The Melbourne Art Book Fair 2020 will bring together publishers, artists and designers to showcase some of the world’s best art and design publications for discussions, book launches and workshops.

The Melbourne Art Book Fair will take place throughout NGV International from
Friday 13th March – Sunday 15th March,
10am – 5pm.

The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing

Prize announced 13 March 2020

PROGRAMS

Exhibition: Metahaven: Field Report

6pm, 6 Mar 20

12pm, 7 Mar 20

3pm, 7 Mar 20

10am, 10 Mar 20

10am, 11 Mar 20

10am, 12 Mar 20

10am, 13 Mar 20

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Symposium: The New Normal: New Models of Design in the Age of Global Computation

1pm, 12 Mar 20

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Activation: Kids’ Own Art Books

10am, 13 Mar 20

10am, 14 Mar 20

10am, 15 Mar 20

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The Australian Zine Library

10am, 13 Mar 20

10am, 14 Mar 20

10am, 15 Mar 20

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Activation: The Library of Nonhuman Books

10am, 13 Mar 20

10am, 14 Mar 20

10am, 15 Mar 20

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Installation: druidism is not wicca – obtuse table blanket with banner painting

10am, 13 Mar 20

10am, 14 Mar 20

10am, 15 Mar 20

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Pirate Radio: Polymorphic Salon, Liquid Architecture and De Player

6pm, 13 Mar 20

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Activation: Pirate Radio

6pm, 13 Mar 20

9.30am, 14 Mar 20

10am, 14 Mar 20

9.30am, 15 Mar 20

10am, 15 Mar 20

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Pirate Radio: Text Block Stack, Ben Landau, Jalen Lyle-Holmes and Sarah Walker

9.30am, 14 Mar 20

9.30am, 15 Mar 20

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Pirate Radio: Book Club, Field Theory

10am, 14 Mar 20

11am, 14 Mar 20

12pm, 14 Mar 20

12.30pm, 14 Mar 20

1pm, 14 Mar 20

1.30pm, 14 Mar 20

2pm, 14 Mar 20

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Panel Discussion: Nonfiction Art Writing

10am, 14 Mar 20

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Panel Discussion: The Embodied Archive and Social Activism

10am, 14 Mar 20

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Pre-Launch: Brett Whiteley: Catalogue Raisonné: 1955-1992

11am, 14 Mar 20

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Panel Discussion: Publishing After the Internet

12pm, 14 Mar 20

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Launch: Kerb 27

12pm, 14 Mar 20

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Panel Discussion: Confidants, Mentors & Communities

2pm, 14 Mar 20

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Launch: Spatial Practices: Modes of Action and Engagement with the City

2pm, 14 Mar 20

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Publication Launch: DESTINY

3pm, 14 Mar 20

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Launch: Creative Measures of the Anthropocene: Art, Mobilities and Participatory Geographies

10am, 15 Mar 20

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Pirate Radio: Tell-a-thon, The Good Copy

10.30am, 15 Mar 20

12pm, 15 Mar 20

2pm, 15 Mar 20

4pm, 15 Mar 20

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Panel Discussion: Illuminating the New Decade: The Enduring Power of the Illustrated Book

11am, 15 Mar 20

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Panel Discussion: Public Records: Artist-Run Archives in Australia

12pm, 15 Mar 20

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Launch: The Art of Laziness: Contemporary art and post work politics

1pm, 15 Mar 20

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Launch: Hero Man

2pm, 15 Mar 20

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WRITING & CONCEPTS: Simona Castricum

3pm, 15 Mar 20

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Friendship Speed Dating

4pm, 15 Mar 20

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PARTICIPANTS

NGV Design Store

NGV Design Store

We are collaborating with leading local and international artists, designers and makers to offer unique contemporary products. Each of these collaborations reveals a purposeful and innovative approach to materials and making.

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3 Ply

3 Ply

3-ply investigates artist-led publishing as an experimental site for the creation, mutation, dispersal, and archiving of texts. 3-ply is based in Muckleford on unceded Dja Dja Wurrung country.

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5 Press

5 Press

5 Press is a Melbourne based art collective, founded in 2015 with the intention of exploring the artist book form, through traditional printmaking and book binding techniques.

