The Art of Protest Workshop

The curators of the Bastard Zine Collection are very happy to invite you to an amazing workshop that will be run in conjunction with Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down #2, 1 – 12th May, Noir Darkroom.

The Art of Protest will feature a short curator talk on art and protest. This will be followed by an exciting hands-on workshop with local artists.

The programme will include:

Jessica Schwientek – zine and badge making

Toots Mcgee – feminist cross stitch

Empire of Stuff – protest stone and tile making

Lisa Jacomos – coin stamping

Attendees will get a chance to try everything.

Refreshments will be provided and ticket price includes materials. Plus, all attendees will receive a free zine catalogue of the exhibition. (To be collected after the close of the exhibition)

Tickets via eventbrite

Lisa Jacomos

Master of Art Curatorship | The University of Melbourne
2017 – Present
Graduate Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History | University of New England
2014 – 2017
Bachelor of Arts (European Studies, History) | The University of Adelaide
2009 – 2013
Diploma of Languages (French) | The University of Adelaide
2009 – 2011

Regular Blog Writer | Antithesis Journal

Fear in the early modern period: Strange creatures from the Baillieu Library Print Collection | University of Melbourne Collections
Issue 23, December 2018
Happy Birthday to Me | Noir Darkroom
April 2018         

I’m So Sorry If I’m Alienating Some of You | The Article
20 October 2017   

Linsey Gosper’s Magickal Femininity | The Article
12 July 2017

Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down #2| Noir Darkroom (1st – 12th May 2019)

Our Shadows | Noir Darkroom (3rd – 7th October 2018)

Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down | IRL Infospace (30th September – 14th October 2018)

An Exhibition in Three Acts: Act 3 | VCA Artspace (20th – 24th August 2018)

Assistant Curator
Big SMALL (Works) Birthday Bash | Noir Darkroom (18th April – 6th May 2018)

Curatorial Intern
Noir Darkroom (2019)
Worked closely with gallery director in all aspects of the running of the space. Installed exhibitions; designed and wrote copy for catalogues; wrote newsletters; liaised with artists and businesses; managed social media presence; general maintenance and cleaning of the gallery.

Collection Management/Conservation
The Dax Centre (2019)
Worked one-on-one assisting the collections manager in preparation for exhibitions and day-to-day tasks including, condition reporting, boxing of items, and installation.

RE-ORG BATHURST, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (November 2018)
Worked in a small team towards the implementation of ICCROM’s RE-ORG global initiative. Project involved the reorganisation of collection storage as part of preventative conservation and risk management.

Front of House
Grainger Museum (2019)
Centre for Contemporary Photography (2018 – present)
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2017 – 2018)

Festival Volunteering
I am a regular volunteer at arts festivals around Melbourne. I have volunteered at 10 different festivals over the last two years, including Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne Fringe, and Next Wave Festival. Roles include, crowd management, ticketing, bumping in and out, stage management, etc.

High-level of proficiency in spoken and written English; intermediate French; rudimentary Latin       
Advanced historical research skills (oral history, databases, public records, genealogical sources, etc)
Knowledge of ethics and theory of curatorship
Knowledge of conservation practices
Knowledge of cultural policy
Proficient in Adobe Production Studio
Intermediate videography skills
Working with Children Card (WCC)
Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)

Introduction to the Collection

The Bastard Zine Collection is a collection of zines, posters, and ephemera which was compiled during a visit to New York City in June 2018. The collection is now held in Melbourne, Australia.

The zines, posters and ephemera all engage with the political and social activist history of New York City, with a particular focus on feminist and LGBTQI+ perspectives.

In 2018, the National Gallery of Victoria hosted a major exhibition featuring works from the Museum of Modern Art, New York. A wave of NYC-centric events and programming swept through Melbourne following this blockbuster exhibition. At the same time, curators Lisa Jacomos and Cathryn Ross undertook a contemporary art study tour of NYC. The curators used the opportunity to collect zines, and other ephemera in a response to the wave of  interest in New York City that was taking place in their hometown.

New York City is the type of city that occupies a space in the public imagination: a metropolis full of art, politics, fashion, and history. Blockbuster movies, television shows, art movements, and pop stars call NYC home. This adds to the idea of the city as a mythical entity. The Bastard Zine Collection speaks from a different side of NYC. The material represented in this collection forms an alternative ‘undercurrent’ narrative about New York City, engaging with the political realities of life in one of the world’s biggest and busiest metropolises.

The collection will eventually be exhibited as a reading room, available for residents of Melbourne to visit and read through the collection.

This site will be used as an online living catalogue for the collection.


A collection of totes on the NYC Subway. Image: Cathryn Ross.