ROOT-ed Zine: Retrospect, Reality, Reform

  • 7 Oct 2022 – 22 Jan 2023
  • Wednesday – Sunday, 10am–5pm
  • Atrium & Galleries 1–8, First Floor Galleries, The Tetley
  • Free entry

The Tetley presents Retrospect, Reality, Reform, the first major exhibition curated by ROOT-ed Zine.

ROOT-ed Zine’s co-founders and collaborators, Amber Akaunu and Fauziya Johnson, are artist-curators who established the magazine and social platform in 2017, with a commitment to supporting artists of colour that are from, or based in, north west England.

For this exhibition, they have commissioned four artists from across the north west and Yorkshire to examine the ideas of retrospection, reality and reform, offering a platform for reflective, unfiltered and liberating perspectives from artists of colour. Themes presented include racial justice, feminism, sisterhood and the meaning of home.

The exhibition includes work by Yasmin Ali (she/her), Liverpool-based filmmaker and photographer; Hanna Gwynn (she/her), Liverpool-based comic artist and illustrator; Linnet Panashe Rubaya (she/her), Leeds-based figurative artist; and Simone Yasmin (she/her), Leeds-based writer, spoken word artist and vocal soul.

This exhibition has been a significant opportunity for these early-career artists to extend their practices.

The exhibition also invites visitors to contribute to a free limited edition zine published towards the end of the show, amplifying the practices of more northern artists and providing a platform for you to respond to the work on display. This will sit within a reading room alongside an archive of ROOT-ed Zines, dating back to 2018.

Through their practice of platforming, collaborating and archiving, ROOT-ed Zine hope to preserve their community knowledge in order to disrupt institutional cycles and make long-standing and authentic change.

ROOT-ed Zine: Retrospect, Reality, Reform is part of The Tetley Jerwood Commissions programme, supported by Jerwood Arts’ Development Programme Fund

Content guidance

Please note, the exhibition contains references to hate crimes, police brutality and violence.


  • This exhibition is located on the First Floor. Our lift is located at the rear of the building for access to all floors.
  • Moving image work is subtitled.
  • Seating is available to watch the moving image work.
  • The installation in Gallery 1 has an uneven surface.
  • There is low lighting in Galleries 2 & 6.
  • Large print exhibition guides are available.

For more information about access at The Tetley, visit our access page.


Watch our interview with ROOT-ed Zine