It’s been a long time in the planning, but ‘Regional Marks – Celebrating 50 Years of Print’, our showcase event for the Print Council of Australia’s 50th birthday celebrations is finally on show at the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery.
The opening on Thursday 19 May was a gala event with a packed gallery and much excitement in the air. In her opening remarks USC Gallery manager, Ms Lou Jaeger, said it’s a coup for the Sunshine Coast to host this milestone event for the art of printmaking in Australia.
Akky Van Ogtrop, President of the PCA gave a brief introduction to the role of the PCA and the nationwide events planned for this birthday year, then introduced the guest speaker artist Judy Watson who congratulated all the artists and the curator on the quality of the work on show.
The exhibition features works by established and emerging printmakers, from the Noosa, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay Council regions including USC students. Many of the artists were present at the opening, along with their families and supporters.
All print forms, traditional through to digital on all printable surface mediums, including artist books and sculptural works are included in the exhibition that has been curated by Sunshine Coast artist, educator and curator Cathy Money. In coming weeks Cathy will be blogging here about some of the artists and their works in the exhibition.
A beautiful catalogue of the works on show is available at the University Gallery and Caloundra Regional Gallery for just $5.
There is also a series of supporting demonstrations and workshops conducted by printmakers as part of the public programs offered in conjunction with the exhibition. Events still to come include:
‘Make Your Mark’ a mini print workshop at Caloundra Regional Gallery on June 2nd 9.30-12.30 – $10 fee, enrol at the gallery.
‘Making Your Mark’, three Sunshine Coast printmakers talk about their work at Caloundra Regional Gallery, on June 8th 6-7.30 pm. No booking necessary.
Meet the Artists and letterpress demonstration on June 11th at USC Art Gallery.
Regional Marks is part of the national celebration of print scheduled throughout 2016 and is supported by The Regional Arts Development Fund – a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland, the University of the Sunshine Coast and Argon Law.