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




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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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

Trans.FORM – First Bribie Printmakers Exhibition Opening

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The First Bribie Printmakers exhibition “Trans.FORM” was opened at 2pm on Saturday 27th August by Brooke Savage, local Moreton Bay Regional Council member, at the Matthew Flinders Gallery situated at the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, Bribie Island. The opening was a great success and enjoyed by those who attended.  This exhibition continues until Sunday September 4th so be quick if you want to catch it.

The exhibition prints are each individual artist’s expression of the theme “Trans.FORM” and they demonstrate a diverse range of printmaking techniques from traditional to contemporary including digital prints.

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The First Bribie Printmakers is a printmaking group on Bribie Island with about 10 active members who meet once a week at the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, Bribie Island.  They have a group exhibition once a year at the Matthew Flinders Gallery situated at the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, Bribie Island.

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