Back again for the third year, the Vancouver Art Book Fair is something that you should get uber excited about! Even though it doesn’t start until next week, we wanted to give you an early heads up, because you can easily spend – all day – both days – there!
This year’s fair runs from the 4th, 5th and 6th this October, but there are also a myriad of fantastic events that take place off-site from the fair that start even earlier. We met with VA/BF Director Tracy Stefanucci and she gave us the goods on what to expect this year. So get out your tote-bag and get ready to immerse yourself in the world of artist publishing!
VANCOUVER ART BOOK FAIR
October 4-6 – Vancouver Art Gallery Annex – 1pm-5pm
Members preview October 3 from 6-8pm, followed by an open reception after that at Unit/Pitt Projects
Next week we’ll be chatting with a duo of participants from the fair to learn about one of the abundant unique artist published works at the VA/BF, stay tuned!
VIA: Accompanying the fair VA/BF also has created Artists’ Books Week (Sept 29 – Oct 5), a celebration of artist publishing, looks like a great platform and program of events. Can you share with VIA readers a couple of enticing highlights from this busy and exciting week?
We are excited to partner with Real Vancouver Writers’ Series and Toronto-based magazine Double Dot to host a launch party for Un/inhabited at The Paper Hound Bookshop on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30pm, which will feature performances by Jordan Abel, Chelsea Rooney and Ben Rawluk. Dynamo Arts Association is also hosting an edition of Print Ready, which will act as a preview and pre-sale of works they will have on display at the fair, on Thursday, October 2 at 7pm. We are also happy to extend free cover to our Members for the VA/BF Afterparty and SAD Mag launch party that is taking place at Make Gallery at 7pm on Saturday, October 4.
VIA: The VA/BF has started also attracted publishers from across Canada and further afield. Please do tell us about a couple of the national and international participants this year.
Since its inception VA/BF has been an internationally oriented fair with a substantial amount of our programs and exhibitors coming from across the country and around the globe. As of 2014 we will have had participants from North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa (and we are working on Australia/New Zealand for 2015!). This year some highlights include Hugh Frost of Landfill Editions, a Stockholm-based publisher that produces books as well as various other art objects; Rachel Gontijo Araujo of A Bolha Editora, a Sao Paulo–based publisher that is committed to disseminating under-represented Brazilian works in other countries; Lauren Mackler, founder of Los Angeles’ Museum of Public Fiction, which produces an art journal that compiles print artist projects and texts in connection with thematic group exhibitions; and Helena Keeffe, a San Francisco–based artist whose project Standard Deviation discusses valuation of artistic labour.
VIA: What percentage of VA/BF publishers are collectives, are there any solo publishing artists who are participating?
Collectives and independent artists are less common at VA/BF. It is more often publishers, artist-run centres or artist bookshops that participate—and often organizations that are some combination of this. Of course many independent artists are represented at VA/BF through the artists’ books on display. Some independent artists that are operating their own exhibitor tables are Halifax-based Kasia Klimpel and Surrey-based Cora Li-Leger
VIA: Are you still looking for Volunteers to assist with the fair? If so how should they get in touch?
Yes! The fair requires a substantial number of volunteers to run smoothly. All volunteers receive access to the Members Preview, discounts on our publications and a lot of appreciation. To volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Jessie McNeil at email@example.com.
VIA: Is there a favourite little gem of a publication that you are going to acquire yourself this year?
The exciting part is that I won’t find out which gems I want until I see the fair (there will definitely be more than one); I love the element of discovery that is inherent to going to a book fair—even for someone like me that is so actively involved in selecting exhibitors and presenters. I always come home with way more books than I intended to buy, but I encounter so many great works and it feels so good to put my money “where my mouth is” by actually financially contributing to the creation of work that really impacts me.
VIA: For someone who has never been to the VA/BF or any other art book fair, what are three things that you would say to get them excited and keen to visit?