A Win for Australia at the Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition in Japan


“Fragility” etching, Gina McDonald, 2015

Earlier in the year I sent out information to members about entering the Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition in Japan.  To my great delight my lucky number has come up and I am a prize winner with my print titled “Fragility” winning The Tokushima Modern Art Museum Jurors’ Prize.  I am actually going to Japan at the beginning of November but will unfortunately miss the exhibition.

Gina Therese McDonald

Announcement of prize-winning works 2015

For this, the 2nd biennial ‘AIMPE’ Miniprint we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the many talented artists who submitted work for the exhibition.  We received submissions from 756 artists hailing from 51 countries and a total of 1105 prints. In comparison to the inaugural AIMPE exhibition of 2013, this year’s AIMPE includes 135 more artists, an additional 195 prints and 12 more countries represented.

If you would like to see some of the other prints please go to:



Master class 35+1 : Therese Kenyon returns

This is very exciting news for Newcastle Printmakers workshop. Therese Kenyon is returning to NPW with an experimental screen-printing Workshop (Intermediate) on the 10th & 11th October, 2015. There are a few place left! get in quick!Therese sorting screens

Print to Paint or Paint to Print ……A two day workshop experimenting with screen printing, painting and hand cut stencils. A basic knowledge of screen printing is required.

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An engaging and stimulating course, combining the crisp edge of a stencil with the painterly marks of water based mediums on papers of your choice.  Layering, collaging, dissolving, drawing, painting as well as the use of the press for chine-colle processes if required. Be prepared to break some rules and make a mess.

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The course will cover assistance with image and photo screen preparation so come with an image on drafting film or photo on transparent film to expose onto a screen.

Supplied: Exposure unit, Photo emulsions, applicators, cleaners, sponges, Rives BFK paper, Asian papers, degreased screens, squeegees, ezicut plastic paper for handcut stencils.

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Bring: Lunch, Image on transparent film, papers to proof on, scalpel, knife, acrylic paints and inks of your choice, brushes, sponges, paste, pencil, ruler, scissors, containers for mixing washes, clothes covered.

About the tutor Therese Kenyon is an artist/curator based in Sydney. Co-founder of the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop and the co-ordinator of the screen printing workshop at The University of Sydney’s Tin Sheds in the late 1980s. She has an MFA from COFA and more recently conducted courses at the National Art School in ‘How to Approach a Gallery’. She is currently engaged in a PhD at the Australian National University in the School of Art Painting Studio.

http://www.newcastleprintmakersworkshop.org/workshops/ Registration is via our website and email Linda Swinfield.

Threse with print

Members: $300 Non members: $350

Class limited to 8 people so hurry and book now

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Photo Lithography Workshop- 2015

dan and Sharon final day

Show and tell at the end of the two day intensive workshop- Dan Cox and Sharon Tompkins

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Final day discussion and feedback- regarding the possibilities of the medium.

Dans final work

Dan Cox- final prints

First prints

On the rack- Sharon Tompkins

Hot off the press

We love this double print!

Kris and dan working

Preparing transparencies- Kris and Dan

Kris printing

Kris… first print!

Marilyn developing

Marilyn developing her first plate.

Marilyns musician

Detail of Marilyn’s second Musical print- a week after the workshop

Marilyns work

Marilyn’s tests

Sharon printing

Sharon finally getting inky!

Kris working marilyn inspecting her plate

Newcastle Printmakers Workshop Exhibition at Back to Back Gallery, Cooks Hill celebrating Anne von Bertouch’s legacy and contribution to the Newcastle art scene

von Bertouch Revisited Opening Night (3)

Gael Davies opening “The Last Farewell – von Bertouch Galleries Revisited”

von Bertouch Revisited Opening Night (8)

Shirley Cameron-Roberts recounting time spent with Anne von Bertouch when she painted her portrait.

Exhibition of von Bertouch Revisited 11-27 Sept 2015 (21)

Before the opening on Friday 11th September at Back to Back Gallery. Portrait of Anne von Bertouch by Shirley Cameron-Roberts is above the door.

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Gina McDonald and Amanda Donohue

von Bertouch Revisited Opening Night (19)

Robyn Culley and Jeanne Harrison

von Bertouch Revisited Opening Night (4)

Opening Night – listening to speeches

von Bertouch Revisited Opening Night (11)

Jeannie Little delivering her speech at the opening

von Bertouch Revisited Opening Night (23)

Gianna Fallavollita and Helene Leane

von Bertouch Revisited Opening Night (24)

Roz Elkin

von Bertouch Revisited Opening Night (21)

Shirley Cameron-Roberts, Judy Henry

von Bertouch Revisited Opening Night (12)

Gael Davies and Pauline Tickner

von Bertouch Revisited Opening Night (17)

Lyn Fabian and Jim Woodberry

von Bertouch Revisited Opening Night (14)

Nick Grimes and friend


Visit to Baldessin Press by Jane Collins

Hi Print fans, bald2

I am writing to tell you about workshop I attended at Baldessin Press in St Ives which is about 45 minutes from Melbourne, Victoria. It was called: Drypoint with Acetate Sheets with Barbie Kjar and was held on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of August 2015.

The class of about 7 was shown different dry point techniques using tools such as scribes, needles, sandpaper and some other metal implements. We were shown how to ink up, sometimes using different colours on the one plate. The ink was lovely – we used Charbonelle AQUA WASH. It is a high pigment oil based ink but it is non-toxic and water soluble so you can wash your hands and equipment with soap and water!

We were shown how to wipe plates with a generous amount of scrunched up tarlatan and the yellow pages. (The yellow phone book pages are better than the white pages apparently!).

The workshop can provide lovely looking accommodation ( which was booked out when I was going but I stayed close by in a nice B&B).

It was a lovely building with forest views and wood fires. Gourmet lunches were brought together.

Check out the tutor Barbie Kjar ‘s website at barbiekjar.com She is a great artist and teacher with tones of experience. I loved this place. I have since worked on my prints at home with Inktense and collage and I am happy with the result. ( I will blog them when ready).Thankyou to Linda Swinfield who shared the advert for this workshop on facebook.bald3

Wednesday Morning Printmaking at the Newcastle Printmakers Workshops with Gina McDonald

Last month three artists tried their hand at printmaking, two of them for the first time.  We explored intaglio techniques including dry point on acetate, etching with aluminium and solar plate prints.  Here are some of their beautiful results.

Printmaking workshop with Gina - Johns River

Bev Simmons, Johns River, dry point, 2015

jen castaldi

Jen Castaldi, solar plate, 2015

Printmaking workshop with Gina - etching Merewether Baths

Bev Simmons, Merewether Baths, dry point, 2014

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Jen Castaldi, The Crab, aluminium etching, 2015

Printmaking workshop with Gine - solar plate print from original Starless Night

Bev Simmons, Starless Night (from original), solar plate, 2015