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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.

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

MEGALO SAYS CELEBRATE WOMEN

Today is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It's also a call to action for accelerating gender parity. 

Today Megalo reflects on our history and the incredible women who have used printmaking as a means to fight for the cause of equality. In particular Megalo would like to acknowledge the early pioneering women of print: Alison Alder; Gaynor Cardew; Deej Fabyc; eX de Medici; Annie Franklin; Sarah Laletin; Kathleen McCann; Franki Sparke; Annie Trevillian; Catrina Vignando; and so many more.
 

MEGALO AGM

AGM AGENDA
-Apologies
-Acceptance of Minutes of 2017 AGM
-Artistic Director/CEO's Report
-Chair's Report
-Treasurer's Report
-Election of Board of Management
-Appointment of Auditor
-Any other business
-Close

Dear Megalo Members

Please join us to raise a glass for another year at Megalo and hear briefly from our Chair, Treasurer and Director. Megalo is a member-based organisation and we love to see our membership. Also, there will be cheese....


AGM NOTICE
Annual General Meeting 2018
Megalo Print Studio + Gallery
[Megalo Access Arts Inc.]
6pm Thursday 19th April
21 Wentworth Avenue
Kingston 2604

For all enquiries don’t hesitate to contact Ingeborg Hansen 02 6232 6041, director@megalo.org


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - ISOBEL RAYSON

Welcome to Megalo Isobel Rayson! 
Isobel is the first Megalo Artist in residence this year and we're so pleased to have her in the studios.

Isobel is an emerging artist based in Canberra, Australia. Since graduating from the Sculpture workshop at the ANU School of Art and Design in 2014 she has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions, undertaken residencies and held several solo exhibitions. Isobel often works with woodcut substrates in her practice but is looking forward to exploring print in the Press Studio. She has already discovered the joy of embossing in the studio and is busily creating some impressive works. You can see more of Isobel's artwork at http://www.isobelrayson.com/

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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE - 2018 RESIDENTS ANNOUNCED

Thank-you to all the wonderful artists who applied to our residency program. We received a record number of applications again, and from 32 countries. Our residency panel met earlier this month to begin the task of reviewing the submissions. We are so pleased to be able to announce that the 2018 Megalo Artists in residence have been awarded to:

NILANJAN DAS (India)
HEIDI LEFEBVRE
ANJA LOUGHHEAD
ELENA PAPANIKOLAKIS
ISOBEL RAYSON
PETER MCLEAN

 ANJA LOUGHEAD

ANJA LOUGHEAD

 HEIDI LEFEBVRE

HEIDI LEFEBVRE

 PETER MCLEAN

PETER MCLEAN

 

 

 

 NILANJAN DAS

NILANJAN DAS

 ISOBEL RAYSON

ISOBEL RAYSON

  ELENA PAPANIKOLAKIS

ELENA PAPANIKOLAKIS

MEGALO SAYS #YES!

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Canberra says YES! Australia says YES!
Megalo says YES! Outstanding result!!!!

The results of the same-sex marriage survey were announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today with the yes response affirming that 61.6% of Australians who took part in the survey support marriage equality.

We're sharing this image of 'Stone, scissors, paper', a gorgeous screen print (circa 1971) by Japanese artist A-YO which is held in the collection of the Art Gallery of NSW to celebrate this happy day. The survey is done, it's a win, now we hope that the legislation will go through quickly. Megalo proudly stands in support of social justice, diversity + inclusion, we believe in equality for all.
 

MEGALO DOES SYDNEY!

Some of the Megalo team took a trip to Sydney last month to visit the National Art School, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney College of the Arts, Big Fag Press and Publisher Textiles. It was fantastic to meet new people and catch up with old friends as we explored the diverse printmaking spaces around the city. One graduate from NAS, UNSW + SCA Sydney will each receive an emerging artist award from Megalo this year - we can't wait to announce! In the meantime here are some pics from our fabulous few days taking Megalo on the road!
 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - ROSE-MARY FAULKNER

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A big warm Megalo welcome to Rose-Mary Faulkner who joins us as an artist-in-residence over October and November. Rose-Mary graduated from the ANU School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Glass) with honours in 2016 and was the recipient of a Megalo EASS residency award for her graduating work.

Rose-Mary is already hard at work in the screen studio + we love seeing the new ideas unfurl through printmaking. Make sure you say hello if you see her in the studios!

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 Of Surface and Form, 2016, Blown glass, decals and enamel, Dimensions variable diameter up to 32cm Photo: David Paterson

Of Surface and Form, 2016, Blown glass, decals and enamel, Dimensions variable diameter up to 32cm Photo: David Paterson

MEMBER NEWS - ANNIKA ROMEYN MONOTYPES in the PRESS STUDIO

Megalo member Annika Romeyn has been working incredibly hard over the last few months on a series of stunning monotypes. She has created each of these large panels in the studios which then sit together to make up complete works. You can see these fantastic works on show at Annika's upcoming solo exhibition 'Precipice' at ANCA from Oct 4-22. The exhibition opening will be held at 6pm on the 4th October at ANCA Gallery in Dickson ACT. There will also be a musical response to the exhibition composed and performed by Holly Downes + Chris Stone at 2pm on Saturday 21 October, also at ANCA Dickson.

  Annika Romeyn in her ANCA Dickson studio with her monotype work 'Chasm 3', 2017

Annika Romeyn in her ANCA Dickson studio with her monotype work 'Chasm 3', 2017

  Annika Romeyn 'Chasm 1' monotype 228 x 168cm, 2017

Annika Romeyn 'Chasm 1' monotype 228 x 168cm, 2017

  Annika Romeyn in her ANCA Dickson studio with her monotype work 'Chasm 3', 2017

Annika Romeyn in her ANCA Dickson studio with her monotype work 'Chasm 3', 2017

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!!!!

It's that time of year again and we're calling for applications to our Annual residency program. In 2018 there will be three ACT based places, two national and one international place. The selected artists receive a stipend, accommodation (international and national) and studio access to Megalo’s comprehensive, professional printmaking facilities.

The Megalo residency program aims to support the making of new work that meets the program objectives of excellence and innovation in printmaking.  Applications close on 31 October 2017 and you can find all the detailed information on the 2018 program here

 

 

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ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - DEREK O'CONNOR

This month we're pleased to welcome Canberra based artist Derek O'Connor as artist-in-residence.  Derek will be working across studios to explore how he can transfer and manipulate historical imagery to be re-interpreted or re-energised through different print mediums. We're fascinated to see how much his experiences here impact his work exploring World War II photography. Welcome Derek!