Saturday, 28 December 2013


Hella late in mentioning this, but issue #368 of Maximum Rocknroll, 'The Queer Issue', features an interview I was invited to do with Charlotte Richardson Andrews, all about London Queer Zine Fest.
Find 3 pages of us nattering about the zine fest, in advance of the 2013 event (with hopefully no typos after my proofreading bonanza on it). We also discuss stuff about London, working class politics, gentrification, cultural production, anti-assimilation, the history of queer self-publishing, accessibility, and zines, obviously!
Oh, and they do that neat thing of putting 'MRR' in front of all my interview questions, like they were written by proper MRR staff, or something valid like that, when in fact I wrote the interview questions sat in my bed in Leeds in my PJs - score!
I haven't got round to reading the whole mag yet (other than the interview with Shopping), but there's some other really cracking stuff in this issue about queer punks from, and active/creating, all over the world.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Thursday, 21 November 2013

S&S #5

Shape & Situate: Posters Of Inspirational European Women #5.
In a nutshell, Shape & Situate is a zine of posters made by artists and DIY creative folk from within Europe, each poster highlighting the (often hidden) history and lives of radical inspirational women and collectives from Europe.
The zine aims to activate feminist cultural memory, inspire, and to visually bring women’s social and political history to life and into view.
This issue features 23 black and white posters of women who have acted as organisers, activists, agitators, pioneers, educators, or role models, from a wide range of disciplines including: art, space, music, emergency services, education, literature, ecology and environmental issues, astronomy, radio, NGOs, and beyond.
The zine is over 32 pages long, and contains a list of further reading and links to other people's history and social change projects.
Posters vary in style and technique, including ones made by illustration, photography, letter-press, and block printing.
The zine will first be on sale on 1st December at Queer Zine Fest London. Come and say hi if you're around on that day.
From there I'll then be selling them online, and am looking to get them stocked on as many international distros, in as many neat stores, and in as many international zine libraries and archives as possible so that these histories can work their way into people's hands. Send me a note if you can help with this.
A list of all distributors will appear on the right hand side of this blog.
Enormous thanks to all the following contributors and poster makers for your amazing work telling such important life stories: Hazel Smoczynska, Amber Roguski, Julia Downes, Sophie Brown, Peter Driver, Kathleen Teadrinker, Benedict Rutherford, Jo Harrison, Anne-Marie Atkinson, Zelly Restorick, Ada Scarrott, Steph Fletcher, Jay Bernard, Clare Brown, Cherry Styles, Erica Smith, Lindsay Draws and Lady Stardust, Nina Nijsten, Jenny Howe, SJ Bradley, Rachael House, Ian Pepper, and Dr Charlotte Cooper.

graphic details

From my inbox...

Excitingly, Space Station Sixty Five have announced the following exhibition happening in 2014...

Graphic Details

The internationally touring Graphic Details will be coming to SS65 in 2014.
An exhibition of confessional comics by Jewish women featuring work from Vanessa Davis (USA), Sarah Lightman (UK), Diane Noomin (USA), Corinne Pearlman (UK), Trina Robbins ( USA ), Ariel Schrag (USA) and many more.
For more information about the artists see:

I've been lucky enough to interview some of these ladies, over the years, as part of Colouring Outside The Lines zine. Very excited to hear that this exhibition is coming to SS65 next year!!

Mesoamérica Resiste

Mesoamérica Resiste, the long-awaited final graphic in an epic trilogy about globalization in the Americas, by The Beehive.

Such an incredible project, and an *amazing * poster.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Passage & Place

From my inbox. Lex & Annah are amazing...

Call for submissions:

The concept of Home is often defined by one's relationship to place- one's connection to, or displacement from, a geographical or structural location. In thinking about diaspora, a person's Home may be a place they have never physically been- it may be less of a physical place and more of a conceptual one. When considering chosen and forced im/emigration, incarceration, or territories occupied by military force, one's concept of Home may not simply be defined by a single static place...
- or by place at all. In the context of queer identities, many of us who have chosen to disengage, or have been disowned from our families of origin, define Home through our interpersonal relationships to chosen family and community.

Some of us may associate particular people in our lives with a sense of Home. For some of us, Home may be laden in the sight of an object, a smell, a sound, a phrase. One's concept of Home may be best conjured up by the act of movement, the practice of tradition, or the retelling of significant events.

