Vienna Art Book Fair FAQ

What is Das Kunstbuch?

The purpose of the association Das Kunstbuch is to build a network of artists, collectives, self-publishers, small publishing houses, antiquarian booksellers, libraries, institutions, printing houses and all those dedicated to the medium of the printed book. Artists’ books constitute, in contrast to catalogues or monographs, autonomous and democratic works of art. The aim of the association is to disseminate and promote artists’ books in order to heighten the appreciation and visibility of this field.

What is the Vienna Art Book Fair?

The Vienna Art Book Fair #2 (VABF), which will take place from October 20-22, 2023 is an international festival for the promotion and dissemination of artists' publications and editions. In cooperation with die Angewandte - University for Applied Arts Vienna the venue “Expositur Vordere Zollamtstraße 7, 3rd District of Vienna” will be transformed on this weekend into an adventure park for booklovers. The Vienna Art Book Fair’s period of focus is the artists’ book as a democratic work of art. Accordingly, it is a major concern for Marlene Obermayer, the organizer and founder of the non-profit association Das Kunstbuch, to make the event free and open to the public. On an unprecedented scale in Austria, the Vienna Art Book Fair #2 offers for the second time a platform for artists, collectives, publishers, small publishers, antique dealers, institutions, printers and all those who are dedicated to the medium of the printed book.

How do I apply to the Vienna Art Book Fair?

Application is closed!
There is no fee to apply. The application deadline was 20 June 2023.

When will I find out whether I’ve been accepted into the Fair?
We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, as participation is confirmed on a rolling basis, beginning in late May. We appreciate your patience. Notifications will be sent via e-mail.

What is the fee structure for exhibiting at Vienna Art Book Fair #2?
Fees are determined by your exhibitor category

VABF 2023 Exhibitor Fees
- 125€ : Half Table! Designated for publishers and artists focused on zines and small press publications. Half Table size ca. 80 x 80 cm
- 250€ : Designated for publishers and artists focused on zines and small press publications. Table size min. 120 x 80 cm
- 350€ : Designated for non-profit and small press, Table size 160 x 80 cm
- 500€ : Designated for publishing houses, distributors, galleries, institutions and book dealers. Table size 160 x 80 cm

Prices per table, VAT free
- Exhibitors are allowed to share tables, up to a maximum of 2 exhibitors per table

- Unfortunately there is no Wall Space in the Aula
- Members of Das Kunstbuch have priority and receive a reduced table. Find out more about the membership ︎ here ︎

How are exhibitor fees determined?
Das Kunstbuch is a non-profit organization. Fees will go directly toward the hard costs of this non-profit event. These include free access to the public, table rental, operations and staffing costs, and programming expenses — including fair pay for artists, speakers, and publishers.

Are there opportunities for financial support?
Three first-time exhibitors in the Vienna Art Book Fair (artists, artists' book publishers, or collectives in the early stages of their career) will each be granted a free table. If you're a first time exhibitor and would like to be considered, please share a clear and concise mission or artist statement in the application form.

︎ If there are funding resources available through your government, universities, or other channels, we are happy to provide an official invitation letter from Das Kunstbuch as well as discuss helping with other related paperwork.

Is die Angewandte - University of Applied Arts Vienna accessible?

Das Kunstbuch and die Angewandte are committed to ensuring the Fair is accessible.
Please write to for more specific access-related questions.

How do we submit proposals for programming?

Please submit detailed programming proposals in your application. All proposals will be considered, but cannot be guaranteed due to the limited time slots.
If you are interested in partnering with the Fair and proposing a more involved offsite or online program series, please write to

Are there opportunities to work or volunteer for the Fair?

We assemble an incredible team to help support exhibitors and visitors during the Fair weekend. When we are ready to hire for these positions closer to the Fair dates, we will make an announcement online, via social media and on our website. Please check back for an update.

How do I learn about sponsoring or partnering with the Fair?

If you’re interested in learning more about how to get involved and partner with us, please write to Marlene Obermayer.

How can I support the Fair with a financial or in-kind donation?

Our non-profit gathering is made possible in part through the generosity of our many supporters. To connect with us about the various ways you can participate, please email Marlene Obermayer ( We’re deeply grateful to our previous partners and donors for their inspiring generosity.