Big Fag Press
Big Fag Press is an artist-run printing collective based in Glebe, Sydney, Australia. They have an amazing 4-tonne offset proof-press, called "The Big Fag", which can produce excellent large-scale prints in limited editions, up to B1 size. They are a culturally and socially engaged collective: their members are as diverse as the work they make. Their common thread is their obsession with all things print and their love of their Big Beauty 'The Big Fag'.
Clementine Barnes is an emerging Australian artist, currently based in Melbourne. She has exhibited in Australia and abroad and in 2016 her work was included in Fabrik: conceptual, minimalist and performative approaches to Textiles at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne. Clementine has participated in local and international residencies including the Art Gallery of NSW Moya Dyring studio - Cité Internationale des Arts and The Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne.
Louise Kate Anderson is a Sydney-based artist, creative director, arts worker and aspiring leader in the arts and disability sector whose work is primarily political or activist in nature, and aims to raise awareness about a variety of social and ethical questions. Louise holds a Bachelor of Design in Fashion & Textiles (Honours), and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney. Louise was on the Board of Directors of Runway Australian Experimental Art in 2013-15 and has been heavily involved in Big Fag Press since 2010.
Diego Bonetto is an artist, father, forager and award winning cultural worker based in Sydney. Diego is a key member of artists’ collectives SquatSpace and the Big Fag Press. Diego's art practice encompasses collaborative socially engaged projects like the Green Bans Art Walk and the Redfern/Waterloo Tour of Beauty to environmental campaigns like the Weedy Connection and Wild Stories projects, celebrating and fostering culturally aware interpretation of the landscape. Diego has a keen interest in creating platforms that enable convivial conversations around belonging, sustainability and agency.
Lucas Ihlein is a Wollongong-based artist whose current work explores the relationship between socially engaged art, agriculture and ecological management. He is a founding member of artists’ collectives SquatSpace, Big Fag Press, and Teaching and Learning Cinema. He completed a PhD at Deakin University, Melbourne, in 2008 entitled Framing Everyday Experience: Blogging as Art, which won the Alfred Deakin Medal for best Doctoral Thesis in Humanities and Social Sciences. A recipient of numerous awards and artist residencies, in 2015 Ihlein was awarded a prestigious Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship for Emerging and Experimental Arts. He is currently an ARC DECRA Research Fellow at University of Wollongong, Australia.
John Causley is an artist and graphic designer from Wollongong, NSW, Australia. He is a skilled illustrator, collage artist and photographer. The newest addition to the Big Fag team, John is fast becoming an invaluable member owing to his intuitive design and pre-press expertise.
Eloise Lindeback joined Big Fag Press as an intern in 2016 during which time she has been involved in archiving prints and getting up close and personal with the processes and ideas behind BFP. She graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2015 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts. She has a huge passion for sculpture and her energy and enthusiasm are infectious.
Big Fag Press have recently welcomed a new team member on board and would love to spend time at Bundanon to brainstorm the future direction of their dynamic printing collective. The residency will be an opportunity to step away from the many commitments and distractions of thier individual lives and practices, offering a chance to recharge, re-inspire and recalibrate.
The Big Fag Press are at Bundanon to cook up new ideas and dream up something big.