An archive of SGABF editions since 2018, the year in which the fair became independently organised and funded for the first time in five years. Besides our local exhibitors, SGABF has hosted exhibitors from Australia, China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand,  Vietnam, USA, UK, and the United Arab Emirates, all of whom are listed below.



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 2021


Knuckles & Notch [SG] You Want Zines? (Anngee Neo) [SG] You Want Zines? (Weng Pixin) [SG] Cat Hu [SG] Plant Press [SG] Atelier HOKO [SG] NTU CCA Singapore [SG] Motto Books [DE]

ampulets [SG] Now & Again [SG] Holycrap [SG] OFFCUT by Allegro Print [SG]

National Gallery Singapore [SG] Singapore Art Museum [SG] STPI — Creative Workshop & Gallery [SG] Asian Film Archive [SG] Asiapac Books + SUTD Architecture and Sustainable Design Art & Market [SG] Art Agenda, S.E.A. [ID]

Queer Zine Room & Queer Zine Library
Curated by Queer ZineFest SG, Queer Zine Room 2021 foregrounds the voices of the LGBTQIA+ community, especially those from marginalised groups and communities.

The Queer Zine Library — a mish-mash of zines, resources and other fun things by Queer ZineFest SG, Squelch Zines, and wares infoshop. 100% of the library’s proceeds will go to supporting needs from people in the wares mutual aid community.

Annie Hung Cheerful Atelier Cynthia Yuan Cheng Douchebagbobo @faraway.olives Feixue Mei Gorgeous Glam Gays HOMOCATS The Local Rebel Megan Teo Xiu Wen MUSUBI FRIENDS (rollround) MUSUBI FRIENDS (pearlperoni ) MUSUBI FRIENDS (bsnippet) Nicholas Teo Nirali Desai Pbj (patchoulipearl) Pbj (mockmeet) Penawar radioriotgrrrl Sean’s Bookshop Magazine for Young Girls Taufiq Rahman Sha Sunmi T. Shuxia Unapologetic Yoga The White Book


Lucy’s Dictionary of Femininity

Presented by A Stubborn Bloom, Lucy’s Dictionary of Femininity is an anthology of feminine objects and femininity. By assembling these objects into an alphabetical and curated system, this dictionary seeks to reframe domestically-feminine objects that are conventionally perceived as objects and signs of weakness, imbuing them with contemporary notions of strength. The showcase will be accompanied by a video, ‘Home Economics with A Stubborn Bloom’, that takes its cues from home economics textbooks used in secondary schools in Singapore in the 1970s and 1980s.


SG Art Book Library

An initiative of SGABF, the SG Art Book Library is a growing catalogue of published print materials that explore the creative possibilities of art book publishing to generate meaningful discourse.

Art Books: A Beginner’s Guide

An introductory series for creatives who are interested in making their own books or are looking to publish their own projects. Each episode contains a seminar on art book making, followed by a conversation with Singapore-based practitioners.


Book Launches

Presented by NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore at the Single Screen.

Culture City. Culture Scape.
Fri, 05.03.2021

This book documents a public art commission at Mapletree Business City II, featuring works by artists Dan Graham, Tomás Saraceno, Yinka Shonibare CBE, and Zul Mahmod. The curators’ reflective essays and conversations with the artists and the Chairman of Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd underscore the significance of art in public space.
Sat, 06.03.2021

This publication for the exhibition Campur, Tolak, Kali, Bahagi, Sama Dengan (Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, Equals), a solo project by late and cherished artist Roslisham Ismail aka Ise, takes the format of a special issue of SentAp!, the magazine founded by curator Nur Hanim Khairuddin and Ise in 2005.

Engaging with Contemporary Art and Spaces of the Curatorial — A Resource Guide for Educators

Sat, 06.03.2021
Contemporary art is an excellent educational resource that lends itself to inquiry-based and experiential learning, and encourages creativity, self-expression, and critical thinking. By introducing the Centre’s past exhibitions and programmes, this guide helps educators explore cross-disciplinary subjects and pedagogical strategies while engaging with contemporary art and spaces of the curatorial.


Renée Ting
Xafiér Yap
Festival Manager
Berny Tan
Head of Marketing Communications


In its 6th year running, the Singapore Art Book Fair has well established itself as one of the leading art book fairs in Asia.

While the fair continues to grow in exhibitors and audience, it remains committed to building an environment of support for artists, small and/or independent presses, and publishers working in the medium.

