Roaming Art Tours, Newcastle is the brainchild of Ahn Wells, Director of Gallery 139. Once a month avid art lovers travel around Newcastle in a tram on wheels to various art galleries followed by a trip to a coffee spot. As part of the Independent Galleries Network, Newcastle Printmakers Workshop were lucky enough to be part of this Sunday’s tour (24th October 2016) coinciding with our Sea Scrolls exhibition. At the workshop Megan Lewis gave an introductory talk followed by printmaking demonstrations from Robyn Culley (linoblock) and Gina McDonald (etching). If you are interested in joining an art tour you can find details at http://www.independentgalleriesnewcastle.com/roaming-art-tours/.
Art Systems Wickham played host to a crowd of over 60 people for the opening of the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop exhibition titled “Sea Scrolls” to celebrate the Print Council of Australia’s 50th anniversary. Printmakers were challenged to create scrolls on primarily Japanese papers or fabric and to draw inspiration from the words of the science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft who once said that the ocean,
“is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.” We land-dwellers can sometimes take the ocean for granted, but we really shouldn’t, since the Earth’s surface is 70% water. When you think of it that way, this is the ocean’s planet, and we’re just guests.”
The exhibition runs until Sunday 30th October and the gallery at 40 Annie Street Wickham, Newcastle is open from 11-5 Friday to Sunday.
A giant thank you to Helene Leane (holding drill) and Lisa Kirkpatrick (on the ladder) for helping with the installation of over 20 scrolls at Art Systems Wickham on Monday. Also thank you to Colin and his dog Buddy for overseeing the hanging of the exhibition as well as Michelle Strazarri too. We look forward to seeing you at the opening on Friday 21 October at 6pm, 40 Annie Street, Wickham, Newcastle. If you cannot be there in person we guess you will be there in spirit.