Last chance to see

Print! Tearing It Up

The Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Room Series
08 Jun – 22 Aug 2018

Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00-18.00, Wed – Fri 11.00-20.00

Except 09 – 22 Aug 2018 10.00-18.00

Terrace Rooms
South Wing

Independent British magazines changing the world.

Explore the history and impact of the British independent magazine scene today in Print! Tearing It Up. This exhibition charts the evolution of polemic and progressive print publications and celebrates the current diverse industry of innovative independent magazines.

Beginning with BLAST, the Vorticist journal produced in June 1914, the exhibition traverses through the pacifist Peace News of 1930s, the biting satire of Private Eye (first published in the 1960s and still Britain’s best-selling current affairs magazine), the seminal feminist magazine founded in the 1970s Spare Rib, the cult-pop phenomenon of The Face in the 1980s and 90s and the D.I.Y zines created by teenage feminist collectives into the new millennium.

Print: Tearing It Up - Teaser
CRASH! 1999
CRASH! 1999

Many of the magazines address the unspoken issues of the day, including diversity, gender, sexuality and media manipulation.   

Burying the belief that print is dead, the number of niche magazines is booming in Britain with the likes of gal-dem and Mushpit launching in the past decade. Print! Tearing It Up explores the contemporary market of magazines, looking at the latest line of publishing pioneers, examining demand for print in a digital era and envisaging the future of these independent titles.

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Exhibition Catalogue


As part of Print! Tearing It Up, Somerset House and Somerset House Studios residents OOMK, who produce a biannual publication focused on women, art and activism, will present PROCESS! - a weekend festival on 21 and 22 July celebrating the making of independent media.


Our East Wing Edit presents a summer of free activity for all ages, offering a unique insight into our core events and exhibitions.

You'll find displays, workshops, talks, performances and pop-ups that provide new opportunities to engage in wider discussions about the creative processes and industry including weekly takeovers featuring Delayed Gratification, Stack Magazines and Little White Lies.


Print! Tearing It Up is 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.

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