Melbourne Art Book Fair
1–3 May 2015
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne is a literary city, of readers and curious minds. Celebrating Melbourne’s diverse literary heritage and love of printed matter, and international recognition as one of only eleven worldwide UNESCO Cities of Literature, the NGV presents the Melbourne Art Book Fair in 2015.
A new project of its kind in Australia, the Melbourne Art Book Fair provides a unique art, architecture and design experience for visitors to the NGV.
The 2015 Melbourne Art Book Fair will be the first of a series of annual art book events developed by the NGV. From 1-3 May 2015, the inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair brings together emerging and established publishers, artists, writers and designers. Stallholders at the Melbourne Art Book Fair will provide visitors with access to artists’ books, catalogues and monographs, periodicals and independent publications, showcasing new types of art publishing, in the one venue at NGV International.
As well as showcasing local and national publishers, the 2015 Melbourne Art Book Fair is proud to present special international guests Printed Matter (USA), making their Australian debut, and a curated focus on Japanese publishing.
The Melbourne Art Book Fair will also feature a dynamic program of free talks, forums and performances, as well as spaces to enjoy food and drinks and music, set within a uniquely designed experience by Melbourne Architecture firm Fold Theory.
Programs & Events
Publishers, apply to exhibit:
Publishers, artists and designers whose practices focus on art, design or architecture can apply to be considered for the Melbourne Art Book Fair.
Submissions will be assessed for suitability.
- Where and when
The Melbourne Art Book Fair will take place at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne from 10am-5pm, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May 2015, with a special evening preview party on Friday 1 May 2015. The Fair is free and open to the public.
- Preview evening
A ticketed preview evening will take place on Friday 1 May 2015 from 6-10pm. The preview is a special opportunity for visitors to preview the Fair, purchase limited edition publications and interact with publishers and artists before the weekend program commences. The preview will also be a curated social, music, food and beverage experience. Tickets will be available from 30 March. All stall holders will be granted two complimentary tickets to the preview event.
- Who attends?
Those after a ‘must do’ cultural experience. The Melbourne Art Book Fair will feature a range of publishers, crossing art, architecture and design. Coupled with talks, forums, performances, food and drinks, the Melbourne Art Book Fair will feature something for everyone to enjoy, all in the one venue at NGV International.
- Who can apply for a stall?
Publishers, artists and designers whose practices focus on art, design or architecture can apply to be considered for the Melbourne Art Book Fair. Submissions will be assessed for suitability.
- How to apply
Expressions of interest are open via the Melbourne Art Book Fair website. Places are extremely limited and subject to suitability. Expressions of interest close 30 March 2015 and successful stallholders will be contacted directly with more information.
- Will there be future events?
In May 2015, the Melbourne Art Book Fair will be the first of a series of annual events developed by the NGV.
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Melbourne Art Book Fair is generously supported by The Trust Company Australia Foundation.
The inclusion of Printed Matter in the event is proudly supported by the NGV Friends of the Gallery Library.
The symposium is convened by Brad Haylock and is presented by the RMIT Design Futures Lab with the support of the Ian Potter Foundation and RMIT School of Media & Communication, as a part of the inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair at the National Gallery of Victoria.
The NGV gratefully acknowledges assistance provided by the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office in the presentation of the Melbourne Art Book Fair
The Melbourne Art Book Fair design is supported by Fold Theory and All of This.