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The Grey Guide Book Launch and Discussion


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BOOK LAUNCH | Saturday, 14 April, 2:00 p.m.
DISCUSSION | 2:30 p.m.

PLATFORM, in partnership with Also As Well Too artist-book library and the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) present the Winnipeg Launch of "The Grey Guide to Artist-Run Publishing and Circulation". The "Grey Guide" is a thought provoking guide on art publishing in Canada and an essential resource for artists.

In addition to the book launch, the editor and ARCA National Director Anne Bertrand will be attending and will prompt a discussion around the diversity of publishing forms, publics and circulation modes. This will take place at 2:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Related to this discussion and of possible interest is ARCA's online taxonomy of publishing forms and genres typically used in visual arts publishing, which you can see at http://arca.art/greyguide/taxonomy/

This guide seeks to trigger high-level debate about the role of publishing in artist-run culture. Combining theory with practice, the "Grey Guide" also offers practical guidance in this complex field, so that a new generation of artists and cultural workers who wish to professionalize may do so, while others may opt to remain resolutely DIY if they so please. Either way, somewhere on the continuum between adopting an entrepreneurial strategy and advocating for sustained public funding, this guide offers insight into the advantages and disadvantages inherent to a diversity of approaches.

"The Grey Guide to Artist-Run Publishing and Circulation" is produced by Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) in collaboration with le Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ). Composed of a series of seven essays written and developed by artist, critic, cultural worker and art librarian Felicity Tayler, this publication is available for purchase at the launch for a discounted price of $20. It is also available online at http://www.arca.art/en/resources/the-grey-guide-in-print/ for the regular price of $30.

Felicity Tayler is an FAS Post Doctoral Fellow in the History of Art at the University of Toronto. Her SSHRC-funded PhD research at Concordia University focused on counter-national narratives in conceptual bookworks and artists’ magazines from the early 1970s. She also holds an MLIS from McGill University and has experience as an art librarian. In each of these roles she is concerned with media and cultural infrastructure as the material substrates for social imaginaries. Both her artistic practice and curatorial work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. She has written reviews for C Magazine and Ciel Variable, and her scholarly writing is featured in the Journal of Canadian Art History, International Journal on Digital Libraries, Art Documentation and Art Libraries Journal. www.atthetime.ca

"The Grey Guide on Artist-Run Publishing and Circulation" is published by Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference / Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés.

Editor: Anne Bertrand
Contributing editor: Felicity Tayler
Copy editors: Magalie Bouthillier, Edwin Janzen, Isabelle Lamarre
Translators: Simon Brown, Isabelle Lamarre
Design and layout: Annie Lafleur
Printed by Imprimerie Gauvin

Texts in English and in French (printed head-to-tail)
244 pages; Softcover; 7 in X 9.5 in; 2017.
CAD $30,00 ($20 launch price)
ISBN 978-0-9959968-0-9