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With each issue of Variant, three times a year, 15,000 copies of the magazine are distributed throughout the UK and Ireland.
Distribution outlets from remote areas like the Outer Hebrides, Shetland and Orkney to the centres of major towns and cities throughout the UK and Ireland are as diverse as: galleries and museums, performance events, symposiums and conferences, internet cafes, arthouse cinemas, book shops and libraries. Complementing this individuals also regularly distribute copies via their social, familial, institutional, direct local networks.
We are committed to extending our distribution as the magazine grows and welcome responses from potential new outlets, including one off events...

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venues are listed alphabetically by town / city


Aberdeen: Aberdeen Art Gallery; Arts Development Team, Aberdeen City Council; Centre for Modern Thought, Uni. of Aberdeen; Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon Uni.; Peacock Visual Arts; School of Divinity, History & Philisophy, Uni. of Aberdeen

Aberystwyth: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Aultbea: West Coast Arts

Ayr: Maclaurin Art Gallery


Ballyvaughan: Burren College of Art

Bath: Hotbath Gallery

Belfast: Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Belfast Exposed Photography; Clements cafe; Community Visual Images; Crescent Arts Centre; Factotum; Linen Hall Library; MFA, Fine Art Dept., Uni. of Ulster; No Alibis Bookstore; Northern Visions; Old Museum Art Centre; Ormeau Baths Gallery; Queen’s Film Theatre; Queens Uni. bookshop; The Black Box; The Rogues’ Gallery; Catalyst Arts

Berwick-upon-Tweed: Gymnasium Gallery

Birmingham: Bookshop @ Ikon Gallery; The Concourse, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Uni. of Central England; The Custard Factory

Bolton: School of Arts, Media & Education, Uni. of Bolton

Bradford: Gallery II, Uni. of Bradford; National Museum of Photography

Bray: Mermaid Arts Centre

Brecon: Ardent Gallery

Brighton: Arts Council England, South East; Brighton Media Centre; Centre for Continuing Education; Fabrica; Phoenix Gallery; Uni. of Brighton Gallery

Bristol: Arnolfini; Kebele Kulture Projekt; Spike Island Art Space; The Cube

Bury St. Edmunds: Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery


Cambridge: Arts Council England, East; Kettles Yard; The Junction

Cardiff: Centre For Research In Fine Art, Uni. of Wales Institute; Chapter Arts Centre; Ffotogallery Wales; Time Based Arts Dept., Uni. of Wales Institute; Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff Uni.

Carlisle: Ottakars Bookshop; The Source; Tullie House Museum & ArtsServices

Cheltenham: Meantime

Chichester: Fine Art Dept., Uni. of Chichester

Cirencester: Brewery Arts

Colraine: Dept. of Media Studies, Uni. of Ulster

Cork: Crawford College of Art; Kino Arthouse Cinema; National Sculpture Factory; Triskel Arts Centre; Uni. College Cork

Coventry: Dept. of English & Comparative Literary Studies + Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Uni. of Warwick

Cumbernauld: Cumbernauld Theatre


Dalkeith: Newbattle Abbey College

Derry: Context Gallery; The Pat Finucane Centre; VOID

Dewsbury: Arts Council England, Yorkshire

Dublin: Broadstone Studios; Connolly Books; Create, National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts; Fire Station Artists Studios; Gallery of Photography; Green On Red; Irish Film Centre Bookshop; Irish Museum of Modern Art; Project Art Centre; Sculptors’ Society of Ireland; Temple Bar Gallery & Studios; The Arts Council; The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College

Dumfries: Gracefield Arts Centre

Dundee: Generator; Hannah Maclure Centre, Uni. of Abertay Dundee; The Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art; Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts; School of Social & Health Sciences, Uni. of Abertay Dundee

Dunfermline: Arts & Theatres Trust Fife

Durham: She’s Got It


East Kilbride: East Kilbride Arts Centre

Edinburgh: AK Press & Distribution; analogue; Artlink; Autonomous Centre Edinburgh; BBC, Broadcasting House; Cameo; City Art Centre; Collective Gallery; Corn Exchange; Edinburgh College of Art; Edinburgh Printmakers; Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop; Embassy; Filmhouse; Forest Cafe; Fruit Market Gallery, Bookshop; Inverleith House; L’Institut Francais d’ Ecosse; North Edinburgh Arts; Out of The Blue; Photography, Film & Tv Dept., Napier Uni.; Playhouse; Pleasance Theatre; Scottish Arts Council; Dean Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Scottish National Portrait Gallery; Scottish Poetry Library; Stills Gallery; Talbot Rice Gallery, Uni. of Edinburgh; The Baked Potato Shop; The Bongo Club; The British Council Scotland; WASPS; Word Power

Egham: The Media Arts Dept., Royal Holloway, Uni. of London

Essex: Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, Uni. of East London; Uni. of Essex Gallery

