Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair

The Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair returns for a digital cable TV streaming bazaar with 100 artists

22 September 2020

Returning for its sixth edition, the Artist Self-Publishers’ (ASP) Fair will take place this weekend on September 26 and 27, for a fully online iteration featuring 100 artists and publishers, presented by ICA, London. 

For this digital edition of the fair — which features self-publishers such as Emily Pope, Hate Zine, Black Lodge Press to name a few — ASP have drawn inspiration from cable TV and home shopping media. The fair will be a “streaming bazaar” online where visitors can chat with the stall holders, view performances, readings, screenings and purchase zines.

In addition to the publishers that also include the likes of Arts of the Working Class, Nervemeter among others, ASP has programmed guest performers for each day, such as “trans chancers” and arts writers The Right Lube, interdisciplinary artists R.I.P. Germain, Ruth Angel Edwards, as well as musicians Lolina and Scratcha DVA and more.

See the ASP website for more details.**

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Free from the fetters of the institution: a short guide to London’s Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair 2017

6 July 2017

The third edition of ASP (Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair) is on at London’s ICA on July 8.

The event brings together both British and international artist publishers, in an effort to “avoid the restrictions and market dominance that affects much of contemporary arts culture.” Made to be affordable and accessible, the artworks/books are all produced and published by the artists themselves, free from the “fetters of the institution or gallery.”

The event will be host to over 70 artists, including 24 Hours in the Sky53 Beck RoadAmi Clarke and Isaac OlveraPatrick GoddardHannah SawtellEmily PopeArt Against Art , Behind the XDa ThirstRacheal CrowtherSunridge Avenue ProjectsJean-Michel WickerThe Nervemeter and Leon Sadler, among others.

ASP3 Expanded Programme

In the ICA’s Lower Gallery, there will be live-publishing, spoken word, and music, as well as an exhibition:

– Assembling Project will present a compilation of contributions from ASP3 participations, where they will produce, print and publish during the event, which will also be available to purchase.

– Ruth Angel Edwards will be producing an audio accompaniment to Nervemeter with Lord Tusk , as well as organising Music for Self-Publishing Experimental, which includes “music performances, recordings and audio interventions.”

– Nervemeter Magazine will present a temporary exhibition alongside ASP3 featuring Aidee, Minkie and Brandan Quick, as well as readings throughout the day including Little Jay’s Prison Diary, Michael Brady, and Aslan.

Visit the ASP website for details.**

ASP Promo poster.

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‘ASP: Artists Self-Publishing’ workshop @ ICA, Nov 26

24 November 2016

The ‘ASP: Artists Self-Publishing’ workshop is on at London’s ICA on November 26.

Organised by Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair (ASP) organisers Dan Mitchell and Sara MacKillop, the event will include a panel and artist presentations open to people interested in self-publishing. Invited speakers include Stuart Bannocks, Da Thirst, Tamsin Clarke & Richard Bevan, and Mark Pawson, who will introduce their work with “a special focus on history, distribution, production and culture, sharing the key elements of a successful selfpublishing practice.”

Mitchell and MacKillop will also present their practices and open the floor to discussion offering practical advice on the process.  

See the FB event page for details.**



#DaThirst Magazine @ #ASP2 @icalondon

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Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair II @ ICA, Sep 10

9 September 2016

Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair II is taking place at London’s ICA on September 10.

Following on from the success of the inaugural Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair in 2015, this year brings over seventy UK and international independent artist self-publishers for the one-day fair. The second incarnation is bigger, features artist self-publishers only, and “continues to avoid the restrictions and market dominance of much contemporary arts culture”.

The publications are considered art works, however, affordable and available, with “the ideas, images and text produced and published by artists who understand the restrictions and freedoms of the printed page”.

Artists and publishers to look out for include Ami Clarke of Banner Repeater, Cesura//Acceso, Da Thirst, Dan Szor & Racheal Crowther, Ed Lehan & Lena Tutunjian, Hannah Sawtell, Laura Yuile, Owen Piper and more.

See the ASP website for details.**

Artist Self-Publishers' Fair II @ ICA, Sep 10


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