MEGALO ANNOUNCES 2019 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Congratulations to all applicants to our residency program. We were overwhelmed with excellent submissions and it was a very difficult decision for our assessment panel. We are pleased to announce that the artists joining us in 2019 will be:

AUSTRALIAN MEGALO ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE 2019
Tony Curran, Mark Dustin, Rose Mary Faulkner, Pia Larsen, Kate Vassallo

INTERNATIONAL MEGALO ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 2019
Rachel Duckhouse

MEGALO DOES AMERICAN MASTERS

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Just in time! … We raced out to catch American Masters exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra before it wrapped up this week. American Masters celebrates that nation's artists from the 1940s to the 1980s…This exhibition tells the story of the formation of the NGA American collection and includes many major works not seen together for a long time. - NGA
On this Megalo adventure we took along our current artists in residence Angus Fisher and Doug Schofield. We had an excellent afternoon exploring major works. Here are just a few of our favourite pieces and poses!

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The Usual Suspects posing with Kenneth Noland Oakum 1970

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MEGALO DOES MILDURA

Some of the Megalo crew have been in Mildura over the last week having an amazing time attending the Australian Print Triennial. It was such a fantastic event and a great chance to catch up with new and old friends passionate about print. John Hart and Estelle Briedis also ran a monotype workshop for young people at ArtRageUs.

Congratulations to The Art Vault and Print Triennial team on a fantastic event. We were so pleased to be able to participate.

DRUMROLL PLEASE ..... ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS

MEGALO PRINT STUDIO + GALLERY
INTERNATIONAL PRINT PRIZE

The inaugural Megalo International Print Prize attracted 367 works from 246 artists and came from 31 countries. The calibre of entries was exceptional leaving a difficult and long task for our panellists, Dr Jane Kinsman, Basil Hall and Ingeborg Hansen.

The 2019 Megalo International Print Prize finalists are:

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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).

An exhibition of the finalists’ work will be held in the Megalo Gallery

16th February – 6th April 2019

The Prizes: 1st $10,000, 2nd $5,000 Peoples’ Choice $1000

+ Lerida Estate Acquisitive $2500 will be announced at a MEGALA event on 15th March.


The panellists: Dr Jane Kinsman is the head of International Art, including Prints, Drawings + Illustrated Books, at the National Gallery of Australia. Basil Hall is a master printer and the founder and Director of Basil Hall Editions. Ingeborg Hansen is a printmaker and the Director of Megalo Print Studio + Gallery.


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MEGALO OPEN DAY

Thanks to absolutely everyone who helped make our annual Open Day on 22 September so fantastic!!
We had an absolutely brilliant day - so many visitors, so many members and so much printing! Open Day is one of our very favourite events of the year as we get the opportunity to show off our fabulous studios and showcase the work of our members and fabulous team. It was a beautiful way to spend a Spring Saturday.

This year we ran demos in Lithography, Etching, Screen Printing on paper and fabric which kept studio managers John Hart and Estelle Briedis very busy + we were also thrilled to be joined by some of our incredible members who printed up a storm. Board Member John Pratt worked on his amazing woodcuts and Surya Bajracharya and Pieta-Rae Laut were working in lithography. Peter McLean and Clare Jackson were showing off their skills in etching and relief, with Peter coordinating Print Your Own Engraving.

Our International Artist-in-Residence Mehdi Darvishi from Iran joined us in the Press studio to work on his incredible Mezzotint plate and share some of his print works with all the visitors. Mehdi even took time out to visit the screen studio to pull his very first screen print! The screen studio was also jam packed with Megalo members including Marilou Chagnaud, Giancarlo Savaris and Ellen Gunner all working hard screen printing on fabric and pape. We were also thrilled to have former screen studio manager Jemima Parker back in the studios to demonstrate some CMYK printing too. Our badge maker may never have had such an intensive workout. Our smallest visitors were eager to draw their own masterpieces and have them turned into wearable works of art. It was also great to see so many people sporting their Megalo Totes.

