John Demos Memorial Residency 2018


The John Demos Memorial Residency is named in honour of the late Sydney artist John Demos, a key member of Sydney artist-run-initiative Big Fag Press. The studio residency program took place between 2016-18, and was awarded to three artists - Freya Jobbins, Louise Kate Anderson, and Tammy Brennan -  to conceptualise, produce, print and exhibit a set of offset lithographic prints at Big Fag Press.

This group of artists was mentored by the Big Fag Press collective throughout the residency, and the project was funded by Australia Council for the Arts through the Artists with Disability funding program. The residency culminates in an exhibition at Big Fag Press launching on Saturday 26 May 2018.

We invite you to join the artists for a group exhibition showcasing their print work, experimentation process, and collaborations undertaken during their residencies.

Light refreshments provided.


Where: Big Fag Press
When: 2pm - 4pm
Artist Talk: 3pm - Moderated by Kris Tito with Auslan Interpretation.

Exhibition continues until 1 July 2018 - viewing by appointment:

Big Fag Press
Archway 4, Jubilee Park Oval
Chapman Road
Annandale NSW 2038

Getting here:
The easiest way to arrive is by light rail - get off at the Jubilee Park Light Rail stop and exit on the north side. Walk down the steps or ramp toward the Jubilee Park oval. Underneath the Jubilee Park Light Rail station is a series of archways. We are in the middle - right next to the bright orange electrical box.

About the Artists:

Louise Kate Anderson is a Sydney-based multi-disciplinary artist working predominantly with socially-engaged art and community collaboration, as well as being an activist, arts worker and producer in the arts and disability sector. Her work involves experimental practice and print-making, focusing on issues such as landfill reduction and reducing the stigma of mental illness. Louise is a key member of Big Fag Press. Her work can be viewed online at

Freya Jobbins is a Sydney contemporary artist whose practice includes assemblage, installation, collage and printmaking. Freya’s work generates a range of responses to existing cultural objects which have been placed out of context. Combining printmaking and assemblage practice, she explores notions of identity, motifs and dissimulation. Both Freya’s prints and sculptures have been exhibited Australia wide, as well as in New York, Detroit, San Francisco, Hamburg, Oslo, Klagenfurt (Austria), Yorkshire,, Dubai, and Tel-Aviv. See

Tammy Brennan is a Sydney-based artist who creates and produces contemporary cross-artform works using text, music, performance and site. Her works respond to human rights violations, trauma and gendered violence, and violations against women and girls in the 21st century. Currently Tammy is the lead artist and producer of The Daughters Opera Project, a hybrid and experimental inter-cultural opera that resonates with the globally shared experience of women who have undergone trauma and resistance, in both modern and ancient times.

For more information about the John Demos Memorial Residency Program visit:

About John Demos:
John Demos was an artist from Sydney, Australia. A prolific worker, Demos chose surfaces such as paper, ceramics, wood and found materials, mapping these spaces with patterns, shapes and text. John exhibited extensively over several decades, with exhibitions held at The Cross Art Projects, Macquarie University Art Gallery, SCA Gallery University of Sydney, and Big Fag Press.  His recurring motifs (such as shields and badges) and repetitive use of words create a strong rhythmic composition in his graphic works. With each new work, John built his aesthetic vocabulary to explore the complex systems of humanity and the natural world, including the sciences, education, language, mathematics and the nature of invention. John was a key member of the Big Fag Press collective in Sydney. He died in Sydney on April 9, 2016.

Find more information about John Demos at

The John Demos Memorial Residency has been has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, specifically through the Artists with Disability funding program 2016-2018.


Big Fag Press is a tenant of the City of Sydney’s Creative Studio Accommodation Grants Program.

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