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A Published Event

A Published Event

Exploring chance encounter, constructed situations and the shared authorship of lived experience, A Published Event invites new readers to Lost Rocks (2017–21), a slow-publishing library of mineralogical, metaphysical and metallurgical telling.

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Art Architecture Design Research

Art Architecture Design Research

AADR is committed to publications that focus on research and practice in art, architecture, design and related fields; investigating the relationship between creative practice and contemporary theory.

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Art + Australia

Art + Australia

Art + Australia is a publishing and research body that focuses on contemporary art and its relationship to broader theoretical, social and geo-political contexts. Based at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), University of Melbourne, and living intimately with the vibrant pulse of its art school host, Art + Australia presents a rigorous and uncompromising perspective on what might constitute both art and Australia in the twenty first century.

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Arts Project Australia

Arts Project Australia

Arts Project Australia is a Melbourne-based leading studio and gallery supporting artists with an intellectual disability, promoting their work and advocating for their inclusion in contemporary art practice.

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Atomic Activity Books

Atomic Activity Books

Warning! These books were not designed by humans. Atomic Activity Books present The Library of Nonhuman Books, a series of publications designed by an artificial intelligence after reading physical books.

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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) maintains a lively publishing program encompassing exhibition catalogues, artist books and editions, featuring the work of leading contemporary artists, curators, authors and academics.

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Bloomsbury Publishing

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publisher with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes, and is the originating publisher and custodian of the Harry Potter series.

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Books at Manic

Books at Manic

Books at Manic is Australia’s leading independent distributor of books on contemporary culture, art, architecture and design. We represent publishers from around the world including Distributed Art Publishers, Princeton Architectural Press, Corraini Editions, Pie International and Creative Minds.

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Brow Books / The Lifted Brow

Brow Books / The Lifted Brow

TLB is an independent not-for-profit literary publishing organisation, known for its quarterly print journal of essays, stories, commentary, criticism and comics The Lifted Brow, and its flourishing books imprint Brow Books

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Bus Projects

Bus Projects

Bus Projects is a dynamic platform for encounters with new art and discourse. We support Australian artists to make and show work on their own terms.

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Case Publishing

Case Publishing

Founded in 2015 with a focus on photography and contemporary art, Case Publishing made it its mission to expand the art book into a platform for an even richer variety of art forms.

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Chloe Ferres

Chloe Ferres

Chloe is a Sydney-based creative and collector. Her experimental artistic practice celebrates print as an antidote to the intangibility of digital images, echoing the fragility and abundance of life.

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DAVID

DAVID

DAVID was a year-long exhibition programme facilitated by David Mutch and Andrew Read. For MABF 2020, they have collected the documentation in a book and a website.

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De Player

De Player

DE PLAYER is a polymorhpic production platform in Rotterdam (nl), which has been putting together programs on the cutting edge of performance art, experimental music and the visual arts. We want to emphasise the importance of sound, and the performance and positioning of sound within the visual arts and contemporary experimental music.

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Diane Incorporated

Diane Incorporated

Diane Incorporated is an independent publisher from Melbourne.

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Dent–De–Leone
WE WENT AND WE WERE, 2018, Tim Gutt & Shona Heath, photo courtesy Tim Gutt.

Dent–De–Leone

Dent–De–Leone is a not for profit publishing hut operating since 2007. Dent–De–Leone sees itself as being curious and any editorial line to be suspicious. Dent–De–Leone produces mostly books but also objects and immaterial publications based on conversations. Dent–De–Leone is Martino Gamper, Gemma Holt, Kajsa Ståhl & Maki Suzuki.

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Dylan Smyth

Dylan Smyth

Dylan Smyth is an artist and publisher creating work which reflects on the Australian built landscape.

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Eyeline Publishing

Eyeline Publishing

Eyeline is a leading Australian contemporary art magazine recognised for the quality of its writing, ideas, visual style, and extensive coverage of events and exhibitions throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific and globally.

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Fully Booked

Fully Booked

Fully Booked is a unique and curated international platform for creative publications and artists' books from or of the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, anchored by having produced three annual editions of the Dubai art book fair. The flagship namesake fair—the first of its kind in the Gulf—premiered in 2017 in Alserkal Avenue, during the annual Dubai Art Week. Anthony Tino and Daphne Taranto are the Co-founders and Co-directors, guided by an eight-member advisory circle of regional self-publishers.

