The Melbourne Art Book Fair (MABF) is back! Like previous years, we’ll be there with the freshly printed Assemble Papers Issue 7, hot off the press and available to take home even before it’s even been launched. Themed ‘In/formation’, Issue 7 looks at collective action and activism through art, design, architecture, urbanism and the environment in the information age, considering the possibilities of citizen science and the power of people to enact real, tangible change in the world.
We’ll be hanging out at the Melbourne Art Book Fair for the entire weekend (Friday 10–5pm; Saturday 10am–8pm; Sunday 10am–5pm) so be sure to stop by our stand for a chat & to get your hands on the latest issue. Taking place for the third time, MABF celebrates the best in local and international art publications with over 200 stallholders across architecture, art, design and photography. Leading art book publishers such as Steidl (DE), Commune Press (JP), Sternberg Press (GER), MACK (UK) and The Heavy Collective will all be present alongside local favourites The Good Copy, Uro Publications, un Projects, Ladies of Leisure and more, while the MABF program features a range of talks, launches and workshops (see the full program here).
Original image: Melbourne Art Book Fair 2016, by Hudson Brown.
Where: Melbourne Art Book Fair, National Gallery of Victoria
When: Thu 16 – Sun 19 Mar
How much: Preview party $20 / $16. Free entry to fair!
In a time when extraordinary experiences are being promoted by cities, towns and regions as part of a tourist package, the natural environment is under pressure to enhance its existing assets in order to be shared, liked, meme-d and appreciated. Georgia Nowak – via 'Future West (Australian Urbanism)' – looks at how new tourism infrastructure in national parks could support their conservation
Tasmanian artist Helen Wright (the artist featured on the cover of our latest print issue!) is concerned with the uneasy coalition between humans and the natural world. Through her paintings, drawings, prints and the cast sculptures we see a playful yet political reminder of the fragile balances of this relationship. Here, she shares with us some of the thinking behind her multidisciplinary practice
Founded in 2009 by scientist-turned-social entrepreneur Bec Scott and her partner Kate Barrelle, STREAT has made a name for itself as a social enterprise that works with homeless and at-risk youth to introduce a sense of belonging through personal and professional development in a hospitality setting. Hudson Brown sits down with Bec to hear the story behind STREAT's success