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We have a new home!


It’s official – the Big Fag Press has a new home!
We’re moving to… the Jubilee Viaducts in Glebe!

“Opening onto the picturesque foreshore park at the end of Glebe Point Road, the heritage-listed viaducts measure 85 square metres each.” 

Four tonnes of thanks to the City of Sydney for providing this picturesque space as part of its Accommodation Grants Scheme.
…and what’s more, our new neighbours will include:

  • a Hockey Club,
  • a Football Club, and
  • a Mens Shed.

Hurrah, hurray! Slaps on the back all round.

Here’s to the fruitful co-existence of sport, art and healthy masculine pursuits!

We’ll miss you Woollomooloo, but we’re really looking forward to meeting you, Glebe!


…but before we get there…


…we’ve got to do this:

Hire a crane, a truck, three burly blokes who know how to use a crane and a truck, and a host of traffic control experts in fluorescent vests…

It’s a nifty little manoeuvre we call….



And this is what you stand to gain by joining us in the Big Fag Dance!

Hot off the press – It’s a beautiful two colour offset lithographic print on archival Fabriano paper in a limited edition of 50. The print is approx 50x70cm. Look at it a bit closer.

The gorgeous line drawing is by artist and designer Zoe Sadokierski, who has created a FAG press family tree (with our trusty “FAG OP-104″ front and centre, of course!)

Prepress and printing of this lithograph have been lovingly executed by Big Fag’s very own Pat Armstrong.

Limited Edition? They won’t last long…

…but that’s not all…


How about one or more of these natty collector cards featuring various presses from the FAG family? Collect all eight!


…would you believe, there’s more…


Just in time for Christmas, you can snap up one of these bold BIG FAG tee-shirts.

(Perfect for loved ones who enjoy explaining things to strangers.)

Alright – that’s it. There’s no more.

Well, there are a few other things like badges and whatnot – and even a super limited edition (only 10 available) BIG FAG DANCE PREMIUM COMBO [lithographic print + 8 collector cards] – for serious Big Fag Supporters only…

You can find all of this over in our BIG FAG DANCE fundraising campaign. Get to it. They’ll run out fast (the pozible campaign only just started and it’s flying off the shelves).


Big Fag Press Newsletter – November 2013

Here’s our latest newsletter! Full of Novembery goodness…

John Demos exhibition at The Cross Art Projects

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Thursday 31 October – Sunday 3 November.

Closing Party:
3pm, Sunday 3 Nov, with Guest Speaker Josie Cavallaro from Accessible Arts.

Exhibition Opening Hours:
11am to 6pm or by appointment.

The Cross Art Projects:
8 Llankelly Place NSW 2011
(02) 9357 2058

Works on paper – drawings and offset lithographic prints produced by John Demos during his residency at Big Fag Press.

Residency supported by Big Fag Press (Louise Anderson, Diego Bonetto, Lucas Ihlein) and Project Insideout (Kris Tito).

Exhibition curated by Jo Holder from The Cross Art Projects.

This project is supported by Arts NSW’s NSW Artists’ Grant Scheme, a devolved funding program administered by the National Association of the Visual Arts on behalf of the NSW Government.

John Demos’ residency at Big Fag Press was funded by an Amplify Your Art grant administered by Accessible Arts. Studio space was provided by First Draft Depot. Sample papers for John’s art production were kindly supplied by KW Doggett.

logos for john demos show

Printing botanical illustrations ON botanical specimens>> how post-modern :)


Yes indeed, I thought this to be quite a nice spin off adding yet another successful experiment to our portfolio.

The artwork in question is being printed as one of the reward for a crowd funding campaign by the team at Wild Stories.

A stock of hand made paper was produced by PaperGoRound, containing seeds of common edible weeds. The peculiarity of this paper is that effectively, if you would plant it, would GROW!

This paper was then printed with a set of 4 illustrations by Mirra Whale, depicting the plant whose seeds are imbedded in the paper.

The results are stunning, and if you think they are as worthy of appreciation as much as the campaign is worthy of support, please do head to the link here to get either a single one or the full set>>

City of Sydney Cultural & Creative Sector Forum Report by Louise Anderson

city of sydney cultural forum

Big Fag Press Associate Partner Louise Kate Anderson writes:

I just thought I’d do a quick post on this. Last Wednesday I attended the City of Sydney’s Cultural and Creative Sector Forum representing the Big Fag Press. I thought it was a really interesting couple of hours, and I was inspired to know how invested the council is in listening to the thoughts and ideas of people who work in creative fields, in order to see how best to help them be able to use the city as a canvas for their creative endeavours.

Furthermore, it couldn’t have been a better place for networking – my table had a guy who works for the City of Sydney outdoor event management, a woman from ArtsHub, a woman from the Red Room Company, a guy who works in the youth music industry, one of the founders of the College of Event Management, and a woman from Waverley Council.

At the beginning I wasn’t really sure I would have anything to contribute, but the discussion led to many things I had ideas about. Our table came up with a few collective agreements. One was that Sydney is very much a lively place in terms of art and culture. “Top down” events like Vivid Sydney, the Biennale, Chinese New Year and the NYE fireworks are very successful. We also agreed on the fact that the government does a lot to support smaller initiatives, but that maybe these efforts could be slightly better directed.

