Publishing Weekend

Diffusion Publishing Weekend

Book Fair, Symposium & Artist-led Events

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May

All events take place at Chapter

Booking: 029 2030 4400 /

This weekend-long event, organised through a partnership between Ffotogallery and Chapter, puts the focus on publishing, from artists’ DIY activity through to larger, established publishing houses, magazines and galleries.


Publishing Fair

Saturday 25 May, 11am – 5pm & Sunday 26 May, 10am – 5pm

Free Admission 

The publishing fair welcomes all to celebrate, explore and engage in a wealth of international contemporary book arts and print practice. On Saturday there will be a series of Q&A sessions with selected contributors and throughout the weekend will be various launches and signings.

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Photobook Symposium

Sunday 26 May, 11am – 5pm

£15 / BOOK NOW

This event will open up creative dialogue and enquiry into documentary and art photography publishing today, with a lively programme of presentations and panel discussions. Bringing together photographers, publishers and other industry specialists, debate will centre around shifts in publishing as practice; the mechanisms of production and distribution; legacies, contexts and considering exhibitions of photobooks. Ken Grant will also be back by popular demand presenting new 5 minute Book Reviews.

Ticket price includes tea and coffee and a packed lunch.

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Off The Page

Saturday 25 May, 6pm / £2.50

Curated by artist Samuel Hasler, Off the Page is an off beat and lively evening of artworks as spoken word and performance, featuring Tim Bromage, Sam Playford-Greenwell and Marie Toseland. Each will introduce their work using unique and personal methods of presentation. An hour of space to enjoy the stranger margins of contemporary art and language.

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Saturday 25 May, 11am – 1pm or 2 – 4pm / Free (ages 12+)

Join artist and DIY record label founder Mark Thomas and learn how to make your own photocopied zine. Zines (short for “fanzines” or “magazines”) are self-published paper booklets of words and images. Tracing the history of zines from their roots in the underground music scene to the present day, we will explore how zines can be a fun and creative means of expression. Please bring any photographs or images you would like to include in your zine.

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Sunday 26 May, 5pm / £5

Shape Records and Chapter present a programme of performances from bands and artists who have self-published zines as part of their practice. There will be a live zine created at the event that audience members can contribute to – with photos, thoughts, drawings – and take home at the end of the evening.

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Cardiff Print Workshop

Sat 25 & Sun 26 May / 11am – 5pm

Market House, Market Road, CF5 1QE

To coincide with the Publishing Weekend at Chapter, Cardiff Print Workshop will be opening to the public with a new exhibition and sale of handmade artist books.

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Book Binding Workshop

Sat 25 & Sun 26 May, 10am – 1pm / £15 (including materials) / age 16+

Cardiff Print Workshop

Take home your own handmade books, fantastic for presents! Learn how to fold, stitch and bind handmade books. You will learn to make two types of books, a traditional side bound book, useful as a notebook, or photo album, and a Concertina book, a fun experimental book which can include hidden pockets or paper cut outs.

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