Poster, ‘Dance Black Lace’, printed by Earthworks Poster Collective

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1972-1979.

Poster art has evolved significantly from the early posters first produced in Australia in the early 19th century that only featured text, to the posters in the Di Holdway Collection that are characterised by bold designs and effective use of photographic and graphic screen print techniques. The Di Holdway Collection is an important poster archive that shows the emerging political voice of Australia’s youth culture through poster art. The collection shows how the poster was used as a political t...


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Physical Description

Poster, 'Dance Black Lace', screenprint on paper, [designed by Chips Mackinolty], printed at Earthworks Poster Collective, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1972-1979

Poster features silhouette of a person in profile patterned in diagonal stripes in fluorescent red, brown, black, yellow and green on a blue background. The full wording is: 'Dance / Black Lace / Balmain Town Hall / Sat. Oct 21st / 8 pm $3 / Proceeds to Peter / Tobin Aboriginal / Scholarship Foundation / run by Aborigines / for Aborigines'. Marked on front.


Earthworks Poster Collective stamp on front bottom left corner.



735 mm


480 mm



The Earthworks Poster Collective became more political focusing on promoting specific issues such as Aboriginal land rights, gay and lesbian rights, the women's movement, anti-nuclear environment and unemployment issues.

The Earthworks Poster Collective disbanded in 1979 after failing to attract funding from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia council. Members dispersed establishing new workshops across Australia. Screen printing, including public access, continued at Tin Sheds under the Lucifoil Collective (1980-1983) and since 1984 by Tin Sheds Posters. Today, the Tin Sheds Gallery and Art Workshops are part of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney.

Posters from Earthworks Poster Collective are now regarded as an art commodity and highly collectable and are held in the collection of the State Library of New South Wales, National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, the Powerhouse Museum and the University of Sydney.


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This poster is from the Di Holdway collection of posters accumulated over 20 years in Sydney, Alice Springs and Darwin and largely focuses on the work of print makers who first worked with the Earthworks Poster Collective at the Tin Sheds, University of Sydney. Di's involvement with the Tin Sheds began in 1974 when she was working at the Students Representative Council--initially as a secretary and later as its CEO.
Dianne Margaret Holdway (died 2001), was close to a number of 'Earthworkers', and during 1974-76, volunteered as a printer and 'racker'.

After finishing work at the Students Representative Council, Di worked at the South Sydney Women's Centre and worked closely with the Sydney University Settlement, both located in Chippendale.

In the 1980s, Di worked for Aboriginal organisations in the Northern Territory. Throughout this period, Di kept in touch in particular with Michael Callaghan of Redback Graphix, originally from Earthworks Poster Collective, who was at that stage commissioned to produce posters for a number of Central Australian Aboriginal organisations.

The posters in the Di Holdway Collection reflect their times, of course, but also represent Di's wide political and social interests over a period of two decades from the 1970s to 1990s. They very much represent her friends and work mates from the period.

Some of the posters are represented in public collections such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Australia.

(Extract from notes provided by Chips Mackinolty, Darwin, September 2005)


Credit Line

Gift of Alberto and Demetrio Alati, 2007

Acquisition Date

21 May 2007

Cite this Object


Poster, 'Dance Black Lace', printed by Earthworks Poster Collective 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 October 2018, <>


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