Thursday, 27 May 2010

London Zine Symposium

This weekend we shall be visiting the 6th annual London Zine Symposium Saturday 29 th May 2010 12-6pm at the Rag Factory, Heneage St, London E1 5LJ.

We will be scouring the stalls for exciting zines to add to our library collections and meeting as many zinesters as we can. There are also some fantastic talks and workshops taking place featuring readings by zinesters such as Charlotte Cooper, Josie Long, Isy Morgenmuffel, and Patrick Staff, as well some of our favourite distros and artists.

Hopefully we will see some of you there, if not then here are some other exciting zine events coming up that we will be attending:

Zine fest at the Women's Library Saturday 12th June 11-4pm

Zine swap at Peckham Space Sunday 13th June 2-5pm.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Yinka Shonibare's Nelson's Ship in a Bottle

This week Yinka Shonibare's Nelson's Ship in a Bottle was unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London.

Yinka Shonibare is a current member of the Iniva Board of Trustees, and has worked with Iniva in the past in the photographic series Diary of a Victorian Dandy and exhibitions such as Alien Nation pictured below.

With the spotlight on Yinka, the library is busy answering enquiries and retrieving all kinds of reference material relating to the man himself for a whole new range of users. If you want to find out more about Yinka Shonibare then come to the Stuart Hall Library. We have a fantastic collection of exhibition catalogues, monographs, articles, and audio visual materials featuring previous work by Yinka Shonibare.

In addition to these materials, the Library also has a unique collection of archival materials and documents relating to Yinka Shonibare which cannot be found anywhere else! We have slides, ephemera, press releases, audio visual material, posters, images, reviews, and interviews available in the Iniva Archive which is made available to all visitors in the Stuart Hall Library.

To find out more about our holdings and materials featuring Yinka Shonibare contact us or pop in and visit us Tuesday-Fridays 10-5pm.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Call for zines

We want your zines!

Are you a zinester? Do you run a distro? Do you have an overwhelming personal collection of zines that you don’t know what to do with? We want to hear from you!

The Stuart Hall Library is expanding our collection to incorporate zines and self published material. We are looking for zines relating to cultural diversity, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, as well as personal zines, political zines, artist zines, and music zines etc.

The Stuart Hall Library is one of the leading specialist libraries in its field, focusing on international visual arts and British artists from culturally diverse backgrounds. The library has a unique collection of exhibition catalogues and monographs, as well as a strong focus on cultural and critical theory, diaspora, gender studies, and media studies.

The new zine collection at the Stuart Hall Library will be a unique opportunity to collect and preserve a wide variety of self published material.
With your help we want to build a unique resource which will be made available to all researchers and the general public, providing access to a wide range of self published material in keeping with the Stuart Hall Library collection, and documenting the importance of zine culture.

All donations are welcome and should be sent to Stuart Hall Library, Iniva, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA. Zines will be catalogued and incorporated into the library collection. You can search for all library materials, including zines, via the online library catalogue .

We also welcome any suggestions for zines that you think would make a welcome addition to our new zine collection. Please let us know your recommendations in the comments section below or email us

Stay tuned for some exciting future zine related events in the library. . .