Artbookart was formed as the result of the collaborative effort by a small group of artists living and working in Southend, Essex (UK).
The group comprises of six artists Chris Ruston, Karen Apps, Gwen Simpson, Lola Swain, Sally Chinea and Jane Woollatt. They are brought together by a common interest in "storytelling", and artists books. They meet regularly to share various skills and experiences, with the aim of facilitating mutual support in their practice.
They have exhibited both as a group and independently, as well as having organised several Artist Book Fairs.