What is Print?

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Happy Birthday Print Council of Australia! President of PCA Akky Van Ogtrop holds up the very first edition of Imprint Magazine in her opening remarks at the forum at University of Sunshine Coast.

What is Print? This was the question for discussion at a forum at University of Sunshine Coast on May 21st. The forum, centrepiece of a day full of remarkable events, was one  of the programmes running in conjunction with ‘Regional Marks,’ the current printmaking exhibition in the University Gallery.

Some of the attendees at the PCA AGM enjoying a chance to converse and share a lunch before the meeting.

In a coup for the Sunshine Coast The Print Council of Australia held their Annual General Meeting at the university, allowing Queensland printmakers from both Brisbane and the regions to put faces to familiar names and gain a small insight into the workings of their peak organisation.

Russell Craig, Jan Davis, and Stephen Spurrier

Then it was time for an insightful forum exploring the question ‘What is a Print?” Panelists Russell Craig, Stephen Spurrier and Jan Davis  gave a brief introduction to their work and expounded their ideas on the question.  Discussion was lively, and at times heated, as the forum was opened for questions and general discussion from the audience. The hot topic of whether digital print should or should not be included was subsumed by Russell Craig’s broad definition and his showing of his latest work, a surfboard incorporating print and involving collaboration from various disciplines; but probably one of the most striking and remembered definitions of print was Jan Davis’ imprint of a kiss on Stephen Spurrier’s forehead.

Rissell Craig
Russell Craig – first and foremost an artist, who sees print as part of a toolbox he uses in his work
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Part of the audience  at the forum

After the Forum participants headed off to Caloundra Gallery for a reception and an address by new Gallery Curator, Hamish Sawyer (Welcome Hamish!).

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Reception at Caloundra Regional Gallery

Music for the event at Caloundra was provided by the talented Jai Bevan.

Regional Print thanks the University of the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra Gallery, the Print Council of Australia, our panelists, and all of those who helped make this a day to be remembered. Marguerite Brown’s Postcard from the Sunshine Coast on the ‘Imprint’ blog captures some of the excitement of the several days events around the opening of Regional Marks. We may never settle the question ‘What is a print?’, but we have laid the groundwork for new connections and new energy around printmaking in regional Queensland.




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