SPECIAL PROJECTS

 
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ANZAC CENTENARY PRINT PORTFOLIO 2014-15

To mark the centenary of the First World War, the Australian War Memorial commissioned the ANZAC Centenary Print Portfolio. Featuring work by five Australian and five New Zealand artists, the portfolio explores the ANZAC legacy and commemoration in a contemporary context. Artists were asked to respond creatively to the history and legacy of the war, as well as to the significance of the Centenary to both countries. This transnational exchange reflects a diversity of artistic perspectives and constitutes an important cultural response to this key historical event. Working at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, artists developed their work under the technical oversight of master printmaker John Loane, and Megalo staff between May 2014 and June 2015.

The commissioned artists were: Daniel Boyd, Megan Cope, Helen Johnson, Mike Parr, and Sangeeta Sandrasegar from Australia and Shane Cotton, Brett Graham, Fiona Jack, John Reynolds, and Sriwhana Spong from New Zealand. The portfolio was officially launched in March 2016 with an exhibition at Parliament House, Canberra, Australia and was followed by an exhibition in September 2016 at Te Papa, Wellington, NZ.


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BONSAI PRINT EXCHANGE

Printmakers;

  • Sui Jackson
  • Annika Romeyn
  • Amy Kerr-Menz
  • Peter McLean

Bonsai artists;

  • Thorsten Beowulf
  • Roger H.
  • Steve L.
  • Mike W.
  • Wayne D.

The BONSAI / PRINT Collaboration was an initiative of Megalo Print Studio’s Press Manager, John Hart, following a residency he completed in 2013. Five Bonsai and five emerging Print artists were invited to collaborate throughout 2015 in an exchange of skills and knowledge across both disciplines.

The project saw several excursions to the National Arboretum’s Bonsai Garden and demonstrations of all printmaking processes that Megalo offers. With access to the Megalo studios, participants learned new skills and created work for an exhibition held in 2016.  
 


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WAVE HILL EXCHANGE / JINPARRAK / CANBERRA EXCHANGE 2013
 

Megalo’s relocation to our new studios in Kingston was launched with an exhibition of work culminating from the Jinparrak/Wave Hill/Canberra Exchange. The occasion was presided over by Ms Matilda House, Ngambri elder and was opened by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales.

During the project, six Aboriginal artists, four from the Northern Territory and two from New South Wales, made new work over a two-week period for the exchange. The artists worked in collaboration with the printmakers from Megalo Print Studio, to develop a suite of screen prints and lithographs. The prints express country, history, the past and the future as well as the impact of decisions made at Parliament House.