April 4, 2016
Come and see the Sydney Printmakers exhibition at The Art Vault - 46 artists celebrating 55 years of printmaking 1961 - 2016.
The exhibition will open Wednesday 6 April 6 -7pm, it is an official event of the Print Council of Australia's Year of Print.
Sydney Printmakers is a unique phenomenon in Australian art with few parallels anywhere in the world. Although numerous exhibiting associations of printmakers have cropped up from time to time in Australia, what distinguishes Sydney Printmakers is three things. Firstly, no other exhibiting organisation of printmakers has so effectively represented the best printmakers of a city and has done this so comprehensively. Secondly, no other organisation of printmakers in Australia has managed to sustain itself independently over such a prolonged period of time out becoming a de facto filial of an institution, such as an art school. In other words, Sydney Printmakers have remained truly independent. While thirdly, no organisation of printmakers has managed to survive for fifty years without extensive periods of dormancy.
(excerpt from 'Sydney Printmakers fifty years on')
~Professor Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA
The Sir William Dobell Professor of Art History
Australian National University