It’s the end of an era for the Yuck ‘n Yum zine but it could be the start of something great for the team behind it.
Dundee’s only art-championing zine will launch its last ever issue this Saturday at 7pm at the Hannah Maclure Centre.
The Yuck ‘n Yum zine is an A6 sized pamphlet of black and white artwork. It publishes work submitted by local and international artists.
The project is non-profit and is funded by the Hannah Maclure Centre. They have published the work of over 230 artists.
It was first printed in 2008 through the combined efforts of Andrew Maclean, Ben Robinson and Gayle Meikle. Since then the team, which has grown to accommodate ten members over the years, has published 23 issues of the quarterly magazine, including two special editions.
Ben Robinson, who has remained a committee member since the first zine was published, is looking forward to the event.
“It should be good,” he said.
“We’ve invited people who performed at the first launch we held and we’re hoping they come along. We’re also going to have a few musical acts and even a few Christmas-type things too. We’ve got presents and it’s going to be quite a festive event in general.”
Although the launch will, ironically, mark the end of the zine, Ben said the team is looking forward to the future.
“I think we’ve got mixed emotions,” he explained.
“We’ve done what we set out to do as there’s plenty of other people now making magazines. We’re proud of what we’ve done because it’s been a success. We’re going to carry on and continue to promote art but in a different form. Our next project is the Zine Idol - it’s very exciting.”
Zine Idol is an artistic take on popular TV shows like The Apprentice and X Factor where contestants will present ideas for new zines to the Yuck ‘n Yum team.
They will then decide who has the best idea and will award contestants the same funding they have enjoyed for the last five years. In addition to Zine Idol, the team are keen to continue hosting events dedicated to emerging artists, as they have done in the past.
So it might be the end of their zine, but it is not the end of Yuck ‘n Yum.
Just to remind you, the launch is this Saturday at the Hannah Maclure Centre. It is free and doors open at 7pm. All the previous issues of Yuck ‘n Yum are available for download on their website.