IN PUT / PRINT OUT:
CICADA PRESS PRINTS
13 APRIL - 18 MAY
3pm, Saturday 13 April
Cicada Press was established in 2004, by its director Michael Kempson at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Art & Design in Sydney Australia, as a strategy devised to facilitate student engagement with fine art printmaking practice. Each semester internationally respected artists join a course to explore the relationships of a custom-printing studio. Preferring to use informal processes and an open dialogue in this collaborative working relationship, UNSW Art & Design through Cicada Press, seeks to reinforce mutual respect in the act of making through the lived experience of learning.
A survey exhibition of fine art prints by artist’s who have worked with Cicada Press. Featuring works by Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Michael Callaghan, Kevin Connor, Elisabeth Cummings, Nici Cumpston, Tony Curran, Fiona Hall, Alan Jones, Julie Gough, Nicholas Harding, Vanessa Inkamala, Euan Macleod, Michael Kempson, Tilau Nangala, Gregory O’Brien, Chris O’Doherty aka Reg Mombassa, Rodney Pople, Ryan Presley, John Pule, Reko Rennie, Mervyn Rubuntja, Vipoo Srivilasa, Judy Watson, Marshall Weber, Dame Robin White, Raymond Zada, Adeel uz Zafar
Kay Abude (Aus), Antonia Aitken (Aus), Surya Bajracharya (Aus), Marcin Bialis (Poland), Darren Bryant (Aus), Marilou Chagnaud (France/Aus), Kyle Chaput (USA), Erica Chung (Singapore), Mehdi Darvishi (Iran), Agata Derda (Canada), Olesya Dzhurayeva (Ukraine), Dianne Fogwell (Aus), David Frazer (Aus), Silvi Glattauer (Aus), Robert Hague (Aus), Rew Hanks (Aus), Nicola Hooper (Aus), Kyoko Imazu (Japan/Aus), Marketa Kemp (Aus), Theo Kontaxis (Greece), Damon Kowarsky (Aus), Natalia Kwiatkowska (Poland), David Nixon (Aus), Arata Nojima (Japan), Glenda Orr (Aus), Jim Pavlidis (Aus), Sumi Perera (UK), Karol Pomykala (Poland), Belinda Reid (Aus), Luisa Romeo (Aus), Annika Romeyn (Aus), Qiaoyi Shi (USA), Elmari Steyn (Aus), Anna Trojanowska (Poland), Jared Wickware (USA), Cleo Wilkinson (Aus), Katy Woodroffe (Aus).
MEGALO INTERNATIONAL PRINT PRIZE
16 FEBRUARY – 6 APRIL 2019
Opens: 6pm Thurs 21 February
Megalo is proud to present the very first Megalo International Print Prize Exhibition. The calibre of entries received in 2018 was exceptional leaving a difficult and long task for our panellists, Dr Jane Kinsman, Basil Hall and Ingeborg Hansen. 37 works were selected as finalists from a pool of over 360 entries from Australia and around the world. Entries were submitted by artists in 31 countries.
The Megalo International Print Prize Awards
1st Prize is $10,000
2nd Prize is $5,000
People's Choice $1,000
Lerida Estate Acquisitive Prize $2500
Voting for the People's choice award open on 16 February.
The Award announcements will be made on Friday 15 March.
PRESS VS SCREEN
A MEGALO MEMBERS SHOW
Exhibition Opening 6PM
THURSDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2018
24 NOVEMBER - 14 DECEMBER 2018
‘Press vs Screen’ is the final Megalo exhibition for 2018. Megalo Members submit prints that they have produced in either the Press or Screen studios at Megalo, during 2018. The studio that submits the most entries will be declared the winner. It is always wonderful to see the array of styles and techniques in this unique annual show. It’s also a great opportunity to gather our member’s and friends together to celebrate another fantastic year in printmaking, before the Christmas break close.
ENTRIES DUE: FRI 15TH NOVEMBER
ENTRY FEE: $20 per member (up to 4 works)
ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE AT THE MEGALO OFFICE or Send a request to email@example.com and we’ll send a pdf version.
PLEASE NOTE: ONLY CURRENT MEGALO MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT WORK
27 October - 17 November 2018
2PM Saturday 27 October
An exhibition featuring works produced in collaboration with Negative Press.
Negative Press is a publisher of limited edition prints and artists' books by contemporary Australian artists. Negative Press aim to make projects that extend the discourse between contemporary art and printed matter.
