Master Printmaker in Armidale

Basil Hall from Basil Hall Editions in Darwin will be giving a printmaking workshop at NERAM.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from a master printmaker.  Basil is at NERAM to open his exhibition: From Blue Mud Bay to Central Australia: Prints from Basil Hall Editions, Darwin.  This exhibition includes an exquisite series of prints is the culmination of a vibrant and intensive cross-cultural exchange between five highly respected Yithuwa Madarrpa artists and four renowned artists from acrossAustralia.

In October 2009 artists Djambawa Marawili, Marrirra Marawili, Liyawaday Wirrpanda, Marrnyula Mununggurr and Mulkun Wirrpanda participated in a printmaking workshop with master printmaker Basil Hall at the community of Yilpara, working alongside visiting artists Fiona Hall, John Wolseley, Jörg Schmeisser and Judy Watson.

The 23 selected exhibition works resulting from this exchange capture essential aspects of country atBlueMudBayin Eastern Arnhem Land, one of the most pristine and culturally significant places inAustralia.  Accompanied by ethno-biologist Glenn Wightman, anthropologist Howard Morphy and photographer Peter Eve, the artists made trips to country, visiting ancestral sites and sharing traditional and scientific knowledge.  Around the campfire at night they discussed culture, history, sea rights and events, each of the artists responding to the experience in their own way.