Castlemaine Art Museum unveil two day Melbourne Art Book Fair program

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Castlemaine Art Museum unveil two day Melbourne Art Book Fair program

Words by Staff Writer

As part of the annual Melbourne Art Book Fair, satellite venue Castlemaine Art Museum presents a two day regional art book fair.

The 1931 heritage art deco building of Castlemaine Art Museum (CAM) will be lined with creatives in June for a regional art book fair. Under the 2024 Melbourne Art Book Fair program banner, CAM are dedicating a weekend to celebrate and showcase central Victorian artists, writers and publishers.

From 10am – 3pm on Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June, the Dja Dja Wurrung Country CAM home will host a series of special events including artist talks, workshops, a book launch and a panel conversation on artists publishing their work.

Castlemaine Art Museum Art Book Fair Details

  • When: Saturday 1 June – Saturday 2 June, 10am – 3pm
  • Where: Castlemaine Art Museum, 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine

Stay up to date with what’s happening within the region’s art scene here.

The program for the regional art book fair includes a collaborative panel discussion with artist Julie Millowick, and her creative publishing team of Jac DiBlasi, Jessie DiBlasi, Rob Gale, and Stephanie Holt, discussing Millowick’s 36-year bound documentation of the Central Victorian post-goldrush environment, Surrounding. The publication emerges from an exhibition series Julie Millowick: Surroundings which is now being presented at CAM.

In another panel discussion, Lorena Carrington of Pardalote Press, artist Deborah Klein and artist Clayton Tremlett will engage in discourse about self-publishing in Self-Publishing Artists Reaching Across and Beyond The Region.

On the workshop front, learn about the art form of paper marbling with a workshop presented by Beck Sutton on The Harebrained Press. Participants will learn about the history and along with trying their skills in the art form.

In a special celebration, co-editors Justin Andrews and Jacqueline Stojanovic will launch their book Sphere 5-8, and engage in conversation about the evolving project.

With the weekend coinciding with Melbourne Design Week, a unique design installation will be presented. The work, designed by leading digital mould and formwork designers in Australia Digital Mould Design (DND), is a distinct steel glass fibre reinforced concrete mould installation which will activate the CAM gallery space. An in-conversation presentation will be held between designers Time Preston and Sholto Turner and CAM Director Naomi Cass, discussing the intricacies of the design installation and their overall practice.

With an abundance of stallholders joining the festivities, the fair presents an opportunity for regional artists, designers, writers and publishers to meet the community and also support other creative artists.

The full CAM art book fair program can be accessed here, with tickets to certain events available.