The inaugural Volume book fair opens this weekend at Artspace; it will become a biennial event. The Volume 2015: Another Art Book Fair has a focus on independently produced and artist-led books. The event gives space to political, discursive and responsive works, and showcases contemporary art books, zines, limited-edition books and photo books that establish creative avenues for communication.

The Volume Art Book Fair is running in conjunction with Sydney Contemporary, and like the art event, it offers a lot more than just a fair.

The extensive talk program includes presentations by artist and designer Andrew Heathfield; artist, writer and curator Dr Peter Hill; and founder and editor-at-large of Osmos Magazine, Cay Sophie Rabinowitz. They’ll explore approaches to writing practice and examine ideas around working with words. Some of these talks require registration and extra reading, but they are free to participate in.

If you’re more a hands-on creative type, the fair offers plenty of other interactive activities. On the opening night, attendees can contribute to a collaborative banner with the theme “State Your Purpose”. The aim of this is to collect a range of opinions on arts policy and funding that will be included in an art advocacy book. Over the rest of the weekend attendees can create their own photo book of personal Instagram images to create a narrative inspired by their own lives.

Volumes will run from Friday 11 September to Sunday 13 September at Artspace Sydney, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo.

Friday 5–9pm
Saturday 11am – 7pm
Sunday 11am–6pm