The Grey Guide in print


Kick off launch on September 23rd, 2017, from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Nautilus Nautilus, an Or Bookstore kiosk in partnership with Flotilla , Charlottetown, PE Also available at  Le Port de Tête (Montréal), Art Metropole (Toronto) and the Or bookstore (Vancouver) as of September 23rd. The Grey Guide to Artist-Run Publishing and Circulation is the most cutting edge guide on art publishing in »»

Brief 07 — The Post-Digital Now


This last brief proposes advocacy avenues like the development of a writing fee schedule and support for non-literary, creative non-fiction translation, to further recognize art publishing as a distinct artistic form. Read the brief here .

Brief 05 — Situating Artist-Run Publishing within Digital Culture


This brief outlines the concept of the “public domain” as both a legal category and a symbolic battleground where international intellectual property law is contested by post-national “free culture” movements, which do not identify with social and economic inequalities arising from the restriction of cultural expression in a networked society. Read the brief here .

Brief 03 — Material Conditions


This brief considers the unstable economics of writing and publishing both within and beyond artist–run culture. In Canada and Quebec, fiction and non-fiction writers must learn to navigate the standard practices of multiple publishing milieus, all the while augmenting this activity with other sources of income. Read the brief here.

Brief 02 — From Dissemination to Circulation


This second brief will emphasize the active role that the publisher must play to ensure a connection with immediate and long–term readerships, whether this publisher is an artist–run centre, an independent small press, or the authors/artists themselves.  Read the brief here

Faceted Taxonomy of Publication Forms


This is a faceted taxonomy of publishing forms and genres typically used in visual arts publishing. The idea is to show how, in artist-led publishing, the aesthetic choice of form is critical to attracting a public and to facilitating circulation through atypical trade routes. Consult the taxonomy here .



The Grey Guide to Artist–Run Publishing and Circulation is composed of a series of seven briefs written and developed by artist, critic, cultural worker and art librarian Felicity Tayler. Register to our list to receive the bi–weekly e–campaign, from March 1st to June 21, 2017. Here is the introduction