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.
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.
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!
WeTransfer makes tools to move ideas. Founded in 2009 in Amsterdam as a simple, well-designed file sharing service for the creative community, WeTransfer has grown to include tools that scale across the creative spectrum, including editorial platform WePresent (with 3M monthly readers), mobile app 'Collect by WeTransfer' (with 4M monthly users), quick slide-making tool Paste® (with 40,000 active teams), immersive sketching tool Paper® (with more than 30M downloads), and the original web platform with 60M monthly users and over a billion files sent each month.
From the beginning, WeTransfer has prioritized bringing “offline” values - trust, transparency, and ethics - online. This means having a responsible data policy and tools that don’t distract people from their creative flow. WeTransfer has pioneered a new means of online advertising, resulting in the platform’s full-page wallpapers, designed by our award-winning in-house creative studio. Advertisers include industry-leading brands like Apple, Saint Laurent, Google, Balenciaga, Samsung, Netflix, Adidas, and Squarespace.
Since its founding, WeTransfer has proudly supported the creative communities and given up to 30% of advertising space to support the arts, donating over 5 billion impressions in 2017. Through our ongoing advertising grant program and content platform, WePresent, we have partnered with hundreds of groundbreaking artists and organizations, including Björk, King Krule, FKA twigs, Ryan McGinley, Ami Vitale, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the UN Development Program, the World Wildlife Foundation and the Prince Estate. In 2016, WeTransfer launched the world’s first free Masters of the Arts in design thinking with the University of the Underground and Worldwide FM, the global radio station run by legendary BBC DJ Gilles Peterson.
Following a $25 million investment from Highland Europe in 2015, WeTransfer opened a US office in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, to add to the Amsterdam headquarters. In 2018, WeTransfer acquired popular creative apps Paper® and Paste® and expanded its US presence to New York City.