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