Featuring 85 stalls, the fair is presented with the Sydney Writer’s Festival and will be one massive day of selling, trading, knowledge sharing. Due to popular demand, the 2017 event will once again be held in the MCA’s Foundation Hall, with additional patch and stencil making activities and workshops planned throughout the building.
Who’s there? The line-up includes zinemakers, distros and independent presses from across the country in a range of styles. Expect to see, meet and buy from groups and collectives, such as the students at the National Art School, UNSW Art & Design, Dulwich High School of Visual Arts & Design, the SydneyComicsGuild, The Rizzeria and The Heavy Collective. Indulge in the illustrated pop culture madness from Amy Blue; stories with DIY quirks from Lee Tran Lam; and indie horror comics from Mr Splitfoot (Tatiana Davidson and Ryan Hopwood), plus more.
What’s a zine? Short for fanzines or magazines – zines are independent or self-published publications informed by the DIY ethos, usually hand-made and of a limited run. They come in a variety of formats and include both original and appropriated text and images. Topics covered are broad, including poetry, art, personal journals, politics and fan fiction.
MCA Public Engagement Manager, Yaël Filipovic said: “The MCA Zine Fair is the best place in Sydney for visitors meet with over 100 artists and creators under one roof.”
“It’s a great place to start (or add to) an art collection!,” she continued.
In addition to workshops, a panel discussion will take place in the early afternoon with esteemed writer and zinemaker Bastian Fox Phelan. Covering the history of the Zine Fair, the discussion will look at how artists can work with institutions while maintaining autonomy, and what arts institutions can do to nurture them.
Visitors to the Zine Fair can also see world-class contemporary art for free with the MCA’s current exhibitions on display: Kader Attia (until 30 July), The National 2017: New Australian Art (until 18 June) and the MCA Collection (ongoing).
Sunday 21 May 2017, 10.30am–4.30pm
MCA Foundation Hall
FREE ENTRY, drop-in, all ages