Paul Bong pulling a print

Inkfest 2016 A Festival of prints and printmaking

Inkfest is an innovative addition to Cairns cultural calendar showcasing the fascinating and diverse artform of printmaking in a range of activities and events. it is unique to Cairns, the only event of its kind in Australia.

The InkFest program included a number of inter-related printmaking activities for artists of all cultural backgrounds, including indigenous, emerging and experienced professional artists, and a large community engagement activiity, the BIG PRINT.  The principal event was the juried InkMasters Print Exhibition, a tour de force of works of print media artists from the region who show alongside national and international printmakers. Also shown inTank 4 was the exhibition Prints from the InkFest Workshops, and a display by the Artists in Residence, Roslyn Kean and Jenny Kitchener, two of Australia's top printmakers. They each delivered a workshop and gave an artist's talk. During her residency, Roz Kean a member of  Sydney Printmakers, proposed a joint exhibition with the Sydney group and thus the final InkFest event was Partners in Print - 50 artists, 25 each from InkMasters and Sydney Printmakers - held at KickArts. Prominent inkMaster printers also delivered workshops in silkscreen, intaglio, mezzotint, Japanese woodcut and a 6 day access workshop with linocut, lithography, etching and monotype.

The outstanding community event of InkFest was the BIG PRINT. In the weeks leading up to printing day InkMaster printmakers conducted print workshops in 6 Cairns Primary and  secondary schools and another with REACH, creating 7 giant lino blocks. Then it was GET READY TO ROLL when the blocks were printed all at once in a long line, with a ROAD ROLLER and a big team of printmakers, school students and volunteers. The BIG PRINTS then showed at Cell Art Space Gallery, 109 Lake St for three weeks. Visitors to the Tanks Market Day came to watch the fun, it was spectacular!

In all InkFest 2016 comprised a total of 30 print events.

 

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