Past Exhibitions

Dublin Art Book Fair 2012

30 November - 02 December 2012

Dublin Art Book Fair 2012:

Friday 30th November– Sunday 2nd December 2012

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios has invited 30 of the most exciting publishers of art books from around the world to take part in the second edition of the Dublin Art Book Fair. The Fair will feature Irish and internationally based art book publishers, including publishers from Germany, Norway, UK, USA, Canada, Korea and Luxembourg.

The  fair presents a chance for art book lovers to find unusual ‘zines, catalogues and artist books that are not normally found in Ireland. A special section of artists’ books will feature self-published texts, catalogues and projects including handmade books, alongside a programme of daily readings and talks by invited speakers and publishers. Artwork by Clodagh Emoe and a modular seating system by artists Seoidín O'Sullivan and Karol O'Mahony (2012) will also be on show in the reading area of the fair. 

Entry is free so come along, meet publishers, artists and book lovers and find some unique gifts for your friends and family this Christmas. 

List of confirmed publishers for 2012:

Anteism (CA)

Anteism is a Canadian arts publisher showcasing visual artists through unique visual art books, zines, monographs, prints & contemporary handmade editions. Anteism’s roots were developed while curating collaborative art projects and exhibitions. Since 2003 the focus has slowly grown towards arts publishing. Our focus is primarily limited/short-run, handmade editions in the format of artist monograph, handmade artist books & zines. The word “Anteism” alludes to the latin ANTE ( before) and ISM (art-ism). We find this fitting as one day many of the artists we’ve worked with will surely be lumped into future ‘isms’, for now we hope to continue working with the undefined avant-garde and contemporary artists who are just beginning their careers and have yet to be ‘figured out’.

Antic Ham (KOR)

Antic Ham creates handmade artists' books and screenprinted limited editions, photography, collage, illustration and polaroid. 


Beginning life in 2006 as a contributor based photocopied art fanzine, Baby BEEF evolved into an independent publisher of artist books and zines. They celebrate the handmade and specialize in hand-bound, hand-printed limited edition treasures! Baby BEEF have accumulated quite a nice back catalogue of independent publications and artist books over the years and founder artist Sarah Bracken always has a new book idea on the go! Baby BEEF also runs the Dublin Zine Fair held annually in August. The fair was founded to promote and support independent press. You can view or buy all Baby BEEFs awesome publications on their website. 

Belfast Exposed (NI)

The Belfast Exposed Publishing Programme aims to support the presentation and distribution of socially engaged forms of contemporary photographic practice. We publish two, sometimes three titles annually by artists working in Northern Ireland and internationally. To date we have worked in partnership with UK based and European publishers; Edition Braus and Hatje Cantz, Germany and Ffotogallery, Wales.

Book Works (UK)

Established in 1984, Book Works is an art commissioning organisation specialising in artists’ books, spoken word and printed matter. We are dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists, and our projects are initiated by invitation, open submission and through guest-curated projects. Book Works consists of a publishing and commissioning department; and a studio specialising in binding, box-making and multiples. Our activities include publishing, a lecture and seminar programme, exhibitions, the development of an online archive and artists’ surgeries and workshops held by both the publishing department and the studio. 

Broken Dimanche Press (DE)

Fictional platform taking various forms, focused on the creation of steadfast and beautiful book-objects through book-projects with artists, writers, and political agents with collaboration from F.U.K. laboratories. 

Casino Luxembourg (LU)

Casino Luxembourg is a forum for contemporary art and publisher of catalogues and artists’ books since 1996.

Dent-de-Leone (UK)

Dent-de-Leone is simply the misheard, misspelt, misunderstood flower know as the dandelion, or pissenlit in French. You can eat it in a salad. In this instance it is a publishing company based in London making books and other objects with artists, designers and dead people. 

Douglas Hyde Gallery (IRL)

The Douglas Hyde Gallery produces a wide range of publications, both to accompany exhibitions and as special projects. Over the past ten years, the majority of these have taken the form of a series of small format hardback books, of which there are now around fifty. Many of these are available for purchase directly from the Gallery. Older publications, including catalogues on artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Rivane Neuenschwander, and Giuseppe Penone, are also still available for purchase. Special project publications have included the Leaves and Papers series, Alabama Chrome, and a substantial volume on the work of visionary artist, Hilma af Klint.

Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane (IRL)

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane houses one of Ireland's foremost collections of modern and contemporary art. The original collection, donated by the Gallery's founder Sir Hugh Lane in 1908, has grown to include over 2000 artworks, ranging from the Impressionist masterpieces by Manet, Monet and Degas to works by leading national and international contemporary artists. The Gallery presents dynamic schedules of temporary exhibitions, seminars and public lectures, and educational projects. The Gallerys' publication programme includes exhibition catalogues, collection research and books for children and young people. Recent titles include Willie Doherty: DISTURBANCE, Civil Rights etc. Rita Donagh and Richard Hamiltonand Harry Clarke: The Eve of St Agnes.

Edition Book Arts (IRL)

Edition Book Arts celebrates the craft of the book and independent publishing, comics, zines, artists books and all stops in between. It was formed in 2009 by comic and book artists Philip Barrett, Katie Blackwood and Paddy Lynch to promote and organise events, showcase the work and foster interaction in and around the book arts, comic and fanzine communities in Ireland.

Four Corners Books (UK)

Four Corners Books was established in 2004. We are always keen to hear from readers, booksellers and potential collaborators, and while we are only able to publish a small number of books each year, we endeavour to offer advice and support to those who contact us with book proposals. Our series 'Four Corners Familiars' features artists’ responses to classic novels and short stories. They provide a fresh look at the tradition of the illustrated novel, with each artist choosing a text to be reprinted in full alongside their newly created work.


The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland's leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. The Museum presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic programme of exhibitions, which regularly includes bodies of work from its own Collection and its award-winning Education and Community Department. It also creates more widespread access to art and artists through its Studio and National programmes.

Kerlin Gallery (IRL)

The Kerlin Gallery is a contemporary art gallery based in Dublin, Ireland, which represents Irish and International artists.

Kunstverein (NL)

Kunstverein is a domestic franchise (Amsterdam, New York, Milan) and functioning curatorial office that offers presentations, lectures, screenings and independent publishing. By  creating a critical pool and exploring public-private relationships, Kunstverein reflects upon the manner in which cultural practices are traditionally administered. Due to its unconventional make-up it allows  alternative methods to be considered in terms of presentation, hosting and exhibition making. Significantly and ultimately, Kunstverein aims to contribute in a novel fashion to the cultural scene in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and abroad.

Lubok Verlag (DE)

Since 2007 Lubok Verlag has published original graphic books with linocuts by international contemporary artists. Printed in large editions from the original plate on old letterpress machines, Lubok's books seek to make graphic art available at affordable prices. More than 150 artists have contributed to the compilations within the Lubok series so far. Since 2009, the publishing programme has been enlarged with publications printed in offset, allowing access to the medium of artist's books in the fields of photography, drawing and conceptual art.

National Sculpture Factory (IRL)

The National Sculpture Factory (NSF) is an organisation which provides and promotes a supportive and enabling environment for the making of art and the realisation of creative projects. We actively support artists and their practice through residencies, lecture programmes, cultural exchanges, masterclasses and professional development workshops.


The National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) is a public research resource dedicated to the documentation of 20th century and contemporary Irish visual art and design. NIVAL collects, stores and makes accessible for research an unparalleled collection of documentation about Irish art in all media. NIVAL’s collection policy includes Irish visual art from the whole island as well as Irish art abroad and non-Irish artists working in Ireland. Information is acquired on artists, designers, galleries, arts organisations and institutions, critics and other related subjects. NIVAL maintains a collection of more than 500 artists' books by artists born in Ireland and by non-Irish artists living and working in Ireland. The acquisition of artists' books by donation or purchase is a core component of our collections policy. See more by visiting NIVAL's website (link above).

Pallas Projects (IRL)

Pallas Projects/ Studios is a publicly funded, not-for-profit, artist-led organisation, operating artists' studios and a project space in Dublins' city centre. Pallas Projects/ Studios collaborates with peers to engage and develop current Irish contemporary art, through the provision of affordable artists' work-spaces, a continued commitment to presenting solo projects by Irish and international artists, alongside occasional thematic group exhibitions, and initiated exchanges with artists' groups around Ireland and abroad. 

