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.

Previous Exhibitions.

The Mountains and the Sea
By: Paul Lyons
- 22 Mar 19

RETRO - SPECTIVE: Cash & Carry Sale of Silkscreen Prints
By: Malcolm Warr
- 22 Feb 19

SUMMER FLIGHT: New Zealand Birds and Landscapes
By: Jayeta Valentine
- 25 Jan 19

By: Michele Theobald & Val Jones
- 30 Nov 18

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2018
- 12 Nov 18

By: Rachael Smith
- 26 Oct 18

“Licorice All Sorts”
By: Georgia Lambert
- 11 Oct 18

The Art Room (Term 3)
By: Manawatu Art Teachers Association
- 24 Sep 18

By: Willie Docherty
- 25 Aug 18

“A Bouquet of Paintings”
By: Mary Mulholland
- 03 Aug 18

The Infinite Smallness of Being
By: Raemon Rolfe and David Lupton
- 13 Jul 18

Land & Water
By: Timon Maxey
- 22 Jun 18

By: Don Hill & Steve Leurink
- 01 Jun 18

By: New Paintings by Ross Whitlock
- 07 Apr 18

By: Roger Staples
- 02 Mar 18

A Family Affair
By: Colin Hoare and sons James and Alex
- 02 Feb 18

By: Vivian McKenna
- 12 Jan 18

Echoes Of Fiordland
By: Annabel Neall
- 12 Dec 17

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2017
- 13 Nov 17

By: Sue Weterings
- 20 Oct 17

IRIS: Photography Exhibition
By: 2017 Epsom/NZIPP Award Winners
- 06 Oct 17

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

By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

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

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

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

By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

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