Overwintering Project for artists of the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop


Kate Gorringe-Smith, 2017, Notions of Home: Westernport (i), linocut with chine colle


A group of a printmakers from the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop are currently  engaged in a project initiated by artist, Kate Gorringe-Smith, who is based in Victoria.  Kate is a passionate supporter for the protection of overwintering sites which give respite and provide feeding grounds to a number of migratory shorebirds who travel along the East Asian–Australasian Flyway.  It stretches eastwards from Russia to Alaska and the southern end encompasses Australia and New Zealand. Between these points  the Flyway covers much of eastern Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, and South-East Asia. In total, the flyway passes through 22 countries with approximately 55 migratory species travelling along it, equating to about 5 million birds.

In response to this project artists have begun creating works to be part of a travelling exhibition in Australia.  Works will be shown at the Moonah Arts Centre, Tasmania, Wyndham Art Gallery,  Victoria and the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW.  The Newcastle Printmakers Workshop will also hold an exhibition at our gallery workshop in celebration of this inspiring project.

Follow Kate’s Overwintering page https://www.facebook.com/theoverwinteringproject/

Stockton Sandspit, birdwatching

A group of printmakers watching migratory shorebirds arrive at Stockton Sandspit, Sandgate, NSW with Tom Clarke from the Hunter Bird Observers Club.



The Long Wall awaits


Currently undergoing refurbishment at the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop is the Long Wall.  With a view to providing a pristine wall for displaying artworks Jim Williams has been working tirelessly to finish this project.  The panels which will be fixed along the walls have a magnetic surface which will allow for exhibitions of unframed works as well as providing tutors and artists alike an easy and effective way of displaying and reviewing their prints.  Thankyou also to Daniel for turning up to assist Jim with unloading and delivering materials for this extensive renovation.  We all look for to putting it into use.

Thankyou from members of the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop


Mokuhanga (Japanese woodcuts) in Ocean Grove

Robyn Culley and Jenny Kelly, members of Newcastle Printmakers Workshop, recently ventured to Ocean Grove, south of Melbourne, to take part in a Mokuhanga workshop run by Terry McKenna. Terry has studied in Japan and has a deep connection with the medium, and a generosity in sharing his knowledge. Terry was both disciplined and thorough and is available to teach in other locations if there is enough interest. Terry comes highly recommended by both Jenny & Robyn.

Find more information about the Mokuhanga School at


Robyn Culley

Manly Library Artists’ Book Awards 2017

The Manly Library holds an Artists’ Book Award on a biennial basis and provides artists working in the niche area of artist books the opportunity to be selected, and in some cases have their artwork acquired by the Library to be part of their collection.  This year the exhibition was held over the weekend of 1-2 April at the Creative Space in North Curl Curl, Sydney.  Two members of Newcastle Printmakers Workshop were selected for this fascinating exhibition (Trudy Goodwin and Gina McDonald) along with one of our recent tutors Guy Begbie.  The works contained within this show tackled a wide diversity of themes and topics combining the tactile with visual poetics.


Roaming Art Tour at Newcastle Printmakers for printing, wine and newcomers

On Sunday 25th March the Newcastle Printmakers held another Roaming Art Tour hosted by Ahn Wells of Gallery 139.  A small group of enthusiasts were treated to a talk on printmaking by Jim Woodbury, a demonstration of inking and printing a zinc etching by Amanda Donohue and an opportunity to create small artworks led by Vale Vincent and assisted by Gina McDonald.   We hope this will be an ongoing venture and lead to spreading the word about the joys of printmaking.

Congratulations to Patricia Wilson-Adams winner of prestigious 2017 Burnie Print Prize

Newcastle Printmakers Workshop congratulates Patricia Wilson-Adams for her win at the 2017 Burnie Print Prize with her work titled “Positions 1 to 3” (see below).    Created using letterpress, wax and Chinese paper the work was described by one of the judges Akky van Ogtropp as one that “engages most directly with the viewer, posing questions, setting up moments of involvement. It is a work that promises to maintain its ability to captivate and will be an asset to the collection.”1

  1. http://artguide.com.au/patricia-wilson-adams-wins-2017-burnie-print-prize

Positions 1-3 Patricia Wislon-Adams