Fanzine culture takes over historic Halifax Piece Hall in dynamic DIY display

By Culture24 Staff | 21 July 2009
A picture of cartoon characters painted on a wall in black ink

DIY (above), the latest exhibition from communal artist group Temporary Art Space, captures the subversive ethic of fanzines. Picture courtesy Alice Bradshaw

Exhibition: DIY – A Celebration of lo-fi Culture, Piece Hall, Halifax, until July 31 2009

The uncensored, unrestricted pages of fanzines across the world make them rich mines of artistic talent.

The ones in this exhibition have names like A Few Empty Pages of Longing and Despair, You Can Work any 100 Hours per Week That You Want (in Your Underwear) and My Favourite Dish is Ninja Sushi. Further work by more than a dozen artists uses "art on the cheap", created using "the most immediate resources" with a heavy emphasis on audience participation.

A picture of clown heads daubed onto portraits in a gallery

(Above) the group took over the space in March. Picture courtesy Alice Bradshaw

The results are colourful, cartoonish, subversive and political, formulated by Temporary Art Space, an unfunded six-month project run by a collective of artists in the Grade I-listed Piece Hall.

A picture of slabs of graffiti art in a gallery

(Above) Four exhibitions have been held by the collective so far at the Grade I-listed Piece Hall. Picture courtesy Alice Bradshaw

This is the penultimate show ahead of the August finale of a programme which has previously hosted a display of beermats and the dismantling and subsequent rebuilding of an historic sculpture on the lawn of the building.

A picture of a person looking at slabs of graffiti in a gallery

Positioned on the top floor of the historic building, the space (above) overlooks a courtyard and art gallery. Picture courtesy Alice Bradshaw

"It's art which is exciting, raw and not pandering to the whims of the money-soaked art market," they promise. "We have no money to offer, but we do have free tea."

Open Thursday-Saturday 10am-4pm (11am-4pm Sunday). Admission free, visit Temporary Art Space online for more details.

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