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Print! Tearing It Up - Independent British Magazines Changing The World at Somerset House Free


This summer, Somerset House will explore the history and impact of the British independent magazine scene today in Print! Tearing It Up. Curated by writer Paul Gorman (The Story of The Face, In Their Own Write: Adventures In The Music Press) and Somerset House's Senior Curator Claire Catterall, the exhibition charts the evolution of polemic and progressive print publications and celebrates the current diverse industry of innovative independent magazines. Many of the magazines address the unspoken issues of the day, including diversity, gender, sexuality and media manipulation. Beginning with BLAST, the Vorticist journal produced in June 1914, the exhibition traverses the pacifist Peace News of 1930s, the biting satire of Private Eye (first published in the 1960s and still Britain's best-selling current affairs magazine), the seminal feminist magazine founded in the 1970s Spare Rib, the cult-pop phenomenon of The Face in the 1980s and 90s and the D.I.Y zines created by teenage feminist collectives into the new millennium. Burying the belief that print is dead, the number of niche magazines is booming in Britain with the likes of gal-dem and Mushpit launching in the past decade. Print! Tearing It Up will focus on the contemporary market of magazines, looking at the latest line of publishing pioneers. It will examine demand for print in a digital era and envisage the future of these independent titles.


Adult Ticket FREE

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Somerset House

The Strand
+44 (0)20 7845 4600
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