Monday, August 4, 2014

The Australian Print Workshop: Contemporary Print exhibition and the APW Print Fair

Saturday, August 2 was a MIFF-free day (see previous post) but an eventful one nonetheless. I attended an information session at the Australian Print Workshop (my stint there as a Special Guest Artist of their Summer School has already made my personal list of this year’s highlights).

APW Print Fair poster, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne

I’m delighted to be one of 15 artists invited to take part in the APW’S first ever Print Fair, which will take place over the weekend of 11-12 October, 2014. The information session, conducted by APW Director Anne Virgo and Manager Jackie Hocking, was tremendously helpful and informative, with a wealth of practical tips about presentation and other vital issues.

It was terrific to see fellow APW Print Fair artists Georgia Thorpe and Jazmina Cininas and to meet the other participants. The fair will be held in the APW studios, amongst all those wonderful presses. We already have our individual spots, which were democratically allocated: each of us was invited to pull a number from a bucket. I’m thrilled with mine: number 12 is at the far back of studio one, next to the etching press I used back in my access printing days.

During the Print Fair there will be exhibition of works by Print Fair artists in the APW Gallery.

Meanwhile, Jewel Beetle Woman, the linocut I made early this year in collaboration with APW Master Printer Simon White, is part of the APW’s current exhibition, Contemporary Print – Original limited edition prints produced in collaboration with APW Printers. Also featured are works by Lisa Roet, Laith McGregor, Allan Mitelman, Andrew Browne, Jan Senbergs, Emily Floyd, Louise Weaver, eX de Medici, John Wolseley and Chris O’Doherty (aka Reg Mombassa). Contemporary Print opened on 19 July and runs until 23 August.

APW Manager Jackie Hocking colourfully juxtaposed with my linocut Jewel Beetle Woman
 at the current exhibition Contemporary Print, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne