Wimble’s Wayzgoose 2018 is on its way…

Wimble’s Wayzgoose 2018 is on its way…

Wimble’s Wayzgoose looks like securing its place as a premier national event, contributing to the critical dialogue around the art form, forging new creative relationships and skills and welcoming a cast of uninitiated people to a new world that’s actually quite old. 

Donata Carrazza, Imprint Magazine Volume 552, No. 1 (Print Council of Australia 2018)


The New England Regional Art Museum is pleased to announce that the 2018 Wimble’s Wayzgoose event will be held  at the Museum of Printing and across the NERAM site from Friday 6 until Sunday 8 April 2018.

The Wimble’s Wayzgoose event is a celebration of printing and printmaking that this year will include the launch of the inaugural F.T. Wimble Lecture as well as a half-day seminar, four practical printing and printmaking workshops and the return of the popular Printer’s Picnic day which will include talks, demonstrations, music and food.

“The Wimble’s Wayzgoose event was developed to create community interest in the Museum of Printing and its unique collection of printing equipment, wood and metal type as well as unique graphic material,” said Robert Heather, Art Museum Director.

“It brings to Armidale print enthusiasts, artists, designers, collectors, researchers and makers from around Australia for a weekend of activities, talks, workshops and events.”

“This year we are launching the inaugural F.T. Wimble Lecture with a presentation by historian Shane Carmody on the great print collections and libraries of Britain in partnership with ADFAS Armidale.”

“We are also bringing American letterpress artist Cynthia Marsh from Austin Peay University in Clarkesville Tennessee who will present a workshop on using letterpress and wood type to make bold statements in posters and graphics.”

“We have a range of practical printing and printmaking workshops on offer as well as a half day seminar on various aspects of the artform and its history,” he said. “This year we will be hosting workshops by leading print artists such as Glen Skien, Tim Mosely, Dianne Longley, Clint Harvey and Cynthia Marsh as well as presentations and talks by local artists including the Black Gully Printmakers.”

A program is now available on the NERAM website (Click here).

According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), 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 (usually) an excursion into the country. In more recent times it has become a celebration held by printing and printmaking studios/communities where artists, craftspeople, technicians and printers get together to celebrate their work with their friends and families.

Wimble’s Wayzgoose 2018 is presented by NERAM and the Museum of Printing with funding the Regional Arts Fund, an Australian Government initiative that supports sustainable cultural development in regional, remote and very remote Australia.

Wimble’s Wayzgoose 2018 is presented in partnership with The Bacon Factory, Black Gully Printmakers and Queensland College of Art at Griffith University.

The 2018 F.T. Wimble Lecture is the first in the new Packsaddle Lecture series at NERAM and is supported by ADFAS Armidale.

Visitors are encouraged to find out more about New England travel and accommodation options on NERAM website . 

To watch a short video about last year’s  2017 Wimble’s Wayzgoose event CLICK HERE. 

Image above:

Printing the Big Print in the Packsaddle Studio, 2017 Wimble’s Wayzgoose