Imagining a poverty-free future

Posted on 25 October 2018

This zine making workshop was to celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October 2018

To mark the UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Leeds based group the Dole Animators hosted a zine (DIY magazine) making workshop to imagine what a future without poverty would look like, and what difference it might make to individuals who are living in poverty today.

The Dole Animators formed out of research by SPSW's Dr Ruth Patrick, which sought to document lived experiences of welfare reform. In 2013, Ruth worked with some of the participants from the study to make an animated film about their experiences of welfare reform (the group chose to call themselves the Dole Animators).

In the five years since, they have stayed active: speaking out about their experiences, sharing their ideas for how to improve the benefits system and address poverty, and joining together with other groups across the country.‌

Dr Ruth Patrick

At the workshop, members of the Dole Animators worked with others living in poverty in Leeds and Bradford to create the zine. Their finished zine charts the diverse experiences represented by those participating, which included asylum seekers, single parents, disabled people, and people in and out of paid employment.

The zine making process was supported by artist – Jean McEwan – and the finished zine can be viewed here and below.

The Dole Animators are encouraging others to get involved by creating their own zine page and sharing it via twitter (@doleanimators #povertytakeover).