Agency Ink

Agency Ink

The Personal and Political in Print

Rachel Ang | Charlotte Allingham 

Clea Chiller | Inez

Jess Knight and Miranda Costa 

Textaqueen | Carol Porter


Curated by Catherine Connolly


Exhibition: Friday 16 March - Sunday 15 April

Opening: 15 March Thursday, 6 - 8 pm

Agency Ink offers an intergenerational look at women* in alternative print forms. With a focus on local artists, printmakers and zine-makers the exhibition provides a glimpse into the highly productive print, zine, poster and paper forms activated by women* from the 1960’s to today.

Fuelled by prints’ accessible means of reproduction and distribution, the exhibiting artists have utilised paper, posters, print presses and photocopiers alike as an affordable means to produce, reproduce and distribute their works. Whether created in bedrooms and on kitchen tables, or professional studios and print presses, the gathered artists have ingeniously employed the democratic form in works that bring both the personal and political to the page.

*female identifying

Free public and education program

Artist talks -
Saturday 24 March, 2.30 - 4 pm
Join artists and curators as they discuss their exhibitions.
Featuring Jess Knight, Textaqueen, Carol Porter, Clea Chiller, Youjia Lu, Kellie Wells and Corinna Berndt. 

Conversation - 
Stay Angry: Feminists harnessing rage for creativity and change
Wednesday 4 April, 6.30 - 8 pm

Creatives and change makers gather to discuss turning anger, dissatisfaction and discomfort into a force for creativity and change.

Featuring Candy Bowers, Kate Just and Karen Pickering. 

Education Program -
Women in the Arts: Creativity, collaboration and connection
Wednesday 21 March, 9.30 - 11 am
The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick invites high school arts students to take part in a morning program in conjunction with two all-female exhibitions: Agency Ink: The personal and political in print and Travelling the Alpha Layer.

Exhibition artists and curators will guide students through the process of making collaborative exhibitions, the realities of being a contemporary art maker and the current climate for issues addressing women in the arts. The morning will conclude with a zine making workshop. 

Places are limited and bookings are essential! 
To arrange a school booking or exhibition tour please call 9389 8622.

School holidays program -
Rebel Stories from Rebel Women Part 2
Saturday 7 April 11 am - 12 pm
In Partnership with Merri-bek Libraries

All ages are invited to come along for a storytelling event for children and adults featuring artists and writers sharing the stories of their favourite female icons in readings from Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo's Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, volume 2.

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Auslan interpreters will be provided for this event 

For more details about our public and education programs relating to this exhibition see our Talks, Forums and Workshops page. 

Image above: Carol Porter. Don't Get Mad, Get Elected 1997. Screenprint, 70 x 50 cm. Courtesy of the artist, the Victorian Women’s Trust and the State Library of Victoria.

Image previous page: Textaqueen, Exotic Escape 2011 (detail). Felt-tips on cotton paper, 127 × 97cm. Private Collection. Courtesy the artist.

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