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Booked: Hong Kong Art Book Fair at Tai Kwun Contemporary

Time |
(Friday) 2pm-8pm; (Saturday to Sunday) 12pm-8pm
Location |
JC Contemporary
Price |
Price TBC
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The second edition of Booked: Hong Kong Art Book Fair at Tai Kwun Contemporary will take place from 17–19 January 2020, including a preview on Thursday, 16 January.

Booked will welcome over 70 local, regional, and international publishers and host a programme of talks, live events, displays, editions, workshops and special projects.


Booked: Hong Kong Art Book Fair is now welcoming applications from local, regional, and international art publishers and bookmakers for its second annual art book fair at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s premier art book fair takes place from 17 to 19 January 2020, with a preview on Thursday 16 January. Welcoming over 70 participants in the upcoming edition, the fair features art and artists’ books, photobooks, critical and theoretical as well as experimental writing, art magazines, zines, related ephemera and more, as well as a series of public programmes including talks, performances, displays, workshops and special projects.

Booked: underscores Tai Kwun Contemporary’s dedication to presenting contemporary art programmes in support of the continually expanding cultural ecology in Hong Kong. This includes providing a platform for creative practitioners and publishers who are invested in books as a medium of artistic and intellectual expression to share their work. It also provides an opportunity for public audiences to enjoy and engage with these materials as an important resource for learning and research.

Organised by Tai Kwun Contemporary, Booked: will be held in Tai Kwun Contemporary’s museum-standard galleries, designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Located in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central district, Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts is the largest conservation and revitalisation site in the city and the home of the non-profit contemporary art gallery.  Some 3.4 million visitors were welcomed to Tai Kwun in its first year of operations, making it the most visited heritage site in Hong Kong.

Site and Fair Information:

  • Tai Kwun Contemporary will organise and host the art book fair within its entire 3-storey facility
  • A complimentary programme of talks, performances, workshops, special projects and more will take place at designated locations at Tai Kwun
  • Table rates are as follows (all in HKD):
    • Publishers/Bookshops/non-profit organisations ($1000; standard table) Artists/Collectives ($200; smaller table)
    • Commercial Art Galleries ($5000 HKD; larger table)
  • Tai Kwun will support the art book fair through the overall set up, coordinating projects and programmes, arranging publicity and interpretation materials to be designed and published in both Traditional Chinese and English, and organising special events for participants as appropriate

Application Guidelines:

  • Each publisher, artist, organisation or collectives can only submit one application
  • An artist/individual can participate as part of different organisations/collectives and his/her participation does not have to be confirmed before their application submission
  • Applicants can seek additional funding from third parties (e.g. travel expenses)
  • Applicants should submit the following information:
    1. Introduction to the artist, organisation or art group (max. 100 words in English or 100 characters in Chinese)
    2. Website or social media links, with relevant information about the artist/publisher/organisation
  • Applications should be written in English or Chinese and submitted in digital format to: https://forms.gle/H2qzWAB4GoqAta7aA
  • Deadline: 11 November 2019
  • In the event of any discrepancy between the English and Chinese versions of these guidelines, the English version shall prevail

Submission Deadline:

11 November 2019

Submissions will be evaluated based on the applicant’s artistic merit and professional experience by the Tai Kwun Contemporary Booked team, under the supervision of the Tai Kwun Art Working Group.

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