October 4 and 5, 2014
at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Presented by Project Space

VA/BF 2013 Fundraising Edition


VA/BF 2013 Fundraising Edition

Purchase one of 50 open edition prints by Toronto-based artist Jp King, founder of Paper Pusher, for only $25.

Proceeds support VA/BF, which in only its second year has been able to offer two days of free performances, talks, workshops and installations to hundreds of visitors. With the support of our generous partners and community, we have also been able to pay our presenters and artists. By purchasing a print, you help us to continue to do so.

VA/BF 2013 by Jp King
3-CLR Risograph Print
Fluro Pink, Teal, Black
80lb. Via Vellum
11" x 17"
Open Edition of 50

Drawing on this year's colour scheme, and the impossible perfection of isometric shapes, this graphic rendition of the spirit of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair features a typographic entanglement, a stack of paper, and two territories coming together to create a third hybrid space: relational activity at the heart of exchange.


  • VA/BF 2013 Thank You

    IMG_0386 - low res On behalf of our Board and the volunteer team at Project Space I'd like to thank everyone who attended the 2013 Vancouver Art/Book Fair?visitors, exhibitors, presenters, volunteers—as well as our generous sponsors, who made our second year an absolute success. The event was attended by 1,245 people?more than double our inaugural year! more →

  • Intermedia: We Are Discovering This Thing Into Existence

    Intermedia Grainy footage of Stanley Park, 1967: the Super Human Be-In. CBC host Bob Quintrell's voice floats over images, gives a reason the older establishment so virulently disdains hippies: the very sight of them—their friendly manner and wacky dress?signifies their own lost chance to live a life they love ... more →

  • Q&A: Jon Hannan, OWT Creative

    CNV00013 OWT Creative is a design collective from Manchester, UK that operates as studio, zine publisher and sometimes event producer. The collective is comprised of members Ste Beed, Jon Hannan, Ben Kither and Sarah Stapleton, all graduates from the Manchester School of Art. ... more →

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Free and open to the public, VA/BF is the only international art book fair in Canada and one of only two on the West Coast. In 2014 the event is anticipated to attract over 1,500 visitors from across the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond.

Presented by Project Space, VA/BF is a two-day festival of artists’ publishing featuring nearly one hundred local, national and international publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and installations. 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.

Artists’ Books Week

VA/BF will also produce Artists’ Books Week, a parallel series of events hosted in spaces across Vancouver by a variety of artists, curators, collectives and institutions across the city who are actively creating and presenting work in this medium.

More Books

In 2014, the Fair will also coincide with the Vancouver Book Fair, taking place next door at UBC Robson Square, which features collectible, antiquarian and rare books.


ABC Art Books Canada
ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative
Atelier Olchinsky
billy ocallaghan
Brick Press
Bywater Bros. Editions
C Magazine
Capricious Publishing
Charles H. Scott Gallery
Ciel Variable
Collage Collage
Colpa Press
ECU Press
Editions B42
Emily Carr University of Art and Design Students and Alumni
esse arts + opinions
grunt gallery
Hello Mr.
Jacob Maddison
Junk Jet
kimiwan ‘zine
la silueta ediciones
Maison Occasionnel
Matmos Press
Michalis Pichler
New Documents
OCW Magazine
Or Gallery
OWT Creative
Paper Pusher
Patrick de Moss
Perro Verlag
Presentation House Gallery
Project Space Press
Publication Studio Portland
Publication Studio Vancouver
READ Books
Salad Magazine
Satellite Gallery
Shen Yun Vancouver Organizing Committee
Star Gods Press
Swill Children
The Art Book Review
Tin Can Forest
UNIT/PITT Projects
Vancouver Art Gallery
Werkplaats Typographie
Western Front
Witte de Withe
& more




Friday, October 4

VA/BF Reception

The VA/BF Reception is a social event for exhibitors and the public the night before the Vancouver Art/Book Fair. Throughout the evening Project Space will present a collaborative bookmaking project that will generate new titles for the VA/BF Library. Visitors are encouraged to bring any loose “pages”—such as drawings, prints, stories or other materials—that they would like to see hand bound into these books. This event also doubles as the launch of Hammock Thoughts: With Love from the Hammock Residency, 2006–2013, a book by Heidi Nagtegaal, published in collaboration with Project Space Press.

