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Duplicate Publishing Fair invites artists, illustrators, zine makers and small-press publishers from Birmingham and beyond to congregate for two-days of DIY and indie publishing activity and distribution. The fair will welcome over 40 exhibitors in 2024 and a communal table will allow many more to share and sell their work.

Duplicate particularly encourages people, projects and works that address political and social issues to have a presence at the fair, especially in the face of increasing censorship in the arts.  

Over the two days, a programme of free talks and workshops will invite people to explore self-publishing and to get involved. The fair is free to attend and open to all. The fair attracted over 700 people in 2023 and this year we’re hoping to make it even bigger!

Duplicate was started in 2019 by Gareth Proskourine-Barnett, Sofia Niazi and BAAAD Press. 

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Duplicate Publishing Fair returns in 2024 and will be held at Eastside Projects on Friday 3rd (4-8pm) and Saturday 4th (12-5pm) of May. The fair is free to attend and open to all.


2024 Exhibitors:

Planet Brill, Less Than 500, Press, David Armes, Pittville Press, Bunny Propaganda, Inked Shrew, Jessika Green, The Little Prints, Rumbidzai Savanhu, yamahighway, Roo Dhissou / Jalebi Press, Bobo Books, Lunchtime for the Wild Youth, William Luz, BCU Photography, Studio Platitude, Katharine Wade, Em—Dash, Rosalie Schweiker, Adam Wynn, Yifan Hu, Leah Hickey, BUNNY BISSOUX, SK Schäfer, Birmingham Photo Book Club, Book Works, Issey Illustrates, Juneau Projects, Mixed Rage Collective, Unknown Publishing Thing, Charlotte with Ink, Generous Waste, Rabbits Road Press, Jonathan Mcgarry, BeeTheIllustrator.917, BCU Illustration, 2B Or Not 2B, Neoliberalizard.  

There will be a communal table for people with 1-2 zine titles to sell without any charge, drop off zines (up to 2 titles, maximum 5 copies of each, clearly labelled with the price) at Eastside Projects at 3.30pm on Friday 3rd May. Any unsold zines and money from sales must be collected by 5pm Saturday 4th, any uncollected money/zines will be donated to Duplicate. The communal table will be cash only.

Getting here: for travel information and access guide please click here.

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2024 Workshops


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Friday 3rd




Lino Print a Sticker, Swap a Sticker!
Natasha Taheem
Friday 3rd May, 6-8pm
Gallery 2
Free

Learn how to carve your designs, print custom stickers, and exchange them with fellow artists to curate your perfect pack. Facilitated by artist Natasha Taheem. Suitable for ages 18+, no previous art or print experience required.

Saturday 4th



Typography Mix and Match  
Johnathan Mcgarry
Saturday 4th May, 1-2pm
Gallery 2
Free

A drop-in session with pre-cut lino blocks of the letters D-U-P-L-I-C-A-T-E. Play around with arranging and re-arranging, inking and printing the blocks given. Use the letters to create new words and patterns. Suitable for all ages, may be messy!



Making Monsters 
Yifan Hu
Saturday 4th May, 3-4pm
Gallery 2
Free

Learn how to make an 8-page zine and use coloured and textured paper to create a series of collaged monsters. Facilitated by illustrator Yifan Hu. Suitable for all ages.


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PREVIOUS 


Exhibitors 2023: School of the Damned Press, OOMK, Rabbits Road Press, Bunny Bissoux, Rosalie Schweiker, Pittville Press, The Portland Inn Project, Radical Art Collective Stoke, Ground Workshops, Back To Books, Fawn Press, Harun Morrison, L4 Photography, Book Works, Mikayla Shuker, Mikrayola, No Go Press, Georgie Mac, Bunny Propaganda, Purple Ladder Studios, Less Than 500 Press, Geen Jones, Staff Room Press, Here Is Jonny, Dislocatedzine, Aleesha Nandhra, Khidr Collective, Fathomsun Press, Lunchtime for the Wild Youth, Tom Gooch, Morrigan Ivy, Eric Monk-Steel, Bushra Saleem, Unknown Publishing Thing, COPY, Leah Hickey, Summer Book (George Manson & Luke Humphries), Triple One Five, Charlotte with Ink, James Unsworth, Aarushi Matiyani, 3:03 collective, Erika Price, Elliot Hanks, Commonplace Press, Mark Pawson / Disinfotainment, BCU Illustration