What is it that signifies Home to you? Consider drafting a letter to that place/person/object/etc.

Imagine being able to communicate with Home directly-- what would you say? What is your relationship to each other at this point in time? Has it changed? If so, in what ways? What lies in the space between you and Home?

This is a call for letters written, and visual art created from You to Home. A collection of these letters and images will be bound and printed into an anthology released in conjunction with the National Queer Arts Festival, 2014.

Final deadline to submit work is 5pm on March 1st, 2014.

**PLEASE FORWARD this call**


Passage & Place
PO Box 22469
Oakland CA 94609

Selected letters and visual art will be displayed during the PASSAGE & PLACE exhibition in June 2014.

Contributors selected for print will receive a copy of the printed anthology.

* * *

PASSAGE & PLACE aims to connect conversations of localized displacement and gentrification to more expansive conversations around immigration, imprisonment, community building across intersections, mental health and spirit, and the ways in which queerness interfaces with these. How do our individual and collective bodies affect and politicize the spaces around them, and how do the spaces around us affect and politicize our individual and collective bodies? How are notions of movement/displacement and freedom/confinement constructed, informed by, critiqued, and deconstructed by our individual and collective identities? In what ways do the coping mechanisms of trauma and dissociation transform into intentional acts of strengthening?

PASSAGE & PLACE asks its participants and audience to connect their own experience to a broader narrative about the impacts of movement and place-making in physical, liminal, and metaphorical space in three parts: an art exhibition, a panel discussion of participating artists, and a printed anthology of visual and written works.The printed project will incorporate works of art sourced via an open call for contributions, a curated collection of essays, and letters from both free-world artists/writers and queer prisoners.

PASSAGE & PLACE is curated and coordinated by
Annah Anti-Palindrome and Lex Non Scripta.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

torrey pines

Clyde from Your Heart Breaks is making a stop-motion animation film about Mental Health and Queer youth, and it looks like it's going to be so amazing that I could burst.

There's (naturally!) a Kickstarter for it which has all the information:

Monday, 11 November 2013


From my inbox...

"We're now taking submissions for the next issue of the Chapess zine! The (loose) theme is women and work - have attached a call for submissions below but this is merely a starting point --- we are looking for submissions from women from as many different generations/backgrounds (not even necessarily within the arts, this just seemed like an appropriate place to start) so please send this on to ANYONE you think might be interested. We're looking for as many different views and experiences as possible, all submissions will be considered.

As always, can be sent as a word doc or a jpeg/scan. Anything from a few lines/quote to an essay, a mixture of words and images, interview etc.
Deadline is the 31st December!
Cherry and Zara
(you can buy the last 2 issues here"

comics are my rock and roll - documentary

Last few hours to donate to the Kickstarter for the Alternative Press-related documentary film about self-publishing in the UK...


Ring Of Fire is an amazing zine. The issues I read all those years back kinda blew my mind. Here's a fundraiser for the upcoming Anthology:

QZFL 2013


AEM in the UK this month

First Sarah Schulman came to the UK to speak and show work (and I missed her), and now Anne Elizabeth Moore is coming to the UK to do the same (and I'm going to miss her too). What a month (and what a heap of missing-out on seeing some of my favourite brain-crushes this month)!! Gutted.

AEM will be speaking about The Ladydrawers' year-long, in-depth series of comics journalism reports on gender and labor concerns throughout the international garment trade, and will be speaking at:  Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, on November 27 and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, on November 29. Details here.

katy horan exhibition

Katy Horan has an art show up in Austin, TX for one more week. Gutted not to see it, especially given the company she's sharing the exhibition with... Katy's showing her newest work in a three artist show at Grayduck Gallery. The show features work by Katy alongside, Kentucky artist, Kathleen Lolley and Brooklyn artist, Stephanie Chambers.

You can see the entire exhibition here. WOAH!!

Check out the following link for the most mind-meldingly amazing art piece by Katy. I adore her...

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Shape & Situate zine #5 - first glimpse!

I picked the batch of Shape & Situate: Posters Of Inspirational European Women #5 zines up from the printers the other day!! Exciting!

Another amazing set of posters were submitted for this issue (pics of some of the posters coming soon!) created by a wonderful set of very talented people who I'm grateful to for making this such a great issue with such important histories told within its pages.

For now (since the zine still needs a bit of finishing off before it'll be for sale), I thought I'd show some of the behind-the-scenes making of the cover of this issue...

