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Julia Church

Double Disillusion

1982, screenprint on paper

Commissioned by the Australian Labor Party, ‘Double Disillusion’ was created to promote an ALP branch meeting held in 1982 leading up to the Australian Federal Election that resulted in Malcom Fraser being replaced with Bob Hawke as Prime Minister in 1983.

ACME Ink and other local print collectives were concerned with the Liberal Government of the day, particularly former Prime Minister Fraser who was held responsible for high youth unemployment. This poster, depicting a crowded cinema with the audience wearing 3D glasses, is poignant in the artists political advocacy for youth unemployment.

Artist Julia Church recalled that ACME Ink co-founder Mandy Martin collected this early edition from ACME Ink print studio in the developmental phase of the poster.

Printed at ACME Ink (Gorman House, Braddon)

This work forms part of Mandy Martin’s poster collection that she gifted to Canberra Museum and Gallery in 1998. In her role as Lecturer in the Printmaking Department at the Canberra School of Art, Mandy Martin brought both practical knowledge and an infectious, fearless spirit for making screen-prints to a generation of artists only a few years younger than herself. Battling against a perception that it was a commercial process with application only in community arts, Martin struck initial resistance to the idea that screen-printing was a valid medium to be taught at art school.

With limited employment pathways out of art school, Martin helped facilitate the establishment of ACME Ink through the shifting of her print table to Gorman House in Braddon in 1981. In the cramped conditions of the heritage building Julia Church, Mark Denton, Kath Walters and Alison Alder spent a frenetic few years making posters and prints for causes and events as well as their own creative endeavours. These posters were unleashed on Canberra’s unsuspecting community with its’ carefully planned streets, generating instant attention for a small art community eager to gain visibility and activate change. As commercial galleries were initially reluctant to show their work, this circle of artists contributed to the establishment of Bitumen River Gallery in a car park at the Manuka shops, which continues today as a venue for Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Martin’s print table remains in use at Megalo Print Studio in Kingston.

ACME Ink. had its genesis in the relocation in 1981 of my screenprinting equipment to a separate studio at Gorman House, Braddon ACT. An informal screenprinting cooperative developed; many of its members were graduated students or staff from the Canberra School of Art. The prints they produced addressed social issues and events associated with Canberra…I formed this archive as a personal reference collection.

- Mandy Martin, Donation Statement 1998


481 x 323 mm (image) 507 x 378 mm (sheet)

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Canberra Museum and Gallery, donated through Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Mandy Martin 1998