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From Little Things Big Things Can Grow!!
Finding a way to generate revenue to pay for things like rent, electricity and public liability, the committee set about gathering information on Master Printmakers and Artists that could run workshops for members and the community.
Invitations saw printmakers Alexis Neale and Dagmar Dyck arrive from New Zealand. This was a booming success with a participant travelling from New Zealand. Since then The Makers has held workshops with both internationally and nationally famous printmakers and artists such as Gary Shinfield, Seraphina Martin, Karen Ball and Sarah Ross Thompson.
Members have had incredible group exhibitions at Kooindah Waters, Wyong, Waterline Gallery, RePublik Cafe Ettalong and planning is underway for an annual member’s exhibition entitled For Love of Country at Gloucester Gallery in December this year. This exhibition was arranged following an invitation from the Gloucester Gallery.
The Makers Studio has made its mark internationally with last year’s Print Exchange seeing entrants from the USA, UK, Germany, India and Poland as well as entrants from across Australia.
Every Thursday is Creative Support Day where members can bring their projects along and receive support and use facilities for $20 a day. Members are also able to participate in special Introductory Courses in printmaking techniques run by experienced members of the group who specialise in different areas e.g. aluminium with hard ground, tetra pak, woodblock. Introductory courses other than printmaking are on offer from time to time with a member’s workshop on Shirbori dyeing being held soon.
The Makers Studio has come a long way from its humble beginnings; it now boasts two printing presses, a multicolour screen-printing carousel donated by Hip Pocket Workwear & Safety, a wonderful undercover outdoor area and a shed to store its expanding specialised equipment. The membership is now over 60 strong and The Makers is able to generate a reasonable amount of revenue to enable it to purchase art supplies for workshops for community and members as well as pay for utilities.
Coming up!!! Two day workshops Multiplate Colour Etching, with Matt Tome 1&2 June and True Grit with Bronwyn Rees 27 & 28 July you’ll find more information on our web page.
If you want to be inspired, explore your creativity then come along and join this wonderful successful group of artists.
For further information visit our website, Facebook page or contact our president Cheryl McCoy 0414220855.
This article archived 20 Aug 2019
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