Why Participate

Melbourne Art Book Fair is Australia’s leading international public art book event, delivered each year by the teams at Creative Victoria and NGV working in close collaboration with a broad network of publishers, artists, independent bookstores and arts venues.

It’s objective is to provide a compelling annual platform, backed by the expertise and reach of the NGV, for participants to engage a broad audience to celebrate art and design publishing. In addition the Fair is key networking activity for the publishing industry, fostering conversations between the Australian art and design publishing industry and international colleagues.

In 2022, the Melbourne Art Book Fair brings together ideas and practices that seek to explore the connections between art, design, publishing and language.   The Melbourne Art Book Fair involves:

  • An in-person art book fair showcasing artist and publisher stallholders with the opportunity to sell publications directly to new audiences, and all proceeds remaining with participants
  • An online marketplace involving a digital platform and audience for national and international publishers whom are unable to attend the in-person art book fair
  • A range of curated public programs and events at the NGV and venues around Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria, (and online). These events include talks, presentations, book launches and signings at venues such as bookshops, galleries, libraries, community centres, rooftops, public gardens and design studios