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Pop-up printmaking exhibition carves new ground at festival

Luminous Land is a pop-up exhibition of printed artworks by local artists being held at the Museum of Printing downstairs at NERAM as part of the program for the 2016 Black Gully Music Festival.

The locally based group Black Gully Printmakers are holding the one-day exhibition on Saturday 12 November to raise funds to purchase a new printing press for the group to use in workshops and classes held at the Packsaddle Art Studio at NERAM.

“Printmaking exhibitions are always popular with our local visitors and this will be an opportunity to also pop your head in and see the Museum of Printing during the Black Gully Festival,” said Robert Heather, Director of the New England Regional Art Museum. “With the recent opening of the Uralla Print Gallery there has been a resurgence of interest in printmaking as an artform across the region.”

“There are some fantastic local printmakers spread around New England and we want NERAM’s Museum of Printing to be a focal point for printmaking activities across the region,” he said. “This exhibition will be an opportunity for visitors to pick up a wonderful artwork by a local artist and support the development of the artform in our area.”

“All proceeds raised from the exhibition will be used to help buy a larger etching press which will increase our capacity to host more printmaking classes and events such as the recent two day workshop with visiting master-printer Basil Hall, at NERAM and Saumarez Homestead.”

The Black Gully Printmakers are an active group of local printmakers who hold regular printmaking classes and workshops at the Packsaddle Art Classroom at NERAM and this will be their first group exhibition.

“This exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to discover the work of some talented printmakers from Armidale, Uralla and further afield,” said artist Jonathon Larsen, one of the group’s founders. “Each artist is responding to the exhibition theme of ‘Luminous Land’ with their own imagery and approach.”

“There will be a range of printmaking styles and techniques on display and during the day we will be giving printing demonstrations using some of the Museum of Printing equipment and presses.”

The exhibition will be on display from 10.00am until 6.00pm with celebratory wine and cheese at 4.00pm. It will include the work of artists Jonathon Larsen, Lizzie Horne, and Louise Goggin from Armidale, Cat McGregor, Rhonda Ellem, Suzie Spencer and Catherine Eadie from Urala, Judith Timbs from Glen Innes and others.

For further information about the Black Gully Printmakers visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Black-Gully-Printmakers-576847499081296/

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