Article published: Friday, May 3rd 2013
Enjoy the bank holiday in do-it-yourself style with this year’s Fanzine Fair at Victoria Baths.
For its third year the fair brings together fanzine makers, indie publishers, designers, arts and crafts makers and small record labels to celebrate self-made counter-culture from photocopied Punk fanzines of the 1970s to blogs and online art today.
Held on Sunday afternoon, the fair will be accompanied by a special screening of Helpyourself Manchester, a film depicting “the unsung story of Manchester’s DIY music promoters”. The screening will be followed with a special Q & A with the film’s directors from the Castles Built in Sand collective.
A choir performance in the Gala pool by Ordsall Acapella Singers will soundtrack the event, and visitors have the chance to help produce the Bath’s own fanzine The Vicky.
In a statement, organisers said the fanzine “will use team effort, collage, lino printing and on-the-spot reportage from the fair to compile some articles about why public wash baths should be making a comeback!
“The first issue of The Vicky appeared during 2003 with occasional issues ever since. Bring your old comics, your sense of humour and your glue sticks!”
Artist John Mather will be on hand to talk through his pictorial guide to the city’s swimming pools, the potential closure of which has been the subject of local protest and controversy, and author David Hartly will read from his new book Threshold. Karen Ablaze! will also be present to talk through her experiences of making zines in Manchester and Leeds in the 1980s.
A guided musical tour inspired by the history of the restored Baths will be given by Manchester-based illustrator David Carvin, who will take visitors through songs retelling the stories of the ladies pool, channel swimmer Sunny Lowry and the building’s grand Victorian stained glass windows.
Guided tours of the Baths will also be on offer – including a “behind the scenes” tour of the magnificent partially restored Ardwick building.
The Fair takes place at Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester on 5 May, 12pm-4pm
Entry £2.50 adults, £3 Gift Aid, free for under 16s and Friends of Victoria Baths. For more info visit http://www.victoriabaths.org.uk/
1pm – Film screening, Helpyourself Manchester, cinema space (off the sports hall)
– Talk by Karren Ablaze! (superintendent’s flat)
1.30pm – Choir performance, Ordsall Acapella Singers, in the Gala Pool
2pm – Musical Tour of Victoria Baths by David Carden
2.30pm – Talk by John Mather on the Pools of Greater Manchester (subject of his hand drawn Pictorial Guide)
3pm – Film screening, Helpyourself Manchester, cinema space (off the sports hall)
– Choir performance, Ordsall Acapella Singers, in the Gala Pool
3.30pm – Reading by David Hartley (superintendent’s flat)
Some of the stallholders confirmed so far:
Emily & Anne http://www.emilyandanne.co.uk/
LOAF (Catherine Chialton and Jimmy Edmondson) http://www.catherinechialton.com/ http://www.jimmyed.com/
Kristyna Baczynski http://www.kristyna.co.uk/
Knives, Forks and Spoons Press http://www.knivesforksandspoonspress.co.uk/
John Mather http://www.lulu.com/gb/en/shop/john-c-mather/greater-manchesters-public-swimming-pools/paperback/product-20441129.html
Salford Illustration Department
Castles Built in Sand http://castlesbuiltinsand.wordpress.com/
Within Six http://within-six.blogspot.co.uk/
Becky Kidner Diary Drawings http://beckykidner.blogspot.co.uk/
Loosely Bound Zine Collective http://looselybound.org/
Young Explorer/Today Zine http://youngexplorerzine.blogspot.co.uk/
Twigs and Apples http://twigsandapples.tumblr.com/
Sugar Paper http://sugarpapergang.blogspot.co.uk/
Laura Brown Word
Tommy Eugene Higson http://www.tommyeugenehigson.com/
Knickers for Bonnie
Karoline Rerrie http://karolinemadethis.blogspot.co.uk/
Vapid Slackers (Vapid Kitten) http://www.vapidmedia.co.uk/
David Hartley http://davidhartleywriter.blogspot.co.uk/
Joe List http://www.freakleap.co.uk/
Megan Price Mr PS http://www.mr-ps.co.uk/
Karren Ablaze! http://www.thecityisablaze.com/
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