The Singapore Art Book Fair serves to capture the energy and vision of artists, and believes in evolving and presenting the diversity of our community, as well as exposing the audience to new and innovative publishing practices.

The 2019 SGABF was held from 28 — 30 June at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore.


Singapore Art Book Fair 2019 (Photo Credit: Clarence Aw)


Studio SWELL [SG] Atelier HOKO [SG] Chan + Hori Contemporary [SG] Tomomi Mizukoshi & Megumi Fujita [JP] Further Reading [ID] LIE [MY] Aperture Brought Me Here [TH] GERIMIS [MY] Libro Arte [JP] SPACEBAR ZINE [TH] Lendroit éditions [FR] Case Publishing / shashasha [JP] volume press [CN] DECK Gallery [SG] Foto Féminas [HK] THEBOOKSHOW [SG] Knuckles & Notch [SG] Now & Again [SG] AKAR [SG] Temporary Press [SG] Ugly Duckling Presse [US] Marian Crawford [AU] Sharjah Art Foundation [AE] 1961 [SG] Musotrees Magazine [MY] Giani Levina [ID] Dark Cities [SG] unobtainium photobooks [ID] ZINECOOP [HK] Nope Fun [SG] wares infoshop [SG] The Machinist [SG] Bad Student Press [PH] ampulets [SG] Foreign Policy [SG] VISIOUS STUDIO [ID] GUEARI GALERI [ID] OHOH Studio [CN] The Institute of Critical Zoologists [SG] Coda Culture [SG] yoranhan2people [KR] Tiny Splendor [US] NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore [SG] Ujikaji [SG] Facebook Art Department [SG] NUS Press [SG] Currency [SG] BASHEER GRAPHIC BOOKS [SG] LiANA & KiDG [SG] The Book Society/mediabus [KR] Art Sonje Center [KR] Straits Records [SG] Third Culture [AU] The Film Initiative [SG] HOLYCRAP [SG] BOLIAO CO. [SG] 5 Press [AU] THE MANSION // MAGDALENA GACEK [SG] Plant Press [SG] FFF ZINE [SG] Point of Interest [UK/KR] the shop [CN] Haptic Editions [TH] Singapore Art Museum [SG] STPI — Creative Workshop and Gallery [SG] KITCHEN. LABEL [SG] Grey Projects [SG] External Assessment Summer School Co-op 2019: The Reading List [SG] AKAAKA Art Publishing [JP] browsing copy [SG] PRY Press [SG] dmp editions [TW] MIT Press [US] frieze Magazine [UK] ArtReview Asia [UK] Art Asia Pacific [HK] RJ Paper Pte Ltd [SG]


Organised by NTU CCA Singapore, the programme for Singapore Art Book Fair 2019 explores the medium of publishing as a research space. It brings together local, regional, and international publishers, writers, artists, and scholars who deal with what it means to publish about art as a knowledge-producing format and engage with its various discourses.

Friday, 28.06.2019


Opening Address

7:15 — 7:30pm

Exhibition Hall, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks
Renée Ting [SG], festival director


Performances by
Bani Haykal [SG] & Ferry [SG]

7:30 — 8:30pm

Outside Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks

Ujikaji [SG]
The beat writer William Burroughs wrote: "Word begets image and image is virus." The opening performances will comprise musicians who work heavily with foundations of words and text, transforming them into viral images through sound, voice, instruments, and technology.

Saturday, 29.06.2019

*Registration at 10AM


On Publishing


10:30am — 12:00pm

The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks


  • Shauba Chang [TW], Founder and Chief Editor, Waterfall

  • Victoria Hindley [US], Acquisitions Editor in Design and Visual Culture, The MIT Press

  • Trasvin Jittidecharak [TH], Founder Silkworm Books and Mekong Press

  • Li Qi [CN], Editor-in-Chief of LEAP, and Deputy Editor of The Art Newspaper China

  • Mathieu Renard [FR], Lendroit éditions

  • Moderated by Ute Meta Bauer [DE/SG], Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, NTU School of Art, Design and Media

The conversation will revolve around the role of publishing art writing and cultural histories, with representatives from both established and relatively young imprints questioning the role institutions play in creating a discursive space for writing art histories.