Starting off in the quietest of experiments, Hammock Residency has grown beyond control into a throbbing, lively artist hub, place to stay, process space, presentation lab and communication zone. Focusing on physicality and practice, Hammock values emergence over sedementation, mess over minimalism and making it happen over playing it cool.

Saturday, October 5

The Part of No Part Catalogue Launch | Willie Brisco, Vancouver

  • 1:00 PM Saturday
  • Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, Room 403

If you can’t tell the difference, why pay less: A three part speculation on Value.

Willie Brisco facilitates a short venture into the history of art publishing in his discussion of a catalogue developed in dialogue with Dan Starling’s curatorial suite The Part of No Part, a project produced by 221A over 2012/13. Working between hypothetical and concrete case studies, he will situate dilemmas encountered during the production of The Part of No Part catalogue, within a referential and associative matrix.

The Part of No Part was an artwork curated by Dan Starling where five artists each designed a part of a performance by concentrating on one aspect of it: sound, costumes, staging, choreography and script. Starting in September 2012, The Part of No Part was presented in an episodic fashion, punctuating the regular programming at 221A over the course of one year and culminating into the grande finale, where each part was performed as part of a whole. Willie Brisco is an artist and curator. His practice explores the gaps between methodology, phenomenon and narrative. Often working within collaborative and collective arrangements, he has participated in art since 2003. Event image: Chair design by Robert Venturi, manufactured by Knoll International

Bottles at the Round Table | Julia Feyrer and James Whitman, Vancouver

  • 1:40 PM Saturday
  • Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, Room 403

A screening of the eight-minute 16mm film transfered to video Bottles under the influence, 2012, by Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson, accompanied by James Whitman singing an acapella drinking song for women from the new book Bottles at the Round Table by Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson, published by Perro Verlag.

Julia Feyrer is an artist from Vancouver. Solo exhibitions of her work have taken place at Catriona Jefferies, Vancouver (2012); Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö (2011); Artspeak, Vancouver (2011) and Access Gallery, Vancouver (2008). Her work has been included in group exhibitions, such as Children’s Films, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver and International Project Space, Birmingham (2012); Phantasmagoria, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver (2012); The Problem of Nothing, Hayaka ARTI, Istanbul (2011) and Geschmacksverstärker, MMK Zollamt, Frankfurt (2010). Tamara Henderson is an artist from Sackville who lives and works in Stockholm and Vancouver. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Western Front, Vancouver (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); Botkyrka Konsthall, Tumba (2009); the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2007); and the Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal (2007). The Kunstverein Nürnberg presented Evergreen Minutes of the Phantom Figure (2013), a solo exhibition of Henderson’s recent work.

Artists on Art Books | The Art Book Review, LA

  • 2:00 PM Saturday
  • Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, Room 403

Introduced by Andrew Berardini, co-founder of The Art Book Review, this session examines artists’ books as an important aspect of many artistic practices and explores the ways in which books can influence and inform well after their publication. A selection of local, national and international VA/BF exhibitors—all of which have a strong relationship to art and artists’ books, each having their own book-making or publishing practices—present on a favourite art book, exploring the personal effects these books have had, as well as how the books have influenced their practices.

Founded in 2012 by Andrew Berardini and Sarah Williams, The Art Book Review is a compendium of reviews about books vaguely relating to the subject of art (artist books and ephemera, catalogues, monographs, art history, book-length works of art criticism or general literature about art, etc.), a person (or persons) who casually harasses writers to occasionally turn in written reviews of art books, a sparky looking webzine, a place where all the books are sent and can get picked up and a special service coupling covetous writers with willing publishers.

From Z(ine) to A(gency) | OWT Creative, Manchester

  • 3:00 PM Saturday
  • Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, Room 403

Jon Hannan and Sarah Stapleton of Manchester-based, multidisciplinary design collective OWT Creative discuss their journey—namely, how a professional agency can be developed from an unusual starting point and how something as irrelevant as a zine can have a big impact. OWT started as an experiment in publishing—the OWT zine—and takes pride in initiating collaborations and challenging the status quo of how an agency should work by constantly producing self-initiated projects and events alongside conventional client briefs.

