A. Twinning Programme
1. What is “twinning”?
The “twinning” programme enables regional and international exhibitors to participate in BOOKED: without travelling to Hong Kong, through local “twin” partners taking part in the fair who would act as their representatives, including coordinating their sales and shipping needs for the fair. Local exhibitors can also suggest non-local exhibitors to apply, and help present their works in Hong Kong.
2. How does this work?
Successful applicants may choose to have their own table, or can share one or more tables with their “twin” exhibitor. The local exhibitor will coordinate shipping, table/booth setup, sales, and represent the overseas exhibitor on site during the art book fair.
3. How do I find a "twinning" partner?
Local and overseas applicants who wish to be considered for the “twinning” programme can contact their desired “twins” beforehand and state their desired partners in the application. Otherwise, applicants can also ask to be matched by the organisers of BOOKED:.
4. Can I bring my own partner for “twinning”?
Yes. You can either select an exhibitor of your choice, and if so, please contact them in advance and ask them to fill out the “non-local exhibitor form”; OR You can ask to be matched by BOOKED: organisers if you take part in the “twinning” programme.
5. Can I partner with more than one artist?
Yes, if you wish to propose to work with more than one artist and/or set up a group presentation, please note this in your application, as well as any relevant themes, or reasons for showing them together.
6. I am a local exhibitor. Can I partner with another local exhibitor?
We strongly encourage local exhibitors to look for non-local exhibitor for the twin programme. If you would like to share a table, you may simply submit a joint application (just one application) as a local exhibitor.
7. What is the fee for the twinning programme?
You can choose to share the same table and one table fee, or you may apply for two tables together and two table fees (space permitting).
8. Is there any financial support for book shipments if I take part in the twinning programme?
BOOKED: will prioritise applicants who are willing to take part in the “twinning” programme, and can provide some financial assistance for international shipping to them, upon request.
1. What is the difference between an Artist’s table and a Standard table?
Artist’s tables are small tables meant for a publishing presentation by a solo artist or an artist group/collective; only one chair will be provided, and there is only space for one chair. Artist’s tables are not open to art bookshops, publishers, or organisations; your application may be disqualified if you are not an artist and still apply for an artist’s table.
Standard tables are open for artists who need extra space, or for bookshops, publishers, or organisations. Standard tables are not open to commercial galleries.
2. I am a bookstore with lots of books. Can I rent two or more tables?
Unfortunately, space is very limited at BOOKED: this year. You may indicate in your application the need for some extra space, but we cannot promise or guarantee extra space. If you take part in the twinning programme, you may also together with your twin apply for one table each.
3. I have a special display proposal. What should I do?
We have limited display areas reserved for exhibitors with larger/experimental publishing programmes. Such proposals are evaluated based on the applicant's artistic merits, especially in relation to art and/or art publishing, and how they fit within the overall sphere of artists’ books, zines, photo books, art monographs, critical/theoretical and experimental writing, and/or other printed ephemera.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
4. I am a commercial art gallery. I am interested in taking part. What should I do?
We have limited tables reserved for commercial galleries who are interested in doing a special set up or display. Submissions are evaluated based on the artistic merits of the applicant's represented materials, especially in relation to art and/or art publishing, and how they fit within the overall sphere of artists’ books, zines, photo books, art monographs, critical/theoretical and experimental writing, and/or other printed ephemera.
More information and pricing is available upon request. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
5. What are the criteria in selecting exhibitors?
BOOKED: strives to have a variety of exhibitors, while maintaining its criteria for selection:
Ideal exhibitors will feature some of the following: artists’ books, zines, photo books, art monographs, critical/theoretical and experimental writing.
Ideal exhibitors will showcase remarkable contemporary artistic practices through their works, primarily works in the form of printed matter.
Ideal exhibitors should have books available for sale; an exhibitor’s table cannot be a promotional table with no books available for sale.
Exhibitors should have a focus on visual and contemporary art, with no more than half of the table for non-art publications (such as literature or poetry), as well as related items (such as posters, non-editioned prints, handcrafted merchandise that are not books, etc.).
Exhibitors who have taken part in previous editions of BOOKED: should also have new material to present.
Applicants willing to participate in the “twinning” programme will receive priority in being selected.