On Critical Writing


2:00 — 3:30pm

The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks

  • H. G. Masters [US/HK], Deputy Editor and Deputy Publisher, ArtAsiaPacific

  • Carlos Quijon, Jr [PH], writer, curator

  • Ema Tavola [FJ/NZ], artist-curator

  • Moderated by Qinyi Lim [SG], Curator, National Gallery Singapore
This discussion will focus on the contemporary landscape of critical writing. How do writers, scholars, and artists understand, define, and practise critical writing? It will examine why such writing is needed and what influence and role it plays not only within the art scene, but also within a broader discourse.


On Publishing Series


4:00 — 5:30pm

The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks

  • Dr Ana Bilbao [MX/UK], Editor, Afterall

  • Helen Hughes [AU], Co-founder and Co-editor, Discipline

  • Verónica Sanchis Becomo [VZ/HK], Editor, Writer, and Founder of Foto Féminas

  • Peera Songkünnatham [TH], Aan Journal

  • Moderated by Mark Rappolt [UK], Editor-in-Chief, Art Review & Art Review Asia
Questions around current developments and discourses (or their lack of) will be the focus of this session. What affects and steers the critical reader/magazine landscape in the wider Asia-Pacific region and beyond?


Improvised Ambient Set
by Kin Leonn [SG/UK]

7:30 — 8:00pm

The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks

Utilising a palette of reverb-drenched guitar, synthesiser harmonies, and a system of MIDI-driven software triggers, Kin Leonn will construct a temporary world of immersive atmospheres using instinct and emotional response to sonic occurrence.


The Official SG Art Book Fair Afterparty

8:30pm — Late

Hopscotch, Block 45 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks

Facebook Art Department [SG]

Line Up:
DJ Reiki
DJ Sadat

We are throwing a party for exhibitors and fairgoers! Enjoy some of Singapore’s underground music brought to you by local collective Good Times. Held on the second night of SGABF2019, there will be booze and food for sale accompanied by a line-up of underground DJs such as Itch, Reiki and Sadat with sounds that travel from jazz, city pop, 60s/70s garage, reggae, breaks to arabic funk and afropop.

Sunday, 30.06.2019


Facebook Artist in Residence Program: Open Form


12:30 — 1:30pm

The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks

  • Jessica Shaefer [US], Art Programs & Partnerships Lead, Facebook

  • Pey Chuan Tan [SG], Art Curator & Producer, Facebook

  • Genevieve Chua [SG], artist

  • Speak Cryptic [SG], artist

  • Moderated by Melanie Pocock [UK/SG], Writer, Curator and Assistant Curator, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts
This panel discussion invites members of the FB Art Department to speak on the collaborative decisions that put together Open Form, a publication which celebrates the Facebook Artist in Residence (AIR) programme’s recent five-year anniversary. Open Form traces the development of the AIR programme's from its roots in the counterculture of San Francisco Bay Area, to its integration within the company’s hacker culture. Featuring over 200 art commissions worldwide, the book serves to replicate immersive artistic experiences through the medium of the analog book. Local AIR artists will also be present to share their views on creating analog art in a digital world, and how the AIR experience has influenced their practice.


Seenthesis: Visual Literacy through Singapore Photography

In Conversation

2:00 — 3:00pm

The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks

  • Ang Song Nian [SG], artist, Lecturer, NTU School of Art, Design and Media

  • Guo Yixiu [SG], artist, educator

  • Moderated by Gwen Lee [SG], co-founder and Director, DECK

This conversation is an attempt to put together a resource book for school educators on creating engaging classroom art activities. Across 168 pages, with over 100 works by 28 photo artists, the book provides a basic fundamental overview of the medium and the social history of photography in Singapore. The launch presentation will share the concept and process in developing content to complement the school arts curriculum, and how Seenthesis ultimately hopes to enable visual literacy among youths through photography from Singapore. 


The City as…The City for…


3:30 — 5:00pm

The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks

  • Ute Meta Bauer [DE/SG], Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, NTU School of Art, Design and Media

  • Calvin Chua [SG], Adjunct Assistant Professor, Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

  • Woon Tien Wei [SG], artist/ curator.
The critical spatial discussions of this panel advances from an understanding of the built environments from regional perspectives and practices, that are situated within global discourse, focusing on regional bottom-up city planning that is informed by postcolonial heritages, tropical modernities, and global architectural approaches. Reflecting also the cultural formats of how we can engage in such questions, the discussion will offer a rich source of artistic/activist interventions and their imaginary of “art on a civic scale.” 

Saturday and Sunday, 29—30.06.2019