29 February 2012

National Contemporary Art Award - Call for Submissions

This is the 11th year of the National Contemporary Art Award (NCAA) 
and this year the award is sponsored by local art philanthropist Barry Hopkins.
The award brings includes some of New Zealand's most exciting emerging artists. 
With a prize of $15,000 it may well be worth sending in an entry!

I feel that it is appropriate for me to list it here as the criteria states:
All works are to be original
I'm taking that to mean it includes printmaking,
especially if your process produces artworks that are not 'multiples'.
What do you think???

There is only one winner, and up to three merit awards.
The exhibition will be held at the Waikato Museum 17 August - 18 November
Entry is open to all permanent New Zealand residents and citizens.

 The entry fee is $35 per entry (non-refundable). 
An image of the entry is to be submitted with the website entry form. 
All entered works cannot have been previously exhibited.
The entry must be created for, and to be first viewed,
at the 2012 National Contemporary Art Award.
 No size restrictions within reason.
Submissions close 4 May 2012.

For full Entry Terms and Conditions see:

27 February 2012

Prints and/or Originals

At some point in time, every printmaker will engage in discussions 
 about whether a print is an 'original' or a 'reproduction'.

I found this short video from Crown Point Press in SanFrancisco
which discusses a Chuck Close exhibition
that includes photos, digital prints and tapestries of a set of images.

The video also discusses selling 'posters' as artworks.
Watch it and post a comment below to let me know what you think...

25 February 2012

Works On Paper - Call for Submissions

I just heard about this opportunity and thought I'd pass it on to you
in case you are interested in participating:

Works On Paper are currently calling for proposals 
for artists who are interested in participating in a group exhibition 
focussing on works on paper in July this year. 
It can be drawing, painting, screenprinting, other printing, origami,or paper sculpture. 
The one condition is that the works must be newly created specifically for this exhibition. 

Please email worksonpapernz@gmail.com 
with an image or two that best portrays your current working style,
along with a current CV if possible, and if selected then they will be in touch!

They are based in Auckland so you will need to be able to deliver or send your works. 
The paper will be provided by the gallery 
to ensure that all works are of a consistent quality. 

Closing date: Monday 16 April 2012
All works will be made available for sale 
with the artist receiving a commission for each work sold. 

23 February 2012

NZPPA Printmaking

The NZ Painting & Printmaking Award was announced Friday last week,
and it is great to see printmaking well represented in the exhibition.
In particular, Paul Woodruffe was presented one of the 3 Merit Awards.
Well done to you Paul!

All the works selected to be judged for the Award are now on display 
at The Pavilion at Hamilton Gardens until 1 March.

Paul Woodruffe, Rahopara to Memorial Avenue, 2011

3-colour stone and plate lithograph, 38x56cm, edition of 30

 Here are a few images of prints that were selected as finalists,
for those of you that are unable to make it to Hamilton to see the show.

If you know any of these artists then make sure you congratulate them -
we are very proud to see your printmaking celebrated in a national award:

19 February 2012

Woodcut Workshop, 17 March, Wellington

On Saturday 17 March, Basia Smolnicki will be teaching a woodcut workshop
at Inverlochy Art School in Wellington, from 10am-5pm.

Create a two colour relief woodblock print in MDF board. 
This is a one day workshop exploring the preparation, cutting and proofing of a woodblock
and how to create a second or third block from the key woodblock. 

Transparent and opaque colour, water and oil based inks, paper and registration 
and how to use the equipment in the print studio will be discussed and demonstrated.

Course cost $145.
For more information on booking, ring Inverlochy Art School now on 04 939 2178.

16 February 2012

Etching Workshop, 3-4 March, Wanganui

Wanganui Community Education Service is offering a workshop
for you to learn the unique and safe printmaking techniques 
of using copper sulphate etch on aluminium plate and printing in colour, 
being tutored by Bruce Phillips.

Produce finished prints on good quality paper. 
All materials and tools provided. 
Suitable for beginners and those with experience.

Saturday and Sunday 3-4 March, 10am – 4pm
Costs $180 (subsidised by Creative Communities Scheme Wanganui).

For more information about how to register, click here to see their website.

14 February 2012

Rockers and Rollers, til 26 Feb, UpperHutt

Rockers and Rollers is an exhibition of prints from the collection 
of Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History and the Rutherford Trust Collection.

Rockers and Rollers is a snapshot of printmaking 
during the 10-year existence of the New Zealand Print Council 1967-1977, 
and features work by Stanley Palmer, Marilynn Webb, Pat Hanly, Gary Tricker, 
Jeffery Harris, John Drawbridge, Gordon Walters, Barry Cleavin, Kate Coolahan, 
Stephen Allwood, Penny Ormerod, Robin White, Mervyn Williams, 
Don Ramage, Roy Cowan, E. Mervyn Taylor, Stuart Maclennan and Barry Cleavin.

Don Ramage, Tubular No3, 1971

The New Zealand Print Council was set up 
to counter the perceived marginalisation of printmaking as an art form, 
which it did by promoting and raising the profile of printmakers 
through touring exhibitions, workshops and lectures.

