WishboneTweed River Art Gallery is hosting Stories of our making: contemporary prints from Australia, a fascinating exhibition co-curated by Southern Cross University’s 2009 Kaske Fellow, Travis Paterson, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Jan Davis.

The exhibition has recently returned to Australia after being shown in September at the Universtity of the West of England in Bristol as part an international printmaking conference called IMPACT VI.

The exhibition showcases the work of 20 established and emerging printmakers and was well-received by the conference’s international audience of printmakers, curators, critics, collectors and academics.

Co-curator Travis Paterson said many delegates and visitors commented on the high standard and uniqueness of Australian printmaking.

“Participating in IMPACT 6 was an incredible experience and it was a great pleasure to co-curate this exhibition with Jan Davis and present the work of Australian printmakers, several of whom are residents of northern NSW. I look forward to continuing this experience at the Tweed River Art Gallery,” Mr Paterson said.

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said it was wonderful to see an exhibition of works by such atalented group of Australian printmakers.

“The curators and sponsors of this exhibition should be very proud,” Ms Muddiman said.

“The project was the result of almost a year’s worth of hard work and preparation by the curators, and was made possible by the generous support of Southern Cross University and the Gordon Darling Foundation. I am sure that visitors to the Gallery will enjoy the display as much as the audience in England,” Ms Muddiman said.

Artists represented are Jason Benjamin, GW Bot, Darren Bryant, Jazmina Cininas, Neil Emmerson, Belinda Fox, Graham Fransella, Joanna Kambourian, Martin King, Barbie Kjar, Leonie Lane, Dianne Longley, Anita Lord, Milan Milojevic, Dennis Nona, Michael Shlitz and Samuel Tupou. 

The exhibition will be on display at Tweed River Art Gallery from Wednesday 24 November until 31 January 2010. The official opening will be on Friday 11 December, in conjunction with the three other exhibitions on display for the Christmas holiday period.

The exhibition will be opened by Professor Peter Lee, Vice-Chancellor of Southern Cross University.

All are welcome to come along to a free exhibition and curatorial floor-talk at 2pm on Sunday 17 Janaury conducted by curators Jan Davis and Travis Paterson, and exhibiting artist Joanna Kambourian.

The Tweed River Art Gallery is located on 2 Mistral Rd (corner of Tweed Valley Way) in Murwillumbah. The Gallery and Café is open from Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm.

For further information please contact the Gallery on telephone (02) 6670 2792.

IMAGE: Barbie KJAR, Wishbone 2005, drypoint etching, 180 x 180cm. Courtesy of the artist.