News, upcoming member exhibitions and opportunities from the Print Council of Australia

Newsletter #11 - 13 February 2013

We're underway with the 2013 Print Commission and all entries have been received - thanks to all you printmakers out there who have applied. It looks like a great range of work so this year's judges will have a difficult time shortlisting the finalists.

It's not too late to take our short online survey and go in the running for a $100 voucher from Melbourne Etching Supplies. Your input is crucial and will help shape the PCA over the coming years, so have your say now! The survey will close on Monday 18 February.

And as always we're happy to promote your exhibitions, workshops and events so email me with the details and please remember to send images as JPEGs. The deadline for content for the next newsletter is close of business on Monday 11 March for publication on Wednesday 13 March.

Contribute to the text-based prints issue of IMPRINT

The Spring 2013 issue of IMPRINT will have the theme of ‘text-based prints’. If you would like to contribute an article about a print or works on paper project where text forms the main graphic element, or profile an artist whose work is primarily focused on text, please contact the editor, Sue Forster, by mid April.


Restrospective exhibition of surreal art by PCA committee member Barak Zelig

When: 8 - 23 March
Lunch viewing: 12.30 - 2.30 pm Saturday 9 March
Where: Firestation Print Studio Gallery
Armadale, Melbourne

Member exhibitions


Southern Highlands Printmakers group show

Twenty members of the Southern Highlands Printmakers exhibiting prints in various media, broadly linked thematically by the title Elements.

When: 10 February - 31 March 2013
Where: Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, NSW

Black Water Snake

Jan Palethorpe

An exhibition of snake etchings to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Snake

When: 10 February - 10 March 2013
Where: Bold Cafe Gallery
146 Duke Street, Castlemaine, VIC


An exhibition of print work by Kevin Foley

When: Opening 16 March at 11.30 am
Where: Cascade Print Room, Maldon

In conjunction with the Castlemaine State Festival.

There is also a group show - The Tree - from 9th March at Cascade Print Workshop Gallery. Check the website for more information about both shows.

meet in the middle

Damon Kowarsky and Kyoko Imazu

A collaborative exhibition of limited edition prints

When: 1 February - 1 April 2013
Opening: Tuesday 19 February 6.00 to 8.00 pm
Where: Atrium Gallery
Level 35, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
25 Collins Street, Melbourne

RSVP required for catering purposes by 15 February (acceptances only) to Michael Baldwin on 03 9653 7738 or email

Balkote - zing up life

Jackie Gorring

New works created during and after five weeks in Balkote, Nepal

When: 14 March - 14 April 2013
Opening: 17 March
Where: Light Factory Gallery
21 Brougham Street, Eltham, VIC

Paper Nights

A group exhibition of artists working with paper

When: 9 February - 3 March 2013
Where: MARS Melbourne Art Rooms
418 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Got the message?

Over 250 posters from the 1960s through to 2012 ...

This exhibition showcases some of the most artistically arresting posters created in Australia and internationally which have engaged with critical social issues of our time such as war, racism, sexism, AIDS, environmental destruction, nuclear proliferation, consumerism, and political leadership.

When: 2 March - 14 April 2013
Where: Art Gallery of Ballarat
40 Lydiard Street, North Ballarat

Mammals from Melbourne Museum

Kyoko Imazu

An exhibition featuring six prints on animal specimens as part of the artist's ongoing drawing project at museums

When: 1 - 28 February 2013
Where: Consulate General of Japan, Melbourne
Level 8, Marland House
570 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Hours: Monday - Friday 9.00 am to 5 pm (closed between 1.00 and 2.00 pm)

Closed on weekends and public holidays


Group print show curated by Stephanie Jane Rampton

When: 12 February - 3 March 2013
Where:  TACIT Contemporary Art
312 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

Sydney Printmakers


When: 6 February - 1 March 2013
Where: See Street Gallery
Meadowbank College, See Street, Meadowbank

Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE


Call for artists

Guanlan International Print Biennial 2013

Last minute call for submissions to the 4th Guanlan International Print Biennial in China. Submission of up to 2 recent works (created over the last 2 years) in any print medium will be accepted. Maximum size of work is 120 x 120 cm ... and there is NO ENTRY FEE.

Work must be submitted by 25 February 2013 so get your application forms in now! Full details and entry forms are available on the website.

Workshops and events

Letterpress workshops in Melbourne

Carolyn Fraser is running a number of letterpress workshops in 2013 from the Compound Interest Centre for Applied Arts, 15-25 Keele Street, Collingwood

If you're interested, check the website for all the details.

Art classes, art tours and retreats

Cilla Campbell is an artist and teacher and offers regular art retreats.

National tours in 2013 include:

The Old Dairy, Jamberoo (Feb)
MONA, Hobart (May)
Broken Hill/Flinders Ranges (July)

International tours in 2013:

Wanaka, New Zealand (March)
Andalucia, Spain (April)
Marrakech & Atlas Mountains, Morocco (April)
Private charter Blue Cruise from Turkey, which includes some Greek islands (September).

More information about classes and tours available on the website.

Small classes in lino - Sydney

Maggie Stein's lino printing workshops cover basic lino design and carving techniques, and how to print well by hand and with a stamp press. The workshops cost $65.00 for one session, or both sessions for $100. She has two 3-hour classes scheduled for March ...

When: 16 and 17 March from 10.00 - 1.00 pm
Where: Addison Road Community Centre
Marrickville, Sydney

Email Maggie for more details.
All materials included.
Maggie Stein

Throwdown Press

Printmaking residency program NSW

Throwdown Press has been created by Jason Phu and Ben Rak to promote creative mixed-media artwork and cross-studio collaboration. Each year Throwdown Press will invite 3 to 8 non-printmaking artists and assist them in the creation of a print-based body of work.

The first session has just been completed with artists Ramesh Nithiyendran, Alexander Poulet, and Patrick Cremin, and the first exhibition resulting from the residency will be held in March:

When: 12 March 2013
Where: COFAspace Gallery
A limited edition etching by Ramesh Nithiyendran is available for pre-purchase to raise funds towards the residency program and exhibition. Contact Throwdown Press for more information.

Interesting things in WA ...

Enterprising PCA members and Curtin Uni Fine Art students Danni McGrath and Alina Tang are running the Summer of Shiritori, a series of three projects aimed at sharing their love of printmaking, learning new things and building networks:
  • Shiritori Meets Perth, a travelling print studio featuring work by a range of established and emerging artists, being presented as part of the 2013 FRINGE WORLD Festival - on now.
  • Print Party, the concluding event of the Summer of Shiritori that will include a screening of the short film documenting the project.
  • They're also running a crowd funding campaign on Pozible to try to raise funds to pay for the filmmaker, venue hire and Print Party.
If you want to find out more check the website or Facebook page

Printathon in March

Applestick Contemporary Art in Frankston is hosting an international print exchange and travelling exhibition - LEFTOVERS IV - in August.

To help local printmakers get their work ready for the show, they're opening the studio up on Saturday 16 February for a day of editioning ...

Check their Facebook page or email Karina for more information.
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