BOOKED: Hong Kong Art Book Fair

BOOKED: Hong Kong Art Book Fair

Date & Time

28 Apr - 1 May, 2023 28.04.2023 3pm–7pm
29.04.2023–01.05.2023 12pm–7pm


1/F Galleries (JC Contemporary & F Hall)
2/F Artists’ Book Library


$40 (Regular ticket)
$30 (Concession ticket for full-time students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above)


Tai Kwun Contemporary's BOOKED: Hong Kong Art Book Fair 2023 is returning for its fifth edition, with local, regional, and international exhibitors joining in person. Extending across the gallery spaces of JC Contemporary and F Hall in Tai Kwun, this latest edition also launches "Sounds Like Print” (28 April to November 2023), a project that explores the intersection of “sound” and “print”.

Featuring more than 80 artists, publishers, organisations, and booksellers, BOOKED: Hong Kong Art Book Fair also includes special displays by the Hong Kong photographer Kurt Tong, the Swiss independent publishing house Nieves, and the French publisher onestar press / Three Star Books, along with a wide range of public programming such as talks, workshops, and performances (more details to come).

BOOKED: Hong Kong Art Book Fair underscores Tai Kwun Contemporary's dedication to providing a platform for creative practitioners and publishers who are invested in books as a medium of artistic and intellectual expression while providing an opportunity for public audiences to enjoy and engage with these materials as art, and as an important resource for learning and research.

Sounds Like Print

“Sounds Like Print” explores how the visible and the audible overlap: on the one hand, the ways in which sound and music—what we hear and listen to—are recorded in print, in the packaging around sound and music, as well as magazines, zines, and flyers, and on the other, how printed matter can trigger or generate sounds. Created in affordable, multiple copies for distribution and circulation, music/sound recordings as well as printed matter have remarkable similarities to one another, particularly in opposition in the classical notion of “art” considered as valuable and unique. There is thus an accessible, indie or self-made spirit here.

The project launches with a special display of sound art and experimental music primarily from the Mainland, on loan from the archive of Hong Kong-based curator and scholar Dr Edward Sanderson, alongside several "Notations" exploring associated themes. Other artworks by Samson Young (Hong Kong), Dave Muller (Los Angeles) and mmmmor studio (Düsseldorf/Hong Kong) are set among the Artists' Book Library.

Curated by Ingrid Pui Yee Chu and Dr Edward Sanderson, and co-organised with Daniel Szehin Ho.


Tickets to BOOKED: are available on Klook

$40 (Regular ticket)
$30 (Concession ticket for full-time students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above)

Limited tickets available at the JC Contemporary reception. Free entry for visitors under 5 years old.

Exhibitor List


-w- *u* >r< ;e;, 1999, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, ACO Books, Asia Art Archive, Asia Publishing Services, BASE, Blue Lotus Gallery & Editions, Boogie Woogie Photography, brownie publishing, Chan Wai Kwong, Chow San, daoju, Display Distribute, Dorothy Wong Ka Chung, Benjamin Ryser (o!sland), dotdotdot, Either Or (Au Hoi Lam x Vivian Poon), Epical Chamber/ Ocean Leung/ KaMan Leung/ Angel Tse/ Mandy Lau/ Li Jhao Ci , flip & roll, Floating Projects, for&st, Hanart T Z Gallery Limited, Hato Press, Hei Shing Book Design, Raúl Hernández, HOLE IN THE WALL, Hong Kong Design Institute – Rennie’s Mill Press, idea publishing, Islanders, jisaam books × mmmmor studio, Kary Kwok production, Leumas To, Lou/Cehryl/Christy, Lumenvisum, Martypic, MCCM Creations, mini press @ Tiana CloudLand, Mount Zero Books, narrativesbyus, Ning-Ning, ODD ONE OUT, Old textbooks + Lau chi-chung Photography, Place-writing zines (Ani Syu & Sampson Wong), Print Club, Sample, Soft D Press, soundpocket, Spicy Fish Cultural Production Limited; TRENDLIT PUBLISHING PRIVATE LIMITED, Hang Tam, TASCHEN, Thames & Hudson, The Culturist, The House of Hong Kong Literature, the memory machine, The Paradise Association, The Sandwich Club, This Bakery, kan tai wong, YeP YeP, ZAAZAAAA Collective, ZINE COOP


Case Publishing / shashasha (Tokyo), crevasse (Ibaraki), Dialect (Macau), DREAMER FTY (Beijing), Icosa (Guangzhou), Imageless (Shanghai), Jakarta Art Book Fair (Jakarta), Jiazazhi (Ningbo/ Shanghai), KaleidoscopeBooks (Shenyang/ Shanghai), P_PAL (Beijing), PukouFactory (Nanjing), Reading Room (Guangzhou), Scheinflut (Shenzhen), Studio HAZE (Guangzhou), swampland, Three Shadows Art Store (Beijing/Xiamen), UNFOLD Shanghai Art Book Fair (Shanghai)


