Artists’ Books Week

VA/BF is the culmination of Artists’ Books Week, October 10 – 16, a parallel series of events hosted in spaces across Vancouver by a variety of artists, curators, collectives and institutions who are actively creating and presenting work in this medium.

Register your event: [email protected]


Artist’s Talk: Bill Burns with Gabrielle Moser

Vancouver Art Gallery

  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Courtroom 302 - 750 Hornby Street

Artist Bill Burns and writer Gabrielle Moser discuss Burns’ new book Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us within the wider context of his art practice, exploring why a project might be best presented as book rather than installation. The book speculates on desire and belonging with particular reference to brown-nosing and idolization within contemporary art. See here for more details.

SAD Seance: A Writing Workshop

Art Rental and Sales Room, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 750 Hornby Street

SAD Seance invites you to partake in a radically unique literary ritual. Facilitator Adèle Barclay will lead participants through conversation, reading and recitation inspired by the collective creativity of the room. Surround yourself with new art by Scott Bertram and sip on sweet libations from Mission Hill while you compose. Participants are invited to bring a poem or paragraph by a writer they admire, a question or an object. Buy tickets here!


Opening Reception: Martine Syms – Borrowed Lady

Audain Gallery

  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 149 West Hastings Street

Martine Syms works with images and texts from personal and popular archives, as well as with apparatuses of image production. Her videos, performances, publications and installations examine how private and public identity is constructed from familial, cultural and historical inheritances.


Book Launch: The Tank, the Poem, and the Uniform

Malaspina Printmakers Society

  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 1555 Duranleau Street

Malaspina Printmakers Society is pleased to announce the launch of David Khang’s The Tank, the Poem, and the Uniform. The publication is an accompanying catalogue to Khang’s exhibition of the same title which showed in Malaspina’s gallery this past winter. Contributors include Justin Muir, Khang and Dr. Dina Al-Kassim.

Downtown Eastside Women’s Art Collective Zine Release + Art Show

Untitled Art Space

  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • 436 Columbia Street

DEWAC is a non-profit volunteer-run organization. We facilitate bi-weekly art workshops for self-identified women out of Carnegie Community Centre. Last year we expanded our project to include a zine! The DEWAC zine is a collection of artwork made by self-identifed female artists based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Jo Cook Lecture: Anecdoted Marginalia – The Inner Life of a Library

Emily Carr University Library/READ Books

  • 7:30 PM
  • North Building Room 245, Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston Street

Emily Carr University Library and READ Books at Charles H. Scott Gallery present Jo Cook for our 2016 Artists’ Books Research Residency (ABRRR). Jo Cook considers books in the library of the British artist Helen Chadwick, along with books from her own library, to frame a discussion of the significance of annotation and marginalia, as well as bibliomania, phobias and synchronicity.

Intro to Letterpress


  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • 202-268 Keefer Street

A free workshop for absolute beginners or anyone who needs a refresher course in traditional letterpress printing. Learn some of the basics of typesetting, inking and operating the press. Learn to operate the press and make a print! Maximum 8 people. Register here.


Talk: Mélanie Bouteloup

Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre

  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • 149 West Hastings Street

SFU Galleries presents a talk by Mélanie Bouteloup. Bouteloup is a co-founder and the current director of Bétonsalon in Paris, France. Over the last ten years, she has curated projects in various forms that anchor research in society on process-based, collaborative and discursive levels, following different time spans, in cooperation with local, national and international organizations.


Talk: Lucy Lippard

Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema

  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • 149 West Hastings Street

Through writing, curating, and social and cultural activism, Lucy Lippard has brought awareness to the relationship between the context and conditions of an artwork’s production, presentation and circulation. Her writing and exhibitions express how social movements such as feminism and Indigenous sovereignty have shifted how we interpret and value art objects and gestures. Presented by SFU Galleries with SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Institute for the Humanities and Vancity Office of Community Engagement.


Japanese Canadian Vegetables & Flowers: Haiku, Letterpress, and Printmaking


  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • 202-268 Keefer Street

Drop by for a free workshop for all ages involving haiku, letterpress and block printmaking. We will be celebrating the vegetables and flowers of significance to Japanese Canadians that were grown in the camps where Japanese Canadians were incarcerated during World War II.