By Adam Deane
Every year, autumnal bliss envelops the faces of Vancouverites for a few short months (that’s generous) and the spirit of the season can be felt across the city. Events like Taste of Yaletown, the UBC Apple Festival, and the Vancouver Christmas Market have become staples. One weekend in particular stands out as a must to take in a film, meet fellow creatives, and inject pumpkin spice into our bloodstreams whilst walking the halls of Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
The Vancouver Art Book Fair (VABF) is fast becoming an essential pastime – a must for creators, families, and consumers of creations alike. We were lucky enough to track down Lisa Curry, this year’s director, and prod her for any information she had for the 5,000+ expected participants this year.
“The Vancouver Art Book Fair is a non-profit organization that seeks to establish Vancouver as an international centre for artists’ publishing,” says Curry. “In 2010, they had been looking for volunteers and I signed on to manage their fundraising and event-coordination, and later joined the board!”
Magical things happen when you work for what you believe in. Curry expresses that volunteering can be a clear avenue for anyone wanting to turn their passion into a career. She detailed exactly what we can expect from the family-friendly fair this year.
“The fair regularly attracts thousands of people over the course of the weekend,” she says. “Since moving to Emily Carr, everything has grown – even doubled. There will be food trucks, interactive programming for children… we really want to encourage people to make a day of it. We have the non-profit organization, The Writer’s Exchange, who advocate for literacy among diverse groups of children across Vancouver. They came to us with an idea: an advice computer. It’s a cardboard box big enough for a person to fit in. People will come and submit their problems and the ‘advice computer’ will write advice for them. This zone is also meant for attendees to take a moment to have fun and relax while enjoying a full day of VABF. VABF will also feature various reading rooms, artist projects, student tables, artist talks, keynote speakers, Andrea Fraser and David Senior, plus a ton of other fun things happening throughout the weekend. For those who need an introduction to art books, there will also be a film screening of How to Make a Book with [Gerhard] Steidl.”
Launching on the night of October 18 with the Members Preview, the fair is free and open to the public beginning Friday, October 19 at 11am – this is your chance to grab your friends, family, or anyone in your life seeking inspiration, for w
orthwhile talks and exhibits and to make a weekend out of the Vancouver Art Book Fair.
Vancouver Art Book Fair runs from October 19-21 at Emily Carr University.