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Workshop: DIY feminist zine making with sweet-thang zine

Sunday 19th November 2023 , 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Come along for a relaxed, crafty afternoon of zine making with sweet-thang zine as we learn about the art of manifesto building through the lens of anti-racist and feminist zine cultures. 
Photo credits: Sofía Mareque

What’s a zine? And what role have anti-racist and feminist zine histories played in shaping DIY cultures? 

Join sweet-thang zine founder Zoë Thompson in this 2-hour session diving into zine and DIY print cultures and their crucial role in personal and collective manifesto building for contemporary anti-racist and feminist movements. 

This is a relaxed, warm, and playful session where we will explore how we share stories and express the messages we want the world to know, leaving the session with our own A7 zines that we can photocopy and spread far and wide. 

There will also be the opportunity to contribute to a collective manifesto for a new world that we will build out together and send scans out to all participants after the workshop. 

No experience necessary and all materials provided! 

£7 £5 concessions

Concession rate applies to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists, National Art Pass members, and key workers

More about sweet-thang zine & Zoë Thompson

sweet-thang is a print zine and indie press publishing work by Black creatives worldwide. We champion DIY culture and radical publishing through the lens of Black art, archiving the voices of our communities in print and using zine culture as a medium for storytelling and community building.  

Zoë Thompson is sweet-thang’s founder and a freelance copywriter and zine-maker based in London. She specialises in editorial design and hosts creative writing and zine-making workshops. As part of sweet-thang, Zoe has worked with a range of publishers, arts organisations, charities and independent magazines, such as Penguin Random House, the T A P E Collective, Southbank Centre, the Wellcome Collection, We Out Here Festival, gal-dem, the Black Girl Festival, Southwark Heritage Centre and Chester Literature Festival. Zoe’s work centres on the combination of art and wellbeing, using zine culture to champion the power of radical publishing and the positive effects it has on personal artistic expression and community care. 

Access information    

The Bow Arts Trust courtyard room has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system.  Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.    

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3)    

Access requirements could include things like providing equipment, services or support (e.g. information in Easy Read, speech to text software, additional 1:1 support), adjusting workshop timings (e.g. more break times), adjustments to the event space (e.g. making sure you have a table near the entrance) or anything else you can think of!  

Transport Information    

Opening hours: Mon-Friday, 9am to 5pm    
Address: Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ    
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away.    
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area.    
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station.