Australian and New Zealand Print Artists

It started on a moored houseboat on the edge of the Murray River in Australia in October 2015. Two printmakers, Kathy Boyle from Napier and Glenda Orr from Brisbane were sharing accommodations during the first Australian Print Triennale held in Mildura, Victoria. Both women had curated exhibitions for their community-based printmaker groups and enjoyed participating in international art exchanges. During the course of the conference Across the Ditch was born. The co-curated international exhibition would consist of 60 fine art prints by 28 Australian and 32 New Zealand artists and shown in three venues. The first exhibition was held at Impress Printmakers Gallery, Wooloowin, Brisbane, QLD; the second at CAN (Creative Arts Napier) Gallery, Napier. The third and final exhibition of the tour will be at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, Palmerston North from 4th through 28th February. The title of the show refers of course to the watery separation of Australia and New Zealand. While the dictionary defines a ditch as ‘a narrow channel dug at the side of a road or field, to hold or carry away water’, in the Australian-New Zealand vernacular it is the friendly term for their physical and cultural proximity – a playful idea that the Tasman Sea seems like a small trench! The curators write: “…it is no surprise that many artists share a playful interpretation of the connections, similarities and differences between the two countries, most notably, in relation to the physical and biological environment. Yet there is an intriguing diversity in style and print media that highlights the original creative spirit in the two artistic communities.”

Across the Ditch, a travelling international fine art print exhibition is a collaboration between Australian and New Zealand print makers who were required to ‘celebrate the character, relations, similarities and/or differences of close neighbours, New Zealand and Australia’. The exhibition’s formal terms of entry dictated that the work be two-dimensional print-based artwork on at least 200gsm archival paper of dimensions 38 x 28 centimetres. 2 to 6 copies from an edition of any size could be submitted with up to 5 copies being ‘for sale.’ The submitted prints were to be unframed and signed in the bottom margin in pencil: signature on the right side, tile in the middle and edition number on the left; all just below the actual print. Each print series will include an artists’ statement of no more than 150 words. The image can be any size within the stipulated paper size produced by any print media and not previously exhibited. The edition numbers may vary to allow for monoprints. The exhibition may include the following print techniques: etching, engraving, drypoint, woodcut, linocut, collagraph, intaglio, mezzotint, aquatint, screenprint, stencil, monoprint, lithograph and more.

Kathy Boyle, co-curator of Across the Ditch, is a Napier-based visual artist working across several disciplines including printmaking, multimedia and installation. She has recently been experimenting with printmaking using plaster as the substrate. She uses traditional printmaking techniques in combination with the non-traditional process of printing directly into plaster creating three-dimensional objects that can then be carved and sculpted. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design and a Diploma of Teaching. She was a founding member of the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and is currently the Chairperson. Alongside her art practice Boyle draws on 30 years of teaching experience to provide a range of printmaking and mixed media workshops to artist, teachers and as a visiting artist in schools.

Other Upcoming Exhibitions.

ANTARCTICA: ART EXHIBITION By: Sue Weterings - 21 Oct 17

Previous Exhibitions.

Land and Water
By: Jacky Pearson
- 08 Sep 17

Moments of Transcendent Beauty
By: Paul Lyons
- 11 Aug 17

“Exploring the Intersection Between Detail and Suggestion”
By: John Tidball
- 15 Jul 17

‘The Spaces Between’
By: Anne Morris
- 17 Jun 17

‘The Primacy of Gesture’
By: Ross Whitlock
- 12 May 17

LAND & SEA
By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

Animalia
By: Vivian McKenna
- 03 Mar 17

Across the Ditch
By: Australian and New Zealand Print Artists
- 04 Feb 17

“GIVEN TIME AND SPACE” Abstracted Imagery
By: Colin Hoare
- 06 Jan 17

“ECLECTIC IMPRESSIONS”
By: Watercolours by Celia Guy
- 03 Dec 16

E Toru nga Mea
By: Weaving and Carving Graduates Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Papaio
- 14 Nov 16

Dot's Nice
By: Elka
- 21 Oct 16

Colour Blast: Work That Jump Off the Canvas
By: Boyd-Dunlop
- 10 Sep 16

Heart Standing Still
By: Rachael Smith
- 30 Sep 16

SAMPLING: Paintings by Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL: Caohagan Island Quilts
By: Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL
- 25 Jul 16

Head for the Coast New Work
By: Beth Charles & Robert Charles
- 11 Mar 16

Extraordinary Art: Paintings
By: Paula Novak
- 12 Feb 16

Window to the Falling Sun: Paintings
By: Annabel Neall
- 04 Dec 15

TEXPLORATIONS: Paintings
By: Paul Lyons
- 14 Nov 15

An exhibition of Maori Art - Maunga Kura Toi degree artists of Te Wananga o Aotearoa
By: Te Koru
- 03 Nov 15

Country to Coast
By: Nicholas Hayter
- 11 Oct 15

Anything Goes: Annual Exhibition
By: Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild
- 28 Sep 15

WATERCOLOUR ASPECTS: New Paintings
By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

"Soul Is Eternal":
By: Wayne Hansen
- 29 Aug 15

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