The Art and Writing of David & Ping Henningham
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Biography

Henningham Family Press is the collaborative art and writing of David and Ping Henningham. We are both Artists and Authors, and we are curious about every aspect of writing, printing and publishing. We complete and represent our writing through fine art printmaking, bookbinding and performance.

Books and Prints are machines for communicating ideas, and the ideas that fascinate us tend to involve Money, History and Religion. We exploit the fact that reading makes the dead available for comment. We make live shows that bring our books and ideas to life.

Books for the Trade
Books we have published independently are distributed by Central Books Ltd. You can purchase them through all online bookshops, or order them at your local bookshop.
Trade orders can be placed with Central Books.

Deluxe Books
Our limited editions and Book Art for private collectors, Library acquisitions and special collections can be bought directly from us and shipped worldwide.
In the USA, these books are available through Lux Mentis Booksellers, Maine.

Live Art
In 2010 we took a chipboard ‘Chip Shop’ counter on a tour of national institutions and cafes, which we used to print people’s favourite words. Cuisine and vocabulary both tend to come from overseas. Austerity must have been on our minds that year, as we exhibited prints on flattened cereal packets in the Royal Academy and Christie’s Auction House.

Our ‘Monday School’ project of 2011, to coincide with the quatercentenary of the King James Bible, saw us write the only Bible commentary to feature a fight with Slavoj Zizek in a bookshop. We then held a birthday party for the Bible for the London Word Festival. This was followed in 2012 by a live-screenprint poster processional show with US Indie band Half-handed Cloud, that was like some kind of Dada Sunday School. New parts of the poster, and the building, were revealed as we made our way from Creation to New Creation.

We have created a crumbling body of text for ‘An Unknown Soldier’. This is our ongoing project inspired by today’s DNA identification of First World War soldier’s remains and the historical role of printmaking in mechanised warfare. We are making a series of prints following Imperial paper sizes and using our bespoke Trench font as an alternative to figurative drawings. They shout muted messages with bold screenprinted colours, reminiscent of call-up posters and the patterns found in security envelopes.

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Collections that have acquired our work include:
Victoria & Albert Museum, the Tate, Saison Poetry Library (Royal Festival Hall), UCL, Chelsea College of Art and UCLA. We have exhibited/performed at/in Christie’s Auction House (Multiplied), Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the British Library, BBC Radio Theatre (BBC Radio 3 ‘The Verb’), Dundee Contemporary Arts, The Whitechapel Gallery, Black Rat Gallery, London Word Festival, Berlin, Ghent, Oslo, Bergen, Indiana and Virginia. David has also taught bookbinding at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design.

We live and work in Dalston, London. We primarily work with National and Regional Cultural Institutions and civil society groups. We are always looking for new Institutions, such as museums, libraries and publishers to collaborate with.

“Henningham’s mordant wit and avant-garde flair is part of another poetic tradition stretching back to Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound and the Dada pranksters of Zurich.” – David Collard, The Times Literary Supplement

“Satisfying the biggest appetites” – The Independent

“Fantastic” – The Guardian

“Contemporary” – Financial Times

“Wonderful family-run art and bookmaking collective…ingenious” – Spoonfed

“They appeared out of nowhere like something from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” – Vice

“In one sense the Henninghams are setting the tone for a radical new approach to publishing by showing that writers and artists aren’t beholden to traditional publishing houses. Of course, this doesn’t open it up to everyone as the majority of aspiring writers will not be equipped with the skill and dedication to design and bind books as beautifully as the Henningham Family Press. Still, you can look on and admire.” – Humans Invent

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