Overwintering:Mapping Sanctuary Project

Printmakers and Print Groups in Queensland might be interested in participating in this project. Thank you to Maryborough Printmakers for bringing it  to our attention.

The Overwintering Project:Mapping Sanctuary is a project about home, our unique environment and the migratory shorebirds that spend the greatest part of their year here, on the shores of Australia and New Zealand. Migratory shorebirds are the fastest declining group of birds in Australia, and this project is designed to make them and their habitat visible, which I hope will in turn help to save them from extinction.

Printmakers are invited to contribute one print created in response to the unique nature of their local environment. In pondering how their local habitat is precious to shorebirds, artists are also invited to reveal how it is precious to them. Migratory shorebirds provide the focus for the project, but artists can respond to any aspect that they perceive as rendering the area unique e.g. the geology, prey species, tidal patterns, flora, other local native fauna etc.

The prints will become part of a unique print folio that will provide an in-depth personal response to our unique coast and the sites that our migratory shorebirds depend on in order to survive. I intend to find a permanent home for the folio in a state or national collection.

Full Details of the project and information on timelines and how to participate can be found on the Overwintering Project Site.

Maryborough Printmakers are participating in the project, and have sent this information about their event in September:shorebirds





Print Enthusiasm in Maryborough!

The well worn step into Maryborough Printspace has had more traffic lately

It’s been great to hear that things are going well for Maryborough’s Print Group who had an Open Studio  weekend before last where 25 people turned up to be tutored in a variety of print techniques by four volunteers. It’s hard to imagine how they coped in their small print studio, but apparently it was lots of fun.

A smaller, but still enthusiastic group of beginners turned up for their next Open Studio day and are now asking for formal tuition, so it looks like Maryborough Printspace is going to be a hive of activity. Great news! name


Maryborough Printmakers Exhibition Now Open

IMPRESSED 2 – prints by Fraser Coast printmakers now showing at Gatakers ArtSpace, 311 Kent Street, Maryborough Qld 4650. This is a beautiful show, with a variety of techniques. PrintSpace is 3 years old now, and the Maryborough Printmakers group is going strong. As the name suggests, this is their second collective exhibition. There are some images of the works on Maryborough Printmakers Facebook site.

Maryborough Road Trip – Print Community at its Best!


It’s always a great treat to see the workspace of other printmakers and print groups, and our trip to visit Maryborough PrintSpace was a delight.

The  previous post tells the more formal story of the Maryborough Printmakers, but there’s also the informal spirit of community that makes printmaking more than just a solitary practice. We enjoyed a great spread of country hospitality that even expanded off the table onto press beds.



And then there were the wonderful connections, conversations and networking that inspired and invigorated us all.


And the sharing of prints and books and stories.

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Maryborough Printmakers we wish you well for the future and thank you for sharing your Printspace and spirit with us.dsc03028

PrintSpace – Maryborough Printmakers


A group of Sunshine Coast printmakers recently took a very pleasant road trip to Maryborough to meet with the printmaking group now operating in their studio ‘Printspace’ in  Gatakers Artspace precinct in the historic centre of Maryborough.

Printspace provides affordable access to workshops, specialised equipment for workshop participants and experienced printmakers. Workshops conducted by experienced printmakers include relief printmaking, linocut, wood engraving and woodcut,  etching, drypoint and collograph, screenprinting, monoprinting, artists books and papermaking and recycling. That’s an incredible list of skills and activities for a small group that has only recently formed, but the Maryborough printmakers are an enthusiastic and talented lot. They’re also great cooks and served us up a wonderful lunch. Thank you!

Some of their equipment and library came from Maryborough TAFE. Their first press was donated and another bought with raised funds.


After lunch a session of shared ideas saw some lively discussion, some inspiration, and a strengthening of the regional print making community through new links and networks forged on the day. Thank you Maryborough Printmakers for a wonderful day and thank you Tory Richards for organising the event.


Artists and the public are welcome to enrol in weekend workshops at Printspace or to visit during the Gatakers By Night events when printmaking volunteers are available, held on the following dates for the remainder of 2016 5-8pm, 25 Jun, 30 Jul, 27 Aug, 24 Sept, 29 Oct and 26 Nov. 

PrintSpace is also open 10am-4pm on the same dates for printmakers who want to use the presses. Charges are, $5 for 2.5 hours and $10 for 5 hours. Bookings are required at Gatakers ArtSpace please, 4190 5723. There is also the possibility to open PrintSpace on other days on request.

We will be posting information about workshops and playdays at Maryborough PrintSpace here on Regional Print, but you can also contact them through the details on our Print Groups page or find them on their Facebook page