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Good Sport Magazine

Good Sport Magazine

Good Sport – a magazine out of left field. Championing great photography, storytelling and design – we close the gap in how sport is perceived, played and understood.

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Gracia & Louise

Gracia & Louise

In our artists’ books, zines, prints, drawings, and collages, we use an armoury of play and lyricism, inviting you to ponder and perhaps find that things are not always as they first appear.

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Idea Books

Idea Books

Founded in 1976, Idea Books is a specialist wholesaler and distributor of books and exhibition catalogues on contemporary architecture, art, photography, design, fashion and film. Based in Amsterdam, the scope of Idea Books is international, acting as agents for publishers and institutions from many countries, including the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, the USA and Australia. Key publishers include Roma Publications, Fw:Books and many more.

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Ilam Press + Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Ilam Press + Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Ilam Press is an arts publishing project creating connections with artists, designers, curators and institutions in Aotearoa and internationally. Christchurch Art Gallery publishes beautiful and interesting books on art in New Zealand, often in collaboration with Aaron Beehre from Ilam Press and his students.

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Index Journal, Memo Review, Discipline

Index Journal, Memo Review, Discipline

Index Journal, Memo Review and Discipline are Melbourne’s independent art history and criticism publications. The publications share a core editorial team, though each publication has a distinct editorial focus.

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Inflection Journal

Inflection Journal

Inflection is the annual student-run journal from the Melbourne School of Design. Internationally distributed, Inflection explores themes relevant to contemporary architectural discourse through the contributions of students, scholars and practitioners.

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Information Office

Information Office

Information Office is an art book publisher based in Vancouver, Canada. INFO projects are built with conceptual and material rigour to produce remarkable objects that translate and parallel artist practices.

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Institute of Modern Art

Institute of Modern Art

Since 1975 the Institute of Modern Art has been the hub of the Brisbane’s contemporary art scene, presenting an annual program of exhibitions, public programs, publications, and offsite programs by Queensland, Australian, and international artists.

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Kids' Own Publishing

Kids' Own Publishing

Kids’ Own Publishing celebrates children’s voices and their creative expression through the publication of books authored and illustrated by children for children.

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Knowledge Editions

Knowledge Editions

Knowledge Editions, established by designer Tim Coghlan, that works with local and international artists and designers to produce autonomous publications that explore the role of the archive in the digital age by cataloguing, collecting, documenting, and serialising.

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Ladies of Leisure

Ladies of Leisure

Bringing together a curated collaboration from a team of passionate, driven girls, we’re about supporting vision and creativity in its various shapes and sizes. We want LOL to excite, inspire and encourage young women who are making it happen on their own and providing insights as to how they're doing it.

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Lindsay magazine

Lindsay magazine

Lindsay is an international and independent magazine celebrating the importance of different cultures and places around the world.

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M.33

M.33

Based in Melbourne, M.33 specialises in contemporary photography. We work collaboratively with artists and designers to produce books with a focus on excellent design in the service of strong and thoughtful content.

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Manami Okazaki / Kingyo Books

Manami Okazaki / Kingyo Books

Manami Okazaki is an author and publisher working on the less traversed aspects of Japan. Kingyo Books specialize in visual books focusing on Japanese subcultures, photography, arts and craftsmanship.

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Marco Luccio

Marco Luccio

Marco Luccio is an award-winning artist represented in over 40 public and corporate collections internationally . Luccio has exhibited 48 solo exhibitions including four solo shows in New York and 153 group exhibitions internationally.

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Marian Crawford

Marian Crawford

Marian Crawford’s hand-printed books explore the relationships between fine art printmaking and the contemporary printed image. She is a visual artist and lecturer at Monash Art Design & Architecture.

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Melbourne Photobook Collective

Melbourne Photobook Collective

Members of the Melbourne Photobook Collective create artisanal, limited edition photobooks. We seek to make books from differing viewpoints using a variety of printing techniques.

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MIND HEAD

MIND HEAD

Creating time capsules on the ground level.

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Monash Gallery of Art

Monash Gallery of Art

MGA is the Australian home of photography. As Australia’s leading public art gallery devoted to the collection and exhibition of photography, we inspire audiences to embrace, explore and value photography.

