Project Space and presenting partner Fillip host the first annual Vancouver Art/Book Fair. Drawing from publishers local and international, VA/BF showcases emerging practices and contemporary dialogues in publication through a series of talks, book launches, readings and more, as well as more than seventy publishers of books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera. Speakers includes Danielle St-Amour, William Briscoe, Germaine Koh, Kathy Slade, Brian Kennon, Eva Weinmayr and Charlotte Cheetham.
VA/BF arose in response to the lack of international art book fairs in Canada and on the West Coast, as well as in acknowledgment of the rich history and current energy in artist publishing in Vancouver and Canada.
VA/BF is an extension of Project Space’s mission to act as a platform for engagement with and critical exploration of publication. Situated at an intersection of disciplines—namely the visual arts, literary arts and/or critical design—publication presents a unique space of inquiry that is often complemented by interdisciplinary practice, collaboration or co-production. With this in mind, the fair will explore publication in a way that is inclusive of dialogues in the visual and literary arts, as well as graphic design.
October 5-7, 2012, Vancouver Art Gallery