Wanderlust: PressNorth Printmakers exhibition

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The President, Jo Lankester, accompanied Angela Cheung from Umbrella Studio to Brisbane to help with the installation and speak at the opening launch of Wanderlust, an exhibition by PressNorth Printmakers at the Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane.
The project was a collaboration between PressNorth Printmakers, Umbrella Studio of Contemporary Arts, Flying Arts Alliance and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. The Wanderlust exhibition comprises 27 framed prints by 21 members of PressNorth Printmakers.
The trip to Brisbane was a unique professional development opportunity for both Angela Cheung and Jo Lankester to work with Ben Werner, an industry leader of exhibition installation in Queensland. Ben lead a team of staff and volunteers from both Flying Arts and the Judith Wright Centre at a cracking pace to produce an elegant finish.
Wanderlust is displayed in a converted performing arts theatre at the Judith Wright Centre and has large windows leading directly onto Brunswick St offering passers by a glimpse of the exhibition 24hrs a day. The walls are painted a dramatic black and with the use of barn lights to frame each print individually they have created an amazing visual effect, you are not aware of anything else in the gallery space but the artwork.
The exhibition was officially opened by Judy Watson at the Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, on the evening of Tuesday 21 October 2014. Flying Arts CEO, Stephen Clarke kicked off the proceedings speaking about the collaboration between the three arts organisations, PressNorth Printmakers, Umbrella Studio contemporary arts and Flying Arts. Jo Lankester was invited to speak after Judy Watson about PressNorth Printmakers. In her speech she highlighted the importance of working in partnership with arts organisations in our region and beyond. PressNorth Printmakers do not have a headquarters to call home, relying on working in partnership to hold exhibitions and run workshops for our members.
Read about Angela Cheung’s experience of installing Wanderlust is Brisbane: www.umbrella.org.au/blog

Congratulations to our artists who sold framed works during the exhibition at the Judith Write Centre, 4 works sold in total to a new audience outside Townsville. Thanks to Townsville City Council for your financial support through the Grants of Excellence in the Cultural Development, assisting with costs for Jo Lankester to travel to Brisbane and speak at the opening launch.

Report from Aberystwyth, Wales

DSC03906 (800x600)Can’t believe how fast time is going.

I’m getting quite fit climbing up the hill to the studios each morning, some very steep rises and I’m convinced that Aberystwyth is made up of steep hills and hundreds of steps. (Actually this seems to apply to most of Wales  from my experience).

I am working across engraving to produce quite a number of prints (plus making drawings, paintings and collages as well). Has been great just working away on different mediums. Images are being developed from my travels and the regions around here. Most are precursors for larger works, i.e. lithos, etchings and relief, though engravings are going to play a more noticeable part of my future printmaking.  I have caught up with the Paul Croft, the author of Plate Lithography and Stone Lithography and also Aberystwyth printmakers at last. They have a very small space, packed with a litho press, Albion and etching presses. Apparently have only temporary premises and they need to find another space soon.  Access to presses there works out about $4 per hour (plus of course membership) with all material being supplied by the printmaker using the presses. I think this includes blankets.

Have set up my own hand little printing space in the studio, which is working very well and makes me quite independent of local printmaking access

Printmaking is a very important part of the Aberystwyth Art school, as is life drawing, painting   and the fine arts.  They cover the full range of printmaking and have good presses. Access to the print studios here at the art school is somewhat limited to the artist in residence program which is quite understandable given the number of students there, work place safety requirement s and insurance etc.

Off now to do a Lunchtime lecture at the Aberystwyth University Art School and a tutorial in professional practice to 2nd year art students at 4pm and have been lined up to do a phone interview with the BBC tomorrow. We have our open studios next week.

All very exciting indeed and no, not ready to come home at all.

See you all soon.

Jill O’Sullivan

Townsville Art Awards …and the winners are….

Congratulations Vince Bray for winning the Open section 2013 Townsville Open Art Award at the ’58th Townsville Art Society Awards’. This is the 3rd year in a row the award has been won with a print! We also want to congratulate 4 other PressNorth members who won awards, in order of images above:

Open section work: Vincent Bray,  ‘Mine Side Towns Side’ 2013, Relief Print, 91 x 73 cm.

Printmaking Award – Highly Commended: Sandy Fisher for ‘Listen’, 2013, Photopolymer Print,
41 x 39 cm

Watercolour Award – Highly commended: Laura Castell for ‘Kangaroo’, 2013, Watercolour, 41 x 25.5 cm

Printmaking Award: Jo Lankester for ‘Crustose II’, 2013, Collagraph Print, 112 x 86

Ink, Pencil, Charcoal Drawing Award – Highly Commended: Gai Copeman ‘Hanging Around’, 2013, Watercolour, 50 x 80 cm (Mandy Martin announcing the award)