Communal Table: if you have one or two zines to sell, you are very welcome to bring them along to be sold on the communal table. Simply drop them off at the communal table at Eastside Projects at 3.30pm on Friday 3rd May (maximum two titles per person and up to 5 copies of each zine). Please ensure all your zines have price tags/stickers on them. Collect any money and unsold zines on Saturday 4th May at 4.30pm. Any uncollected zines and money will be donated to Duplicate. The communal table is cash only.  


Exhibtion


We are very excited to be hosting a poster exhibition at Duplicate this year! Print and Matter will be exhibiting posters from Art for the Faith Hearted in Gallery 2 over the two-day fair.

Art for the Faith Hearted is an exhibition and publication documenting, exploring and showcasing work produced during Print and Matter, an experimental art programme specially designed for Muslims in Birmingham wanting to explore connections between religious practice and art making. The publication will also be available to purchase at the fair.

Featured artists: Unaiza Karim, Jameela Muncey, Sam Akram, Farwa Moledina, Arron Singh Gill, Mahawa Keita,  Memunah Hussain, Anisa Fazal, Anam Zafar, Heba Chaudhry, Abla Ebbiary, Hannan Almasyabi, Yasmine Ahmed


Print and Matter is an OOMK project with support from Amal. 




Workshops


There will be a range of free workshops on both Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May, join-in and get creative! All workshops will take place in Gallery 2. 

Friday 5th May
6-8pm ︎︎︎ Typography Collage (drop-in workshop)

Friday 6th May, 6-8pm Join Ruth Yeates from Purple Ladder Studios for a drop-in collage workshop. Using printed off letterpress typography, make new characters using the letterforms and punctuation. Drop by and have a play and let your imagination take the wheel! This workshop coincides with Digbeth First Friday.

Saturday 6th May


1-2pm ︎︎︎ Negative Space Drawing




Join illustrator Aleesha Nandhra for a drawing workshop focussing on negative space. You'll be guided through the process of building up a drawing from life by using negative space as your starting point, before adding line and detail to your image.

2-4pm ︎︎︎ Make a Collage (drop-in workshop)

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced collager, drop-in for an informal opportunity to cut, paste and create, The session will be playful and creative and participants will be encouraged to explore Duplicate Publishing Fair for inspiration.


Led by artist and photographer Jaskirt Dhaliwal-Boora

Image credit: Ciara Leeming

3-4pm ︎︎︎ Make a Repeat Pattern (drop-in workshop)

Join artist Mahawa Keita from Print and Matter to learn different ways you can make a repeat pattern using handmade stamps, suitable for 5+. 


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Past exhibitors include: 2B Or Not 2B, 99 Percent Lifestyle, Aleesha Nandhra, Amy Browne, Andrew Birney, BAAAD Press, BABS Collective, BCU Illustration, Big Family Press, Brum Zine Fest, COPY, Camberwell College of Arts, Carry The Fire, Cath Garvey, Coventry Biennial, Dalal & Di Principe, Exhausted Geographies, Fulton Verse, Grrrl Zine Fair, Hayley & Larissa, Independents United, Indestructible Energy, Jason Garrattley, Keep It Complex, Linda Stupart and Cathy Wade in Publishing, LUMIN, Lost generation, Mark Pawson, Merieme Mesfioui, OOMK, Pencil Boy Magazine, Rabbits Road Press, Rachel Littlewood, Recent Activity, Rope Press, Sassify Zine, Sofia Niazi, South London Review of Hand Dryers, TIC Zine, Tender Hands Press, The Holodeck, Tom Bryson, Tombstone Press, Triple One Five, Uhm! Zines, University of Northampton, Vessel Comic and William Powers