Afterall (London), crater invertido cooperativa (Mexico City), David Zwirner Books (New York), Nieves (Zurich), Primary Information (New York), Printed Matter (New York), Self Publish, Be Happy (London), sesamespace (Tokyo), Three Star Books (Paris), URBAN RATS (London)

Collective Table

Arbre, Art Metropole, Cheungin, Preston Hartwick, Maoren, Natasza Minasiewicz, Mousse, otto, Silas Fong & Hye Kyoung Kwon, Jasper Sebastian Stürup, Lynn Tan, Tommytfortwo, Diyou Yu

Public Programmes


28 April, 3–7 pm | 15 minutes every hour, around the fair
The Enlightened Women
Durational performance by BASE (Florence Lam and Pang Jing)

1 May, 12–7 pm | 2/F Artists’ Book Library
Furniture Music: Sight Reading
Durational performance by Samson Young; performed by pianists Linda Yim and Shelley Ng


29 April, 5–6 pm | Off-site
30 April, 5–6 pm | Off-site
1 May, 11–12 pm | Off-site

Venue: 1/F Gallery of JC Contemporary and nearby playgrounds around Tai Kwun (Ticket is required to enter the gallery space)

Why are you here? 你點解會黎到呢度? Warum bist du hier? – An audio-visual guided city walk between Hong Kong and Berlin, with Dorothy Wong Ka Chung, Benjamin Ryser (o!sland) 
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TALKS (2/F Artists’ Book Library)
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28 April
5:30–7 pm
Artist’s Books about Place-based Imaginations
With Ani Syu & The Islanders (Kit); moderated by Sampson Wong

29 April
12:30–2 pm
LUMBUNG...: On the Kios and Lumbung of Publishers after documenta

2:30–4 pm
Kurt Tong on “Dear Franklin”
Moderated by Eunice Tsang

4:30–6 pm
Top Ten: Selections from Sounds Like Print
With Ingrid Pui Yee Chu and Dr Edward Sanderson

30 April
12–1:30 pm
Event Scores by Artist-Parents: Family as a Creative Collective
With Yannick Dauby, David Horvitz, Chow Yik Lam; moderated by Doris Wong
Co-presented with Asia Art Archive and Rooftop Institute

2:30–4 pm
Three Star Books—The Artist, The Publisher, The Critic
With Raffaella della Olga, Christophe Boutin and Mélanie Scarciglia; moderated by Billy Tang

4:30–6 pm
Sites of Longing: Self Publish, Be Happy
With Hannah Dunsmore; moderated by Chloe Chow


28 April, 3–7 pm
29 April, 12–7 pm
Thank you, next    The Heritage of Disappearance in Hong Kong’s Architecture
(Pop-up by Natasza Minasiewicz)

30 April, 1–4 pm
Let’s make a mini eggwich
With Tiana Cloudland 
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1 May, 1–3 pm
Book Scent Imaginary Workshop
With Chan Ching
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Spending Rewards

Spending Rewards

During BOOKED: Hong Kong Art Book Fair, Tai Kwun visitors who spend HK$500 or more at the book fair will also receive a HK$50 Tai Kwun e-voucher* that may be used at select shops and restaurants inside Tai Kwun.

*Customers are required to sign up as a TK Fan and download the Tai Kwun app to redeem the Tai Kwun e-voucher. Other terms & conditions apply.

Voucher Redemption Counter: Visitor Centre (Block 03)
Redemption Period: 28 April–1 May 2023

Terms and Conditions:

  • From 28 April to 1 May 2023, a TK FAN who spends an accumulated HK$500 or above at BOOKED: Hong Kong Art Book Fair will receive a HK$50 Tai Kwun e-voucher that may be used at select shops and restaurants at Tai Kwun.
  • To redeem the e-voucher, visitors should first sign up as a TK FAN (i.e. to create a Tai Kwun account, subscribe and fill in their preferences) and download the Tai Kwun App. Then, customers need to present original receipts at Visitor Services at Block 03.
  • There is no upper limit in the number of e-voucher redemptions per Tai Kwun Fans account.
  • Each eligible receipt is entitled to one redemption registration only.
  • E-vouchers are available on a first-come, first-served basis while stock lasts.
  • The use of e-vouchers is subject to the terms and conditions.
  • The e-voucher must be presented before payment/placing order. 
  • No replacement will be issued for the loss of receipts.
  • The receipts will be invalid if found defaced or damaged.
  • Tai Kwun reserves the right to make the final decision in the case of any disputes.