From zines to children’s books to post-internet publishing, Melbourne Art Book Fair aims to celebrate every aspect of its interdisciplinary brief. Taking over the NGV for three days, the comprehensive 2020 program spans workshops, launches and activations of all stripes – plus a marketplace with more than 60 stalls.
The mix of free and ticketed events includes some wonderfully offbeat outliers, such as an activation of books designed by artificial intelligence, and a speed-dating event to cultivate book and design-centric friendships (rather than romance). Kids get a chance to produce their own art books, and there's a Q&A with Amsterdam-based research and design studio Metahaven.
Melbourne zine hub Sticky Institute will host The Australian Zine Library, while musician Simona Castricum will give a lecture about transfeminine and non-binary music spaces. Part of Melbourne Design Week, the book fair also includes off-site events at RMIT’s Design Hub and elsewhere.
Meanwhile, a weekend-long “pirate radio” broadcast will host readings, reviews, guests, live music and a writing-related advice line from The Good Copy where you can also make a donation to Wildlife Victoria’s bushfire appeal. And on the opening day of the fair, the winner of the prestigious Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing (a $15,000 annual book award) will be announced.
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