Temple Bar Gallery + Studios presents the eleventh edition of Ireland’s only art book fair in 2021. Dublin Art Book Fair champions creative, small and independent publishers, Irish and international, with books on art, design, visual culture, philosophy, architecture, select fiction and poetry. As a centre for the contemporary artist book, DABF features limited edition artist books made by contemporary artists, writers and designers, who experiment in a myriad of ways with the medium of the book and its potential for artistic expression. Gathering together a unique selection of books alongside a curated programme of events, DABF is celebrated for how it embraces art practice publishing, artist-run culture, and participatory events with specialist themes at the intersection of art, design and contemporary culture.
Dr Lisa Godson is Dublin Art Book Fair Guest Curator 2021. A cultural historian, Godson is Programme Leader of the MA Design History and Material Culture at the National College of Art and Design. Her theme for DABF, Manual, draws attention to the dual nature of books as material objects with a stable physicality and as the repositories of content that can be experienced and understood in multiple registers. With an aligned programme of talks, tours, workshops and launches, Godson considers visual culture of the everyday, how information is materialised and how artists use typography.