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.
Archived entries for Print News
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>
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.
Great shout out from Sydney Media today about our upcoming workshop series, Share a PL8.
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.
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>
Pilot Programme $250 – Saturdays, 14 and 28 June
Have you ever wanted to print your own limited edition artist work but couldn’t afford it?
The Big Fag Press are launching a new workshop series, and in exchange for your feedback, we’re offering an exclusive start-up offer for 8 people.
The Big Fag are a group of artists who run a 4 tonne FAG-104 proofing press which is no longer commericially viable. It is however, a real boon for print-makers, artists and activists who want to print a short series of special works. Unfortunately printing on our beloved fag press can be rather pricey, which is why we’ve devised a system where 8 people get to share a lithographic printing plate (hence the “Share a PL8″) over a 2 day workshop, 2 weeks apart to create a one-colour A4 sized limited edition print.
Lucas Ihlein, inking the press
Day one: (Saturday 14 June, 2014 – 10-4pm)
An exclusive lecture by a guest artist or Big Fag partner
An explanation of how the press works and display of previous prints
Discussion of participants’ artwork ideas and workshopping
Decisions on colour and paper stock for final prints
You need to bring: Ideas/ sketches/ images for discussion, and lunch
In the meantime:
You have a week to send us your final artwork
Day two: (Saturday 28 June, 2014 – 10-5pm)
You need to bring: Lunch
You will come away with:
A new knowledge of offset print-making
Approximately 50 A4-size limited edition, single-colour artworks
Where we are:
We are located in the little semi-circular rooms called Viaducts directly underneath the bridge where the light rail runs, and alongside Jubilee Park Oval. We are easily accessible by light rail (Jubilee Park stop), on foot and by bike. You can also take bus 431 down to the bottom of Glebe Point Road and follow the waterline around to the bridge. Limited parking is available. Please get in touch by phone if you get lost.
Phone: 0411 045 221
Location: Archway 4, Jubilee Park Oval
(off Chapman Road and beneath Jubilee Park light rail way),
Annandale, NSW 2038
The City of Sydney Supported “Viaducts”
The Big Fag Press reserves the right to reschedule workshops due to ticket sales and unforeseeable circumstances where we will give you at least 48 hours’ notice.
Likewise 48 hours’ notice of cancellation by participants is required for an alternative workshop date.
No previous experience necessary.
Big Fag Press is committed to equal opportunities and recognises, respects and values the diversity of its partners, volunteers and participants.
We thank the City of Sydney for its generous contribution through its Creative City accommodation grants.
Artist Trent Walter printing on the Big Fag
The Big Fag Press is an artist –run –initiative and much of the time, it is a labour of love rather than money. We’re always on the lookout for volunteers or people looking for long term work- placement situations about one or two days per week for several months.
It may seem like a strange organisation to come and work with, but because it is a very small operation, you will get hands-on experience in many areas.
We welcome interest from people who would like to develop skills in:
Administration and project management for the arts
Media strategy and marketing, including social media
Day to day website and online store maintenance
Graphic design, branding and promotion
Photography and short video making
Pre-press and offset lithographic print-making
Learning the operations of an Artist–Run–Initiative
You need to be:
Friendly, open-minded and willing to work as part of a team
Independent and not afraid to take on new tasks
Able to work in a collaborative environment
Driven and enthusiastic
Organised and punctual
Willing to accept our anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policy
You will get:
Hands on experience in any area of the operation you wish to
A friendly, happy team to work with
The opportunity to network within the arts community
General mentorship from people in the art world
You may like to read this blog post on her internship at the Big Fag by our now Associate Partner, Louise Kate Anderson. Her work at the Big Fag has aided her arts administration and project management skills, and led to many other opportunities such as being on the board of Runway Australian Experimental Art, working as Exhibition Assistant for Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013 and being a panellist in an Accessible Arts’ forum at the MCA about Supported Studio Networks.
If interested please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or just come to our Big FAG O Day on June 7>9
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….
THE BIG FAG DANCE!
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).
Yes indeed, I thought this to be quite a nice spin off adding yet another successful experiment to our portfolio.
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>> http://pozible.com/wildfoodmap
Big Fag Press just finished printing the latest of FirstDraft Print Edition, which will be launched as part of ArtMonth this coming Saturday.
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.
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.