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Across the Ditch: Australian and New Zealand Printmakers

Across the Ditch: Australian and New Zealand Printmakers

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  • Sat 4 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tue 7 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 8 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 9 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 10 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 11 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 13 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 14 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 15 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 16 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 17 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 18 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 20 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 21 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 22 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 23 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 24 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 25 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 27 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 28 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


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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 printmakers 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.

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