Art Books: A Beginner’s Guide is an introductory series for creatives who are interested in making their own books or are looking to publish their own projects.

This 10-episode guide examines publications as an ideal format for artistic presentation and documentation from conception to distribution.

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Episode 1

Art Books as Compelling Format for Artists

Featuring Renée ting & berny tan

In this first episode, we will introduce how art books are a compelling format for artists. We will define and share what art publications are, and how they can be an ideal format for artistic presentation and documentation for artists. Next we will unpack the “daunting” idea of publication as a format, focusing on the common challenges described by people who are unfamiliar with the processes of planning a publication. Crucially, we will also describe the co-creative process of art book making, introducing roles of editors, designers, printers and collaborators that can help collectively realise an artist’s vision.

In the conversation portion of this episode, we will be hanging out and talking about books with Renée Ting and Berny Tan from the Singapore Art Book Fair team. They will be sharing about their favorite types of books from their own collections.

Episode 2

Art Books as Art Monographs, Zines & Photo Books

Featuring Lee chang ming

In this episode, we will be discussing monographs, zines and photobooks. We will explore different approaches to artist publications, and how content can be presented differently. A key topic is how this format of publication can be planned and designed to showcase a certain facet of practice or to document the artist’s reflections and engagements.

The episode features a conversation with artist and photographer Lee Chang Ming about his work with independent publisher and platform Nope Fun, the focus on print publications and his relationship with the print form.