Lino-cutting the front cover:


Zines riso-printed by Footprint:

Adding lino-printed finishing touches with purple ink:

A batch of zines waiting for the ink to dry: 

Only 150 -or so- left for me to print!!

I'm now in a pink-and-purple daze, and perhaps shouldn't have been printing on a cream carpet!

I'm not a lino printing expert by any means (this is my first attempt at lino-cutting, and the '5' I designed is perhaps a bit too intricate for my skill-base!), but I'm pretty pleased with how these have turned out; apologies in advance if anybody gets a smudged one!

The zine will be ready to launch at Queer Zine Fest London on December 1st, and will be on sale more generally after that (contributors, expect your copy as soon as the ink has dried on the full batch!)

More news and pics soon.


Monday, 30 September 2013

adventures in lino

I've been doing a spot of amateur Lino Printing for the new front cover of the upcoming Shape & Situate zine, and I'm not very good, but decided I'd give it a shot anyway. I then made the mistake of watching the most *amazing* video on YouTube which has put me to shame in a huge way. The detail and intricacy, the patience and mastery of the carving skill, the size of the thing!!; WOAH!! In short, I could not be arsed, but I'm so glad this guy could be! Hats off!

Friday, 9 August 2013

kickstarter: Comics Undressed

A sincere documentary filmed in Chicago about economic, gender-based, and racial representation in the comics industry.
The Problem
Comics, heralded as a white heterosexual masculine medium, has in fact a diverse range of contributors, many of whom are women, non-white, and/or do not conform to the binary constructs of sexual or gender identity. However, such voices often go unrecognized or are demeaned in mainstream media. Moreover, the lack of equal economic opportunities for a wide range of creators stifles the output of our culturally diverse society, which in turn is reflected in negative or absent portrayals of women, queers, and people of color in the content of the medium itself.
The Film
The Ladydrawers documentary Comics Undressed is an ambitious project with the primary aim of addressing media justice in comics and popular culture. We intend to portray the underlying forms of discrimination that impact representations of women, queers, trans folk, non-binary gender people, and people of color. We seek to support a diversity of racial, gender, and sexual identities that make up our society as well as unveil the surprising economic injustices and cultural biases that occur. Our goal is to present a sincere heartfelt documentary that captures our love for comics while critiquing the structure of the comics industry. We intend to implement an experimental process to give form to our extensive original research that mirrors the comics themselves. Through a myriad of interviews with comics creators, readers, bloggers, vendors, fans, and the general public, we strive to foster a multiplicity of viewpoints in the comic-book world and our culture at large.

feminism in london exhibtion - info and call to be involved

Feminism in London
Conference Fundraiser Exhibition 26/10/2013
Feminism in London and Space Station Sixty-Five present an extraordinary fundraising event and exhibition celebrating women’s art. A diverse range of artists will be showcased, from prominent professionals, to women in prison, to women emerging from vulnerable backgrounds.
At: Space Station Sixty-Five (

FiLia A Feminism in London fundraising event

Artwork by women artists in support of this year’s Feminism in London conference Opening event and auction: 20 September, 6.30-8.30pm Recommended donation: £5
Exhibition: 21 Sept, 12-6pm

Feminism in London and Space Station Sixty-Five present an extraordinary fundraising event and exhibition celebrating art by women. A diverse range of artists will be showcased, from prominent professionals, to women in prison, to women emerging from vulnerable backgrounds. Painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and performance art will all be featured.

The event leads up to the Feminism in London conference, which will be held on 26 October. This year’s conference places a special emphasis on the arts and the Space Station Sixty-Five exhibit will be the latest in a series of art-related fundraisers, which have included the Vagina Monologues and the launch of Banners and Broad Arrows, a film about the suffragettes. Artwork by women will also be shown at the conference venue, the Institute of Education.

‘FiLia’ reflects the ideals of sisterhood and mutual support that Feminism in London promotes. It combines the concept of ‘philia’ – friendship among equals – with the notion of ‘filia’, meaning daughter, symbolising the continuity between today’s feminists and the waves of feminism that came before.

