The Singapore Art Book Fair (SGABF) is an independent annual multi-day event celebrating contemporary art books and zines. Founded in 2013, it was the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, and has now established itself as one of the leading art book fairs in Asia. Each edition showcases the innovative approaches of exhibitors from Singapore and around the world, including artists, designers, distributors, small presses, institutions, galleries, zinemakers, and printmakers. Free and open to the public, the fair draws thousands of visitors each year, with more than 7,000 over one weekend in the most recent 2019 edition.
SGABF is committed to deepening the understanding of art books in Singapore, and encouraging the exploration of this diverse medium as a crucial, if not central aspect of art and design practices.
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In light of COVID-19, SGABF is dedicated to presenting yet another successful – and safe – edition of the fair, and understands the challenges and constraints faced by exhibitors based outside of Singapore. Therefore, SGABF2021 features an ‘Adopt-an-Exhibitor’ programme that allows local exhibitors to share their booths with an international exhibitor of their choice, or who has been matched with them. This ensures that we will continue to showcase international publications, and provide a platform for collaboration between local and international participants.
Additionally, SGABF2021 returns as the Re:source Edition. In a world turning away from touch, we revisit the medium of the art book – its definitions, mechanisms, and creative possibilities. The Re:source Edition includes two video series. First, Art Books: A Beginner's Guide introduces art book making in a 10-episode seminar and dialogue series. It is produced by Currency in partnership with SGABF. Second, we highlight the tactility of the art book in 10 short-form episodes of #ArtBookASMR, produced in collaboration with Melinda Lauw of Whisperlodge. Finally, the new Re:source page also collates Singapore-based businesses serving local creatives, providing a starting point for new local art book makers to source for materials, printers, and paper.
Singapore Art Book Fair 2019 (Photo Credit: Clarence Aw)
SGABF launches Re:source – a digital space for (re)considering and (re)discovering the diverse medium of the art book. It hosts Art Books: A Beginner’s Guide (see above), as well as #ArtBookASMR, 10 short-form episodes that highlight the tactility of the art book. The page also collates Singapore-based businesses serving local creatives, providing a starting point for new local art book makers to source for materials, printers, and paper.