Announcing LIMBO magazine, a new arts title supporting out-of-work artists & creatives with a radical community-driven publishing model

This grass-roots initiative, with contributions from some of the biggest names in the creative world—Vivienne Westwood, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tyler Mitchell, Miranda July, and more—aims to provide paying work and a positive outlet for creative people facing an uncertain future.

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A magazine about the state we’re in, with all profits going to out-of-work artists and creatives

Born out of the coronavirus crisis, and supported by some of the biggest names in the creative community, LIMBO is a new not-for-profit arts & culture magazine printed to provide paying work and a positive outlet for creative people facing an uncertain future.

Frustrated by a lack of government support for the arts and creative industries, the LIMBO team have created a community-driven model for supporting out-of-work creative minds.

Launched by Nick Chapin (Frieze, Vice), LIMBO upends the traditional publishing model, distributing all profits from advertising and issue sales to the contributors featured in the magazine and the staff who produce it.

A long list of A-list artists and creatives—from Vivienne Westwood and Andrea Arnold, to Wolfgang Tillmans and Miranda July—have contributed work and waived their fees, allowing funds raised to go to the contributors most in need.

The inaugural issue features art, ideas, and humour born out of the global lockdown but looking beyond it. The result is perhaps the ultimate time capsule of the 2020 crisis, seen through the eyes of some of the most creative people in the world. It offers hope, laughs, and a vision for the way forward.

Edited by Francesca Gavin (Kaleidoscope, Dazed, NTS) with creative direction by David Lane (The Gourmand), the large format 176 page publication is lusciously designed and overflowing with original work. LIMBO recalls 90s DIY magazines, while introducing a new aesthetic for this moment—a patchwork of diverse, expressive work, much of it created using lo-fi techniques dictated by lockdown.

LIMBO Magazine was made possible through a publishing partnership with WePresent, WeTransfer’s editorial platform, a selection of three articles will be hosted online on WePresent.

Holly Fraser, Editor in Chief of WePresent shares "WePresent exists to spotlight and celebrate unique and diverse creative work from around the globe. In times of crisis when creativity is threatened it is vital that we work even harder to support creative communities and ensure that they are able to find new ways to thrive. Partnering with Limbo, a zine that shares our values and mission, felt like a very natural decision and we're delighted to play a part in keeping creative ideas alive in these challenging times."

The magazine has also been supported by Gucci, Carhartt WIP, Sunspel, Park Communications, and Dover Street Market.

CONTENT

LIMBO includes work from almost 100 contributors, including:

  • Art by Wolfgang Tillmans, Vivienne Westwood, Collier Schorr, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Stephen Shore, Grace Wales Bonner, Julie Verhoeven, and many more
  • An intimate trip inside writer and filmmaker Miranda July’s hard drive
  • Photos from groundbreaking photographer and filmmaker Tyler Mitchell and an exclusive interview on his lockdown project Night At The Cinema
  • A surreal performance by rock legend Peaches (feat. giant inflatable genitalia)
  • A rare interview with Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold
  • Dance lessons with supermodel (and mime) Lily McMenamy
  • Illustrated poetry by comedian Tim Key
  • Thoughts on Black Girl Magic from Honey Dijon
  • Self help from Naomi Shimada and horoscopes by Raven Smith and much more!

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