Singapore Art Book Fair (SGABF) is an independent annual multi-day festival specialising in contemporary art books & zines.
This event is free and open to the public and will feature art books, art catalogues, monographs, zines, and printed ephemera. Over the course of the weekend, the fair will be complemented by a range of art-related fringe activities.
The aim of SGABF is to reach a wider audience, represent more local and international exhibitors, and work with new artists and publishers in Singapore and the region. Visitors include artists, collectors, and art book enthusiasts.
The 2018 SGABF will be held at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore.
Started in 2013, the Singapore Art Book Fair was built on an idea to replicate similar such events around the world in a local setting. Since then, the fair has grown steadily, both in exhibitors and fairgoers, attracting an audience that will become the future generation of artists, buyers, collectors, educators, and the like.
This year, the Singapore Art Book Fair aims to recalibrate its focus, creating a platform that is committed to showcasing what we hope are works that aren't just "aesthetically pleasing" but provoke some sense of critical thinking and discourse, strongly encouraging a growth and maturity in the audience's cultural palette, while maintaining its relevancy.
I won't pretend to know art or art books all that well, because running the fair and setting a direction for it are two vastly different things. As this is the first time the Singapore Art Book Fair will be organised independently, I hope the freedom and flexibility will allow us to evolve it, setting the stage locally and regionally for years to come.