At 2pm we had drinks and nibbles as part of a closing event for the Megalo/GOST exhibition From Small Things Big Things Grow which showcased works by artists across Megalo Print Studio + Gallery and GOST Gallery in Watson concurrently. We were delighted to have some of our interstate artists turn up for Open Day + the closing event - big shout out to Pia Larsen, Nina Juniper + friends, it was great to see you!!

Again, a huge thank-you to all who helped make Open Day so great this year. There’s not much we love doing more than sharing all things PRINT + we’re already working on ideas for next year’s Open Day xx


MEGALO OPEN DAY 2018

 
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SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 10-4PM
21 WENTWORTH AVENUE, KINGSTON ACT


PRINTMAKING ALL DAY

  • PRINTMAKING DEMONSTRATIONS

  • MEMBERS + STAFF BREAK OUT THEIR SKILLS
    Including: Surya Bajracharya, Estelle Briedis Marilou Chagnaud, Ellen Rosalie Gunner John Hart, Clare Jackson, Pieta-Rae Laut Alex Lundy, Peter McLean, Jemima Parker John Pratt and Giancarlo Savaris

  • PRINT SALE

  • PRINT YOUR OWN TOTE BAG

  • PRINT YOUR OWN CARD

  • PRINT AN ENGRAVING

  • SCHEDULED DEMONSTRATIONS
    10.30AM ESTELLE BRIEDIS
    Repeat screen printing on fabric
    11.30AM JOHN HART
    Lithography
    12.30PM CLARE JACKSON
    Copper plate etching
    1.30PM ESTELLE BRIEDIS
    Screen print on fabric

  • EXHIBITION CLOSING EVENT
    2PM 'From Small Things Big Grow'
    Join us for drinks and nibbles in the Megalo Gallery with some of the artists as our joint exhibition with GOST gallery draws to a close.

    ....... AND LOT'S MORE!!

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE 2019

MEGALO PRINT STUDIO - OPEN CALL

 
 

It's the first week of Spring in Canberra Australia and what better time than this to launch our 2019 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE OPEN CALL. Our Artist-in-Residence program is a supported residency opportunity open to Australian and international artists at all stages of their careers.
In 2019 there will be five places for Australian artists and one International place.

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE 31 OCTOBER 2018

Selected artists will receive a stipend, accommodation (international and interstate based artists) and studio access to Megalo’s comprehensive, professional printmaking facilities. The residency program aims to support the making of new work that meets the objectives of excellence and innovation in printmaking.

OPENING AT GOST

From Small Things Big Things Grow

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Megalo Print Studio + Gallery of Small Things (GOST) have partnered to host a cross-venue exhibition. 12 artists have been invited to create small and big artworks to show at both galleries concurrently. The artists were selected from an open call for submissions for print based works responding to the exhibition title theme, exploring scale. Mediums include woodcuts, lithographs, screen prints and many more print based techniques. The exhibition will be officially at 4pm Saturday 1 September 2018 at the Gallery of Small Things.

OPENING EVENT 
4-6pm, SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER
GALLERY OF SMALL THINGS
27 Wade Street Watson ACT


CLOSING EVENT
2pm, SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER
MEGALO PRINT STUDIO + GALLERY

The Artists:
S.A. Adair, Elaine Camlin, Ellen Rosalie Gunner
Michelle Hallinan, Megan Hinton, Nina Juniper
Pia Larsen, Peter McLean, Deborah Metz
Barbara Nell, Jemima Parker, Kate Vassallo

Images:
Ellen Rosalie Gunner Mount Ainslie - Autumn Sunset, screen print with hand foil embellishments, 2018.
Pia Larsen The Breakaway, intaglio, relief, stencilling and acrylic on board, 2018.
Kate Vassallo Signal Flare 2, screen print, 2018.

