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How amazing!

Elastics / Borrocha / Elástico (2012 Timor-Leste Mobile Residency Archive).

Elastics / Borrocha / Elástico (2012 Timor-Leste Mobile Residency Archive).

It is with great pride that we’d like to congratulate Fiona MacDonald, Narelle Jubelin, Maria Madeira and Victor De Sousa for winning the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award with their collaborative work Elastics / Borrocha / Elástico (2012 Timor-Leste Mobile Residency Archive).

This is the second time in 4 years that a print produced on the Big FAG wins the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the medium of prints, last time being the collaborative work by artists Lucas Ihlein and Ian Milliss.

Big FAG supported the production of Elastic with inkind administration, prepress, design and some of the printing. It is a great honour to have worked on such an amazing work comprising of ten plates of 2-3 colours and a folder.

The finalist exhibition is on until 15 November, 2015 at the Freemantle Arts Centre.

Read more about the work on Art Almanac and the West Australian.


Big FAG newsletter

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.
In print,
the lithographers.

A gift from the FAG headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland

A gift from the FAG headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland

Artist Run Space Resource

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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 Project Responding to global #genderviolence

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Tammy Brennan is a writer and performance artist who creates music theatre work about the lived experience of gender violence and sexual trauma. You can see some of her previous work on vimeo.

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.

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Big Fag Press responds to the Australia Council funding cuts

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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.

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Big Fag in the news


Great shout out from Sydney Media today about our upcoming workshop series, Share a PL8.

The first pilot edition will be facilitated by our very own Lucas Ihlein, winner of the Fremantle Art Centre Print Award 2012 with his joint venture, The Yeomans Project.

Lucas will run the workshop from a rather privileged position, as both a successful artist and as a dedicated printer who knows the nitty gritty of printing with our Big Fag.

The two day workshop will run over a period of two weeks Saturday 9th of August and Saturday 23rd of August.

The first day will be comprised of explanation of how the press works and  a peruse over some of the previous prints produced by us, followed by a discussion of participants’ artwork ideas and workshopping decisions on colour and paper stock for final prints.

You will then go home with that information to create your very own artwork and come back two weeks later to print it, participating in the mysterious workings of our machine to produce special limited edition artworks, yours to go home with.

Sounds good?
All of that for a crazy introductory price of $250>>

Book your place here, only few places left

And here is what SydneyMedia has to say about it>




Big Fag Press Newsletter – November 2013

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

Networked Printers

Dr Margie Borschke has written an article about the Big Fag Press and the Rizzeria for the Powerhouse Museum’s design website.

Here’s how she begins:

Technologies are often pitted against one another. Print, for instance, is often cast to play the role of the has-been, the also-ran, while digital and network technologies prepare for yet another close up. In this scenario any passion for printed matter tends to be disparaged as nostalgia or explained away as an analog response to the siren call of digital devices. But old technologies can be used in new ways and two artist-run presses in Sydney, Big Fag Press and the Rizzeria, offer an alternate account of print’s continued appeal in a networked era.

You can read the whole article here.

Concrete Playground Visits the Big Fag

concrete playground visits the big fag

Recently we had a visit from Zacha Rosen, who writes for Concrete Playground.

Zacha spent lots of time with us, nosing around with his audio recorder, while we printed some works by Lucas Ihlein and Ian Milliss. The very enthusiastic Zacha asked us a million questions and did everything short of getting his fingers all sticky in the ink himself.

You can read his surprisingly thorough account of what the Big Fag is all about, over here.

While you’re there, you should check out his coverage of our buddies in printing – the Rizzeria and Blood & Thunder, and also The Beehive – a 3D printing outfit in Sydney – it’s all part of his round-up of some of Sydney’s indy-printing options.

Stop the Press: the Allure of Ink – by Caren Florance

The following is an article written by our Canberra colleague Caren Florance, aka Ampersand Duck. It was commissioned by Big Fag Press co-director Lucas Ihlein for his UNDERGROUND edition of Artlink Magazine, launched in June 2010. Since it relates directly to the seizing of obselete printing technology by ratbags, we thought it germane to reprint here on the Big Fag website.
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Stop the Press: the Allure of Ink
Caren Florence, June 2010

Images for Caren Florance Article
[An early printing office (!), 1499 (from S.H. Steinberg, Five Hundred Years of Printing (UK: Pelican, 1955), plate A.]

There is something magical that happens to text when it is printed. In print, a scramble of handwritten words becomes solid, legible and above all, authoritative. Some of the most outrageous propaganda and religious doctrine throughout world history have been believed because they have been printed. Printing brings ideas to the surface and imbues them with power in a way that cannot ever be underestimated. Even these days, with so many ideas shared over the internet, there is still glamour and prestige in having your words transformed into printed matter: witness all the blogs that turn into books.

Printing, however, takes money, and distribution needs connections. When people want or need to share their ideas without the necessary money and connections, you get underground publishing, and ingenious methods of print production and distribution.
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