Project Arts Centre (IRL)

Project Press is the publishing name of Project Arts Centre, and has been publishing art books for over 15 years. In recent years Project Arts Centre has reinvested in publishing, by producing from the resources of the visual arts programme: Make Everything New (2005), Philip (2006), Theatre de Poche - Aurélien Froment (2007), Permaculture (2008) Jeremiah Day / Simone Forti  (2009), Forms of Imagining #1(2010), The Chained Lady, the Microscope and the Southern Fish (2010), The Repetition Festival Show – Clemens von Wedemeyer (2010), On Hoarding, Accumulating and Gifting(2011), Conjuring for Beginners(2012), Colouring Book(2012), Familiar Things(2012), The Colour Out of Space(2012),  The Brick Moon(2012), Second Burial at Le Blanc(2012), How To Use Fool’s Gold(2012), Forms of Imagining #2 (2012). Project Press also expands to support the publishing of selected book projects by Irish artists, the first of which was State,published in March 2011 by Anthony Haughey and Susanne Bosch. Project Press is a small but effective publishing initiative, utilising the skills and experience inside a thriving multi-disciplinary arts centre to bring expertise and a strong international network to the publishing ambitions of some of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists.

Red Fox Press (IRL)

Handmade artists' books and screenprinted limited editions- dada, visual poetry, fluxus and polaroid photography.

Road Books (IRL)

Road Books was created in 1992 by writer Judy Kravis and artist Peter Morgan after a road trip from Ireland to Italy (if in doubt, drive south). Road Books and its imprints, Boreen Books, Highway Books and Byways Productions, are produced in Inniscarra, County Cork, alongside planting trees and tending bees (if in doubt, stay at home). Editions range from one to several hundred, both handmade and commercially printed. Many of the books are collaborations between Judy Kravis and Peter Morgan, who conceive and create the form and design of each book. The book is an open forum of collaboration. Within a pair of covers, words and pictures co-exist and intermingle, like their makers.

Sternberg Press (DE)

With a focus on art criticism, theory, fiction, and artists’ books, Sternberg Press was set in motion with a pocket book series. Dedicated to an expanded notion of writing on art, the Berlin based publishing endeavor has created a formidable platform in which practitioners from the fields of art and culture (architecture, design, film, politics, literature, and philosophy) can engage in a critical discourse. Each book is a special object celebrating creative publishing at its best, based on both meticulous editorial decisions and distinctive design. Through both commissioned and translated works, Sternberg Press seeks out the blind spots within contemporary discourse and offers a timely response to the related debates.

Trolley Books (UK)

Trolley Books were founded in 2001 by Gigi Giannuzzi and are known for predominantly photography titles, often focusing on underexposed issues and abuses of power around the world, from conflicts to unique stories in photojournalism, but also contemporary art. Trolley has produced numerous respected and important books by photographers, among them Philip Jones Griffiths’s 'Agent Orange – Collateral Damage in Viet Nam’, Paolo Pellegrin’s ‘Double Blind’ on the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, Stanley Greene’s ‘Open Wound’ on nine years of war in Chechnya, and Alixandra Fazzina’s ‘A Million Shillings – Escape from Somalia’ for which she received the UNHCR’s highest accolade the Nansen award. In 2005 Trolley Books received a special commendation from the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards for its outstanding contribution to photography book publishing. According to the awarding body, Trolley presented “(an) exceptional and extraordinary group of books exploring a range of difficult subject matter…Trolley’s beautifully designed and produced books have a real sense of conviction and purpose that sets them apart.” 

Valiz (NL)

Valiz is a young company that was established to respond to developments in contemporary art, architecture and design in a broad-based and imaginative way. The driving force behind this effort is the publication of books, on our own initiative or for others. Valiz produces critical, reflective, attractive books that attempt to explore the subject in a way that is fully in tune with it and to provide any possible links with other disciplines. Roughly speaking the programme consists of 2 components: - Books that are conceived and elaborated in close collaboration with artists, architects, photographers, designers, and art institutes. - Theory and texts on visual culture (art theory, architecture theory, reflection on everyday images, artists' texts )

Visual Artists Ireland (IRL)

Visual Artists Ireland is the all Ireland development and resource body for professional visual artists. We provide services, facilities and resources for artists, operate an artistic programme and act as an advocate for the interests of artists. We provide information, professional development, knowledge and sharing to individual artists as well as to groups and networks across Ireland. We extend our work and consultation services to organisations and companies working within the cultural sector.

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, open since October 2009, is a new contemporary visual arts facility. It boasts five state of the art gallery spaces and has in its first three years delivered an ambitious programme of exhibitions by national and international artists. VISUAL as part of this progamme, produces artist’s books, catalogues and publications, supporting the artists that have been commissioned by the centre to make new work for exhibition.


The book fair will launch at 11am on Friday 30th November

Artist Talks

There will be an accompanying programme of select readings, talks and events scheduled throughout the weekend.

Further Information

Rayne Booth
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+353 (0)1 671 0073

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