Over Here Zine Fest is organised by a group of POC / Black / Asian / BAME working class artists and activists from the North of England, to build self-sustaining alternative models for publishing, art, activism and collaboration in our communities.
Our work draws on long history of zines, political pamphlets and DIY practice made by people excluded from the mainstream. We do this to lift up new voices, encourage collaboration, reclaim our own stories, and to make information and art accessible for our communities.
We need more people of colour to write their own stories and create their own things! Doing it ourselves allows us to create our own stories. And through art, writing and organising, we have the possibility to image a new future.
We imagine a future where our lives and work aren’t exploited in the name of ‘diversity’ and publishing/art gatekeepers aren’t able to dictate whose work is good enough. We want sustainable alternatives that give us control.
We believe that investing in artists of colour means valuing the time, skills, knowledge and labour of our communities. We do this by creating spaces to share, celebrate and archive work by people of colour. DIY print is powerful.
Take up space with us. We’re over here.