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Open call for zine artists, musicians, poets and performers with an interest in punk culture!

As part of her internship with Circus Artspace, Hester Grant has been developing a project looking to bring artist zines to Inverness Creative Academy.

In light of recent government advice and to help safeguard our team and visitors from the Covid-19 threat we have postponed Zine Fest, although we are still open for submissions to our new extended deadline and will be posting regular entries to an online Circus zine in the meantime.


Do you want to run a table/stall at the first Circus Zine Fest?

Now's your chance as we're taking applications for tables from Highlands and Islands artists until Sunday 31st May. Tables cost £10 for the two days, please email a short paragraph about you/your zines and up to 3 images (jpgs, max 1MB) and we’ll let you know if you’ve been selected asap. Come and celebrate the spirit of DIY self-publishing, meet other artists and showcase your stuff!

If you would like to apply for a table, perform during Circus Zine Fest or find out more about the project please contact Hester:

More about the organiser:

Hester Grant has taken inspiration from and created artist zines as part of her artistic practice. A Zine (pronounced ZEEN; short for magazine or fanzine) is a small-circulation, homemade publication that originated in the USA during the 1930s.  Zines are often created out of political or artistic movements and Hester is particularly interested in zines that have taken inspiration from punk such as the Riot Grrrl movement. In the early 1990s bands such as Bikini Kill and Bratmobile created zines as way of spreading their feminist message using a punk rock aesthetic in a visual format which complimented their music.  However, there are no set rules on what makes a zine a zine.  Zine festivals have become more and more popular in cities with strong contemporary art scenes such as Berlin and Glasgow. In the Highlands she feels it is important that zines are recognised as part of a contemporary art practice.

Artwork/image courtesy of Hester Grant, 2020

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