Thursday, 9 May 2013

Qld Creatives Head across the Bass to Share Bizoo, Zines & DIY Skills!

Contact: Jeremy Staples
M: 0404 805 269 E: Staples.jeremy@gmail.com W: www.thestaples.com.au/workshops

Location: Various venues (see details)
Date: 31 May to 14 June 2013

Intended Audience: General audience

For five years, Bizoo zine woke up a sleepy town and brought to life a thriving arts community. The publication gave more than 60 people from all over Australia an outlet through which to create, collaborate, rant and rave.. ‘Bizoo: The Best, The Worst & The Trash That Never Made It’ is the final say of a zine about music festivals, art shows and the shit-fights that followed.

·        7250 CULT-ure Map Zine Workshop & Bizoo Launch

31 May – 3 June. Outward, Launceston, TAS – Shop 2. 155 Brisbane street (The Kingsway), Launceston, TAS
Friday 31 May: Content Workshop 12 till 9pm
Saturday 1 June: Content & Design Workshop 10:30am till 7pm
Sunday 2 June: Final Production 10:30 till 12:30pm – Launch Event 2 till 4pm
Monday 3 June: CULT-ure Map Showcase 10am till 5:30pm

Workshops and Launch are free to attend.

·        Bizoo Launch + Cut, Copy & Paste Zine Workshop

SATURDAY 8 June. Makers’ Workshop, Burnie TAS
2 Bass Highway, Parklands, Burnie
11am – 3pm : $15

·        Bizoo Launch + Gocco Printing Workshop

SUNDAY 9 June. Makers’ Workshop, Burnie TAS
2 Bass Highway, Parklands, Burnie
10am – 3pm : $55

·        Silverfish Zine Library & Bizoo Launch

FRIDAY 14 June, Frankies Empire Café (upstairs)
129 Elizabeth Street, Hobart, TAS.
Bands, Spoken word, Mini Zine Fair, Panels, Workshops
7pm till late : $10

For five years, Bizoo zine woke up a sleepy town and brought to life a thriving arts community. The publication gave more than 60 people from all over Australia an outlet through which to create, collaborate, rant and rave..Bizoo: The Best, The Worst & The Trash That Never Made It’ is the final say of a zine about music festivals, art shows and the shit-fights that followed.

What’s a zine? Zine is pronounced ‘zeen’, or like magazine without the ‘maga’ at the front.  Generally, it is a non-commercial and often handmade publication devoted to specialised subject matter. Bizoo started life as a zine. The subject matter on its inception was supporting and growing the cultural sector in and around the Darling Downs.

Bizoo’s final release is a free retrospective, carbon neutral book that covers the highlights and lowlights of the music and arts zine, Bizoo. Bizoo grew up in Toowoomba Queensland, that’s right; it is home to more than just the Carnival of Flowers. Over its twenty-five issues, Bizoo rounded up a tribe of contributors from across the country and became an underground platform that supported the arts nationally.

The Bizoo crew will tell the tale on how they achieved this and plan to pass on skills that can assist the growth of Tasmania’s cultural community. Bizoo gave the folk of Toowoomba an outlet to create, collaborate, and connect while supporting the development of their regional town.

Two of the creators of the publication are spreading the word and launching the book throughout Launceston, Burnie and Hobart via workshops and events throughout June. With their eyes set on planting cultural seeds in every town they visit. They plan to share their success story and strategies with each community and show how a small group of young people created, collaborated and connected.

A number of creative venues have invited Jeremy Staples; the creator of Bizoo and Elouise Quinlivan; owner of the online zine shop Smells Like Zines as well as Bizoo book contributor to come along and facilitate workshops, meet with locals and host events over June. 

“We’re hosting a number of different events and workshops aimed to empower people to express themselves through writing, printing, collaborating and creating their own mini publication using a range of analogue and nearly forgotten recourses. Once made, the zines can be copied and let loose on the local community, as a moment-in-time snapshot of creativity. Plus I’ve been to any of these towns, it’s a great way to visit and meet the locals and give something back” explained Jeremy Staples.

Each event will also be an opportunity to pick up a copy of Bizoo’s final release: The Best, The Worst and the Trash That Never Made It'.