It’s cold in July in Sydney, so what we do is rug up and write newsletters over here.
Here’s the latest
Please join our mailing list if you’d like to receive this. If you’re lucky we might post 6 to 8 times a year, definetely less than once a month, and usually it is a crafty wordy work of our in house excellent writer, Lucas Ihlein, but sometimes there is words from all of us.
Mirra is most famous for her exquisite drawings, portraiture (see here for her selection for the Archibald last year) and big scale prints of weeds, and she will join the Big Fag team for a small numbers/high attention time. Learn how to create a beautiful artwork inspired by the long standing tradition of still life. Here’s a selection of drawings, etchings and aquatints form Mirra’s hands:
Alongside a bunch of artist run groups, Big Fag Press recently contributed ideas to a publication produced by Moreland Council (Melbourne) about setting up Artist Run Spaces. Friends of Big Fag might find some useful info in there, regardless of where you’re located.
The resulting document is linked here as PDF. It was researched and written by Andrew Gaynor and Jane O’Neill.
The Daughters Opera is a piece of collaborative contemporary music theatre about gender violence in the 21st century. It is currently being produced by Sydney-based performance artist Tammy Brennan, between Australia and India. A powerful monodrama that spans a massive emotional terrain, the audience enter a mythic realm engulfed by fear, condemnation, sacrifice and ritual directed by acclaimed Indian theatre artist Anuradha Kapur.
Big Fag Press is an artist run organisation founded in Sydney in 2004. Our mission is to foster socially-progressive and aesthetically challenging collaborations within our local communities.
We are artists and designers and we all have our own individual practices, but through the Big Fag we are able to make something that we couldn’t make on our own.
We have never relied on funding to survive. However, we are supported by subsidised accommodation from City of Sydney council which allows us to operate within an otherwise punitive rental economy. We can thus pursue not-for-profit community engagement projects, rather than occupy all our time with the pursuit of commercial income.
right now Brenda May Gallery there’s an exhibition of prints, books, photographs and sculptural objects: Multiples.
Curated by art historian and independent curator, Akky van Ogtrop, and featuring two sets of prints produced on the Big Fag Press: Zoë Sadokierski Typewriters series -see here for the feature page on our site- and Victor De Sousa, Narelle Jubelin, Fiona MacDonald and Maria Madeira’s ‘Elastic/Borracha/Elastico’ – see here for an article by Jo Holder on the process and scope behind the suite of prints.
On until the 4th of July, see here for more details>
The Big Fag crew is a bunch of busy buddies, lost in their lives, work, practice and preoccupation. We seldom get together under the same roof for longer than a print run. Thankfully there is places that offer artist’s retreats, like Bundanon Trust, a couple of hours south of Sydney, where artists and artist collectives can take refuge from their busy lives and concentrate on one task only: catch up!
In the industry when a bunch of printmakers get together for a catch up, a print, and a feast is called a Wayzgoose, and that’s what we did. We printed, cooked for each others, went through an alarming amount of discussions and paperwork and over all enjoyed the beautiful settings>>
Here at the ‘ducts there are several organisations, and as we settling in the neighbourhood we became friends with all of them. Some are open during the day, some at night, some on weekends.
We have the local Australian Football League, the Glebe Greyhounds, the Glebe District Hockey Club , a community band rehearsal room, Glebe Music Project, the local grounds keeper for the Jubilee Park oval, and the Pyrmont Ultimo Glebe Mens Shed.
Here at the press we present all sort of events, and coming up there are a set of wild ones!
Co-founder Diego Bonetto will host a series of happenings as part of The Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum Now presented by ANZ.
The glorious Big Fag location will frame an evening of wild appetisers and music after a stroll at dusk along Glebe’s Rozelle and Blackwattle Bays. Diego will take guests on a discovery tour of the area, presenting the many edible plants living in the landscape. You will learn to identify and prepare food growing everywhere, including your own backyards and then savour them thanks to chef Joey Astorga and mixologists Byron Woolfrey and Chris Thomas from Trolley’d.