This year’s fair will be held on Friday 18th (2pm-6pm) and Saturday 19th (11am-5pm) October 2013.
Once again it will be in the Manchester School of Art’s Holden Gallery. There will be 40+ tables manned by suppliers, art publishers, illustrators and book artists, and filled with a tremendous range of all things book arts – risographed, screenprinted, relief printed, etched soft- and hard-backed books; zines and pamphlets; tiny letterpressed delights; posters printed using woodcuts; irresistible decorative papers and practical bone folders, needles, thread; beautifully folded and manipulated book sculptures, and much much more.
Every year there are old and new faces behind the stands, and while many visitors return time after time, there are always newcomers delighted to discover the exciting, fascinating and above all varied world of book arts.
Entrance for visitors to the fair is free.
We are committed to running the MABF since we were asked to take over the running of it in 2009. For more information, please visit the special MABF website for the event.
We were asked by MMU in 2009 to take over the running of The Manchester Artists’ Book Fair. Now in it’s 8th year it has established itself on the book artists’ calendar alongside Lees, Bristol and Glasgow book fairs, (there are more of course).
With over 40 stands of established, national and internationally renowned book artists as well as emerging artists in this ever burgeoning field the fair is a cornucopia of craft, ingenuity, skill and above all a love of the art of books and of course zines.
We are always pleased with the beautiful range of works and the evidence of so much dedication to this specialist field of art and craft. We are proud to be supporting artists in this way and hope to be able to continue to build year on year with a solid reputation a bigger audience and a lot of periphery events such as the lecture and talks we schedule to coincide with the event with the wonderful Special Collections Library at MMU.