Exeter: Dept. of Drama, Uni. of Exeter; Spacex Gallery


Falkirk: The Park Gallery

Farnham: James Hockey Galleries, Uni. College for the Creative Arts

Fort William: West Highland Museum


Galway: Galway Arts Centre; Kenny’s Bookshop; Public Arts, Galway City Council

Gateshead: BALTIC

Glasgow: Alliance Française De Glasgow; Art History, DACE, Urban Studies, Uni. of Glasgow; Aye-Aye; Bar 10; Bar 91; Rogue bar; Bibliocafe; Blackfriars; Cafe Hula; CCA; Clydeside Press; Collins Gallery, Uni. of Strathclyde; Culture & Sport Glasgow; Dept. of Geography & Sociology, Uni. of Strathclyde; GalGael Trust; Gilmorehill G12, Uni. of Glasgow; Glasgow Anti Racist Alliance; Glasgow Film Theatre; Glasgow Independent Studio; Glasgow LGBT Centre; Glasgow Media Access Centre; The Glasgow School of Art; Glasgow Sculpture Studio; Glasgow Uni. Bookshop; Glasgow Women’s Library; Goethe Institut; GOMA / Stirlings Library; Gusto Relish; Halt Bar; Hillhead Library & Learning Centre; Hunterian Art Gallery, Uni. of Glasgow; Intermedia; John Smith & Sons, & learning café, @ Caledonian Uni.; King Tuts; Market Gallery; Mitchell Library, Library Network Distribution; MONO; Nice ‘N Sleazy; NUJ Offices; Offshore Cafe; One World Shop; Postgraduate Club, Uni. of Glasgow; Project Ability; Radical Independent Bookfair project; Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama; Russian Cultural Centre; Scotia Bar; Scottish Music Centre; Scottish Screen; Southside Studios; Stables Gallery; Stero; Street Level Photoworks; STUC; Tchai-Ovna Tea House; The 13th Note; The 78; The Arches; The Doublet; The Glasgow Print Studios, Shop; Tramway; Trans-Europe Cafe; Transmission Gallery; Tron Theatre; Uisge Beatha; UNISON; WASPS

Great Torrington: The Plough Arts Centre


Hexham: Queens Hall Arts Centre

Hove: APEC Studios

Huntly: Deveron Arts


Ipswich: The Town Hall Galleries

Irvine: Harbour Arts Centre


Jedburgh: Woodschool


Keele: Keele Uni. Art Gallery

Kilkenny: Butler Gallery

Killarney: Mcbride Gallery

Kilmarnock: Dick Institute


Lancaster: Institute for Cultural Research, Lancaster Uni.

Leeds: Foundation Course, Leeds College of Art & Design; Henry Moore Institute; Leeds City Art Gallery; Gallery & Studio Theatre, Leeds Metropolitan Uni.; Art Gallery + Sch. of Geography, Uni. of Leeds; PSL (Project Space Leeds)

Lerwick, Shetland: Shetland Arts Development Agency

Lichfield: Foundation Degree in Heritage & Culture, Tamworth & Lichfield College

Limerick: Limerick Art Gallery; Real Art Project

Liskeard: Liskerrett Community Centre, Cafe

Lincoln: Sch. of Art & Design, Uni. of Lincoln

Liverpool: A Foundation; FACT; News From Nowhere; Open Eye Photographic & Media Arts Gallery; Static Gallery; Tate Liverpool; The Royal Standard

Llandaff: tactileBOSCH

Llandudno: Oriel Mostyn

Lochmaddy, North Uist: Taigh Chearsabhagh

London: 56a Infoshop; Area 10 Project Space; Arts Council England, London; Artsadmin; artsdepot; Artwords; bookartbookshop; Bookmarks; Bookshop @ Whitechapel Art Gallery; Brady Arts & Community Centre; Camden Arts Centre Bookshop; CARTE, Uni. of Westminster; Chisenhale Gallery; Cockpit Arts; Conor Donlon Books; Conway Hall; Cubitt Studios & Gallery; Dept Arts Management, Faculty of Continuing Education, Birkbeck College; Dept. of Fine Art, London Metropolitan Uni.; Exhibitions, St Pancras Hospital; FOUR CORNERS FILM WORKSHOP; Gasworks Gallery; Hayward Gallery Shop; Housmans Bookshop; ICA Book Shop; Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts); Jerwood Gallery; Limehouse Town Hall; Lisson Gallery; Live Art Development Agency; London Review Bookshop; Matts Gallery; New Beacon Books; Photofusion; Print/Graphic Media Area, Wimbledon School of Art; Pump House Gallery; Resonance FM; Royal College of Art, Students Union; School of Business & Management, Queen Mary, Uni. of London; Serpentine Gallery Bookshop; South London Gallery; Space Station Sixty-Five; Tate Modern; The Approach; The Students union, SOAS; The Library, London Metropolitan Uni.; The Spitz; The Women’s Library, London Metropolitan Uni.; Tram Depot Gallery; ACAVA studios; London Print Studio; Novas Contemporary Urban Centre; Space Studios

Loughborough: Charnwood Arts; Dept. of Social Sciences + Dept. of Politics, International Relations, Loughborough Uni.


