RAF QUICK Response Grant inspires new Print Collective03.03.2016
A new Print Collective in Broken Hill has been formed by two local artists as a direct outcome of receiving a 2015 QUICKs grant.
In October 2015 Liisa Peisto and Deborah Asmather, resident artists of Broken Hill, attended the Australian Print Triennial, Mildura Victoria, thanks to a successful Quicks grant. The Triennial provided an opportunity for the two artists to attend talks and workshops by national and international presenters, network with industry peers and receive vital professional development in updating their skills with latest industry practices.
In their acquittal to Regional Arts NSW (RANSW), both women noted a stand out workshop was presented by Kathy Boyle, a New Zealand visual artist, who demonstrated resourceful print techniques with limited access to material and equipment. Favoured presentations were given by Melbourne artist Roan Green and Townsville artist Jo Lankester, who spoke respectively on sustaining an arts practice as an emerging artist and establishing an active print group in a regional setting.
Liisa and Deborah commented on the value of the experience,
“Due to our regional isolation and limited access to gallery space and other arts organisations it was clear that we were disadvantaged in regard to professional development. There were many regional attendees [to the Triennial] who shared similar stories and strategies to help overcome them.”
As a direct outcome of their experiences at the Triennial, Liisa and Deborah initiated the Print Collective, a group of like-minded Broken Hill printmakers, who now meet regularly to organise group exhibitions and workshops and share resources and information about opportunities through a Facebook page.
“We realised we needed to improve the information flow for remote printers” said Salma.
The Print Collective has already proved overwhelmingly successful, hosting its first artist in residence with New York stencil/street artist Damien Mitchell. During his time in Broken Hill, Mitchell completed a 13 metre mural depicting four local youngsters arm in arm, along the side of a prominent wall in Wolfram Lane. Liisa and Deborah noted,
“The project has exceeded all our expectations. An unexpected outcome of inviting an international graffiti artist to town was the overwhelming interest, engagement and community acceptance of the resulting mural.”
Working in collaboration with the Broken Hill Art Exchange, The Print Collective has also run a number of printing workshops including an induction to small press printing, all with the aim of providing local capacity building opportunities and creating a sustainable regional arts practice.
QUICK response grants respond to arts development and professional development opportunities that arise at small notice and are made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW.