Melbourne Art Book Fair at NGV International

Thu 23rd May, 2024 – Sun 2nd June, 2024
NGV International and venues across Victoria
The 10th annual edition of the Melbourne Art Book Fair returns to the NGV’s Great Hall, and extends to Geelong and the Surf Coast for the very first time.

The annual Melbourne Art Book Fair celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Since 2015, the state-wide art book publishing event has brought together the world’s best art publishers, artists, designers and more, cementing Melbourne’s status as one of the world’s 11 UNESCO Cities of Literature.

Between Thursday May 23 and Sunday June 2, the Melbourne Art Book Fair takes to venues across Victoria for book launches, talks, exhibitions and more. At the heart of the program is the annual Stallholder Fair, taking place this year between May 24 and 26 at the NGV International’s Great Hall.

To open the Design Fair this year and launch the second volume of NGV’s Observations series, award-winning design critic and author of Design as an Attitude, Alice Rawsthorn OBE will be hosting a talk on Thursday 23 May at the NGV.

With more than 100 stallholders, this year’s program includes Jakarta-based Binatang Press and Yogyakarta printmaking collective Krack Studio joining the line-up. Also in the spotlight this year is Melbourne’s zine culture with a display curated by Sticky Institute, plus a display of emerging publishers rotating every day throughout the fair.

Other Stallholder Fair highlights include Lillian Ahenkan (Flex Mami) hosting The Art of Good Conversation, as well as Future Press, a creative space for children and families, presented by Kids’ Own Publishing. In the Great Hall at NGV International Human Love Quest present a series of pop-up talks, interviews and activities in a retro TV game show-inspired set, including Matcher in the Rye, a dating show-inspired event where participants are invited to find their perfect bookish match.

On Wednesday May 29, esteemed British author, art historian and founder of The Great Women Artists podcast, Katy Hessel, will be in conversation with NGV Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture Simone LeAmon. Presented by the NGV and The Wheeler Centre, the discussion will focus on Hessel’s 2022 book The Story of Art Without Men, an extension of her work uncovering women artists throughout history in Australia and around the world.

With the program of events extending to Ballarat, Castlemaine and, for the very first time, into Geelong and the Surf Coast, this year’s satellite program is bigger and better than ever. There’ll be zine-making workshops in Melbourne CBD and at The Workshoppery in Ballarat, and Geelong local G: Zines launches its new zine vending machine with a series of interactive workshops at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.

Browse the full Melbourne Art Book Fair program and plan your visit.

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