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International Zine Month

July 2022

Friday 1 - Sunday 31 July 2022

This July in BALTIC Library we’re very excited to be observing and celebrating International Zine Month.

What is a zine?
A zine is a self-published, non-commercial, printed publication, made of original or appropriated texts and images that is typically produced in small batches and usually reproduced via a photocopy machine. Zines can be the product of a single person or produced collectively by a group of people working together.

Did you know that BALTIC has a zine collection?
We’ve been collecting zines for five years and we now have around 500. The collection is part of BALTIC’s Archive and is usually only open by appointment. In July 2022 we’ll be exhibiting our zine collection in its entirety for the very first time.

Our zine collection celebrates independent publishing, sourced from artists and zinemakers across the country with a focus on self-publishers working in the North of England. The collection covers a wide range of themes and subjects, from zines about plants and animals, music and mental health to the climate emergency and LGBTQI+ activism. Come and browse the collection in the Library on Level 2.

B.Zine artist-led workshops:

We’ll be holding free drop-in artist-led zine making events on the following dates:

Saturday 9 July 14.00-16.00
Nature and Noticing with artist Lily Kroese
Expand your connection to nature in this drop-in zine workshop, inspired by the poetry of Mary Oliver. Using natural materials and reference books, we will create imagery and poetry to explore how we can pay greater attention and give greater care to the world around us through the act of noticing and recording.

Saturday 16 July 12.00-16.00
Food & Memory zines with artist Holly Eliza Temple
Explore your feelings, memories and connections to food in this drop-in zine workshop with designer and artist Holly Eliza Temple. Using archival material and vintage recipe books, you can collage, draw and bind your own personal zine about what food means to you, and be a part of a collaborative outcome to be archived at BALTIC. This workshop is part of BALTIC's 20th Birthday Weekend Celebrations, so may be busier than usual.

Saturday 30th July 14.00-16.00
Pop Culture & Identity with Melody Sproates
Did you have a favourite TV show or cartoon character when you were growing up? Join artist Melody Sproates for a deep dive into nostalgia, childhood memories and the TV shows we loved growing up. In this zine making workshop we will do creative responses and collaging exercises that explore how cartoons, pop culture and the media can influence and inspire our identities.

All events are free, no booking required. Please be aware due to limited capacity, there may be a short wait. These workshops are for over 16s or accompanied by an adult if younger.

As well as artist-led workshops, there will be free zine-making materials and instructional guides available in BALTIC Library throughout July, to encourage and support everyone to make their own zines, about anything they want.

We’ll also have a zine donation box available in the Library with guidance on how to submit a zine to the collection.


We want our events to be inclusive and accessible for everyone. Ahead of your visit, you can find out about BALTIC's facilities and accessibility here.

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Access to BALTIC Library may be challenging for some visitors due to the lack of a button operated door and smaller areas for mobility. We are aware of this and happy to make adjustments. Please email or chat to a member of BALTIC Crew for any more information.

Visitor Code of Conduct

In continuously working towards BALTIC being an equitable, enjoyable and safe space we ask everyone to read and follow BALTIC’s Visitor Code of Conduct.