Firebox was once again invited back to Ngalmun Lagau Minaral Arts Centre. This time however, a series of intaglio works was developed. Throughout the workshops the artists explored and developed some unconventional approaches to mark making in the intaglio medium...which is always a joy for this printer, and the results are fantastic. The works will be launched in mid 2016.
Dian conducted a 3 week workshop with artists from Wei'Num Aboriginal and Torres Strait Arts Corporation at three venues in Cairns, Mapoon and Weipa. The artists developed a variety of intaglio works which utilised a variety of approaches to the medium. The works are due to be released in 2016.
Dian has been at Badhulgaw Kuthinaw Mudh Art Centre on Badu Island for 2 weeks working with artists such as Laurie Nona and Joseph Au to create new reduction lino prints.
Dian has spent 3 weeks on Moa Island working with the artists of the Ngalmun Lagau Minaral Arts Centre to produce new works.
Dian has been invited to make a presentation to the Impact 7 International Printmaking Conference as part of a panel discussion involving fellow Tamarind Institute of Lithography graduates Mark Attwood (South Africa) and Plinio Avila Marquez (Mexico) and chaired by Tamarind Director, Marjorie Devon. For more information on Impact 7 - www.impact7.org.au
Dian traveled to Weipa to work with some of the artists of the Wei'Num Arts and Crafts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, including Daphne De Jersey, Kassandra Savage and Zoe De Jersey.
Charles Street of Black Square Arts Management invited Dian up to Cairns to work with a group of Cairns based artists. Most of these artist have completed TAFE units in printmaking and are familiar with various printmaking styles. This workshop was designed to be part educational and part with the view to create new work. The attending artists included Ben Hodges, Sam Savage, Laurie Nona, Robert Mast, and Tommy Pau.This project was funded by the Queensland Government's Backing Indigenous Arts initiative.
Dian and Belinda have had a busy few months with trips to Darwin, Cairns and Alice Springs to attend the various indigenous art industry events around the country. Prints produced by Firebox Print Studio for Papunya Tula Artists were on show in Darwin and in Alice Springs, and the the suite of etchings produced for the Western Cape Indigenous Artists were launched at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Congratulations to all of the artists involved.