Past event

20 May 2023

Art Publishing in Aotearoa New Zealand at Melbourne Art Book Fair

20 May 2023. Free entry.

Date: Saturday 20 May, 3:00 – 4:15pm
Location: Federation Court, National Gallery of Victoria
180 Saint Kilda Road, Southbank Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Free, no booking required

Melbourne Art Book Fair: 18 – 28 May 2023
Stallholders Fair: 19 – 21 May 2023

On the periphery of Aotearoa New Zealand’s publishing scene, there is a rich and varied cottage industry of small press publishers that are pushing the boundaries of book-making. Despite the huge costs of printing, and even bigger challenges of distribution, alternative publishing in Aotearoa is thriving.

Drawing on the stories and essays from Dwelling in the Margins: Art Publishing in Aotearoa published by GLORIA Books, leading practitioners from Aotearoa discuss the drive to publish, and what challenges and opportunities affect the community. Celebrating the return of International guests to the Melbourne Art Book Fair, the panel will feature publishers, designers and curators from major galleries, artist run initiatives and distribution collectives all based in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This event is part of Melbourne Art Book Fair (MABF) 2023, bringing together publishers, artists and designers to showcase some of the world’s best publications in bookshops, galleries, libraries, community centres and public gardens across Melbourne and Victoria.

For more information visit the MABF website.


Claire Harris
Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Orissa Keane
The Physics Room, Ōtautahi Christchurch

Katie Kerr
GLORIA Books, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Tana Mitchell
Akin Studio, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Lee Richardson
Hot Lunch, Ōtautahi Christchurch

Sophie Rzepecky (Moderator) 
Assemble, Naarm Melbourne