New Impressions of age-old artform

New Impressions of age-old artform

Discover all types of printmaking at NERAM throughout 2017.

In February 2017 the New England Regional Art Museum will be launching  ‘The Print Room’ a new series of exhibitions focusing upon the artform of printmaking in the Museum’s Mazda Room gallery space.

“We want to create a link for our visitors between the wonderful collections we have in the Museum of Printing and NERAM,” said Robert Heather, Art Museum Director. “The Print Room starts with three exhibitions in 2017 as well as a series of workshops, talks and other events which will support the development of local printmakers and artists.”

“We are also developing a collaboration with the Black Gully Printmakers group who will be based  within the Museum of Printing and make it come alive as a working museum as both volunteers and artists.”

The first Print Room exhibition will be New Impressions, an international exhibition from the Hamilton Woodtype and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin (USA), which will open on Friday 10 February 2017.  This international juried exhibition showcases creativity and exploration of the artform of letterpress printing techniques and features artists from Australia, Europe and America.

Print Room exhibitions later in the year will include a look at the printed, stamped and painted works of artist Robert Jacks and a curated exhibition looking at the history of printmaking in Australia through the lens of the Howard Hinton Collection at NERAM.

The Museum will also be holding a special ‘Wayzgoose’ event in late April for printers, printmakers and print-lovers which will be an opportunity for printmakers and the wider community to celebrate together.  The wayzgoose was originally an entertainment given by a master-printer to his workmen to mark the beginning of the season of working by candlelight. In later use, it meant an annual festivity held in summer by the employees of a printing establishment, consisting of a dinner and an excursion into the country. In recent years a number of letterpress and printing studios around the world have been holding Wayzgoose events as a celebration of the printed object.

The Print Room opening weekend will feature a one-day workshop (on Saturday 11 February 2017) by typographer and educator Clint Harvey who will be sharing his knowledge of letterpress printing using the F.T. Wimble and Co. Wood Type Collection at the Museum of Printing,  a rare opportunity to get hands on with one of Australia’s most significant collections of wood type with a leading letterpress practitioner.

Designer, educator, curator and artist Clint Harvey has had a twenty year career in commercial design with a focus upon typography. He was the founder of the Design College Australia (DCA) in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane and he has an all consuming passion for the artform of letterpress which he creates at his studio – the Bacon Factory in Brisbane.

10 February – 30 April 2017 : New Impressions

Saturday 11 February 2017  F.T. Wimble and Clint Harvey: One day letterpress workshop (bookings required)

30 April 2017: Wayzgoose event (tbc)

5 May – 2 July 2017: Robert Jacks

28 July – 24 September 2017: Prints in the Howard Hinton Collection (working title)