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Mirra in the studio

Share a Plate with Mirra Whale

Still life drawing and printing workshop, Saturday August 8 and 22.

Two full days with award winning artist Mirra Whale. This is a rare opportunity to have guidance from one of the young stars of today’s Sydney artworld, see here for her inclusion in the Archibald last year with a portrait of local legend Tom Uren, and here for this year’s portrait selected as a finalist.

The workshop is divided in two full days:

Day one you will witness the printing of a still life from Mirra and see the possibilities with your very own eyes. During the day we will discuss your ideas, present Mirra’s work and introduce various techniques of mark making using a plate of still life as inspiration. There will be drawing demonstrations and guidance on how to approach the subject. This is a full day workshop, 10am to 4pm with a lunch break in the middle.

You will then go home and create/finish your own masterpiece in preparation for the printing day 2 weeks later, on Saturday August 22. This is when you will see the big lithographic press edition your very own work.

This offer is for a limited number of participants only, maximum 8,  for two days workshop and limited edition print to go home with>> WIN!


More about the Share a PL8 Workshop Programme:

Have you ever wanted to print your own limited edition artist work but couldn’t afford it?

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.


What happens on Day One?
An exclusive lecture by artist Mirra Whale
An explanation of how the press works and display of previous prints
Light refreshments
Discussion of participants’ artwork ideas and workshopping
Guided creation of your own artwork
You need to bring: Ideas/ sketches/ images for discussion, and lunch

After that:
You have a week to send us your final artwork

What happens on Day Two?
You will print your own artwork!
Light refreshments
You need to bring: Lunch

You will come away with:
A new knowledge of offset print-making
Approximately 40 A4-size limited edition, single-colour artworks

Where are we? Under the train, facing a park. See here>

Please note:
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 as made possible through the City of Sydney’s
Accommodation Grant Program.

Give Diego a ring on 0411 293 178 if you have any question, always happy to help 🙂

Get in contact if you would like to get a concession rate as a pensioner, student or other concession card holder (10% discount) or take advantage of the Friends in Print special deal, two tickets for $600.


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