Printing Plant: Amsterdam Art Book Fair

In 2018 we were invited by Looiersgracht60 to take part of Printing Plant, Amsterdam Art Book Fair (23-25 November, 2018), where we launched our new project Readers & Publishers.

During the Fair, we showcased the bespoke publication, Open Book#1. Specially created for this occasion, Open Book #1 shares thoughts from independent publishers listed on Readers & Publishers with the keywords ‘art’ ‘contemporary art’ ‘design’ or ‘artist’s books’ who were invited to respond to questions on the themes of community, readership, and the relationship between arts and independent publishing. You can read online the Open Book#1 here.

In collaboration with Looiersgracht 60, the initiator of Printing Plant: Art Book Fair, we hosted an In Conversation event on 24th November 2018 welcoming Francis McKee (director of CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow) and Astrid Vorstermans (founder of an editor/publisher of Valiz) in a conversation moderated by David Maroto (The Book Lovers) expanded the themes of Open Book #1.

The discussions started by Open Book #1 will help inform the next phases and concerns of the Readers & Publishers project.

Almost 100 publishers have already joined Readers & Publishers from Cape Town to Isle of Lewis and Chennai to Santa Barbara. Browse the directory and find through the keywords those working in the topics of your interest: feminist literature, artist publishing, performance, black radical theory…

Readers & Publishers is a response to a felt need in today’s creative community: How can I, as a reader, discover those publishers that work specifically with my topics of interest in the vast world of internet? As a writer, how can I connect with those publishers potentially interested in publishing my work? And how as a publisher can I reach an interested public that expands from my usual connections and local exchange?




Printing Plant Art Book Fair 2018, Looiersgracht 60. Photographs by Sander van Wettum. Courtesy: Looiersgracht 60.

Open Book#1, My Bookcase.

Printing Plant Art Book Fair 2018, Looiersgracht 60. Iris Duvekot. Courtesy:Looiersgracht 60.

Readers & Publishers, My Bookcase.