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Duplicate: Artist Publishing Fair

3 to 4 May 2019

Duplicate publishing fair is a celebration of printed matter which aims to explore what duplication means in a digital age. Bringing together independent publishers from across the UK, the fair will feature over 50 exhibitors selling zines, comics and artists’ books. A programme of free artist led workshops and talks will explore themes surrounding self-publishing. Duplicate runs alongside Flatpack film festival, if you’re in town for the fair, be sure to check out their incredible programme too!

Exhibitors: 2B Or Not 2B, 99 Percent Lifestyle, Aleesha Nandhra, Amy Browne, Andrew Birney, Andrew Gillespie, BA Illustration (University of Northampton), BAAAD Press, BABS Collective, BCU Illustration, Big Family Press, Brum Zine Fest, COPY, Camberwell College of Arts, Carry The Fire, Cath Garvey, Coventry Biennial, Dalal & Di Principe, Exhausted Geographies, Fulton Verse, Grrrl Zine Fair, Hayley & Larissa, Independents United, Indestructible Energy, Jason Garrattley, Keep It Complex, Linda Stupart and Cathy Wade in Publishing, LUMIN, Lost generation, Mark Pawson, Merieme Mesfioui, OOMK, Pencil Boy Magazine, Rabbits Road Press, Rachel Littlewood, Rope Press, Sassify Zine, Sofia Niazi, South London Review of Hand Dryers, TIC Zine, Tender Hands Press, The Holodeck, Tom Bryson, Tombstone Press, Triple One Five, Uhm! Zines, Vessel Comic and William Powers

Full information, including how to submit zines to the communal table can be found on the BAAAD Press website. 

Events Programme

Collaborative Conc(re)te.RIP  
Friday 3- Saturday 4 May

An exhibition of work from the fictional Agency For Speculative Landscapes, a collection of students and staff from the Birmingham School of Architecture & Design and Birmingham School of Art. From instagram to film work, we explore publication in digital form developed over a series of workshops for Duplicate.Starting with digitised ruins of the Birmingham Central Library and the utopian ambition of Brutalist Architecture, Collaborative Conc(re)te.RIP  speculates on the potential of concrete as a digital .obj file – to be manipulated and reformed, providing a space to experiment, think and play. It remoulds the debris of our past to develop new visual languages through which to think about the future

Collaborative Conc(re)te.RIP is a project coordinated by Gareth Proskourine-Barnett from the Birmingham School of Art.and Alessandro Columbano from Birmingham Co.LAB, an interdisciplinary design and research initiative in the Birmingham School of Architecture & Design.

Making Art Work 
Saturday 4 May
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What does it mean to be a working artist today? Join Olivia Twist, Sarah Taylor Silverwood and OOMK as they discuss the relationship between art and work in their practices. Is being a working artist reasonable, desirable or achievable? Find out. This talk will be chaired by Louise Byng and will be followed by a brief Q&A.Olivia Twist is an Illustrator, Arts Facilitator and Lecturer from east London with an MA in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art. The key threads which can be found in her work are place, the mundane and overlooked narratives. Her striking visual language comprises of a myriad of esoteric layers informed by a propensity for human-centered research methodologies.

Sarah Taylor Silverwood works with drawing. Everything she makes is an exploration in the craft of the hand-drawn, often using drawing as a way to tell stories and collaborate with people. Her work has included publications, animations and ceramics.

One of My Kind (OOMK) is a collaborative publishing practice led by Rose NordinSofia Niazi and Heiba Lamara. Working together since 2014, we make, publish and distribute books and printed works which arise from self-initiated projects. We also commission new works by women artists and co-curate DIY Cultures, one of the UK’s largest annual independent publishing fairs.

Louise Byng is an illustrator, designer and wordsmith based in Halesowen, West Midlands (UK). Louise seeks to examine how the role of the illustrator can become purpose driven, championing a shift from celebrating seductive style to a movement led by substance, context and voice; questioning how we can move beyond looking good and further towards doing good.

Brain Dump with Make Stuff Club
Saturday 4 May
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Join Make Stuff for a collaborative zine-in-a-day making session on ‘Brain Dumping’. The workshop will focus on discussions surrounding mental and physical health, adulthood and general feelings through prompts, narrated through mark making, writing and drawing. Pieces from all participants will be used to create a group zine.Make Stuff is run by Saffa Khan, a freelance illustrator exploring the themes of home, community, identity, race, culture and mental health. Deconstructing and translating daily feelings, conversations and intimate thoughts into self-published printed matter + collaborating and encouraging community engagement through DIY culture.

Matchbox Collaging with Aleesha Nandhra 
Saturday 4 May
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Using print-outs of old bollywood posters and old magazines Aleesha will guide participants to use drawing and collage to create their own match box brand. Create packaging with a voice, your matchbox could be a social commentary, or it could be a fun play on words.

Aleesha Nandhra is an illustrator and printmaker based in London. Her works often revolve around travel, food, culture, music and narratives.

Organised by BAAAD Press, Rope Press and Flatpack.