singapore art book fair

The popular Singapore Art Book Fair is back after a hiatus last year. Credit: Singapore Art Book Fair

After taking a hiatus last year due to the pandemic, the beloved Singapore Art Book Fair (SGABF) is back with its seventh edition, which takes place next weekend from March 5 to March 7.

For the uninitiated, SGABF is an independent affair that celebrates contemporary art books and zines and each edition showcases innovative designs from both local and international exhibitors.

It’s always a popular event for design and art lovers – the last edition in 2019 drew more than 7,000 visitors over one weekend but this year’s event will see several marked changes.

For one, the event will take place over two locations: the usual NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore over at Gillman Barracks and 72-13, home of local theatre company T:>Works.

Additionally, with international travel so restricted, the resourceful organisers have also came up with a solution to hosting international artists and publishers: they’ve introduced a new programme called Adopt-an-exhibitor which sees local exhibitors sharing their booths with an international exhibitor of their choice, or who has been matched with them.

singapore art book fair
Credit:Singapore Art Book Fair

The Singapore Art Book Fair always draws a large and diverse crowd with its eclectic offerings and programming.

Other new highlights include the Queer Zine Room (curated by Queer ZineFest SG) where more than 20 exhibitors will be showcasing zines crafted by voices in the LGBTQIA+ community.

The fashion and art collective A Stubborn Bloom will also be partaking, presenting an anthology of feminine objects and femininity inspired by the dictionary chart of the alphabet.

For those who want to explore the diverse medium of the art book, SGABF has also put together Re:source – a digital space where one can learn how to make an art book for example, or consult a handy list of Singapore businesses that are crucial in the process of crafting art books or similar printed publications.

If you are planning to visit the fair, do note that visitor registration is compulsory for obvious health and safety reasons. Visit SGABF’s website for more details.