Since autumn 2018, artist Ania Bas has worked with young people, aged 16 to 25 years, at The Gr@nd (Gravesend’s Healthy Living Centre) to co-create a new lifestyle zine.
The group has collaborated with artists and creative practitioners to learn new skills and develop the zine, including photography, design, creative writing, journalism, and illustration.
They have explored self-publishing, graphic design and print with artist-led collective OOMK (One of My Kind), created new zero-waste fashion with the Waste Free Fashion Collective and met with artists and curators at Turner Prize 2019, Turner Contemporary, Margate Festival, and Somerset House.
In June 2019, the group created a printed manifesto for Royal Opera House Bridge Annual Conference The Thriving Child, also presenting a Q&A on their lived experience as young people to hundreds of delegates at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
For the final sessions, the group will be working with guest designer Rose Nordin, from OOMK to edit and layout the final zine design. Rose Nordin is a graphic designer and illustrator based in London with a particular interest in self-publishing and DIY culture.
The zine includes local gossip, interviews, fashion and music, unknown histories and new developments in the area, exploring their interests, hopes, fears and plans for the future.
The Gen Z zine will be launched in Summer 2020.