PressNorth Printmakers Professional Development Program video

Welcome to a 2015 and a new year for PressNorth! But before we start on the new and exciting things ahead, we just had to show you the outcome video that was made from the Professional Development Program. Funded by Regional Arts Fund (administered by Artslink Queensland), held at Umbrella Studio contemporary arts. Filming by Nathan Morris. Editing by Umbrella Studio…Enjoy!


Wanderlust: PressNorth Printmakers exhibition


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:

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.

Judy Watson: Drawing on the Stone, Lithographic Workshop

Judy Watson

Judy Watson: Drawing on the Stone

Lithographic Workshop


This workshop aims to explore a range of drawing styles and mediums on lithographic stones, experimenting with the medium. Judy will work alongside the individual participants and suggest ways to translate your ideas and designs using these methods.

Drawing, composition, concepts and analysis of final works will be discussed.


Tusche washes, line drawings, tusche brush marks, rubbing ink, scratching back into the image, blocking out the image, transfer, monoprint techniques, crayon work, splatter and spray techniques will be demonstrated.


Printing techniques including chine colle’, multi-colour printing and registration may be used.


An all-inclusive print

In addition to you will be learning about Overlays and Colour Registration. On a large stone, each workshop participant is invited to do a small image that builds up to one image, hand inked in a different colour and run through at once, changing the small pieces of paper around so that each participant finally receives all the colours and a complete collaborative print to take home.


A note to participants: Please wear enclosed shoes, bring some source materials to the workshop. These could be examples of your own work, newspaper/magazine cuttings that take your interest, drawings etc. The stones will be pre-grained and gummed ready for the workshop. Two participants working to one stone, image size 22 x 32cm each.


Dates: 7th, 8th & 9th June 2014 (Public Holiday Monday 9th June)

Time: Sat, Sun & Monday

Location: Umbrella print Studio- entry via rear access (Enclosed shoes must be worn at all times)

Cost: PressNorth Printmakers members $140 non-members $180

All materials supplied


Judy Watson is an Indigenous artist whose matrilineal family is from country in north-west Queensland. She co-represented Australia in the 1997 Venice Biennale, was awarded the Moët & Chandon Fellowship in 1995, the National Gallery of Victoria’s Clemenger Award in 2006 and, in the same year, the Works on Paper Award at the 23rd National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award. In 2011 her exhibition waterline was exhibited at the Embassy of Australia, Washington, DC. Her work is held in major Australian and international collections including the National Gallery of Australia and all of the Australian State Art Galleries, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, St Louis Art Museum and USA, and British Museum, London as well as important private collections. She has exhibited widely over the past twenty years.


A major survey of works made from 1989-2003 was exhibited at the John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, W.A. in 2003 and at the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane in 2004. A version of sacred ground, beating heart was toured by Asialink in 2004 Vietnam, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. It was also exhibited at the University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane and toured regional venues in Australia


She has received major public art commissions including wurreka (2000) a fifty metre etched zinc wall for the Melbourne Museum; walama forecourt (2000), a sculptural installation of woven steel screens and upturned bronze dilly bags at Sydney International Airport; ngarrn-gi land/law (2002), a fifty metre etched zinc wall at the Victorian County Court, Melbourne; heart/land/river (2004,) a large photographic and light piece on glass, installed in the foyer of the new Brisbane Magistrates Court; fire and water (2007), a bronze, granite, steel, reeds and sound piece installed at Reconciliation Place, Canberra. She is one of eight Indigenous artists commissioned to make work for the new Musée du Quai Branly in Paris (2006). In 2011 Watson designed a wall for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.


In 2009 Watson was the University of Queensland’s artist-in-residence at the University’s Research Station on Heron Island. The residency resulted in an exhibition at The University of Queensland Art Museum in October 2010. The artist’s first major suite of etchings heron island suite was produced in 2009/2010 and was jointly published by the artist and grahame galleries + editions in Brisbane.


Images from heron island suite were used in the design of Judy Watson’s artwork on the exterior of the Tilt Train, which made its inaugural journey from Brisbane to Cairns on Friday 6 May 2011.


A new suite of etchings experimental beds will be released in February 2012.


Judy Watson blood language, a monograph by Judy Watson and Louise Martin-Chew, was published by The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne University Publishing in 2009.


Judy Watson is currently Adjunct Professor, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.


Bookings Essential: email Subject line: Att. Jo Lankester- Judy Watson workshop

Ph: Jo Lankester 0400626313