Passionate printers

By Isabel Vieira | posted on January 14, 2021

PRINTMAKERS from across WA have gathered to exhibit their work in the Museum of the Great Southern this summer.

The South West Print- makers are a group of seven individual artists who were brought together by a passion for printmaking.

The established group of artists have been exhibiting together since 2005, most of whom met through studying visual arts at TAFE and Edith Cowan University in Bunbury.

Artwork from Helen Hulme-Gerrard, Lianne Jay, Janette Trainer, Sue Dennis, Christine Latham, Yvonne Dorricott, and Carol Farmer will be on display.

Their works depict a wide and varying range of printmaking techniques and styles, including lino, wood- cut, etching, stencil and screen-print and cyanotype.

South West Printmakers group member Lianne Jay said the exhibition is designed to bring forth awareness around printmaking and its versatility to the Great Southern.

“As a group we’re trying to be actively out there in the community in sharing our work,” she said.

“We’ve all got different skills, so we share amongst ourselves and we have workshops to educate each other on different skills and techniques.”

The exhibition is located in the Residency Heritage Building at the Museum of the Great Southern, where each room showcases a different artist’s work.

The layout of the exhibition allows visitors to see not only the diverse nature of the works but also the uniqueness of the printmaking artform.

Alongside creating work for exhibition, the group collectively produce an annual ‘print share’ where each artist produces a piece of work in response to a theme, which is then shared amongst each other.

The South West Printmakers see the ‘print share’ as a way to ex- change collectable work and create a survey of

contemporary printmaking in the South West region.

Ms Jay said this year’s theme was to create three-dimensional un- folding work, designed to challenge the artists to try something new.

“We share our works, we get a beautiful collection of prints from everybody and it becomes part of our print collection,” she said.

The South West Printmakers work will be exhibited from January 9-24.