The Grey Guide to Artist-Run Publishing and Circulation was produced by Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) in collaboration with le Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ). First composed of a series of seven essays written and developed by artist, critic, cultural worker and art librarian Felicity Tayler, this publication is now available in PDF. The essays were first made available online, as a bi-weekly e-campaign, from March 1st to June 21st, 2017. The kick off launch of the print version was held on September 23rd, 2017, at Nautilus Nautilus, an Or Bookstore kiosk in partnership with Flotilla, Charlottetown, PEI, followed by a series of launches across Canada in 2017 and 2018; in Edmonton (SNAP, September 21st, 2017), Montréal, Québec, Winnipeg, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina at the Vancouver Art Book Fair (VABF), and, at Volume 1 and 2, an art book fair in Montréal. Sold out, the guide is now available in most Canadian university libraries as well as at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ).
The Grey 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.
Read or download the PDF here.