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Negative Press

Negative Press

Negative Press is a publisher of limited edition prints and artists' books by contemporary Australian artists.

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OEI magazine / OEI editör

OEI magazine / OEI editör

OEI is a Stockholm based magazine for extra-disciplinary spaces and de-disciplinizing moments – experimental forms of thinking, montages of poetry, art, philosophy, film, and documents. Since 1999 OEI has published 85 issues.

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Ok Books

Ok Books

Ok Books is an Australian publishing house who release limited edition art books and interdisciplinary creations, such as apparel & drawings.

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OOD

OOD

With a curiosity in human-computer collaboration, OOD publishes objects, apparel, books and printed matter through the use of on-demand digital manufacturing. OOD is an independent publisher founded by Paul Marcus Fuog and Uriah Gray of U-P.

Perimeter Books

Perimeter Books

Perimeter is a bookstore (Perimeter Books), distribution house (Perimeter Distribution), award-winning publisher (Perimeter Editions) and platform for various photography, art and design publishing endeavours in Melbourne, Australia. Founded by Justine Ellis and Dan Rule in 2011, Perimeter curates an active program of exhibitions, talks, launches and workshops; co-presents Volume: Another Art Book Fair with Printed Matter and Artspace Sydney; and runs two biennial book-related prizes: the Perimeter Small Book Prize and the PHOTO x Perimeter International Photobook Prize. Its publications exhibit a criticality and sensitivity to content and form.

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Perspektif Magazine

Perspektif Magazine

Perspektif is a biannual print and online magazine dedicated to showcasing talents and disseminating ideas through our visually appealing and intellectually engaging magazines.

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Photography Studies College

Photography Studies College

Photography Studies College (PSC) is Australia's No.1 photographic educational institution. The BA and MA courses at PSC run specialist programmes in publishing, self-publishing and handmade books, and our staff, students and graduates have won major national and international prizes for their publications.

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Prypress

Prypress

Prypress is an independent publisher and project space in Singapore founded by artist and design educator Joanne Pang. Prypress produces books, prints, multiples, objects, ephemera while curating interdisciplinary art and design exhibitions.

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Reading Room

Reading Room

ReadingRoom is an independent gallery established by Olivia Radonich in January 2018. Initiated as a hybrid exhibition space and library, the gallery represents and collaborates with artists, writers and publishers developing and investing in a program of artist-led projects, books and exhibitions.

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Replika Publishing

Replika Publishing

Based in Berlin since 2015, Replika Publishing is a small, independent publishing house producing work under two main branches; Replika Volumes and Replika Artist Books.

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Rim Books

Rim Books

Rim Books is an artist-run, small imprint established in 1996 for photography, art history and applied arts. Networks of artists/writers offer independent voices that are intended for a worldwide audience.

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RMIT Communication Design

RMIT Communication Design

RMIT School of Design communication design students will present books made as part of their studies. RMIT Industry Fellow Stuart Geddes will present a book collaboratively made and printed with Negative Press.

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Rohan Hutchinson

Rohan Hutchinson

Rohan Hutchinson’s is a Melbourne based Artist/publisher whose work represent climate, architectural and environmental themes whilst drawing inspiration from Historic and Contemporary Japanese Photo-books.

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Schwartz City

Schwartz City

Schwartz City publishes art books by leading contemporary artists. Each book exemplifies our commitment to carrying out the vision of the exemplary artists, writers, designers and institutions we work with.

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Silent Army Storeroom / Michael Fikaris

Silent Army Storeroom / Michael Fikaris

Award winning Australian artist Michael Fikaris has been working in the fields of comic art, murals and small press publishing for over 15 years. Their imprint Silent Army has a new reading room: Silent Army Storeroom + a new publication this year from Indonesian printmaker Fitri DK.

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Singapore Art Book Fair

Singapore Art Book Fair

Singapore Art Book Fair is an independent annual multi-day festival specialising in contemporary art books & zines. Held annually, this event is free and open to the public.

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Slow Burn — Book Store

Slow Burn — Book Store

Slow Burn is a new Art and Design book store dedicated to making Asia-Pacific printed matter more accessible in Australia. Co-founded by Scott Heinrich and Nikki Lam.

