Notts Zine Library


Nottingham Zine Library is a permanent collection of self-published materials which is now in Residence at The Zebrario, in the Nottingham Contemporary. I took my parents to have a look at the exhibition. I went at a perfect time as no one else was in the space, giving us the perfect opportunity to have a proper look around and appreciate all of the print zines on display.

Notts Zine Library was born from the love of supporting artists and zine makers at the Contemporary’s annual Notts Zine Festival. The space helps to provide a platform for anyone to showcase their zines. What I loved about the space was that the archive was held in a comfortable and relaxed environment, almost like a lounge, for readers to enjoy. The whole thing really promoted the D.I.Y culture, creativity and individual styles of the makers.

I wasn’t expecting such a relaxed light space with the opportunity to sit and ponder while starring out of the large glass window, or read or admire the imagery in the zines. There were sofas and bean bags all with the same design on: ‘Shadow Writing’, a new commission by the artist and curator Lorenzo Sandoval. It presents a modular furniture system that can provide a place for meetings, display system and a library; comfort is definitely at the forefront.

I was impressed with the variety of self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images. They all had a very personal approach and outcome. There was no real theme of size, colour palette or context. Each one was completely unique. I enjoyed looking at the ‘Fragment’ zine that explored design and culture in terms of fashion, textile and knitwear and also one that explored black culture: ‘...in reality or everyday life, white people are constantly making us feel uncomfortable and we are ok with it.’

The archive is constantly growing and it has such a community feel to it; creative individuals expressing themselves through their zines.


LeisureRachel Fox