HALFTONE Print Fair returns to Dublin with its celebration of the printed matter and a special focus on books!


The annual HALFTONE Print Fair returns for its fifth edition to The Library Project this November. The fair is an initiative of PhotoIreland Foundation, hosted every year at The Library Project, bringing together artists working in disciplines whose output manifests in printed form, and to showcase the best photographic works. In addition to the hundreds of prints visitors will discover, this year HALFTONE proposes events dedicated to that passion for accumulating more books than one can read, what the Japanese call Tsundoku.

The fair opens to the public at 2pm on Saturday 2 November, and runs until the first day of December.

Artists are selected through invitation and an open call aimed at fine art printers, illustrators, designers, photographers and creatives alike, to be displayed saloon-style and sold at the Temple Bar venue The Library Project. The fair format aims to motivate collecting and to excite artworks sales, supporting the artists’ practice. Each year sees a high number of private and corporate sales, as well as sales to public collections.

This year sees spectacular entries and special treats such as limited edition prints from curatorial duo RGKS, vibrant riso work from illustrator Claire Prouvost, and new work from photographer Brian Teeling, amongst others – there are great works to choose from.


Extending its celebration of the printed matter in this 5th edition, there is a new addition this year: Tsundoku, offering visitors four days of events (21-24 November) with book launches, talks, workshops, and a collaboration with Damn Fine Print which will see the launch of a new series of publications and a special showcase. All topped-off with a first-and-second-hand book market focused on liberating space on busy bookshelves –  everyone interested in selling books can find details on how to participate on this page.

Entry is free and everyone is welcome to The Library Project. Come and enjoy the inspiring HALFTONE Print Fair, and the new Tsundoku book weekend.

Tsundoku Events

From 21st to 24th of November, The Library Project will host a series of free events as part of Tsundoku, including a first-and-second-hand book market, book launches, flash sales, talks, and workshops. The final list will be published in this page closer to the date, and you can subscribe to stay informed here

Thursday 21 November

6pm Launch: Tsundoku Featuring the 1st and 2nd Book Market.
6pm Launch: Damn Fine Print Book Series With Bronagh Lee, Clare Lyons, Izzy Rose Grange, Neil Dunne, and Conor Nolan.

Friday 22 November

6pm Artist Talk: Over Nature Curator Valeria Ceregini will host a talk with some of the artists involved in the exhibition running at Rathfarnham Castle from 14th November to 21 December 2019, including Shane Finan, Beata Piekarska-Daly and Kathy Herbert. The exhibition catalogue is on sale at The Library Project. You can read more about the exhibition Over Nature online here.

Saturday 23 November

2pm Launch + Reading: Eamonn Doyle Launch of the book published by RM and Mapfre Foundation. With Eamonn Doyle and Niall Sweeney.

Sunday 24 November

2pm BYOB Bring Your Own Book First run as part of the Book & Magazine Fair in 2011, this event invites everyone to bring their published or loved books and participate in an open discussion about them, guided by our invited experts Orla Fitzpatrick and Steven Nestor. Free and everyone is welcome.

Participate in Tsundoku

We encourage you to join all programmed events in this first edition of Tsundoku – all are free and no need to book – and also to consider selling your books at the First & Second Hand Market running over the weekend.

First & Second Hand Market
Everyone interested in selling some of your old books to make space for others, you should gather some details:

  • A smartphone photo of each of the books you wish to sell or as a group, as illustrated.
  • A list stating:
    • the title and Author, and ISBN if possible.
    • condition of the book, new, used, or slightly damaged.
    • Proposed retail price.

Send us these by Friday 15 November to pif.submissions@gmail.com
The more details we have, the better.

Once we receive your email with the proposed books, we will email back our selection. You should bring these to The Library Project the weekend of the 16-17 November, and the books will be on sale 21-24 November. At the end of the weekend, we will inform you of the sales, and you would invoice us for the total retail price minus our 35% commission.

Submissions Deadline: Friday 15 November
Delivery of books: Saturday 16- Sunday 17 November
Launch: 6pm Thursday 21 November
Running until 6pm Sunday 24 November
Collection of unsold books: 26-30 November

Note that any unsold books not collected after the 30 November will be donated to charity.


We are looking for exciting and inspiring books such as Art books, Photobooks, Design books, Architecture, coffee table books; self-published books, rare, foreign,  and limited edition books; worldwide literary novels new and old; general resource books such as collections of essays; critical theory, cultural studies, and university materials; and in particular, Kids books. Used books are welcome, but not those too damaged.