Art Book Fair to showcase local talent

The Castlemaine Art Museum regional art book fair is in its third year. Photo: Diana Domonkos

As part of the 2024 Melbourne Art Book Fair, Castlemaine Art Museum will present a two-day regional art book fair this weekend, June 1-2, held throughout its 1931 heritage Art Deco building.

From 10am to 3pm each day, CAM will host a dynamic event showcasing work by central Victorian artists, writers and publishers, alongside a series of special events including artist talks, workshops, a book launch and panel conversations.

A unique design installation will also be presented to coincide with Melbourne Design Week.

CAM director Naomi Cass said the event was a wonderful way to celebrate our local writers, poets, artists and makers.

“For many it’s a solitary activity and the fair provides an opportunity for them to come together and for the public to meet their favourite writers and artists and chat to them about the creative processes behind their works.”

On Saturday from 11am, Tim Preston and Sholto Turner of Castlemaine’s own Digital Mould Design will be in conversation with Naomi, discussing their design installation and offering insight into their process.

At 2pm enjoy a panel discussion on the current CAM exhibition – Julie Millowick’s Surrounding – with the talented local photographer, graphic designer Jac DiBlasi, multidisciplinary artist and writer Jessie DiBlasi, photographer Rob Gale, editor Stephanie Holt and CAM director Naomi Cass.

Sunday June 2 enjoy a panel conversation with self publishing artists, including illustrator and writer Lorena Carrington of Pardalote Press and artists Deborah Klein and Clayton Tremlett.

At 1.30pm catch the launch of Sphere 5-8 with co-editors Justin Andrews and Jacqueline Stojanović. As an archive, Sphere exists in two forms: as an online index of documented submissions, and as a printed and collated artist book.

Sphere aims to bring an international community of artists and their work together into a shared space of experimentation and reflection.

With a vast range of stallholders from central Victoria, this is an extraordinary opportunity to meet regional artists, designers, writers and publishers, and support Castlemaine’s vibrant creative community on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. Entry is free.