Attendees at the exhibit’s opening on 20 September will have the opportunity to support the conference and the artists by purchasing artworks at auction. Space Station Sixty-Five will be running a donations-only bar.
Further Information
Feminism in London
Last held in Friends Meeting House, London, on 23 October 2010, Feminism in London 2010 was the third large scale conference organised by the London Feminist Network. About 1,200 women and men came along, including seasoned campaigners and those new to feminism.
This year’s conference, to be held on 26 October at the Institute of Education, will be bigger and better than ever. Scheduled speakers include Gail Dines, Gita Saghal, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Ruth Barnes, and others. The conference will be followed by the Reclaim the Night march.

Further info from my inbox about getting involved with showing work...


I hope you don't mind me getting in touch, Rachael House gave me your contact details.
With Rachael's generous suport we're putting on a fundraiser/exhibit for the Feminism in London conference at SS65. Given that you've brought women artists together for a previous exhibit,  we wondered if you would be interested in spreading the word about the exhibit to women artists who you think might want to participate. Naturally it would be great if you wanted to show any works yourself!
September is fast approaching so ideally we'd like to have confirmation from artists by 15 August that they are definitely submitting works, and submissions coming in during the first week of September. I realise it's all rather short notice but we've only just made arrangements regarding the venue in the last couple of weeks.
Many thanks!
Alisa (alisa.lockwood AT gmail DOT com)

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Support SS65

Space Station Sixty-Five is amazing.The creativity that bubbles out of their gallery doors isn't something that should be allowed to be threatened due to TFL proposals that haven't even been discussed with Rachael and Jo. I adore the space and the people there, and without such supportive, nurturing and inclusive art spaces I sure as hell wouldn't have been able to do some of the stuff I've been up to recently. If you can lend a voice to the planned public drop-in to air views on the developments then please do. All the info is below:

Dear Friends,

We are very much hoping to have your support to safeguard the work Space Station Sixty-Five is doing in our year-old premises in Kennington.
We would like to let you know about a plan proposed by a local group and suggested to TFL to re-site the ventilation shaft for part of the Northern Line extension at 373 Kennington Road, the site of our two galleries, owned by our parent company, Space Modules Ltd. This would mean that the programme of exhibitions at Space Station Sixty-Five would be curtailed and our plans would stop to develop the organisation. This proposal was not discussed with anyone at Space Station Sixty-Five and came as a most unpleasant shock to us.

There is a public Drop-in at Durning Library in Kennington, which TFL have urged anyone who might be interested to attend in order to make their views known to senior TFL staff. If you are able to go to this drop-in and tell TFL why SS65 is important to you and the locality as a rapidly developing cultural site, that would be much appreciated. Contributors to the drop-in do not need to live locally, people travel from far and wide to attend SS65 events and exhibitions.

There will be a public enquiry later this year or early next year for the extension and any feedback to TFL from anyone who is concerned about this plan would be very helpful to that process.

Space Station Sixty-Five thanks you for any assistance you can give us. If you are not able to attend the event and speak to TFL directly, you can email with your views. Please mark the subject "Attn Brigid Burnham".

Thank you for your support, please circulate to those who might be interested.

Rachael House and Jo David
Directors of Space Station Sixty-Five and directors and owners of Space Modules Limited

---TFL Statement from Brigid Burnham, Consultation and engagement, NLE:
"Drop in event to consider proposals for a permanent shaft and head house at Kennington Green and an alternative location at 373 Kennington Road
Northern Line Extension (NLE)

Date: Thursday 25 July

Place: Durning Library
167 Kennington Lane
SE11 4HF

Time: 3.30 - 8.00pm

TFL recently submitted an application to the Secretary of State for Transport for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) to build and operate an extension of the Northern line to Nine Elms and Battersea. Our submission marked the beginning of a statutory consultation period which closed on 18 June 2013. Our submission includes proposals for a permanent shaft at Kennington Green to allow air in and out of the proposed new northbound underground tunnel, to help cool the tube and extract smoke in the unlikely event of an emergency. The shaft itself will be located underground in the green, but an above ground structure is required (known as a head house) to house maintenance equipment and vents for the shaft. This would be located at the corner of Montford Place and Kennington Road within the Beefeater Distillery site. Full details of the proposals are available to view at

Some responses to the consultation put forward an alternative location for the shaft and head house at 373 Kennington Road. This site is currently occupied by an artist run space called Space Station 65, comprising offices and studios for creative industries and borders with properties on Aulton Place and 377 Kennington Road.

This event will address in detail some of the key issues raised specific to the Kennington Green site, consider the alternative proposals put forward for 373 Kennington Road and provide a platform for further dialogue and discussion. Senior representatives from the NLE project team will be in attendance on the day.