From 1972 the Print Council was based at the Wairarapa Arts Centre,
and when the council went into recess in 1977 the prints were donated to the gallery.

For printmaking enthusiasts or those who want to learn more about the art 
there will be a free demonstration at 2pm on Sunday 19 February, 
with Vincent Drane, co-director of Solander Works on Paper Gallery in Wellington. 

12 February 2012

Woodcut Workshop, 11 March, LakeHouse

LakeHouse in Takapuna are offering a 1-day workshop in Woodcut Printmaking 
from 10am-4pm on Sunday 11 March, being tutored by Denice Symons 

 Design and cut your own Woodblock, 
then experiment with printing in a variety of ways 
producing an edition of 10 prints.

 Price: $130, with all materials supplied. 
There will be only 3-5 students, so if you are interested then book now.

11 February 2012

Marian McGuire's The Labours of Herakles, Tauranga

Marian Maguire's exhibition The Labours of Herakles
is currently touring and is now on at
Tauranga Art Gallery from 11 February - 1 April 2012

Marian Maguire, Herakles's Attempt to Repulse the Amazons is Futile, 2007
Etching on German Intaglio 350g

07 February 2012

Natural History, 9-25 Feb, Auckland

Seed Gallery in Newmarket will be hosting an exhibition called Natural History
from 9-25 February, with an opening preview 5:30-7:30pm tomorrow (Wednesday) .

Annie Sandano

This exhibition sees a varied group of artists reflect on the subject of Natural History; 
not only in its traditional sense as the study of organisms, 
their origins, evolution and interrelationships, 
but more broadly to the anthropological and personal themes that the phrase might imply. 

Ben Reid

Natural History brings together new works by 
Louise McRae, John Appleton, John Pusateri, Annie Sandano, 
Tracey Black, Ben Reid, Natasha Cantwell, Rebecca Thomson, Tabatha Forbes, 
Stafford Allpress, Kristin Perrett, Paddy O’Rourke and Mark Rayner.

05 February 2012

Mixed Media Printmaking Courses, Term 1, Wellington

If you live in the Wellington area and love printmaking, 
you should check out Basia Smolnicki's Printmaking courses at Inverlochy Art School.
In Term 1 she is teaching Printmaking and Mixed Media on Wednesdays,
and you can choose either a 10am-1pm or 6.30-9pm class.

Discover the multiplicity of printmaking with the freedom to print on any found paper 
combining collage, drawing and other painting media. 
Learn the basics of some very easy printmaking techniques 
such as monotype, stencils, collagraph, relief printing and dry point etching 
while experimenting and using water-based and non-toxic soy-based printing inks. 

Focus on colour, texture, content and ideas 
to incorporate finished prints into mixed-media art.
Ideal for beginners or printmakers with experience.

For more information on booking, ring Inverlochy Art School NOW!
(Ph 04 939 2178)

03 February 2012

Screenprint Courses, Term 1, Wellington

If you live in the Wellington area, just a reminder 
that Bruce Mahalski will be teaching a course this term in
Screenprinting on Fabric and Paper at Inverlochy Art School.

Bruce Mahalski, Moa and OrangeRoughy t-shirts

Whether you want to create a piece of fine art 
or just print your own t-shirts this course is for you. 
You will learn how to apply images to screens 
using a range of stencil and photo-emulsion techniques. 
This enables you to print your own photos and art 
on to paper, canvas, fabric and t-shirts. 

Bring along your own design ideas and Bruce will help you bring them to fruition. 
This course is suitable for beginners while experienced students will be extended. 

Bruce Mahalski, Chatham Island's Weka, 2010
Screenprint, edition of 10.

The course runs on Tuesdays, 6.30-9pm, February 7 - March 27
Costs $315, including all basic materials, 
but you will need to purchase screens to take away with you.
For more information on booking, ring Inverlochy Art School NOW!
(Ph 04 939 2178)

Or... If you’ve already done one of Inverlochy’s screen-printing classes
and want more practice, to take things to the next level,
then there is an 'Open Studio' course on Mondays 6-9pm, 13 Feb - 2 April, for just $205.
All the darkroom facilities, emulsions and inks are laid on
and you can come in and print fabric or paper to your hearts content.
This class is untutored but tutor Bruce will be on hand to answer questions.

01 February 2012

Catherine Macdonald, 4Feb-10March, Wellington

An exhibition of new new prints and drawings by Catherine Macdonald
will be shown at Solander Gallery in Wellington from 4 February to 10 March.
There will be an opening event at 2-4pm on Saturday 4 February.

The phrase “a time and place” has a couple of meanings, 
first there is the literal, where it refers to a particular moment in time and a specific place, 
then, there is when it is used with the suffix of “for it” 
generally inferring that this is not the time and place 
for what ever activity has been taking place.

With this series of works I’m looking at what is happening around me 
and trying to record it in its time and place 
and questioning the appropriateness of the event in its context. 
We can’t always choose when or where things will happen. 
We often just have to make the best of the situations we find ourselves in.