OWT Creative emerged out of a collaborative project created by five graduates from the Manchester School of Art. The team grew a successful publication into a full-fledged design studio with both commercial and arts portfolios, that specializes in initiating large-scale collaborations between local and international practitioners.

I Fell in Love with Black | Amber Dawn in OCW Magazine, Vancouver

  • 4:00 PM Saturday
  • Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, Room 403

Adapted from the short story, “The Nevelson” (forthcoming in Plenitude Magazine), I Fell in Love with Black tells the story of romantic attraction between seven-year-old loner Bailey and Sky Cathedral, a Louise Nevelson sculpture housed at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Told as a magical realism script reading and slide show, award-winning author Amber Dawn celebrates women artists and love in strange spaces.

To read more, check out our interview with Dawn in the VA/BF blog series.

This performance is the first component to be released in OCW #21: Feminisms, a five-part publication curated by Tracy Stefanucci that explores women’s representation in the visual arts, literature and publishing. Each segment of the intermittently published artist magazine will be envisioned by a different female artist and will include an in-person engagement as well as a print component. Other artists featured in the project include leannej, Heidi Nagtegaal, Alex Leslie and listen chen. Amber Dawn is a writer, filmmaker and performance artist. She is author of the Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa and the memoir How Poetry Saved My Lifeand is editor of the anthologies Fist of the Spider Women: Fear and Queer Desire and With A Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn. Her award-winning docuporn, Girl on Girl, was screened in eight countries. Amber Dawn was 2012 winner of the Writers' Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT writers and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Until 2012, she was director of programming for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. She currently teaches Speculative Fiction writing at Douglas College.

Sunday, October 6

In Conversation | Publication Studio, Portland

  • 1:00 PM Sunday
  • Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, Room 403

Patricia No and Antonia Pinter engage the audience in a conversation around the founding principles and pedagogical interests of Publication Studio, including a brief history of the studio and an examination of several book projects that illustrate the various successes and failures of print-on-demand. Topics may include alternative models of distribution, the “new bookstore,” the redefinition of authorship and the social life of the book. There will be pictures! This talk hopes to operate within a more discussion/conversation-based environment.

To read more, check out our interview with Pinter in the VA/BF blog series.

Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public. This public, which is more than a market, is created through physical production, digital circulation and social gathering. Together these construct a space of conversation, a public space, which beckons a public into being. Publication Studio was founded in 2009 in Portland, Oregon and is run by Patricia No and Antonia Pinter. They print and bind books on demand, creating original work with artists and writers they admire. They use any means possible to help writers and artists reach a public: physical books, a digital commons (where anyone can read and annotate their books for free), eBooks and unique social events with their writers and artists in many cities. They attend to the social life of the book.

And paper | Jesse Hlebo of Swill Children, Brooklyn

  • 2:00 PM Sunday
  • Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, Room 403

Brooklyn-based artist and publisher Jesse Hlebo discusses the many roles that independent publishing plays in his practice—both within his personal work and his imprint Swill Children. Remote collaboration, the processes required to manifest a physical project and the subversive potentials afforded by independent publishing are among the topics he may explore.

To read more, check out our interview with Jesse in the VA/BF blog series.

Jesse Hlebo's work explores the ways in which societal power structures, methods of associated control and autonomous actions are disseminated via mass media. Jesse has exhibited, performed and curated numerous solo and group shows internationally at the MoMA Library, MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Clocktower Gallery, Museum of Arts and Design, Printed Matter, Inc., and Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City, as well as Family in Los Angeles and the Khyber Center for Contemporary Art and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, both in Halifax. Jesse is the co-founder of _ Quarterly with Justin Sloane, a publication based on obsolescence, and is the founder of Swill Children, a small press and record label focusing on notions of value as they pertain to small run, physical objects. He is the founding editor of Paperweight, a collectively operated website devoted to facilitating a critical dialogue on, and providing resources for, independent publishing. He holds a position on P-MAG (the Printed Matter Advisory Group).