I do hope you will be able to attend.

Yours sincerely

Brigid Burnham
Consultation and Engagement
Visit for further information about the NLE proposals."

Saturday, 6 July 2013

matchwomen's festival

Forwarding via Bill Savage who made a poster about the B&M Matchwomen for Shape & Situate zine:
Celebrate the beginning of the modern labour movement on the 125th anniversary of the matchwomen's strike.
In July 1888, over a thousand women walked out of an East London match factory - and changed the world. Their courage, solidarity and refusal to back down impressed all who saw it and they won better conditions, pay and the right to start the largest union of women in the country.

In July 2013 it will be the 125th anniversary of this momentous strike which was at the forefront of the modern trade union movement and influenced much of the action which followed it.

Come and celebrate this occasion, in London on July 5th-7th with a weekend of music, comedy, politics and more.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

mixed-class anthology, call for submissions

From my inbox...

Mixed-Class Anthology

>>>> Call for Submissions <<<<
Because Sometimes You Gotta Piece it All Together
  • What if we inhabit multiple class experiences – in our families, and throughout our lives?
  • How do race, disability, migration, gender, sexuality, and more mediate our mixed-classed experiences? How do we make sense of our messy, sometimes contradictory experiences of class?
  • How do we inherit and navigate mixed-class ancestries, histories, and genealogies meeting in our lifetime?
Seeking more connection around being mixed-class, the two of us came together with the vision of gathering stories of people in our communities who identify and resonate with a mixed-class experience.
We know that being mixed-class can be hard to make sense of. Some of us grew up with parents and families with more than one class reality, and many of us have had shifting access to money and resources due to changing relationships (i.e. partnership, co-parenting, and divorce), inheritance, chronic illness, migration, un/employment, and other factors. Some of us grew up poor or working-class, and have had more class privilege in our adult lives; while others of us grew up middle or owning class, and have also had changing experiences of class. Amid all of this we can retain class privilege, or continue to not have it.
The root of this project feels deeply personal and about healing. We hope to maintain this as we invite writings and visions grounded in personal experience. Through this story-telling, we hope to broaden conversations about class as a static identity category, while honoring the very real violence of capitalism, particularly for cash poor communities in the US and around the world.
>> The Anthology <<
We hope to gather the experiences of people who resonate with being mixed-class to build community and story-tell with each other.
We welcome personal essays and reflections, critical essays, letters, conversations/interviews, poems, other genres/mixed-genres, and printable black and white 2-D images! In its initial phase, we plan to self-publish and distribute this collection zine/chapbook-style, and may pursue publishers!
We envision a collection that includes contributors who hold commitments to challenging white supremacy, settler colonialism, ableism, capitalism, heteropatriarchy and transmisogyny; and to growing our practice towards collective liberation.
Some places where our lives have intersected with being mixed-class include:
  • Parents from different class/backgrounds and relationships with families of origin
  • Living with intergenerational trauma in our families
  • Inheriting and/or building mixed-class, mixed-ability, and/or multiracial family
  • Cultivating cultures of abundance, interdependence, and resource sharing
  • Cross-class relationships and/or organizing
  • Geography, gentrification, mobility, and/or class
  • Heteropatriarchy, gender, class, and our mixed-class experiences
  • Wellness, dis/ability, class, and our mixed-class experiences
  • Addiction and mental health
  • Transnational migration, culture, and class
  • Raising mixed-class children, and/or cross-class adoption/foster care
  • The list goes on…!
>> Up to 3 single-spaced pages. Please also include a brief bio of yourself.
Contact us with any questions, comments, ideas, or if you would like to contribute a longer piece!
Deadline: July 15, 2013
About your co-editors:
We live in the United States, and both grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area on stolen Indigenous land. We want to acknowledge that we are part of the ongoing settlement and occupation of Indigenous nations in the places we have lived.
Savannah is a white, mixed-class cisgender queer/femme settler, born and raised fourth-generation on the occupied Ohlone and Miwok lands known as the Bay Area. I have a mixed, at times divergent experience of class, have class privilege, and relate to having a mixed-class background. Some of the ways this has played out in my life include being separated from my (raised-poor) working-class Mom for periods of time as a pre/teen due to a bitter, seven-year divorce from my abusive owning-class/rich Dad, and having moved over 15 times before high school graduation. I also have had some access to unearned/inherited wealth, and don’t have debt or college loans. I am committed to moving towards interdependence, resource-sharing, and community reparations (props to POOR Magazine’s poverty scholarship for this framework). I also think a lot about challenging masculinism as I practice growing strategies that center wholeness, emotional wisdom, storytelling, sensuality, and celebration as transformative tools for liberation. I envision this project as a healing tool for myself, and hope that it can be that for others as well. This fall, I’m gonna start a PhD program at UCLA where I plan to research queer settler relationships to space and place in the US.
Vanessa is a tender, freedom-loving heart born to Chinese-descent Mandarin-speaking immigrant parents in Berkeley, California in the early 1980s. Primarily raised by my mom here in the States, I grew up with education, class, and ability privilege in a majority white, upper middle class neighborhood. With my mom working days and nights, many of the hetero two-parent, vacationing lifestyles around us didn’t reflect our realities at home. We later moved more solidly into an immigrant middle class, and I began to build bridges towards resource organizing across class and the varied networks of support and accountability in my life and cultural work. I’ve since been on a journey befriending chronic illness; through becoming disabled, my access to money has continued to evolve in needing to access food stamps and low-income services, and invite community support to sustain my wellness, livelihood, and practice. Within these ebbs and flows, I wholeheartedly live and love from the belief that poetry is not a luxury — “For within structures defined by profit, by linear power, by institutional dehumanization, our feelings were not meant to survive” (Audre Lorde); for when we fearlessly invite the vulnerability necessary to grow loving ecologies from and with our courage hearts, we enable infinitely increased potential for transformative magic.

