What is NEST?
Welcome to NEST Magazine, an independent platform for the creatives of Leeds Art University. A bi-annual printed publication providing a physical platform for students from various disciplines to showcase their work. All content and designs are created by current students at Leeds Arts University. The NEST website allows us to celebrate the breadth of creative work on an online platform accessible to everyone.
How does it work?
We produce two issues a year, one in the Autumn and one in the Spring. For each printed issue there is a set theme for the work.
Submissions are typically open for three weeks and during that time we invite all creatives from any course at any level to submit pieces that fit the theme and that they are proud of.
We encourage every type of submission, from illustration and photography to sculpture and fashion. It doesn't matter if your submission is digital or physical! We are also particularly interested to see creative writing submissions and moving image, which can be incorporated using our Instagram and our website.
When submissions close we look at every piece and form the narrative of the issue from the work that is selected. Submissions that are not selected for the printed issue will be displayed either on our social media or on the website under the Unseen tab.
Once the magazine is printed we will hold a launch party at one of our favourite venues in Leeds, which gives you the opportunity to see the new issue, have a drink with your friends and to network with peers and professionals.
Where do you distribute?
Our primary locations for distribution are around Leeds in our favourite exciting shops and cafes, as well as Vernon Street and Blenheim Walk, Leeds Arts University. Distribution has previously included bookshops in Leeds, London, Manchester and Hamburg. We plan for the latest issues to be distributed around the world to key studios who influence us every day!
Latest distribution news can be found on our Instagram.
What is NEST Unseen?
Due to the large volume of contributions we receive for NEST magazine, we are unable to showcase all the work for print. Therefore NEST Unseen was created as an exclusive online gallery to give everyone access to this huge body of fantastic work from a variety of talented creatives.
How long has NEST been running?
NEST has been running since 2012 and has been under the direction of four different Editors since then. However, there are issues of a student magazine that pre-date NEST, and were produced by the university as early as 1935. You can find an archive of these under the Issue tab.
How do I submit work?
Details about each new issue and the dates for submissions are available through the University, website, or feel free to message us with any enquiries – we are more than happy to help.
We only accept submissions from students at Leeds Arts University.