 

MEGALO/GOST ANNOUNCEMENT

Megalo Print Studio and Gallery of Small Things are delighted to announce the selected artists for our upcoming exhibition From Small Big Things Grow. The selected artists will exhibit their works across both venues.

Congratulations to:
SA Adair
Elaine Camlin
Ellen Gunner
Michelle Hallinan
Megan Hinton
Nina Juniper
Pia Larsen
Peter McLean
Deborah Metz
Barbara Nell
Jemima Parker
Kate Vassallo

Thanks to all the fantastic artists who applied for this opportunity, we were overwhelmed with wonderful submissions.
The exhibition will run from 1 - 22 Sept 2018.

MEGALO OPENS PASSENGER

What a fantastic opening night we had for Surya Bajracharya's Passenger. Opened by Emeritus Professor Patsy Payne (ANU Printmedia + Drawing). Thanks to all who braved the chilly night to come along and see this wonderful body of work consisting of stunning monotypes and lithographs. There's plenty of time to catch this exhibition which runs through to Sat 28th July - don't miss it!

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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

 

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MEGALO DOES PHOTO ACCESS + VICE VERSA

Last week most of the Megalo team headed over to visit the fabulous crew at Photo Access. We took up an invitation to come and create some Tintypes and check out their set up + in exchange we invited their team over to our place to pull some screen prints. Big thanks to Robert for taking us through the whole process + helping us create some excellent tin-types. We worked our way through plate prep having a great time in the darkroom and then it was on to our photo shoots. After capturing our images we got into developing them back in the darkroom - printmakers appreciate a good reveal and you can't go past the reveal of a tintype emerging in developing solution - so satisfying! Keep an eye on the Photo Access class program or contact them for information - We'd highly recommended a Tintype workshop to anyone + everyone. It was a great challenge and loads of fun.

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We're passionate about printmaking so we were of course delighted to see the Photo Access team throwing themselves into screen print without hesitation and they ended the day with some great prints.

There are so many great arts organisations in our region who are passionate about what they do. We love the finding synergies between us and learning more about what happens in all these other amazing spaces. Thanks so much to all the staff at Photo Access for making this such a gorgeous exchange of skills! - Such great neighbours - Come back for more anytime!

DONATE TO MEGALO

The End of Financial Year is upon us and it's the perfect time to consider supporting the arts. Megalo is a not-for-profit, open access printmaking studio and gallery with charitable status

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We are dedicated to promoting, presenting and practicing printmaking as an art form accessible to all levels of our community. Megalo has played a vital role in the Canberra arts scene for nearly 40 years and your support directly contributes to Megalo’s artistic programs and the many opportunities we continue to provide artists in the ACT and surrounds.

Donations to Megalo Print Studio + Gallery (over $2) are fully tax deductible.

Your contribution can help us provide greater opportunities to a broad and diverse audience through a vibrant program of special projects, residencies and workshops. Please consider adding your support to our organisation this EOFY.

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MEGALO DOES MELBOURNE + BENDIGO!

Last month Megalo hit the road again, this time to Melbourne on a whirlwind printmaking adventure. On our list of tertiary institutions were the VCA, Monash University and RMIT workshops to explore their printmaking opportunities for students. One student from VCA, Monash University and RIMT Melbourne will each receive an emerging artist residency award from Megalo.

We were fortunate to catch Stewart Russell in his Spacecraft studio for a quick chat and tour. Then we headed out to Brunswick to visit our friend Trent Walter at Negative Press who very generously showed us around his new set up. We spent some time out there in his excellent studio immersed in incredible prints.

We even managed to make it to the incredible Marimekko Exhibition in Bendigo - screen print heaven!

