Current Exhibitions

Tracing the Line

22 October – 4 December 2016

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Tracing the Line is a selection of fifty works from the Print Council of Australia’s collection of over 500 Australian prints. The Print Council of Australia started a commissioned print award in 1967 and has been collecting Australian prints ever since. Tracing the Line celebrates the diversity of print practice within Australia by tracking the last fifty years of print practice, highlighting the inclusion of new techniques and processes into the printmaking repertoire as well as recognising the continued skill and commitment printmakers have for traditional print processes. Artists such as John Coleing, Janet Dawson, Barbara Hanrahan, Michael Kempson, Maria Kozak, Bea Maddock, Judy Watson and Fred Williams are among the fifty represented. This exhibition is also the NSW launch of the 2016 commissioned prints.

A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition curated by Rilka Oakley in association with the Print Council of Australia’s 50th Anniversary celebrations

Image: JANET DAWSON Parts of Fortune 1981, sprayed stencil, 57 x 78 cm, courtesy the Print Council of Australia Collection

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As far as the eye can see

12 November 2016 – 15 January 2017

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As far as the eye can see is an exhibition of works by prominent Australian printmakers investigating their local landscapes. It celebrates the breadth and depth of printmaking practice in Australia today and is a stunning reflection of Australia’s unique and varied geography. The artists express their stories and relationships to the land through a variety of print media, describing the vast scale or intimate detail of our diverse natural environment. As far as the eye can see portrays the similarities and differences of coastal, mountain, desert and island terrain all contained within our country.

Printmaking has a history of being a dynamic and innovative media that is constantly embracing new technologies. The exhibition includes printmakers working in traditional print mediums such as etching, woodcut and lino block. It also showcases some of the innovative print techniques currently being used by printmakers. This includes sculptural forms, installations, collage, monotypes and digital technologies. Australian printmaking is flourishing as can be seen by the quality and diversity of the prints in this exhibition, which brings together a small sample of what is currently being produced.

 

A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition curated by Rilka Oakley in association with the Print Council of Australia’s 50th Anniversary celebrations

Image: JULIE PATERSON Mountain landscape (in process) 2016, screenprint on linen A/P 35 x 44 cm

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PUBLIC PROGRAMS

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Join us for a symposium & a range of workshops by exhibiting artists.

PRINT SYMPOSIUM

Sat 12 November, 10:00am – 12:00pm (Please arrive at 9:45am for a 10:00am start).
Looking for an insiders’ view? Join us for a panel discussion & floor talk with printmaking professionals, exhibiting artists from As far as the eye can see and the Curator, Rilka Oakley.
FREE EVENT. Morning tea will be provided.

2 DAY PANORAMIC SILK SCREEN WORKSHOP WITH FREEDOM WILSON
Sat 12 November, 12:30pm – 3:30pm & Sat 19 November, 10:30am – 2:00pm
On day 1, experiment with mark making design techniques using black gouache on paper to create a positive panoramic print image. This design will then be sent to Sydney to be photographed onto a silkscreen. On day 2, using your new silkscreen, experiment with printing works onto multiple surfaces – stonehenge printmaking paper, industrial felt fabric and MDF wood. Your silk screen can be taken home to reuse to continue your screen printing practice.
$256/$230 InSight Members. Includes all materials. Please feel free to bring in images of a panoramic view that you are fond of as inspiration for your silkscreen design on day 1.

1 DAY LookDrawPrint WORKSHOP WITH JULIE PATERSON
Sat 26 November, 10:30am – 3:30pm
Julie Paterson, the woman of Cloth, has been drawing on the local landscape as inspiration for her textile designs for over 20 years. And now she has simplified her methods and created a workshop. She calls it LookDrawPrint, an imperfect workshop for the creatively curious. The process is dynamic, playful and productive. Over the course of a day you’ll explore creative mindfulness, embrace chance and imperfection, producing your own unique prototype design directly onto fabric. Beginners are encouraged because deep down we all know that creativity is a state of mind before it becomes a skill.
$125/$112.50 InSight Members. Includes all materials.

3 DAY BOOK MAKING WORKSHOP WITH JANET PARKER-SMITH
Thu 8 – Sat 10 December, 10:30am – 3:30pm
Discover the art of bookmaking and the artist book. In this course, learn skills in how to make handmade books/journals and to work on a self-directed artwork from an existing book – the deconstructed and altered book process. Over the course of the 3 days the students will acquire skills in book-binding. Then, through the process of experimentation be able to explore ideas in the realm of the artist book though the deconstruction of an existing book to create a finished work of art.
$220/$200 InSight Members. Includes materials, morning & afternoon tea. Please bring 1 – 2 books that you would like to deconstruct/alter for the class.

Bookings essential for all events at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Reception or 4780 5410.

IMAGE: ROCHELLE SUMMERFIELD Lost (detail) 2016, pigment print on archival paper, 89 x 113 cm


Cicada Press: Hills & Valleys

4 November – 4 December 2016

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Cicada Press was established by founding Director Michael Kempson in 2004 to foster research projects that facilitate diverse contemporary dialogues and promote the broad methodological potential of printmaking practice. Cicada Press is a custom printing facility at UNSW Art & Design in Paddington. It has an educationally focussed emphasis on open dialogue, broad relationships with the artistic community and highlights the importance of lived experience in learning. This exhibition showcases a selection of prints by esteemed Australian artists produced at Cicada Press.

IMAGE: ELISABETH CUMMINGS Western Country 2009, etching, courtesy Cicada Press

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