We're currently working on the collaborative 'revolution' zine!
The zine will be a collection of art and writing about why we need a 'revolution' in society to protect our mental health and wellbeing.
Anyone who wants to speak out about their negative or harmful experience when they sought help and support was welcome to submit! This doesn't only include experiences with mental health services and stigmas - poverty, discrimination and social inequalities all impact on our welfare so we want to make space for those experiences too.
Submissions are now closed!
Deadline: 22nd October 2023
We will launch the zine on our website following the end of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival to document their 'revolution' theme. Print copies will be available to purchase for a small fee. We'll share the zine to those with the power to create change (such as in the NHS, members of parliament) and in community hubs (including zine and public libraries). Because of the diverse nature of our audience we may have to curate some content to prevent it from being removed from public spaces but will avoid the censoring of lived-experiences as much as we possibly can. We can offer discounted print copies if you would like to share them in your local area too!
Topics and themes that inspired submissions:
Zines, short for "magazines," are self-published, DIY (do-it-yourself) publications that have a rich and revolutionary history.
They have evolved to cover an array of topics, from politics and art to personal narratives and subcultures. And become a powerful tool for marginalised communities to share their stories and perspectives. Zines have played a role in social and political movements, including LGBTQ+ rights, environmental activism, and more. They provide a space for grassroots organising and raising awareness.
Around the world, zine festivals and communities have formed, celebrating the art of zine-making. These events provide a platform for creators to connect, trade, and share their zines. The Glasgow Zine Library is a great place to find out more!
Zines continue to evolve in response to societal changes and technological advancements. Whether in print or digital form, they remain a revolutionary medium for self-expression, activism, and creative exploration.
Some Inspiration Zines
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Zines have a revolutionary history marked by their ability to amplify marginalised voices, challenge mainstream media, and serve as a platform for self-expression and activism. Here is a brief overview of their evolution:
Origins (1930s-1940s): The precursor to zines can be traced back to science fiction fandom. Early sci-fi fans created "fanzines" to discuss and share their love for the genre. These fanzines were often mimeographed or photocopied and circulated within niche communities.
Counterculture Movement (1950s-1960s): Zines gained momentum during the counterculture movement of the 1950s and 1960s. They became a platform for marginalised voices, tackling topics like civil rights, feminism, and anti-establishment ideas. The underground press played a significant role in this era.
Punk Scene (1970s-1980s): Zines became a vital part of the punk rock movement. Punk zines were a way for fans to exchange information about bands, DIY music production, and rebel against mainstream media. Notable zines like "Punk" and "Maximum RocknRoll" emerged during this period.
Riot Grrrl (1990s): The Riot Grrrl movement, rooted in feminist punk, popularised zines as a means of self-expression. Bands like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile used zines to address issues like feminism, sexual assault, and gender inequality.
Internet Age (2000s-Present): With the rise of the internet, zines adapted to online platforms, making it easier to reach wider audiences. However, print zines continue to thrive, offering a tactile and personal experience that digital media can't quite replicate.