Vast printmaking exhibition coming to the Ian Potter Centre in May
13.04.2022

Vast printmaking exhibition coming to the Ian Potter Centre in May

New Australian Printmaking
New Australian Printmaking
New Australian Printmaking
New Australian Printmaking
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words by sidonie bird de la coeur

Ian Potter Centre's ‘New Australian Printmaking’ exhibition features over 68 prints that span four years of artistic experimentation created during the Australian Print Workshop Artist Fellowship program.

The Ian Potter Centre exhibition features groundbreaking prints from celebrated Australian artists Megan Cope, Shaun Gladwell, Tim Maguire and Patricia Piccinini. The prints created by these artists were made during the Australian Print Workshop Artist Fellowship program, which allows artists established in other fields to research and create a body of work within a new medium.

Cope, Gladwell, Maguire and Piccinini’s artistic limits are tested within the occasionally restrictive medium of printmaking, resulting in fresh and invigorating works that have resulted from freedom to experiment within a new territory.

What you need to know

  • New Australian Printmaking features work created by renowned artists during the Australian Print Workshop Artist Fellowship program
  • The exhibition runs from May 13 until October 11
  • It will be at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, entry is free

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Known for her sculptural instillations and paintings, Megan Cope is an Australian artist and Quandamooka woman whose work grapples with themes of Indigenous identity and colonialism. Within New Australian Printmaking, her work depicts colonial-style maps of her home of Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah with the names of the people who traditionally lived in the area. Additionally, Shaun Gladwell who is known primarily for his work in moving image, virtual reality and painting presents imaginative and illustrative monotone prints.

Tim Maguire’s cinematic paintings have been translated to colourful experimentations of overlapping tones, creating an impressionistic arrangement of colour that bursts forth from the print. Patricia Piccinini presents a gleeful recreation of her famous Skywhales, floating content in an orange sunrise sky.

Established by the Australian Print Workshop (APW), the Artistic Print Workshop Fellowship program is the most significant of its kind in Australia. With over 68 prints exhibited for the first time, New Australian Printmaking demonstrates the culmination of over 4 years of artistic endeavour. Included in the experience is fascinating insights into the often mysticised printmaking process, including documentary material of the artists in studio and printing plates and proofs.

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