CALL FOR ENTRIES - OPENING SOON

MEGALO INTERNATIONAL PRINT PRIZE

Megalo Print Studio + Gallery are pleased to announce the first Megalo International Print Prize with an impressive $18500 in prize money. Entries Open: 18 Jun 2018, 5pm AEST

FIRST PRIZE - $10,000
SECOND PRIZE - $5000
PEOPLE'S CHOICE - $1000
LERIDA ESTATE ACQUISITIVE PRIZE - $2500

Finalist Exhibition Dates: 16 February - 6 April 2019

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ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - PETER MCLEAN

Peter McLean has been printing up a storm in our Press Studio as one of our 2018 Artists in Residence. Pete has been exploring four-colour printing and making great use of our Albion. He has been steadily creating sets of abstract perspex blocks, designed to be printed in various permutations of orientation and combination. For his project Pete is currently using circular plates, which allow for a theoretical infinite number of permutations by slowly rotating the plates in relationship to each other. The results are quite spectacular.
We can't wait to see how the work develops over the next few weeks.

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MEGALO DOES THE GLASSWORKS + VICE VERSA

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It's great to know your neighbours and this week we've been getting to know ours even better. On Tuesday we hosted  Canberra Glassworks staff at Megalo for a screen printing session where they printed up a storm, creating some excellent aprons and tea towels. Then yesterday it was our turn when we were invited over to create these  amazing tumblers!

We had such a great time and enjoyed learning more about our respective skills.

In Canberra we're very fortunate to have such excellent art making facilities located in such close proximity so keep coming out, engaging with the arts and making the most of what's here! It's really pretty special.

 

MEGALO OUT AND ABOUT

Last night Megalo hit the town to check out some of the exhibition openings. We took Nilanjan Das our esteemed International artist in residence with us to meet and greet the Canberra scene. Our first stop was PhotoAccess who were launching 3 excellent shows:

- The Spirit within Australia: The Land and The People, Veritas Editions
- Kim Sinclair: Artefact
- Michaela Gamble: We Were Here

Of particular interest to us were the exquisite cyanotypes by Kim SInclair and a gorgeous  photogravure print by Silvi Glattauer in the Veritas Editions exhibition. All 3 exhibitions are running from 5-29 April.

From there we went to Canberra Contemporary Art Space in Manuka where Megalo member and recent graduate of the ANU School of Art and Design (Printmedia + Drawing), Skye Jamieson is having a solo exhibition Hold a Mentos Wrapper. Skye has been making good use of her graduate membership this year and it was great to see some of her print pieces complete and installed. Skye's exhibition is running through to 5-15 April 2018.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - LEAH BULLEN

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Our final artist in residence for 2017 was Leah Bullen. Leah has been working toward a Doctor of Philosophy, in practice-led research (Painting), at the School of Art and Design, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.

While in residence she worked on some incredible monotypes. It was an absolute pleasure to have her in the studios and great to see such careful attention paid to such a unique printmaking technique. Many of her monotypes are large scale and take many hours and days to produce. 

On Wednesday the 11th of April Leah's PHD work will be featured alongside fellow artists Naomi Zower (Textiles) and Phil Page (Painting) at the ANU. The exhibition is part of the Visual Arts HDR Graduate Season program. Don't miss this great opportunity to see Leah's delicious works in the flesh. Details below:

Visual Arts HDR Graduate Season Exhibition 2
Opens: 6pm Wednesday 11 April 2018
Venue: ANU School of Art and Design Gallery
For further information visit the ANU website HERE.


 

MEGALO EXHIBITION - UNITED CONSTRUCTS

What a gorgeous opening event we had last night! United Constructs consists of a new series of etchings and screen printed works by Canberra artist and designer Megan Hinton. Influenced by the Bauhaus design movement, Russian Constructivism and abstraction – Hinton has taken inspiration from the built environment, carefully dissecting each segment, line and shape to create newly constructed compositions of re purposed architectural forms.  It's a colourful, delicious body of work. Make sure you get into Megalo before it closes on 7 April. Find out more about Megan's work HERE.

*Please note that the gallery will be closed over the Easter long weekend 30 March-2 April