Friday, 7 June 2013

remembering who we are website

Lindsay Starbuck has made us a snazzy website for the Remembering Who We Are project/zine.
With the zine we want to hear, see and share examples of moments that have shaped or are shaping people’s political values and have made them into who they are today.
Check out the 'about' section to read more about where the project's coming from:
At this point, the website is a work in progress and we will be uploading all of the wonderful submissions we have already received in due course. What that also means is that we can accept new submissions forever (deadlines be gone) so that the website can grow and grow. Check out the submissions we've already put up, and the guidance for contributing your own page. We'd love to feature your stories and work.

So if you were hoping to send something but couldn't meet the old deadline, we now place no unnecessary demands on your time. If you were struggling to think of what you could write/draw about, perhaps have a look at the other submissions for inspiration on how to tell your own unique tale.
Thanks to everybody already on board and everybody who joins in from here on! 
Get pen to paper and share your stories with us. Also, please share it widely and encourage other people to get involved.

Olivia Mew interview

My interview with artist Olivia Mew is online over at Pikaland today:

Amongst other things, Olivia is the brains behind Stay Home Club:

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

you are a disgrace

Oh my!! The below is completely amazing, and totally makes me want to revisit the idea I once had of making a zine of conversations with our Mums.
Elisha's Mum sounds *amazing*!!

Elisha writes (via FB):

'This is how you make artists. With aggressive love.
This is an interview I did with my mum, and it sounds absolutely like her talking voice'

Mum: Do you remember that scathing letter I wrote to your teacher about failing one of your paintings?
Elisha: [laughs] What did it say?
Mum: The teacher had said that it was ugly. I wrote a memo
that said: “My daughter may not be very good in art, but she put her heart and soul into that drawing, and do you have any idea how you have damaged her self-esteem? You are a disgrace.”

Read the full, amazing interview here:

Friday, 24 May 2013

caged bird club's ante posts

I forgot to link to these.
Here are Lindsay and Matthew's posts about the Remembering Who We Are exhibition at Ante Art 2013 in Shipley at the beginning of the month, and a round up of the other amazing stuff that went on at Ante over that weekend too (including Gee vaucher's amazing art and conversation).
Matthew's photos are amazing! (check out my pom-pom making hands; I got a bit obsessed - thanks Ellie!)

(N.B. As a general rule of thumb, everything on Lindsay's blog is inspiring and hella-interesting, so while you're there, go ahead and read it all!)

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

ink now: posters collectives and art

Rachael and Jo from Space Station Sixty-Five are speaking about the Shape & Sitaute posters (amongst other fine things) at this event:
Ink Now: Posters, Collectives and Art

This is an evening of presentations and discussion about how posters have been used in different radical, political, feminist, collective and community settings. By looking at specific historical moments we hope to open up a conversation about radical ideas and collective practices in the contemporary art context.

