The Way Forward and Some Dates for Your Diary

We started this blog in 2016 to document the regional Queensland response to PCA’s Year of Print and now that 2016 and the Year of Print have finished we are turning the blog over to a new, but related purpose that we hope will develop and flourish over time. Please read our updated ‘About’ page. 

Judith Rosenberg from Nambour will be teaching some aluminium etching workshops for Impress Printmakers in March. Details at this LINK.

If you can get to Brisbane don’t forget to register for the Siganto Lecture at the State Library in March. Speaker Helen Douglas is a member of Edinburgh Printmakers in Scotland.

Other deadlines fast approaching are:

Manly Library Artist Book Award

Relics and Ruins – International Artist Book Exhibition

Lessedra Mini Print 2017




The Center for Contemporary Printmaking
11th Biennial International Miniature Print Competition 2017
Size Requirements:Image Size: No larger (may be smaller) than 4
square inches (25.8 square cm)
Paper Size:No larger than 8×10 inches (20.3 x 25.4cm)
Package Size:No larger than 9×14 inches (22.9 x 35.5cm)
Eligibility:All fine art printmaking mediums

All Details on the website

Welcome to 2017

It’s a new year, and we hope it’s a good one for printmakers everywhere. We wish you all a successful and creative year. Here’s a heap of things already in the pipeline to inspire and get you started.

  1.   2017 Print Commission

The PCA 2017 Print Commission – which is an annual opportunity for printmakers to gain national recognition if selected as one of the ten (10) final artists.

Next year it will be judged in Tasmania by Jennifer Marshall (Visual Artist) and Geoffrey Dobson (Director, Burnie Regional Art Gallery). The application deadline has been moved from early February to March 31st.  Entry forms have been distributed in the December issue of Imprint, and will also go out in the March issue of Imprint to encourage more entries.

Send to:   Marguerite Brown, General Manager, Print Council of Australia at e:

natureofprint2. The Nature of Printmaking – Maleny Printmakers and Friends opens tomorrow (6th January) at the Arts and Ecology centre, Maroochy Bushland Gardens, Tanawha. Open 10-4.00 daily until January 15th. This is an opportunity to see a diversity of good quality prints and pick up some bargains for your collection.

3.Yvonne Moloney-Law –Under Pressure – Significance in Surface

Cooroy Butter Factory, 13th January until 19th February. Official Opening Friday 13th 6 p.m.

Under Pressure – Significance in Surface is a pictorial journey of experimental mark-making that exploits media and surfaces that form the contemporary printmaking practice of Yvonne Moloney-Law.

Mixed media works and large scale intaglio prints reference the geography of Capricornia, the Tarkine and Arthur River regions of Tasmania as well as the water catchment areas of the Glasshouse Mountains of the Sunshine Coast.  Each resembles a cartographic map superimposed with layers of meaning influenced by the traditional custodians and scientific research associated with each landscape.

4.Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Series Lectures 2017

Date: Sunday 26 March  

Time: 2pm – 3.30pm

Where:  State Library of Queensland

Celebrate the beauty and creativity of the artists’ book at a special series presented by the Australian Library of Art at State Library of Queensland with the generous support of the Siganto Foundation. Dr Helen Douglas, an artist and publisher from Scotland who is renowned for her poetic visual narratives in artists’ books, will deliver the opening lecture. A presentation by Dr Lyn Ashby, 2015 Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Research Fellow, will follow.

Free Event. Bookings essential at  Eventbrite.

5. On Paper International Printmaking Award 2017

Category:  Multiple Disciplines
Deadline:  April 1, 2017  (87 days left)
View/print as PDF:  A4 sizeA5 size
On Paper is a project to promote the art of printmaking and develop connections between printmakers around the world.

Each artist can submit one piece of work on a paper size of 300mm x 400mm. The print size can be any within the size of the paper. The work must have been made using any traditional printmaking techniques. Digital prints are not accepted.

Details on website

6. Manly Library Artist Book Award 2017

Entries close Feb. 10th

Details on website




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


Nothing But The Print – Pine Rivers


Fiona Dempster, Saffron Drew, Jo St. Baker, Judy Barrass, Tory Richards, Susan Bowers, Stephanie McLennan and Catherine Money combine their considerable talents in this small exhibition to mark the  successful  completion (almost) of a year of events to celebrate PCA’s 50th birthday. The group has been the organising force behind the Regional Marks exhibition and other printmakers events in SE Qld. throughout the year. Collaboration and cooperation has been to the fore, so this small collaborative exhibition is a great way to celebrate.

The exhibition will be up all of November in the window gallery space at Pine Rivers Regional Gallery. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10-4.00, but of course the window can be viewed anytime night or day, so if you’re in the vicinity stop and have a look.

From top left: Susan Bowers, Judy Barrass, Tory Richards, Judy Barrass


Make your Mark! Print Workshop at Caloundra Regional Gallery.


Marie’s reaction of pure delight (above) to  one of her first prints captures the moment when you ‘get’ printmaking. It’s all about the process and waiting, working, and waiting, until finally you see the end result. And it’s worth waiting for.

To  help celebrate the Print Council of Australia’s 50th birthday,  printmakers Victoria Atkins and Judy Barrass from the Press Gang Printmakers of Wallace House, Noosa volunteered their considerable expertise to introduce others to the joys of printmaking. Held in conjunction with ‘Regional Marks’, the exhibition currently showing at University of Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, participants were invited to come along to Caloundra and make their own printmaking marks.


There was quiet and intense concentration as the first designs were scratched onto drypoint plates.  Then it was time to learn the messy intricacies of inking up.


The little portable press from Wallace House got a good workout on the day, and  participants will probably go home with sore muscles.


After a few prints we started to get creative with chine colle, with great results.6

Some great prints were produced on the day, and some budding printmakers are now thinking about access to ink and presses and more tuition.


Thanks to Victoria and Judy for donating your time, to Caloundra Regional  Gallery for the venue, and to all the wonderful participants and passers by who made the day a success.

The next PCA Birthday event is also at Caloundra Gallery. Next Wednesday evening at 6.00 pm three local printmakers, Tory Richards, Fiona Dempster and Judy Barrass will talk about their work. Please book through the gallery.prints

Children’s Printmaking Exhibition at Maroochy Botanic Gardens

One of the prints on display at Maroochy Botanic Gardens
Plants from the gardens featured in the prints

The Children’s Botanic Printmaking Exhibition was opened yesterday by local printmaker and member of the Print Council of Australia committee, Tory Richards. The exhibition, in the Arts and Ecology Centre at Maroochy Botanic Gardens, is part of a series of events held in celebration of the Print Council of Australia’s 50th Year of Print and will  be showing most days 10 – 2 p.m. until 10th April 2016 (see information below).

As well as 2D prints the exhibition includes artist books

Congratulations to the 20 children who participated in the school holiday workshops, to the tutors Victoria Atkins, Christine Elcoate, Catherine Money, and Rosie Lloyd Gilbert who helped them through the processes, and to Catherine Money and Robert Natoli who have made the exhibition shine. It is lovely work, beautifully presented and includes 49 2D prints and 8 nature books.

We encourage artists of all ages to sign up to our regional blog and know that you are welcome with your friends and family at the exhibitions and workshops scheduled over the coming months.



Stephanie McLennan, Cathie Money, and Fiona Dempster – local printmakers celebrating the exhibition at the opening.
The first visitor to the exhibition - definintely a connoiseur of black and white prints
The first visitor to the exhibition – definitely a connoisseur of black and white prints