Spotlight on Colombia | la silueta ediciones, Bogotá

  • 3:00 PM Sunday
  • Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, Room 403

Andres Fresneda of Bogotá-based la silueta ediciones provides a snapshot of the current energy and obstacles in Colombian art publishing today and reviews a number of projects produced by the small publishing house. Situating their publishing practice amidst their design work for cultural institutions and curatorial projects, la silueta uses a number of strategies to bring attention to Colombian artists, both refreshing and innovative emerging practitioners and old masters, particularly those that are lesser known.

To read more, check out our interview with co-founder Juan Pablo Fajardo in the VA/BF blog series.

La silueta ediciones launched its first project in 2007 and has published about 40 projects so far. Its books feature artists, photographers, illustrators and other creators that are usually from Colombia. They embrace the book as an art object and value its potential to create a unique experience, and are dedicated to experimentation, tradition and innovation.

The Photobook from Start to Finish | Deniz Merdano, Montreal/Istanbul

  • 3:30 PM Sunday
  • Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, Room 100

Following his recently published book +90, international photographer Deniz Merdano leads participants in a workshop outlining the creation of a photobook, from start to finish. This three part workshop/seminar will take you through the personal, creative and technical challenges of starting, sustaining and completing a photobook project.

Deniz Merdano is a photographer based between Montreal and Istanbul. His project +90, in reference to Turkey's international telephone code, creates a portrait of the small, dwindling yet vibrant village of Babakale. The book features 82 pages of black-and-white, analogue film photography. Merdano, who studied at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, is selling the publication to raise money for photography workshops he will offer 50+ children in Babakale.

Google Trip | Junk Jet, Stuttgart/Istanbul

  • 4:00 PM Sunday
  • Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, Room 403

Using a Google map, Asli Serbest and Mona Mahall will take the audience on a zoom-in-zoom-out browser trip through the Junk Jet world. On this trip, Junk Jet shows itself as a transporter—in the sense of an experimental Russian jet train from the seventies. As such, it has two main characteristics: On the one hand, it has a preference for the conceptual, and on the other hand, it can go 249 km/h. As a jet train, Junk Jet has developed an impossible archive, which is even performative…

Based in Stuttgart and Istanbul, m-a-u-s-e-r is a work studio founded by Asli Serbest and Mona Mahall in 2007. It represents the practice and research of the Micro Architecture Unit Star Energy Ray, which does not mean any genres at first, but describes a conceptual approach toward making and a form of organization. m-a-u-s-e-r is set up as a romantically tribal, artistic anti-state, working on topics of architecture, space and media. Junk Jet is their anti-graphical self-publication, which has published six issues thus far. m-a-u-s-e-r’s work has been exhibited and published in New Museum New York, Galerie Vie Tokyo, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Venice Architecture Biennial, Ars Electronica Center Linz, e-flux journal, Perspecta and more.


nocal goalbal | m-a-u-s-e-r, Stuttgart/Istanbul

  • 12:00 - 5:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday
  • Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, Room 302

The video installation nocal goalbal takes its material from the internet and brings together images that show Las Pozas (Mexico) and the Villa Rotonda (Italy) in a kind of dialogical stop motion. m-a-u-s-e-r is interested in these two places, where  it was recently invited to visit, as both places are natural and cultural genius loci that have become tourist spots in global society. In that, they are no longer local, but nocal and iconic goals that have become images. As images they have lost their specific temporality—as a waterfall (Las Pozas) and as an all-around building that can be perceived only in time, by walking around (Villa Rotonda). In this work, m-a-u-s-e-r reports from this loss by reconstructing the motion by technical means.

Based in Stuttgart and Istanbul, m-a-u-s-e-r is a work studio founded by Asli Serbest and Mona Mahall in 2007. It represents the practice and research of the Micro Architecture Unit Star Energy Ray, which does not mean any genres at first, but describes a conceptual approach toward making and a form of organization. m-a-u-s-e-r is set up as a romantically tribal, artistic anti-state, working on topics of architecture, space and media. Junk Jet is their anti-graphical self-publication, which has published six issues thus far. m-a-u-s-e-r’s work has been exhibited and published in New Museum New York, Galerie Vie Tokyo, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Venice Architecture Biennial, Ars Electronica Center Linz, e-flux journalPerspecta and more.