WE ARE LOST
29 SEPTEMBER - 20 OCTOBER
THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER
SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER
Sitting within the overlaps of text art and visual poetry, these new works by Caren Florance are inspired by Matthew Kirchenbaum’s ideas on the materiality of digital media, where something that seems impenetrable and ‘lost’ can be painstakingly translated by forensic means. ‘We are lost’ is a series of gestural, abstracted translations of words and phrases used in contemporary attacks on women, communications that seem immaterial and fleeting on page and screen but sink deep into the psyche. Using printmaking to transmit these words without re-seeding their message is a cathartic act of disruption. The results seem impenetrable, but they follow the physical movements of traditional printing systems and so the texts can, with careful attention, be restored if desired. Or not: some things are better lost.
FROM SMALL THINGS BIG THINGS GROW
SA Adair, Elaine Camlin, Ellen Gunner, Michelle Hallinan, Megan Hinton, Nina Juniper, Pia Larsen, Peter McLean, Deborah Metz, Barbara Nell, Jemima Parker + Kate Vassallo
1 - 22 September 2018
From small things, big things grow is an exhibition which will be held across two locations: Megalo, Kingston and GOST, Watson. Each of the artists will be exhibiting works - big and small - at each venue concurrently.
4-6pm Saturday 1 September
Gallery of Small Things
27 Wade Street, Watson ACT
2pm Saturday 22 September
Megalo Print Studio + Gallery
21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston ACT
GOST (Gallery of Small Things) holds one group show a year and showcases a visual arts sector. In 2017, it was Ceramics and in 2018, it's Printmaking. The GOST gallery is less than 6 metres' squared and less than 6 months old making it Canberra's tiniest + newest gallery. Megalo gallery is nearly 3 times the size and has a rich history as Canberra's original home of print making with its studios and workshops providing 38 years of experience to the community and beyond.
THURSDAY 9 AUGUST 2018
6PM Exhibition Opening
UK Frederick, Ingeborg Hansen, Nicci Haynes, Anna Madeleine and Erica Seccombe
4 - 25 AUGUST 2018
Connections: Part One
This exhibition of work is an exploration of Art and Science. It brings together 5 artists: UK Frederick; Ingeborg Hansen; Nicci Haynes; Anna Madeleine; and Erica Seccombe, who are at the beginning of new relationships and collaborations with scientific researchers. The work created for this exhibition is the experimental result of new conversations and observations, as artists and scientists consider how each searches for new understandings of the world around us.
Exploring these collaborations through a range of printmedia, this exhibition is Part One in building meaningful relationships through new experimental work.
Collaborative partners include:
Stuart Ramsden, ANU VizLab, National Computational Infrastructure
Dr. Brad Tucker from the ANU Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Mt Stromlo
Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO
Dr Julia Miller at ANU’s ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language
The ARC Centre for All-Sky Astronomy in 3-Dimensions (ASTRO3D); The National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS), ANU
Connections: Part Two will take place in 2019 to coincide with Science week and will feature an exhibition, a series of collaborative talks and demonstrations across the fields of Art and Science.
UK Frederick, The Search, screen print on chemigram (detail), 2018
THURSDAY 12 JULY 2018
6PM Exhibition Opening
To be opened by ANU Emeritus Fellow Patsy Payne
7 - 28 July 2018
Surya Bajracharya’s Passenger comprises two individual bodies of work– a series of lithographs, and a series of monotypes – created in parallel and in response to the same subject. The lithographs depict snatches of scenery and features of the landscape; the monotypes are more elusive, all light and shade, push and pull, vastness and obscurity. The lithographs, with their exacting, intricate mark-making, seem to disintegrate a moment travelled in time while pulling it into myopic focus. The monotypes project – and elicit – an emotive response. Side by side in diptychs they resonate and reflect, form a rhythm and pulse. Two portraits, monotypes of the artist’s children, like pin-drops or anchors, are deeply personal markers of the artist in these visual documents of an otherwise unspecified journey.
