Art Fair

Counter 2018: Plymouth Art Book Fair

17 Mar 2018

Event times

12 til 6pm

Cost of entry

Free and open to all

Ocean Studios

Devon, United Kingdom


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Counter 2018: Plymouth Art Book Fair.
Saturday 17th March, 12-6pm
Ocean Studios in the Royal William Yard, Plymouth.
The ‘Outskirts’ exhibition can be visited during normal cafe opening hours:
13th-18th March; Tues/Wed 9am-4pm, Thurs-Sat 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.


Counter returns for it’s fourth book fair to bring together artists, photographers, illustrators and publishers in Plymouth. This year’s event will be held at Ocean Studios and includes exhibitors from Denmark and Italy in addition to artists from across the UK and many based in Plymouth or the South West.

This year’s book fair will showcase 37 tablers making a range of unique publications and limited editions ranging from zines and comics to photo books, catalogues and illustrated poetry. The event has also been sponsored by UK paper smith, G.F Smith, who will be at the event showing their range of products.

After successfully securing a grant from Arts Council England the organisers have programmed short talks and a performance to take place during the afternoon. Guest speakers Alexandra Higlett and Georgina Hounsome will talk about Pirrip Press, their design/publishing company and shop in Bristol; London-based artist Daniel Lehan will present his performance titled ‘I Am A Square’ and Robin Silas Christian of Makina Books and artist Flo Brooks will talk about Brooks’s project, ‘Outskirts’ and other publications released by Makina. Large prints from the ‘Outskirts’ publication will be on display in the cafe at Ocean Studios from Tuesday 13th-Sunday 18th March.

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Programme Times for Counter 2018

Counter Art Book Fair
12 - 6pm

1pm  •  Daniel Lehan / Performance

2.30pm  •  Alexandra Higlett + Georgina Hounsome / Talk

4pm  •  Robin Silas Christian + Flo Brooks / Talk

Throughout the day  •  Makina Books / Exhibition

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Exhibitors at Counter 2018

Analogue Collective , Antler Press , Artist Tea Towel Company , As Yet Untitled , Atlantic Press Books , Benjamin Wright , Bristol Brunswick Fig , Clare Rogers , Close and Remote , Daniel Lehan , Elena Brake , Foreground , Fotonow , G.F Smith , Guy Bigland , H G makes Impact Press , J. R. Carpenter , Jessica Wright , KLD Repro , Laura Rosser ,  Makina Books ,  Mark Pawson ,  Matthew Kay , Midnakit & Plymouth Zine Library , Plymouth University Illustration , Pirrip Press , Pylon Press , Rachael Jenkins , Rhys Morgan , Semple Press , SHAPE OF ACCESS , Sister Sister , STANDINGFRAME18 , TAZI ZINE , The Art Vending Machine , Uniformbooks  


Counter draws together artists, collectives and book works to make friends, sell books, buy books, share work, share knowledge, learn something new, start conversations, ask questions, try to find answers and exchange ideas.

We love bookworks / small press / zines / multiples / mixtapes / fluxus / mailart / critical writing / offhand design / poetics / riso / photo / xerox / undesign / all kinds of booksy stuff

We're featured in the UK list of the ‘Artist-led Hot 100’ published by a-n, the Artist’s Information Company in 2017

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Image: Counter Manifesto Party at Inland Art Festival, Redruth 2016. Photo: Artur Tixiliski


Vickie Fear

Vickie Fear

Paul Hearn

Paul Hearn

Maddy Hearn

Maddy Hearn

Exhibiting artists

Laura Rosser

Pylon Press


Pirrip Press

Artist Tea Towel Company

G.F Smith

Tazi Zine

Close and Remote


Flo Brooks

Antler Press

Sister Sister

As Yet Untitled

Rachael Jenkins

H G makes

Daniel Lehan

Analogue Collective


Elena Brake

Shape Of Access

Plymouth Zine Library

KLD Repro

Jessica Wright

Bristol Brunswick Fig

Matthew Kay

Mark Pawson / Disinfotainment

Guy Bigland

J.R. Carpenter

Plymouth University Illustration

Semple Press

Atlantic Press Books

Benjamin Wright

Clare Rogers

Makina Books


Impact Press

The Art Vending Machine

Rhys Morgan


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