In terms of “grassroots” initiatives, there was much talk on making it more accessible to individual young artists or smaller collectives wanting to just get out there and express creativity. I spoke of how, last year with my Ivory Tower posters, there was just no place to go out and put them. The dedicated City of Sydney poles for posters just get covered by advertising, and anywhere else they got ripped down. It would be so great if there was just spaces around for spontaneous public art. Places where you don’t need to be a verified “emerging creative” to use. The Guerilla Photography project on Elizabeth St by Fairfax photographers was something that was brought up – but nobody really knows if doing something like that is okay. Is it considered defacing public property? If Clover Moore hadn’t particularly liked those photographs installed in that place, would they have received fines for doing it?

Another thing I brought up was along the same lines – to me, at least when I’m walking around the streets instagramming things, it’s the oddities, the interesting graffiti, the chic little cafes, and the funny coloured walls that get my attention. I like things that are different, and provide an alternate to a cookie cutter town of gloria jeans, lowes and perfectly arranged front gardens. A point was brought up about spaces being unused at certain times – there are many places that, for example, are in use Monday to Friday 9-5pm, but completely useless at other times. So here is where my idea comes through – why can’t artists be the ones to decorate the city – to make the boring interesting. Why can’t we designate it a business carpark by day and a pop-up art gallery by night? Why does a wall have to be a brick wall – getting a company building wall graffitied by local artists could attract valid attention to your business.

And thus brings up another point. About legal, OH&S, and regulatory council hoops to jump through. I remember when I was doing my Open House project in Foley St in 2010, we had a lot of forms to fill out and information to gather, like making sure people had their RSA’s and everything. I know it’s a lot to do with people’s safety, which definitely should be put above all else. But getting through all that bureaucracy is a major hurdle for an artist or a small collective wanting to set up a guerilla pop-up gallery.

Much of our other discussion was about live music venues and making sure under drinking age teenagers also have access to entertainment, which I think is equally important.

Many of the other tables came up with similar points about reducing the “red tape” for artists and giving more opportunities to “grassroots” programs. Overall I found the forum had a very positive outcome, especially if some of these ideas are taken on by the City of Sydney. They could even have a direct impact on ARI’s like the Big Fag Press, like Runway, like Firstdraft. Very exciting!

Netwalking: Sydney

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Acclaimed UK artist Simon Pope invites you to join him in a walk around Woolloomooloo.

Following a short talk at the Big Fag Press in which the artist will introduce his work with walking and dialogue, he will invite Sydney inhabitants to take part in a walk in which they reflect on relationships with the people of the city.

Saturday April 13th 2013 11am – 4pm
Big Fag Press
First Draft Depot
15-17 Riley Street

Please bring sunhat, water bottle, lunch, comfortable walking shoes

The event is free of charge.

Places are limited so registration is essential.

Launch of the Firstdraft Print Edition 2013, featuring Marking their territory by Joan Ross

Big Fag Press just finished printing the latest of FirstDraft Print Edition, which will be launched as part of ArtMonth this coming Saturday.

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Emerging Artist Residency – Pat’s Notes

I’ve printed on the Big Fag before, but that was a pretty simple job so I was really excited by the prospect of spending three weeks in the company of the big rig.

Drawing drawers
Drawing drawers

I make zines and comic books. I’m not really interested in fine art or gallery work but I really love carefully produced published material and art books. My favorite kinds of artwork can be sent through the mail.
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Big Fag Press Emerging Artists Residency – Laura’s Studio Notes

I should begin by confessing that I am a novice printmaker, my only firsthand experience being crude linocuts and one attempt at etching back in high school. In many ways my current practice could be seen as the antithesis to printmaking, using video, performance and installation to avoid a finished work. Yet there is something in the methodology of printing that resonates with me; perhaps it is the re-mediation of an image into multiples or the construction of a work through layers.

working sketch

A print can imply the history of its own making if you know how to read it; colour variation though halftone, spatial depth by overlap, movement by misaligned registration. In most cases a correct image does all these things and erases evidence of itself in the final product. This may sound fairly obvious to someone fluent in design and picture making but to me it is a perplexing sequential process for which I’m missing the instructions. Which perhaps suggests why I am drawn to disciplined compositional work like Joseph Albers’ Homage to the Square series.
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Residency Programme Launch BBQ

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Join us at Big Fag Press for a BBQ on Sat February 2nd – to celebrate the conclusion of our Emerging Artists Residency Programme.

Artists Laura Hindmarsh (Tas) and Pat Grant (NSW) will be on hand showing what they’ve made in the Big Fag workshop over the last few weeks.

Pat and Laura have set up shop in the very sexy (and triangular!) First Draft Depot Project Space, and will be installing their work for a special “one-afternoon-only” public event.

If you’re a friend of the Big Fag, come down and join us for a shandy and a BBQ. (STOP PRESS! – the BBQ will now also include vegie sausages!).

If you’ve never been to the Big Fag Press, now’s a great time to come along and see what we’re all about.
We’ll have the machine rolling so you can smell the ink and dream about one day making your own print with us!

Big Fag Press Emerging Artists Residency Programme BBQ
Sat 2nd February 2013
3pm-5pm (or so)…
First Draft Depot
13-17 Riley Street
(enter via Haig Lane)

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