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.
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/
COOL OFF WITH DAVID HOCKNEY
@ National Gallery of Australia
6-8pm Friday 2 February 2018
Price: $35, $30 concession, $25 NGA + Megalo Print Studio members
To celebrate the fabulous 'David Hockney: Prints' exhibition at the NGA, Megalo Print Studio staff will be cooling off amongst the works with colourful people of print, food and live entertainment on Feb 2. Curator Jane Kinsman will introduce the exhibition and we'll be on hand to talk print. Guaranteed to be an excellent night. Megalo Print Studio members can book under the NGA member rate BOOK HERE
FROM PLATE TO PRESS TO PAPER
@ Megalo Print Studio
10am Saturday 3 February 2018
(maximum 12 places)
In this special workshop Megalo Print Studio’s expert staff will guide you through some of the basics of etching. This intensive workshop will focus on the David Hockney: prints exhibition at the NGA. No experience necessary. BOOK HERE
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)
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
A warm Megalo welcome to Canberra-based glass artist Hannah Gason who has just commenced her 2017 residency with us this week. Hannah graduated from the Australian National University (ANU) School of Art in 2015 and is already a prolific practitioner. We're big fans of her fabulous glass works (check out her website here!) so we can't wait to see what happens for her in our studios.... we'll keep you posted!
We were thrilled to have some of the artists of the BADU ARTS CENTRE visiting this week, all the way from the Torres Strait.
The artists took a tour of our studios and spent some time in the press studios undertaking some relief printing.
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Michael Nona, Matilda Nona Malujewel, Laurie Nona and Aiona Tala Gaidan for the day.
Thanks to Justin Bishop from KickArts and the Parliament House Art team for arranging the visit.