About Melbourne Art Book Fair
Melbourne Art Book Fair returns for its fifth year in 2019. Since the event began, the publishing and broader creative landscape has undergone many shifts. MABF 2019 asks: what is publishing now? What is encompassed by the term and how can publishing bring about positive change on multiple fronts?
Featuring diverse emerging and established local and international publishers, artists and writers, Melbourne Art Book Fair 2019 presents a four-day program of ideas, discussions and book launches at the National Gallery of Victoria. The 2019 program explores ideas around experimental and discursive publishing, challenging how we think about the publishing field. Guests ask the question: what can books do? How might the form change? How might publishing provoke and influence other creative and social phenomena such as fashion diffusion lines, capsule collections, event spaces, activist movements and community development?
Apply now to participate
Publishers, artists and designers whose practices focus on arts, architecture and design are encouraged to apply to feature at the Melbourne Art Book Fair.
Submissions will be assessed for suitability; not all applications will be selected to feature.
2019 Melbourne Art Book Fair
Stallholder Terms and conditions
The National Gallery of Victoria is seeking applications from publishers, artists, designers, writers, curators and organisations to have their publications featured as part of the Melbourne Art Book Fair.
Applications are welcome from applicants whose publishing practice centres around art, design, architecture and contemporary culture.
The Melbourne Art Book Fair offers a unique platform that brings together a diverse range of art publishers, artists and designers to Melbourne. The Fair, an annual event for art publishers worldwide, provides vital links with international fairs in New York, London, Tokyo and Paris. The Melbourne Art Book Fair celebrates Melbourne’s status as one of only eleven UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world.
The NGV, through the Melbourne Art Book Fair, will provide successful participants with:
- The venue: the Great Hall at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road.
- The opportunity to sell your publications directly to new audiences, with all proceeds remaining with participants.
- A range of curated public programs at the Fair including talks, presentations, book signings and launches.
- Promotion of the event and inclusion in NGV collateral including, but not limited to, NGV Magazine, What’s On, website, e-news, press release and social media.
- Free access to wifi for point of sale activities.
Application process and criteria
To apply to be part of the Melbourne Art Book Fair, applicants must:
- Read the terms and conditions of entry.
- Submit an online application by 5pm Friday 3 December 2018
Note: Applications will not be accepted in any other format.
Conditions of entry
The Melbourne Art Book Fair selection panel assesses applicants on the basis of their online application only. No other material may be submitted. It is essential that you complete this form with a high-level of detail, in order to accurately represent your practice.
The selection of participants to be featured in The Melbourne Art Book Fair by the NGV is final, and no correspondence shall be entered into regarding the selection process.
The Melbourne Art Book Fair reserves the right to refuse applications, including (but not limited to)
- A conflict of interest with the Melbourne Art Book Fair’s values, direction, objections or suppliers;
- Lack of evidence to show the activity will be delivered to the standards expected;
- Non-compliance with the terms and conditions of the Fair.
If you are accepted to be featured as part of the Melbourne Art Book Fair, you will be required to:
- Provide copy and image/s for the printed program and NGV website
- Provide a current ABN and postal address
- Participate in Fair set-up and demount at dates specified by the Fair
- Organise cash and EFTPOS point of sale for all sales through your stall at the Fair
- Promote the Fair through your social media platforms
Deadlines and fees
If your application is accepted, the NGV will send you a Participation Agreement that includes a stallholder fee as set out below:
Full stand $140 +GST
Half stand $90 +GST
Half stand $170 +GST
Full stand $320 +GST
Double stand $650 +GST
All fees must be received within 30 days of the Participation Agreement being issued. Some participants may be eligible for an exception to the payment. Please contact the Fair.
21 September 2018
3rd December (Monday) 2018
Deadline for applications (no later than 5pm).
13 December 2018
Successful applicants notified and issued a Participation Agreement.
14 January 2019
Successful applications will submit copy and image/s for printed and online promotion.
14 March 2019
Bump-in as directed by the Fair (12-5pm)
Note stalls to be fully set up and stall holders present no later than 5pm.
15, 16, 17 March 2019
Melbourne Art Book Fair open to public;
Friday 15th March 10am-5pm with additional late night trading hours 7–10pm.
Saturday 16th March 10am-5pm Stallholder trading.
Sunday 17th March 10am-6pm Stallholder trading.
Note stall holders are expected to be at the Fair 9.30am for set-up. Stall holders to bump out all remaining stock and items following 6pm Fair close.
The information contained in these terms and conditions has been prepared solely to assist you in evaluating the benefits of applying to participate in the 2019 Melbourne Art Book Fair.
Melbourne Design Week
Melbourne Design Week is Australia’s leading annual international design event.
We link creativity with business and community, providing a platform for the Australian design industry to express, question, propose and test ideas.
In 2019 the theme Design Experiments asks Melbourne Design Week participants to experiment with ideas, materials, places, and processes to respond to the central question ‘How can design shape the future?’.
The symposium is presented with the support of the RMIT School of Design. The NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture is generously supported by The Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees. Melbourne Art Book Fair is proudly supported by Design Partner RMIT University and Event Partner Asahi Super Dry.