Self-made: zines & artist books
Plan your visit
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am–9pm; Fri–Sun 10am–6pm
- Friday, 11 August 2017–Sunday, 12 November 2017
- Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery
Visit our exhibition
This bold exhibition delves into the evolution of do-it-yourself culture, from limited-run artist books to cut-and-paste photocopy fanzines.
Discover science fiction fanzines from the 1940s, ground-breaking 1970s punk zines, Australian underground press publications, and artist books designed to defy tradition and buck the commercial gallery system.
Enhance your visit to Self-made with an insightful floortalk by the exhibition's curator, Monica Syrette.
Go inside the do-it-yourself world of fanzines, ezines and artist books, and step behind the scenes of the exhibition.
- 11 August at 11am
- 11 August at 3pm
- 12 August at 2pm
- 15 August at 11am
- 15 August at 3pm
About the curator
Monica Syrette attended the Canberra Institute of the Arts in the late 1980s, when the city was a major centre for artists books in Australia. In the 1990s she worked at Sydney independent music retailer Waterfront Records, ordering zines from local and international makers and distributors.
Monica was archivist at Arts Project Australia and assistant curator at the Grainger Museum, founded by composer and pianist Percy Grainger. Most recently she curated the exhibition Wharfies support! Social justice activism from the Melbourne Docks at Library at the Dock.
Head to the La Trobe Reading Room to see Looped, a unique installation of artist books in the round by artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, from 4 August to 26 November 2017.
Join a free, 45-minute guided tour of the exhibition to gain further insights into the world of underground publications and artist books.
Guided tours run three times a week and bookings aren't required. Choose from:
- Tuesday at 12.30pm
- Thursday at 6pm
- Sunday at 3pm
Note that tours don't run on public holidays: AFL Grand Final Holiday (Fri 29 Sep) and Melbourne Cup Day (Tue 7 Nov).
The Library collects all forms of popular culture, including of course zines, comics and graphic novels. Find out more!
Zine-making: words + art + identity
Book your secondary students into our hands-on zine-making workshop – learn tips and techniques, and take a guided tour of the Self-made exhibition.
Read the media release about the exhibition in our news blog.
Be inspired by examples of artists books held in the Library's Rare Books Collection.
Des Cowley on artists books
Watch a video with Rare Printed Collections Manager Des Cowley and discover how artists books are rare works of art expressed in book form.
Sasha Grishin on printmaking & artists books
Hear from Professor Sasha Grishin in this video, discussing how Melbourne is a centre of printmaking and artists books in Australia.
La Trobe Journal No 95
Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of artists books – the La Trobe Journal No 95 is devoted entirely to this very special art form.
For DIY tips, browse the Library's research guide to zines, graphic novels and more.