Five months ago independent printers Big Fag Press were struggling to find space for their equipment, let alone think about expansion. Now, thanks to the City of Sydney’s latest round of accommodation grants, the Glebe-based printers are one of the cultural and community organisations thriving in their new digs.
The City’s accommodation grants program – which offers community facilities at no charge or reduced rates – supports non-profit community and cultural organisations that provide programs or encourage community development.
The grants currently support 71 organisations across 49 City-owned properties, including a men’s shed, a junior footy club and an artists’ collective.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said: “Our accommodation grants take empty spaces across the City and put them to good use by assisting local community-based organisations.
“It’s fantastic to see such a great response to the program, from both the organisations that are putting that space to good use, and their neighbours and surrounding community.”
Following a competitive application process, Big Fag Press moved into one of the historic viaducts in Glebe’s Jubilee Park. Louise Anderson, an associate partner at the press, said the printing outfit was previously sub-letting from another organisation in Woolloomooloo.
“Getting our own place has made a huge difference – real estate in Sydney is always a beast, but it’s even harder when you’re trying to run an organisation and your organisation is based around a large printing press,” Ms Anderson said.
“Being granted access to a much bigger space has allowed us to expand in range and scope for our activities not to mention the sense of stability and the feeling that you’re settled that comes with being on a longer-term lease.”
Big Fag Press produce socially engaged art programs that bring together a number of different groups in local neighborhoods. They provide residencies for young people and people living with disabilities as well as educational programs and workshops for the community.
They celebrated 10 years of operation with an open day at the new premises, earlier this month.
“We’ve come a long way in 10 years and now’s our chance to show off to our neighbours,” Ms Anderson said.
Big Fag Press’ next offset printing workshops, with artist Dr Lucas Ihlein, will be held on Saturday 9 August and Saturday 23 August.
The pilot program costs $250. For more information, visit: bigfagpress.org/workshops/
For more information about the City’s accommodation grants, including how to apply for the next round visit: cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/grants-and-sponsorships/the-cityprograms/accommodation-grants
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