2019 Fair

VANCOUVER ART BOOK FAIR  →  October 19 + 20, 2019, 11–7pm
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver BC → Map
(See our Location page for more information)

October 18, 2019, 6–8pm
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver BC → Map
Become a Member online or at the door

FAIR PREVIEW RECEPTION  →  October 18, 2019, 7–11pm
Libby Leshgold Gallery
520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver BC  →  Map

ART BOOK WEEK  →  October 18–24, 2019
Locations throughout Metro Vancouver
Schedule of Events

OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY→  October 19, 2019, 8pm–late
Dynamo Arts Association
103-30 East 6th Ave, Vancouver, BC  →  Map



Free and open to the public, VABF is a multi-day celebration of artists’ publishing featuring over one hundred local, national and international publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and artists’ projects.

Featured artists travel to Vancouver from across Canada and the globe, and produce everything from books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera to digital, performative or other experimental forms of publication.

Canada’s first art book fair, VABF is the longest-running international art book fair in the country and on the West Coast. In 2019 the event is anticipated to attract more than 5,000 visitors from across the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond.

Since its inception over a decade ago, VABF has operated as a volunteer-run, grassroots organization. It has paid CARFAC-rate fees to presenters since 2013, was able to pay its first modest honorariums to fair organizers in 2014 and managed to create a few independent contractor fees as of 2016—and the organization continues to grow and mature.

Founded by Tracy Stefanucci in 2006, countless people have dedicated an immeasurable number of hours shaping and building the organization and its projects. While it would be impossible to name everyone, we’d like to express immense gratitude to some of the volunteers who shaped and built the organization through its various incarnations: Jaclyn Arndt, Bridgette Badowich, Stephane Bernard, Kristin Cheung, Sarah Ellis Clark, Lisa Curry, Sylvana d’Angelo, Sarah Davidson, Pete Florentini, Jake Tobin Garrett, Vinny Gibson, Jaz Halloran, Asia Harvey, Julia Dahee Hong, Sarah Husain, Emilia Kalka, Jeff Khonsary, Michael Lee, Megan Low, Jessie McNeil, Jen Neale, Christy Nyiri, Shannon Rayne, Jenny Shipper, Tracy Stefanucci, cheyanne tourions, Melanie Trojkovic, Emma Walter, Lauren Wetmore, Erica Wilk, and Ken Yong.

More information about the history and operations of VABF coming soon. 



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VABF relies on dozens of volunteers to effectively deliver our event and run the organization year-round. We are currently accepting volunteer applications through this link.

Questions? You can contact Katayoon Yousefbigloo at [email protected] .

THANK YOU to the 2018 Volunteer Team:  Ileanna Cheladyn, Mengxi (Catherine) Chen, Mindi Chen, Nicola Campney-Durrant, Claudia Fleury, Sarah Foot, Stephanie Frame, Stephanie Gagne, Hubert Leung, Catherine Hughes, Patrycja Kamska, Mel King, Max Littledale, Madison Mayhew, Genevieve Michaels, Sunny Park, Yeongju Seo, Elise Stella, Natasha Tar, Alyssa Uebelhard, Zoe Vedova, Alena Webber, Andrea Wheeler, Risa Witten, Julia Wong, Daryn Wright, Sarah Wright, Kathleen Yang, Juliet Zhu.



Registration for VABF 2019 is now closed. Applications for VABF 2020 will open in the spring. Artists, publishers, collectives, artist-run centres and art book distributors are welcome to apply. Sign up for our Newsletter to be notified of all VABF calls.



Art Book Week is a parallel series of events hosted in spaces across Vancouver by a variety of artists, curators, collectives, artist-run-centres, institutions and businesses who are actively creating and presenting work in this medium.

Have an idea for an Art Book Week event? Interested in offering space to an artist for an Art Book Week event? Contact Megan Low at: [email protected]



Are you looking to connect your product or services with our audience? Learn more about our comprehensive sponsorship opportunities by contacting [email protected].



VABF 2019 Team

Lisa Curry, Executive Director
Sylvana dAngelo, Artistic Director/Design
Martin Gnadt, Identity Design
Josh Kim, Distribution Coordinator
Megan Low, Art Book Week Coordinator
Kathy Slade, Guest Curator
Wendy Wan, Marketing & Publicity Assistant
Erica Wilk, Outreach Coordinator
Helen Wong, Fair Coordinator
Katayoon Yousefbigloo, Volunteer Coordinator
Cora Yui, Design Assistant


Board of Directors

Jaclyn Arndt, Co-chair
Cemre Demiralp
Vinny Gibson, Co-chair
Alistair Henning
Beth Howe, Treasurer
Jeff Khonsary
Natasha Lands
Nav Nagra, Secretary
Roni Simunovic
Emma Walter