Libraries | Heidi Nagtegaal, Vancouver

  • 12:00 - 5:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday
  • Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, Room 301

Libraries is a curatorial installation featuring alternate histories and the ways in which we activate them, presented in a large-scale environment that utilizes libraries, performances, launches, hammocks, banners, rugs and ephemera. Featured libraries include the Hammock Residency’s Give/Take Library from the Hammock Free School (2010) and its The Occupy Vancouver Winter Branch of the People’s Lovely Library, both of which operate on a give/take basis, and Mandy Hardwick’s The Lesbrary, a collection of lesbian fiction that highlights the hidden histories of lesbian lives in the less open past, which are on display only.

In Libraries, curator Heidi Nagtegaal investigates the limits of written archives of the past: Who decides what gets written and what gets kept? How can we explore the limitations of the written word and pass through them? During VA/BF, Mirae Rosner will explore these concepts through written word, interviews and dance instructionals; Jacob Hardy will release a short independent zine; and Neal Rockwell’s film examining human histories will be screened. All of the artists featured in Libraries are either alumni or current artists in the Hammock Residency, which serves as a library of sorts in and of itself.

To read more, check out the article on Libraries in the VA/BF blog series.

Heidi Nagtegaal is an artist, writer and facilitator living in Vancouver, BC. After recieving her BFA from Emily Carr University in 2005, Nagtegaal has gone on to found local arts initiatives such as the Hammock Residency and Headbands and Bracelets, parallel to her own practice. Basing her work on emergent natures, she uses an aesthetic of emergency and DIY, utilizing available materials to make "something out of nothing." Challenging the notions of "something" and "nothing," she engages a fluidity of structures, tranformation, personal chemistry and connection to create alchemic art. Sculptures, intervention, performance, installation and activation are key elements in her relational social practice, creating both an object and the ephemeral. She has recently exhibited in the Tate Modern (London, UK) for the No Soul For Sale: A Festival of Independents, with the Western Front, Äkkigalleria (Jyväskylä, Finland), Vancouver Art Gallery, Burnaby Art Gallery, Richmond Art Gallery, CSA, Signal and Noise and portable gallery spaces worldwide.

VA/BF Library

  • 12:00 - 5:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday
  • Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, Room 302

The VA/BF Library is an accumulation of books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera that is temporarily mounted at the fair each year. The Library houses publications that are donated to the VA/BF Library & Archive Project: Publishers may donate two copies of any title, with one copy going into an archive and the other being brought back to the fair each year. To find out how you can submit your work, please contact: [email protected].

Vancouver Art Gallery Library Book Sale

  • 12:00 - 5:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday
  • 2nd Floor

The Vancouver Art Gallery Library offers a grand selection of new, gently used and antiquarian delights at bargain prices for the discriminating bibliophile. As well, bargain prices on duplicates, posters and library deaccessions in less than perfect condition.

The Vancouver Art Gallery Library is a non-circulating collection specializing in contemporary, modern and Canadian art. The Library holdings include more than 45,000 books and exhibition catalogues, 100 journal subscriptions, 5,000 artist files, sound recordings, slides and auction catalogues documenting painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, photography, video and emerging art forms.


Register as an Exhibitor

Artists, collectives, publishers, artist-run centres and art book distributors are welcome to apply to participate as exhibitors. Simply send a brief email introducing yourself and your publishing activities to [email protected].


Become an Event Partner

Do you offer a product or service that is valuable to our visitors? Learn more about our comprehensive sponsorship packages by contacting [email protected].

Donate to the VA/BF Library & Archive

Publishers who can’t attend the fair but would still like to share their books with our visitors, can donate two copies of any books, magazines, zines or printed ephemera to the VA/BF Library & Archive project and their books will be placed in a reference library that will be brought back to the fair every year. To participate, please contact: [email protected].

Volunteer at VA/BF

VA/BF relies on dozens of volunteers to effectively deliver our event. To register to help out, please contact [email protected].


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