Cape Town Art Book Fair 24 - 26 September 2021

Barnard is pleased to participate in the second edition of the Cape Town Art Book Fair at Norval Foundation from 24-26 September 2021. Over three days, Norval Foundation’s Atrium will be transformed into the Cape Town Art Book Fair. Bringing together galleries, writers, publishers, artists and independent book-sellers, #CTABF21 gives you the chance to explore a variety of art books, zines and magazines.


Barnard Publishing is a collaborative endeavour involving writers, photographers, designers, printers, editors and of course the artists. Our books feature critical essays by respected authors writers and academics. To date these have included amongst others, Ashraf Jamal (Author of ‘In the World: Essays on Contemporary South African Art’– SKIRA 2018), Pippa Skotnes (Michaelis Professor of Fine Art and Director of the Centre for Curating the Archive at the University of Cape Town), journalist and arts critic Sean O’Toole, Andrew Lamprecht (Senior Lecturer: Theory and Discourse, Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town), Karen von Veh (Professor of Fine Art, University of Johannesburg) and Rachel Thomas (Senior Curator: Irish Museum of Modern Art).


Barnard publications are not catalogues of an exhibition, nor are they strictly speaking monographs; rather they are an extension or expression of the artist's output in a different form i.e similar to that of an 'artist's book. The print run is therefore not along commercial lines but is rather limited to 100 copies which are then editioned and signed by the artist. What is produced is both 'book' and 'art object' and is by nature a 'collectible'.


To date Barnard publications have been added to the special library collections of the University of Cape Town (UCT); Wits Art Museum (WAM), Johannesburg; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Pratt Institute, New York and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.

September 23, 2021