Admission free and all welcome, but please register at:

Suzy Mackie and Pru Stevenson, founding members of the See Red Women's Workshop Collective, which produced silkscreened feminist and community posters from c1974 up to the early 1990s, will show poster images and talk about why and how the collective was set up and the first 8 years.

Jess Baines (LSE) will be presenting her research on the history of late 20th century radical and community printing collectives and co-ops in the UK - including: poster collectives, service printers, typesetters and print resource centres. Jess is also a former Member of the See Red Womens Workshop

Dean Kenning (Kingston University and CSM) will be talking about the recent show at Portman Gallery: ‘Poster Production’ where he worked with art students from Morpeth School, Central St Martins and Reading University, and with several contemporary artists to produce posters based on different themes and according to various methods of working.

Rachael House and Jo David from artist run Space Station Sixty-Five on posters and archives in the art space, including poster-related shows such as 'Shape and Situate' 'Rachael will also talk about her recent exhibitions 'Feminist Disco' and 'A Space of Potential' which draw on feminist cultures'?

Chair: Anne Robinson (senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University and former member of See Red Womens Workshop)

Each of the speakers will make a 20 minute presentation followed by an open discussion with time for questions.

Email: for further information

6.30-8.30pm, Tuesday 4th June
Refreshments available from 6pm
London Met University
41-47 Commercial Rd, E1

Supported by The Facility Centre for Creative Practice as Research, FSSH

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

neat project

Tell It Like It Tiz!

Oral histories (and more) in the form a comic zine (and now book project) about the seniors at the Marie Smith Center in Portland, Oregon.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Remembering Who We Are, at Ante


To help celebrate and reclaim May Day, Melanie Maddison and Lindsay Starbuck will display an exhibition of work by various artists commemorating labour and workers’ movements, actions, and struggles. Included will be a selection of work from Shape and Situate: Posters of Inspirational European Women, the Celebrate People’s History poster project, the Occuprint portfolio as well as two tapestries in homage to historical trade union banners ,and photographs.

The historical and commemorative art work will remind us how far we’ve come in the fight for employment rights and the work looking at contemporary issues can reassure us that despite the changes in the way workers are represented and able to organise, we are neither alone nor helpless to create change. We hope that both will inspire us in the struggles that we still face this May Day.

At Ante, this weekend, Kirkgate Centre, Shipley, West Yorkshire:

Empowerment in your pocket

Empowerment in your pocket
"We are seeking marginalizing, excluding and/or alienating questions and statements that you encounter and your strategies for dealing with them - in short, we need your answers to dumb questions and your reactions in these situations."

What can history do?

What can history do? What does history mean to you? What does history mean to us? – Call for Contributions

"We want to use the pamphlet as a space to explore the practicalities of history making – for example running discussion and memory groups, oral history projects, grassroots archives (on and offline), exhibitions and other ways individuals and communities explore, recover and use history to understand their identities, where they live or the cultures they belong to."

The Feminist Archive South have funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a pamphlet that explores how feminist, women’s and other radical histories shape lives, understa...ndings of social change, collective dreams, hopes, disappointments and imaginations.

The pamphlet will be published for the end of the Ellen Malos’ Archives project in September 2013. It will be distributed to schools, further education colleges and libraries in Bristol, the South West and further afield on request (we have limited budget for distribution but can provide free copies should you want some).

We invite people to explore these questions in whatever way they wish, but please do think about the question of what history can do, what it means to individuals and what it can possibly mean to communities, collectives or whatever other way you want to envision/ interrogate/ reconfigure/ think about ‘us.’

Contributions should be written in a non-specialist language as it is envisaged that a wide range of ages and backgrounds will read the pamphlet.

We want to use the pamphlet as a space to explore the practicalities of history making – for example running discussion and memory groups, oral history projects, grassroots archives (on and offline), exhibitions and other ways individuals and communities explore, recover and use history to understand their identities, where they live or the cultures they belong to.

If you work for a feminist or women’s archives, please consider a contribution that tells us about your collection – we plan to have a directory at the back which lists archives and libraries where people can find out about history.

You may also want to consider if digital media has had an impact on the question of what history can do, and how it is shaping individuals and communities right now.