Maidstone: Uni. College for the Creative Arts

Manchester: Alternative Documentation Centre, Work For Change; Arts Council England, North West; Castlefield Gallery; Contact Theatre; Cornerhouse, Bookshop; Green Room; Postgraduate Centre, Faculty of Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan Uni.; Martin Harris Centre for Music & Drama, Uni. of Manchester

Maynooth: Dept. of English, National Uni. of Ireland, Maynooth

Mold: Oriel Gallery, Clwyd Theatre


Newcastle upon Tyne: Arts Council England, North East; Globe Gallery; LifeWorkArt, School of Arts & Cultures, Newcastle Uni.; Star & Shadow Cinema; The Biscuit Factory; Tyneside Cinema Bookshop; Waygood Gallery; Well Read Books; Side Photographic Gallery & Cafe; Uni. Gallery, Uni. of Northumbria

Newtown: Oriel 31

Newtownabbey: No Alibis Bookstore @ The Uni. of Ulster At Jordanstown

Newtownards: Town Hall Arts Centre

Norwich: Norwich Gallery, Norwich School of Art & Design

Nottingham: Broadway; Moot; Sch. of Politics & Sch. of Modern Languages & Cultures, Uni. of Nottingham; Surface Gallery; The Art Organisation Nottingham


Oakham: Vale of Catmose College

Oxford: Cornerhouse, bookshop


Paisley: Paisley Arts Centre; Paisley Museum & Art Galleries; School of Social Sciences, Uni. of Paisley

Penrith: Eden Arts

Penryn: miss.peapod

Perth: A.K Bell Library

Plymouth: Plymouth Arts Centre

Poole: Arts Institute at Bournemouth

Portadown: Millennium Court Arts Centre

Portsmouth: Aspex


Reading: Dept. of Fine Art, Uni. of Reading; Jelly Leg’d Chicken Arts; RISC (Reading International Solidarity Centre)

Rosedale: Cultural Foundation


Salford: Chapman Gallery, Uni. of Salford

Selkirk: Scottish Borders’ Council

Sheffield: School of Cultural Studies, Sheffield Hallam Uni.; Site Gallery

Sligo: The Model Arts & Niland Gallery

Southampton: John Hansard Gallery, Uni. of Southampton; Millais Gallery, Southampton Institute; October Books

St Andrews: Fife Contemporary Art

Stirling: Europa Music; Macrobert Arts Centre; The Changing Room

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis: An Lanntair

Stromness, Orkney: Pier Arts Centre

Stroud: SVA

Sunderland: Northern Gallery For Contemporary Art; Vardy Gallery, Uni. of Sunderland

Swansea: Mission Gallery


Tobermory, Isle of Mull: An Tobar

Torrington: Reel-Indi


Ullapool, Wester Ross: The Ceilidh Place

Uley: Prema

Ulverston: LanternHouse


Wallsend: North Tyneside Arts

Walsall: The New Art Gallery Walsall

Waterford: Garter Lane Art Centre

Weisdale, Shetland: Bonhoga Gallery

West Bromwich: Multistory

West London: School of Arts, Brunel Uni.

Westport: Custom House Studios

Wolverhampton: Lighthouse Media Centre; The Waiting Room, School of Art & Design, Uni. of Wolverhampton

Worthing: RAG

Individuals also regularly distribute copies via their social, familial, institutional, direct local networks in:   Belfast, Cardiff, Dublin, Huddersfield, Limerick, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, St. Leonards on Sea...


Due to costs, Variant has a limited international distribution - but if you are travelling and would like to take copies with you or would like to receive copies for an event, please get in touch.

Moufflon Bookshop, Lefkosia,Cyprus
Copenhagen Free University, Copenhagen, Denmark
Society for Old & New Media, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Schmäck, Umeå, Sweden
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Zeitschriftenarchiv/Magazine Archive, Berlin, Germany
Kiosk, Eigeltingen-Münchhöf, Germany
Victor Lafinhan International Gallery, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
AK Distribution (USA), San Francisco, USA
Visual Arts Dept., University of California, San Diego, USA
Rooseum, Malmo, Sweden
Screen and Media Studies, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Dept. of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University, USA
Dept. of Political Science, The University of Notre Dame, USA

Individuals also regularly distribute copies via their social, familial, institutional, direct local networks, in: Paris, Zagreb, Ramallah, New York, Helsinki, Portland Oregon