West Philadelphia is getting a new artmaking space this winter as The Soapbox: Community Print Shop & Zine Library opens a new 4,500 square foot community studio at 47th & Kingsessing. After 4.5 years in a small rowhouse, we’ve outgrown our space, and this week, The Soapbox is excited to announce plans to move to a renovated Furness and Evans Company church, two blocks west of Clark Park, where we can expand our support of creating, archiving, and educating.
With over three times our current space, we will be able to accommodate larger groups for workshops and studio work, and can offer increased public hours, reaching many more people. In this new space, we will offer a studio fully equipped for historic and contemporary printing techniques including letterpress and screenprinting, as well as additional equipment and supplies for bookmaking, zine making, papermaking, and offset lithography. The new facility will also include private artist and writing studios, as well as keyholder memberships that give artists access to the Soapbox studio 24 hours a day.
As the home of Philadelphia’s largest independent zine library, The Soapbox’s distinct collection of over 2,000 handmade zines and chapbooks will be open to the public regularly during open studio hours in the new space, offering the community opportunities to read, enjoy, and learn from these books.
STEP UP FOR THE SOAPBOX, a crucial crowdfunding campaign to support this transition into the new studio, will enable us to renovate the studio space on Kingsessing, purchase furnishings to support work in this expansive space, initiate youth programming, and ready the space to open for members and the public in February 2016. Discounted memberships, blank books, special papermaking parties, and more are some of the perks you will receive for supporting us at this critical juncture. We are so pleased to share this exciting news with you.