Somerset House celebrates Britain’s thriving independent magazine scene

Print! compilation image © Courtesy of Stack/Somerset House, Burnt Roti, Crash!, gal-dem, Garageland, Mushpit, Oz, Private Eye, Positive News, Spare Rib, and Thiiird

In a new exhibition at London's Somerset House, the independent magazine scene in Britain is celebrated through its voices that challenge the mainstream.

From 8 June - 22 August 2018, Print! Tearing It Up will be the first exhibition to trace the journey of independent voices in magazines and journals from their roots in the early 20th century, to today's contemporary titles.

Contrary to the idea that print is a dying trade, the show aims to illustrate that these freethinking publications reflect a wider independent culture while proving that print is going from strength to strength in the digital era.

Curated by writer Paul Gorman (The Story of The Face, In Their Own Write: Adventures In The Music Press) and Somerset House’s Senior Curator Claire Catterall with graphic design by Scott King, the exhibition will feature titles including the likes of Private Eye, Crash!, Mushpit, Spare Rib, Ladybeard, gal-dem, Thiiird, Burnt Roti, The Face, Real Review, Friends/Frendz, i-D, Dazed and many more.

Sharan Dhaliwal, editor-in-chief of Burnt Roti, said: "Print publishing means that we're not posting articles which are lost in the ether of the internet. We're shoving our faces in everyone else's and saying: 'we exist."

Print! Tearing It Up: Independent British magazines changing the world kicks off at Somerset House on 8 June 2018. For more information visit www.somersethouse.org.uk.

gal-dem Issue 2 © gal-dem

gal-dem Issue 2 © gal-dem

Mushpit Issue 9 CRISIS 2016 © Mushpit

Mushpit Issue 9 CRISIS 2016 © Mushpit

Crash! Issue 1, 1997 © Scott King and Matthew Worley, Courtesy of the artists and Herald St, London

Crash! Issue 1, 1997 © Scott King and Matthew Worley, Courtesy of the artists and Herald St, London

Burnt Roti Issue 0 May 2016 © Burnt Roti

Burnt Roti Issue 0 May 2016 © Burnt Roti

Garageland Issue 19 2015 SELF © Paul Gorman Archive/ Photography: Milly Spooner

Garageland Issue 19 2015 SELF © Paul Gorman Archive/ Photography: Milly Spooner

Positive News Issue 90 Third Quarter 2017 NEW MASCULINITY © Positive News Magazine/ Paul Gorman Archive/Photography: Theo Jemison

Positive News Issue 90 Third Quarter 2017 NEW MASCULINITY © Positive News Magazine/ Paul Gorman Archive/Photography: Theo Jemison

Spare Rib 1972 © Angela Phillips

Spare Rib 1972 © Angela Phillips

Thiiird Issue 1 COMMUNITY © Thiiird/Photography: Turkina Faso

Thiiird Issue 1 COMMUNITY © Thiiird/Photography: Turkina Faso