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Temple Bar Gallery + Studios to open its doors for the Dublin Art Book Fair tomorrow

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in the city centre is turning into a gathering point for carefully curated art publications, original artwork, conversations and events from tomorrow, Thursday 24th, when it will open its doors for the annual Dublin Art Book Fair, with the event running until 4th December.

A showcase of art books produced by artist-makers and specialist publishers, both Irish and international, on the subjects of art, design, visual culture, philosophy and architecture, as well as select fiction and poetry, awaits visitors to the twelfth Dublin Art Book Fair.

The books include 100 limited-edition artist books that demonstrate the possibilities of the book as a form of art, alongside selected publications nominated by artists and people from the fields of publishing, design, art, visual culture and academia.

The line-up extends beyond physical books, and an 11-day programme of talks, events and workshops is also taking place, which have ‘A Caring Matter’ as the theme.

Compiled by guest curator Rosie Lynch, who is Creative Director of Workhouse Union in Co. Kilkenny and an advocate for community-led housing, the programme puts the idea of care at the centre of ways of thinking about communities, the environment, buildings and towns, and how people work, live and make art.

Among the programme highlights of Dublin Art Book Fair, which is Ireland’s only dedicated art book event, are:

Announcing tomorrow’s opening of Dublin Art Book Fair, Clíodhna Shaffrey, Director of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, said: “Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is committed to Dublin Art Book Fair as a space for artistic creativity, books, conversation and exchange. Every year we receive a substantial number of artist books, and every year we are surprised at the potential for the artist book.

“There are stunning limited edition books made by artists, designers and writers; the result of various processes, print, text and drawing, with consideration of layout, design, folds, fonts, paper and concept. They inventively push what the shape of an artist book can be.

“This year there are 136 artist books that hold their place with nominated book titles, independent publishers – Irish and International presses –  and more.

“We are thrilled to work with our guest curator, Rosie Lynch, the inspirational director of Callan Workhouse Union and her theme ‘A Caring Matter’. We are delighted to present a commissioned work by visual artist Marielle MacLeman, ‘Care Quilt’ – part of an ongoing text artwork, based on ideas of care.”

Also commenting, Rosie Lynch, guest curator of Dublin Art Book Fair, said: “It’s a privilege for me to have guest-curated this year’s Dublin Art Book Fair.

“I’ve designed a programme with the theme of ‘A Caring Matter’, and this is explored through the books themselves and an 11-day programme of talks, events and workshops.

“They will explore the role that care plays from many aspects, including how we build communities of solidarity and belonging, to how we care for our buildings and towns.

“We want to bring care to the heart of our connections and conversations at this year’s Dublin Art Book Fair.”

Dublin Art Book Fair is taking place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 24th November – 4th December, and has free entry.

All programme events are also free to attend, but booking is essential at www.templebargallery.com/exhibitions/dublin-art-book-fair-2022, where full programme details are available.

Dublin Art Book Fair is funded by Henry J Lyons, the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

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