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Melbourne Art Book Fair Satellite Program

The Melbourne Art Book Fair hosts a series of satellite events around Victoria.

Since 2015, the Melbourne Art Book Fair has brought together a curated selection of art publishers, artists and designers from around the world. A vital link to international fairs in New York, London, Tokyo and Paris, the Melbourne Art Book Fair celebrates Melbourne’s status as one of eleven UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world.

This year’s eighth Melbourne Art Book Fair takes on a new form throughout Melbourne Design Week (March 17-27), with the popular Exhibitor Fair taking place over the weekend of opening as well as a busy program of satellite events.

The satellite events program includes everything from panel discussions, activations, studio workshops, exhibitions and performances in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. With over 60 events in total, highlights include the launch of Queer: Stories from the NGV Collection on Saturday, March 19; a lecture series and exhibition by contemporary Australian architects at the Bookshop by Uro at Collingwood Yards; an exhibition highlighting photo books by Yukio Tabuchi and Camera Mainichi by the Center for Contemporary Photography in collaboration with Rohan Hutchinson; and Performing Poetics, in which the NGV presents some of Australia’s most exciting and radical poetic voices during the opening weekend of the Art Book Fair.

Outside of downtown, highlights include a multilingual storytelling and digital book-making workshop by Kids’ Own Publishing at Bunjil Place Library in the town of Casey on March 26; a two-day local designer book fair at the Castlemaine Art Museum on March 26-27; and a range of lectures, workshops and performances from Ballarat-based bookstores, independent publishing and poetry collectives.

Elsewhere, NGV and the Wheeler Center present Teen Gala: Art and Language on March 24, during which an all-teen lineup celebrates some of Victoria’s best young storytellers and spoken word performers.

Browse the full Melbourne Art Book Fair program and plan your itinerary on the MABF website.

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