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Spooky Books

Spooky Books

Spooky Books is an independent publisher predominantly focused on the production and dissemination of limited edition artists books. Founded in Brisbane in 2015, Spooky Books is currently based in Melbourne working on a variety of publishing projects specialising in contemporary art and photography. We believe it is important to provide a platform for emerging artists to engage with the book form.

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Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design

Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design

Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design is a non-profit educational institution in Moscow, Russia, founded in 2009 with a mission to transform physical and cultural landscape of Russian cities. The Institute promotes positive changes and creates new ideas and values through its educational activities and programmes: a tuition-free postgraduate research programme, a professional development and leadership programme for Russian architects, urban developers and municipal employees, Strelka public summer programme, Strelka Press publishing programme with a series of free thematic lectures, discussions, workshops and film screenings and online media covering the questions of contemporary urbanism - Strelka Mag. Strelka Institute provides new learning opportunities, while the City remains at the centre of the Institute's research.

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Surpllus

Surpllus

Surpllus is an independent publisher of books pertaining to critical and speculative practices across art, design and theory. Projects include art monographs, artists’ books, critical theory and contemporary philosophy.

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Theo Strasser

Theo Strasser

Theo Strasser works as an artist. His books are art works in limited editions. Hand painted/made with digital printing.

Tara Books

Tara Books

Tara Books is a collective of writers, artists and designers, based in Chennai, south India. We publish illustrated and handmade books for children and adults.

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Terrain Projects

Terrain Projects

Our concept table is a selection of publications emphasising the mutualistic interconnectedness of humans with nature, as one planetary ecosystem.

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Thames & Hudson

Thames & Hudson

Books are art, galleries without walls. We believe that beautifully produced illustrated books are objects to inspire, create and keep. Thames & Hudson represents quality, beauty and value.

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The Baldessin Press & Studio

The Baldessin Press & Studio

The Baldessin Press & Studio presents a selection of hand-made prints and artist books, including art works created by State Library Victoria Creative Fellowships residents.

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The Good Copy

The Good Copy

The Good Copy is a writing school and a shop for word people. A proud team of nerds, they run workshops, sell books, and host Collingwood's longest-running crossword club.

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The Heavy Collective

The Heavy Collective

Heavy III spotlights work and words from 17 contemporary photographers and writers. Through the dialogue between artist & author, the dissemination of ideas & photographic process is explored, landing firmly at the confluence of where images are made and how they are read. Heavy III aims to contribute and further the discussion of contemporary photographic practice by providing an accessible platform for the digestion of image and text on the printed page.

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The Institute of Contextualism

The Institute of Contextualism

The Institute of Contextualism is a cross-platform found-object art-experiment. It’s found on train seats and in bars. It’s a spoken word performance and a photo album. It’s stories created from found remnants of lost people.

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Third Culture

Third Culture

Third Culture is an independent publishing house and an online store featuring photography publications and photography related accessories from around the world. ‘Visual expression from everywhere and nowhere’.

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Uro Publications

Uro Publications

Uro Publications is a multi-award winning publisher and vendor of architecture and design books.

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Valiz Publications

Valiz Publications

Valiz is an independent international publisher on contemporary art, theory, critique, design and urban affairs. Our books offer critical reflection, interdisciplinary inspiration, and establish a connection between cultural disciplines and socio-economic questions.

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VAULT Magazine

VAULT Magazine

Produced quarterly, VAULT identifies the pre-eminent artists, designers, collectors and enthusiasts in Australia, New Zealand and beyond. With an enduring interest in fashion, architecture, food, literature and the finest forms of visual expression, VAULT offers a fresh and insightful perspective into the world and mind of the creative. Each issue champions a new sense of appreciation for contemporary creativity and speaks fluently to a community of readers passionate about the arts and corresponding culture.

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Wendy Kelly

Wendy Kelly

Unique state artists books are have an auratic quality and are independent, experimental, tactile, and come in many forms. They are a combination of iconography and materiality, a self conscious minor art form.

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World Food Books

World Food Books

World Food Books is an art book shop located in Melbourne's historical Nicholas Building, specialising in both new and rare/out-of-print books and journals.

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ZINECOOP

ZINECOOP

ZINE COOP is an indie publishing artist collective that promotes zine culture in Hong Kong. It provides support on zine making and distribution, connecting artists with book fairs while serving as a bridge between distros and potential readers.

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