Research is extra enjoyable when two areas of interest happily collide.
The Other Eye: A Magazine for Women's Images (1988 - 1990) was an 'exhibition space' in the form of a quarterly black & white publication. The space was only available to women, who could submit a select number of prints, sketches, photographs or cartoons for reproduction and distribution alongside the work of a small number of other women. A typical issue had four images each from five artists and functioned simultaneously as a means of displaying work for the artist and as a form of 'take home art' for the reader. Later editions were single-sided and paperclipped (as opposed to double-sided and stapled) so that each page could be hung, framed or gifted as a work of art.
Helen McSweeney submitted this series of linoprint cats and kittens to Issue 2, August 1988. After a long hard-day in another city, combing through research files, a picture of a cat will never fail to put a smile on my face.
Despite seeming to cleverly fulfill a need - providing a cheap and alternative means for making 'women's images more available and accessible' - The Other Eye was sadly shortlived. Seven issues were produced, and are available to be viewed in a number of Australia's libraries, as listed here: listings in Trove.