CRAFTY SKILLS: Courtney and Kiana Jonathan, with Ioka Walker, at the Pop Up Zine and Printmaking Workshop at Riverlink Shopping Centre.
CRAFTY SKILLS: Courtney and Kiana Jonathan, with Ioka Walker, at the Pop Up Zine and Printmaking Workshop at Riverlink Shopping Centre. Claudia Baxter

Zine on the scene

THE Ipswich youth cultural scene is set to go from strength to strength through a series of workshops organised by Ipswich City Council.

Ipswich councillor Sheila Ireland said the Zines and Creative Do It Yourself arts workshops would be offered in June in "pop up" locations.

"Aimed at school-aged students and young people, the Ipswich Youth Arts Community Zine Project will bring together participants to create a collaborative zine (A5 booklet), focused around the sense of place and community," Cr Ireland said.

"This publication will then be showcased and launched at the opening of the Baptist Church Youth Arts Space in September this year."

The workshops are being held on Thursdays and Saturdays at shopping centres and local schools.

Zines (pronounced 'zeen'), are generally non-commercial and often handmade publications devoted to specialised subjects.

"Participants will be empowered to express themselves through the creation of these hands-on, analogue workshops, using a range of tools such as typewriters and stamp sets, as well as old-fashioned scissors and glue," Cr Ireland said.

The workshops are being conducted by the creators of Bizoo, a national music and arts zine based in Toowoomba.

Bizoo, which recently brought out its final issue after five years and 25 editions, has been credited with giving young people an outlet to create, collaborate and connect.

Upcoming workshops include:

Rosewood from 10am-4pm on June 9

Orion Town Centre from 3.30-8.30pm on June 14 and from 10am-3pm on June 16

Workshops are free and open to young people of all skill levels. To book a place, phone 3810 7437 or email KToohey@ipswich.qld.gov.au.


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