Zine maker and workshop facilitator

Closing date:

Poet in the City

Poet in the City is looking for someone to produce a zine with its group of participants to serve as a showcase of their work and talent, and to promote its inclusive Women’s Workspace in Newcastle City Library.

Poet in the City and Newcastle Libraries have collaborated to create a Poetry Exchange Hub: a project that brings people together to promote women’s rights.

The theme of the zine is women’s rights, specifically safety for women. Poet in the City has already produced live poetry, written poetry, collage and painting as part of the Poetry Exchange Hub, and is now looking for an artist who will work with the organisation to put everything together into a discrete publication. The artist will have access to resources they can bring with them and will be reimbursed for what Poet in the City uses. There is the possibility to purchase additional resources for the zine-making process if agreed with the producer.

The contractee will meet online with Poet in the City’s producer to talk about the role and make sure that you have everything you need to begin. You will lead a zine-making session with the members of Poet in the City’s group on the morning of Saturday 27 January at West End Library. The producer of the project will collate and print all of the zines.

This zine will be a showcase of the project which formally ends in March 2024. Poet in the City will need a final proof of the zine on Thursday 22 February and will ideally print it soon afterwards. The finished zine will be launched and distributed at an event at Newcastle City Library on International Women’s Day (8 March).

The project examines the intersection of deprivation and misogyny and explores the need for safe spaces for women and girls in the city. Poet in the City is open to submissions from anyone who cares about these issues and are inclusive of all those who identify as women and non-binary.

About you

This role would suit a visual artist with print and collage experience. You will have produced zines from start to finish and will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the design, printing and distribution process. A clear approach to zine-making is essential and you will be able to demonstrate this in your application. Please send a broad-stroke timeline of your process (there’ll be a chance to elaborate on this with our producer in a preliminary call).

You will have worked with diverse groups of people who may have barriers to taking part in a creative workshop. The finished zine will include beautifully presented work from people who may never have written, drawn or collaged before.

Timeline and Deliverables

January 2024

One digital meeting with our producer of 30 minutes to discuss your needs and access to the role. All resources will be finalised in this chat.
The leading of one ‘zine-making session’ of about 3.5 hours (Saturday 27 January)
Putting finishing touches on the zine, working with the results of the workshop (you can have support from volunteers and our producer for this).

February 2023
Attending one ‘finalising session’ of about 2 hours with the group to approve the zine for print.

Budget £500 artist fee

Deadline 18 January 2024

1 Rawstorne Place London EC1V 7NL

To apply, please send an email to Ellen Moran expressing why you think you’d be right for the role and include some links or photographs of your work.

If you have any questions about the role, please get in touch with Ellen via the email shown here.

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