Spread is zine that debuted in December at the Sex Workers Alliance Ireland Art Exhibitionas “an accessible space for critical conversations about music, sex and DIY culture in Ireland”.
For obvious reasons, issue two was delayed and made into a digital format and editors Yvonne Kiely and Mairead Mullan are making it available for free while asking for donations for JaJa Studios , who are looking for a new fundraising space, after being evicted from their space in Stoneybatter. Spread is accepting donations via their GoFundMe page.
Issue two drops on Friday from Lazer Guided Reporter on Friday June 26 at 3pm. A discussion will take place via Spread’s Facebook and Instagram live at 7pm, with JaJa Studios in conversation Spread editors and musical performances from Craig Cox and Darragh O’Brien.
Under the theme of ‘Data’, artists and writers answered Spread’s open call with poetry, essay, illustration, graphic design and collage.
“Our hope with Spread is that it will encourage people to get involved in the conversations that the zine puts out there and to create new conversations. Making art and publishing work is difficult in a society that devalues creative endeavours. The commercial aspect of media and publishing is something that I think about a lot. It inspired the creation of Spread”
Yvonne Kiely, Features Editor
Art is hard. Writing is hard. Getting your stuff out there can be even more difficult. Hence, the creation of Spread, a platform for anyone and everyone to do just that and have it seen. Spread is a project borne of passion and intent, that of joining the do-it-yourself movement of zines, while creating a space to nurture and promote artists, writers, poets and anyone else who wants to join.
Mairead Mullan, Design Editor
Spread’s feature interview shines the spotlight on a gem of Ireland’s underground, Rollers/Sparkers, an alt-electronic band from Dublin whose 2016 album was labelled “The best Irish album of the last decade” by Donal Dineen. Breaking the silence, the trio speak to Spread about why their last record didn’t get a proper release, why they stopped jamming and the possibility of getting back together.
Readers can pre-order issue two through the signup form on Lazer Guided Reporter to receive a copy of the zine via email as soon as it’s released.