Artists' BookMarket 27 and 28 February 2016

Deadline: 25/02/2016  |  Published: 12/11/2015  |  City: Edinburgh  |  Region: Midlothian  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  The Fruitmarket Gallery

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DEADLINE: 12/1/16 n.b. deadline has passed, so please don't fill in an application unless you have been in direct touch with Iain Morrison at The Fruitmarket Gallery. Artists’ BookMarket is The Fruitmarket Gallery's annual celebration of artists’ books and artist-led publishing. We offer artists working in book form a platform to display and sell their work. Described last year as the major Scottish artists’ book fair, our visitors and participants come from all over the UK.

Artists’ BookMarket is held across two busy weekend days. Over two thousand visitors came through the doors last year to see more than forty stalls spread across two floors of gallery, with many of them also attending events in the talks and workshops programme.


Previous participants include a range from the likes of long-term experimental publishers Book Works, through artists’ book pioneers such as Helen Douglas to some of the most interesting new talent from courses at Edinburgh College of Art with its strong teaching traditions in book making and illustration. There’s much local talent on show alongside representation of those who travel to take part in this increasingly prominent fair in the year’s artists book calendar.


We invite publishers, book makers and artists’ books organisations to apply for a stall, which costs £70+VAT. To enquire about running an event or workshop, feel also free to use this form, or to directly email Iain Morrison at The Fruitmarket Gallery:


Previous events within the Artists’ BookMarket weekend have included book launches, experimental sound workshops and a flash fashion show. Many things are possible, and we look forward to hearing your ideas.


Expect an excellent weekend of book sales and discoveries. Be part of our strong selection of artist books makers, art publishers, illustators and designers, and paper-loving collectives.    

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Can I share a table?
Participants are welcome to apply for shared tables if they organise stall partners themselves.
What's provided as a stall?
Each stall is provided with a white linen covered trestle table (approx. 6’x2’) Freestanding displays are welcome, but please make a note on the form if you propose to bring anything which requires more than table space.
How do I get into the events and workshops programme?
Please either fill in this form, or contact Iain Morrison directly with your ideas or proposals:
Can I attend for one day only?
Ideally all participants are present for both days, so that visitors know what they’re going to be able to see and buy. If you have a particular problem with either of the days but are keen to be involved, please contact Iain Morrison to see if an arrangement is possible:
Where do talks and workshops happen?
Talks happen in the resource room in the Upstairs Gallery, which holds about 20 people.

Workshops happen at a designated table area set up in the galleries for approx. 12 people.
How do I pay for my stall?
Successful participants will be invoiced after confirmation of attendance, and payment is requested by bank transfer.
Is wall space provided?
No, but freestanding displays, including print browsers are welcome.
Do I have to attend in person?
Either you, or people you have arranged, are required to be at your stall throughout the opening hours of the event.
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Any book artists, artist publishers or organised groups representing these areas of practice are welcome to apply. If in doubt whether you qualify, please apply – you’re probably doing something interesting!
When is the deadline?
12th January 2016
How much does it cost?
Stalls cost £70+VAT.
What are the financial prospects for participants?
Artists’ usually aim to make their money on the stalls, and we work hard to drive in good visitor numbers to make this possible. Feedback from 2015’s event was that Artists’ BookMarket provided good value for money.
What are the opening hours for Artists’ BookMarket 2016?
Artists’ BookMarket is open from 11am–6pm on Saturday 27 February and 12–5pm on Sunday 28 February.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Participants will be listed on the printed poster and leaflet for the event. Artists’ BookMarket and its participants will also be promoted thought The Fruitmarket Gallery’s website and well-followed social media. A press release will be sent to relevant publications. An e-Flyer will be sent to the Gallery’s mailing list of 6000+ subscribers.
Does The Fruitmarket Gallery have disabled access?
Yes, with flat entrance and lift access to the upper floor.
What is the selection criteria?
We are looking for interesting work made using book forms in some way. We market the event as an opportunity to buy work, so usually people come expecting that, including librarians buying for collections. We have also hosted stalls of either free giveaways or work exhibited but not available for sale.

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