True Belief is a tiny, intermittent, informal, independent art publisher, organised by Adam Cruickshank. It was initially instigated as an umbrella for releasing my own artist books and catalogues for friends. While remaining true to these non-professional beginnings, True Belief is increasingly concerned with the relationships between contemporary art practice and its methods of dissemination, explication and preservation. Publications are mostly unnumbered/unsigned and although print runs are necessarily small, editions are usually open. Some publications can be ordered here. Please email (query @ truebelief.com.au) for any enquiries.


PUBLISHING IN 2018: Tomorrow (a book about optimism), The Half-Asleep Pilgrim 2 (an adjusted second printing), B– – – –B (second in a series).


In One Hundred Thousand Yearsw
2017 / 140x190mm / 256 pages / waterless offset / cold glue bound / tête-bêche / ISBN 978-0-9871705-8-3 /
A publication about the practice of Open Spatial Workshop (Terri Bird, Bianca Hester, Scott Mitchell) that also comprises a response to that practice. This monograph/artist book includes a complete (overprinted) bootleg of the OSW publication Converging in Time. Contributions from Jon Roffe, Spiros Panigirakis, Dermot Henry, Duane Hamacher and Natasha Johns-Messenger. Launched at the NGV, 2017. Buy



Squash Nord
2017 / 148x210mm / risographed two colours / 24 pages / saddle-stitched / first printing sold out, second printing available /
Adam Cruickshank and Ned Shannon. Typeface specimen zine that collates and codifies instances of a particular typo-vernacular style. Including download link for two weights (38% and 20%) of a squashed version of Roger Excoffon’s typeface Antique Olive Nord. All profits from the first printing were donarted to ASRC. Buy



Table
2016 / 210x260mm / 96 pages / digital offset / perfect bound / ISBN 978-0-9871705-7-6 /
Edited by Dell Stewart. A book-format exhibition where the graphic design is explicitly curatorial. With contributions from Margaux Williamson, Sarah Weston, Amy Vuleta, Anna Varendorff, Manon Van Kouswijk, Meredith Turnbull, Nat Thomas, Dell Stewart, Tai Snaith, Dylan Martorell, Rachael Hooper, Kelly Fliedner, Nic Dowse, Adam Cruickshank. Buy



Department of Lions
2016 / 164x274mm / 236 pages / triple spine bound / ISBN 978-0-9871705-6-9 /
The Department of Lions artist book was produced a year after the exhibition and series of actions of the same name at Plimsoll Gallery, School of Creative Arts, UTAS. The exhibition comprised a series of interventions into the archive of gallery ephemera, including tactics that reordered, reimagined and redistributed the archive.



A– – – –A
2014 / 210x260mm / 104 pages / perfect bound / second printing / ISBN 978-0-9871705-5-2 /
Exhibition catalogue and artist book hybrid that is the first in a series that examines issues around public space. Accompanied the exhibition Actual Size at Bus Projects, Melbourne. Actual Size was a collated archive of published ephemera (both exhibition related material and commercial design work) and modular display structures. Buy



Everything Far Away Can Be Near Again
2014 / tabloid newsprint / 36 pages / saddle-stitched / ISBN 978-0-9871705-4-5 /
Catalogue and artist book hybrid that accompanied exhibition of the same name at Linden Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne. A parallel publication that explores ideas inherent in the exhibition (a restaging of Andre Breton’s wall of objects housed at the Centre Georges Pompidou). With contributions from Terri Bird, Scott Mitchell, Brad Haylock, Anusha Kenny, Ash Kilmartin and Maria Kunda.



The Half Asleep Pilgrim
Exhibition 2011, publication 2013 / 150x230mm / 144 pages / riso dust jacket / perfect bound / ISBN 978-0-9871705-2-1 /
Artist book and culmination of performative exhibition of the same name at West Space, Melbourne. This publication is a synthesis of a reading library contributed by 36 artists and friends that was housed in a custom made workspace available to the public for the duration of the event.



Stitching Time
2013 / 148x210mm / 44 pages / digital / perfect bound / ISBN 978-0-9871705-3-8 /
Publication accompanying exhibition of the same name at Craft, curated by Dell Stewart and Isobel Knowles with work by Harvest textiles, Jeremy Dower, Penelope Durston, Rebecca Hayes, Isobel Knowles, Kate Matthews, Dell Stewart, Kayo Taguchi, Maryann Talia Pau and Pauline Tran-Cecil. Book features writing by Phip Murray and Jared Davis.



Dodecahedron
2012 / 2 volumes (1 dummy), 100 pages each / 148x210mm / risographed / perfect bound / ISBN 978-0-9871705-1-4 /
Publication accompanying exhibition of the same name at Platform Contemporary Art Space, curated by Adam Cruickshank. Including contributions from Damiano Bertoli, Terri Bird, Zoë Croggon, Adam Cruickshank, Nic Dowse, Tony Garifalakis, Stuart Geddes, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Nathan Gray, Brad Haylock, Christopher LG Hill, Spiros Panigirakis, Joshua Petherick, Tom Polo, Dexter Sinister, Dell Stewart, Masato Takasaka, Nat Thomas, Oliver Van Der Lugt, Anna Varendorff, John Warwicker, Annie Wu. Buy



Denim
2011 / 40 pages / perfect bound / ISBN 978-0-9871705-0-7 /
Publication that accompanied exhibition of the same name at Mr Kitly. Featuring artists Julie Floersch, Max Olijnyk, Jen Bartholemew, Mona Electric, Lyn Balzer & Tony Perkins, Renilde Depeuter, Penelope Durston, Dell Stewart, Maricor/Maricar, Brett Day Windham, John Brooks.



Photos (mostly) by Matthew Stanton. Sometimes, True Belief donates books to libraries on request (query @ truebelief.com.au). Titles are / have been stocked at World Food Books, MUMA, Bus Projects, West Space, Perimeter, MCA and ACCA.