Bajracharya’s duplicity of approach presents what is seen in real terms, as well as what is felt and can be taken with us, to capture the feeling of being pulled along through life, aware that the path is beyond your control. Ultimately what we see is processed through the lens of individual experience and a reflection of inner lives – the metaphoric peaks and horizons, skeleton branches and billowing cloud of places real or imagined, familiar or unknown. - Yolande Norris, 2018
Join us for the opening event
6PM THURS 14 JUNE 2018
21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
9 - 30 JUNE 2018
Colby Country presents an investigation and response to the closure of the legendary Colby Poster Printing Company, Los Angeles U.S.A.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Wendy Murray is a Sydney-based artist and arts educator. Her artworks are informed by her knowledge of street art and graffiti and her interest in psycho-geography and the concept of the derive, or unplanned journey.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Established by Herbert Lee Colby in 1948, the Colby Poster Printing Company (Colby) operated as a three-union, family print shop until 2012. While visiting The International Printing Museum, Carson, CA, USA in 2017, I stumbled across the Colby archive. This discovery set about an intense research period of documentation, interviews, archive and field research to establish the impact of Colby posters on popular culture. It was a privilege to work with the Colby wood type, image blocks and posters at The International Printing Museum during the summer of 2018.
Special thanks to: Mark Barbour (director) The International Printing Museum, Mike Powe, Glenn Hinman, the Colby Poster Printing Company, Pasadena City College, Carol Wells, Center for the Study of Political Graphics and Earl Newman.
POSTCARD: A LOST ART
Please join us for the opening event
6PM THURSDAY 17 MAY 2018
at 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston ACT
EXHIBITION DATES: 12 MAY - 2 JUNE 2018
This year Megalo salutes the humble pictorial postcard. For over 150 years these simple cards have been posted back and forth across the globe. The Postcard has delivered messages of hope, love, happiness, humour, sorrow - good news and bad. Many postcards were originally created through print mediums such as woodcut and lithography + then later screen prints.
The artist depicts a hopeful regenerative cycle in a respectful depiction of life and death entwined, and organically advancing. He acknowledges the generosity of the donors in leaving their bodies to the medical faculty allowing the next generation of physicians the opportunity to learn the skills required to save a new generation of lives.
HEAD OVER HEAD
THURSDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2018
6PM Exhibition Opening
Opened by Alison Alder, Head of Printmedia + Drawing, ANU School of Art and Design
SATURDAY 10 MARCH 2018
2PM Artist Talk
15 February - 10 March 2018
TONY AMENEIRO is a Mittagong based artist-printmaker who has a career in the arts spanning over 30 years. Head over Head exhibition is based around a research drawing project he carried out at the JT Wilson and Shellshear Museums at Sydney University, both of which are teaching museums within the Medical Faculty. Images of the deceased are combined with images from the life drawing studio as the exhibition explores issues around mortality and regeneration. Ameneiro visually interrogates existential quandaries regarding humanity in an attempt to reconcile universal questions and provide a window on our humanity.
Exhibition review by Sasha Grishin HERE.
Exhibition review by Caren Florance HERE.
BEYOND THE BLUE: UNBROKEN
THURSDAY 11 MAY 2017
5.30PM Artist Talk
6.30PM Exhibition Opening
6 - 27 May 2017
Arone Meeks 'Beyond the Blue: Unbroken' is the culmination of a six week artist residency at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery generously supported by artsACT through their arts residency funding. During this residency Meeks has worked closely with the Megalo staff to produce a new suite of etchings and lithographs. The exhibition also includes a selection of monoprints, relief prints, lithographs and etchings produced throughout his career.
Arone Meeks is a kuku Midigi man currently based in Cairns. He creates works that speak to us of cross cultural connection, relationships, gender, traditional and modern spirituality and his environment. His extensive accomplishments achieved through study, residencies, commissions, community arts and public art certainly contribute to an outstanding career to date, which will only continue to grow given his passion and determination. His works are a testament not only to his skills and talents as a painter, sculptor and printmaker, but also to his wonderful sense for colour and design that allows his work to shine. Arone has also worked extensively in indigenous Sexual Health and in remote communities.
Read The Canberra Times review here.
Surya Bajracharya, Georgia Black, Waratah Lahy, Barbara McConchie, Peter McLean, Al Munro, Sandra Pitkin, Erica Seccombe, Ulrike Sturm, Jason Wing.
THURSDAY 16 MARCH 2017
6PM Exhibition Opening
11 March - 1 April 2017
Pareidolia (parr-i-doh-lee-a) is the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist. This exhibition explores the concept of pareidolia through cloud gazing from the unique perspective of these 10 accomplished print based artists.
Read The Canberra Times review here.