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 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!