THEBOOKSHOW is a Singapore-based initiative that began in 2014. It aims to act as a platform for aspiring artists to showcase self-published photo-books conceived out of passion. Since its conception, THEBOOKSHOW has hosted international open calls for the realization of weekend-long pop-up book shows biannually.
In 2015, THEBOOKSHOW launched its inaugural edition of Workbook by THEBOOKSHOW. This subsidiary initiative by THEBOOKSHOW is an open call for self-published photo-books made by students all around the world. The artists of three best submitted books received The Workbook Prize - a printing sponsorship that allowed for the reproduction of their photo-books for the development of their artistic practices. THEBOOKSHOW strives towards being an active platform that cultivates the growth of emerging artists.
Through the use of the book, a basic and familiar medium to all, THEBOOKSHOW advances towards being a mediator between the art world and the general public. Its hope is to bring upon renewed perspectives of the book medium. THEBOOKSHOW believes very much in challenging the medium - moving away from the conventional form that the book takes. In time, it hopes to build a substantial database advocating that the book form is an art in and of itself.