Other contributions can be in the form of

* Visual art e.g., Illustrations, photos, cartoons, posters
* Essays and critical writing
* Philosophical reflections
* Telling radical histories
* Profiles of archives, collections, museums, projects, websites/ web resources
* Practical ‘how to’ articles – e.g., how to use an archive, how to work with historical sources, digital archiving and information management
* Creative Writing, including poetry
* Interviews with interesting projects
* Interviews with people in your community

All written contributions must not exceed 1500 words

All images must be sent as JPEGs 300 DPI

Deadline for contributions
15 July 2013

Please send contributions to and contact us for further information
Twitter: @femarchivesouth

Please distribute widely!

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Bradford Baked Zines

Bradford Baked Zines
A week-long popup zine shop celebrating self-publishing and DIY culture in Bradford.
At: 13 Market Street, Bradford BD13 3HW
From 13th - 18th May
Opening hours: 11am - 7pm
Featuring zines and self-published books and music of all descriptions for sale, exhibition, library, workshops, talks, readings, photocopy club, live music and much more. Details announced very soon.

Zine party on Friday 17th May, 6pm till late.

Bradford Baked Zines is a collaboration between zine collective Loosely Bound and other groups and individuals involved in zines, self publishing and DIY culture in Bradford beyond

More information on

Empty shop space and support kindly supplied by Fabric Bradford.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Ante 4th and 5th May

Ante art event
Shipley does May Day
Sat 4 May (starts at 11am) - Sun 5 May (11-4)
Kirkgate Centre, 39A Kirkgate, Shipley, BD18 3EH.

Two days of May Day bookfair, art factory, gigs, and whatever you want to find. More info at: (link to last year's events)

 "Ante is about the person we were until we became buried by work (or increasingly, ‘no work’), by shopping, debts, television...."
Exhibition & café all weekend

Saturday 11-4pm Book/zine/print fair
Saturday 7:30pm: Gig with NRacker, Yol, Brian Gilson, Petals and Lovely Honkey (£4)
Sunday 11-4pm: Art Factory

The weekend Includes:
  • Q&A with Gee Vaucher (Crass/Exitstencil Press) will be at 11:30am on Sun 5th May. Gee will be around on Saturday too
  • Screening a film by Chto Delat 
  • Ante-art exhibition, ante-stalls/bookfair, ante-gig, ante diy art factory/skill share
  • Ante will be running 'Twatter' - an opportunity to try out analogue technology including pens, paper and a genuine community notice-board!
  • I think Knit A Bear Face are knitting something looking at the bedroom tax
  • Myself and Lindsay will be displaying an exhibition of work by various artists commemorating labour and workers' movements, actions, and struggles. Included will be a selection of work from Shape and Situate: Posters of Inspirational European Women, the Celebrate People's History poster project, the Occuprint portfolio as well as two tapestries in homage to historical trade union banners, and photographs by Matthew Cunningham.
  • Plus bloody loads more that I don't even know about yet

Thursday, 25 April 2013


From my inbox via Andy Abbot/Black Dogs...
1. The practice or principle of giving a group priority over each individual in it.

Black Dogs art collective wish to use the RadicalAesthetics/RadicalArt event ‘Art, Politics and the Pamphleteer’ on June 14th as an opportunity to facilitate a dialogue on the theme of ‘collectivism’.

Our proposed activity will take the form of a 20-minute slideshow containing up to 40 slides. Prior to the start of the slideshow a pamphlet will be distributed to each member of the audience. The pamphlet is designed to be read (silently) alongside the slideshow, with each page relating to a specific slide/image.

Black Dogs are inviting contributions to this exercise. Please send us a slide plus accompanying page (to be printed) that is either for or against collectivism (as defined above). Keep in mind the manner in which the audience will engage with your contribution and the amount of time they will spend with the slide and page (no more than 30 seconds).

Please send slides as (colour) jpegs in Powerpoint format (960 x 720 pixels) and pages as A5 black and white PDFs by 5pm Friday May 31st to Your contribution will then be considered for inclusion in the pamphlet and presentation and archived on our website.

Thanks and best wishes

Black Dogs

migration project

The wonderful Lindsay Starubuck has posted on her blog about the creative campaign about migration that she's started + a call out for fundraising and other artists to get involved:

She writes: "Borders are manmade and arbitrary and we all cross them everyday; some are just more enforced than others. To demonstrate this, I created two stencils for people to make their own prints and then we calculated the distance they had traveled to get to London (as the swallow flies)."