Paper Mountain, a Perth-based artist-run initiative in Northbridge, is hosting an exhibition that embraces the gritty, youth-driven world of zines and ‘lowbrow’ art.

Jamie Laval, event manager (left), Beth Scholey, zine coordinator (middle) and Aimee Doyle, director (right) with the newly stocked zine vending machine. Image: courtesy Paper Mountain.

The refreshing exhibition can be found at Paper Mountain’s Tiny Bookstore, run out of the Paper Mountain space on William St Northbridge.

The exhibition features a plethora of local artists’ work; from colourful zines filled with digital art, to a palm-sized, hand-drawn collection titled simply “drawings of some girls.”

Zine coordinator Beth Scholey is passionate about accessible art.

“That’s what art should be. You won’t always necessarily ‘get it’ but one day you will find a work that resonates with you and because of how big our launch was, I know they click with other people too,” Beth says.

Many of the artists in the bookstore are selling works for the first time and Paper Mountain bridges the gap between creating work and exhibiting it.

The Paper Mountain initiative also boasts a gallery, artist studios and a creative co-working space called The Common Room.

This year marks Paper Mountain’s 10-year anniversary. Beth indicates that the initiative prides itself on being a vehicle for social change.

“We… are not scared to use our organisation as a political platform, as our aim is to invoke change in the community and push for diversity in the arts scene,” Beth says.

Anyone wishing to get involved with Paper Mountain or pitch an idea can email

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