021).

Teaching with Special Collections online, a webinar of short presentations and discussion (May 2021).

Special Collections and zine-making at Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol. A tour of the special collections, a zine-making session and time to share and compare ideas and questions on using, maintaining and promoting special collections in education. (March 2020).

These events are designed to share expertise, ideas and find solutions as well as develop networks across the region and beyond.


Who we are

Chair | Morwenna Peters | Subject Librarian/Library Campus Manager, Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol

Morwenna manages the art and design library at UWE Bristol and supports several programmes. Progressing from a graduate traineeship at City University London, she completed her MA Information Studies at the University of Brighton. She worked in several of the Brighton libraries before moving to Arts University Bournemouth before taking on her current role in 2008.


Donna Ballan | University of Southampton
Sarah Clifford | UWE Bristol
Angharad Evans | University of South Wales
Jackie King | UWE Bristol
Helen Rayner | Bath Spa University
Ludovik Sebire | UWE Bristol
Charlotte Wilmot | Arts University Bournemouth
Catherine Worrall | Falmouth University