Kevin Foley: Guardians.
Kevin Foley: Guardians. Contributed

Celebrating 50 years of print

THIRTY-FIVE prints form an exhibition held to celebrate the Print Council of Australia's 50th birthday. Across Australia galleries are presenting exhibitions and events to celebrate this significant milestone. 50 Years of Print present the prints that have been acquired through the gallery's membership of the PCA.

The gallery has acquired two or three prints a year since 1998, making a total of 35 prints. The prints are from the 10 editions commissioned from 10 printmakers by the PCA each year. The PCA invites submissions from printmakers who reside in Australia to create an edition of prints for the Print Commission. Two independent arts professionals select 10 artists to produce a limited edition of prints of between 30-40 prints in their chosen medium.

The 35 prints showcase the diversity and talent of the printmakers active in this country and reveal the story of printmaking over the past 18 years. Well established artists such as Rew Hanks, Juli Haas, GW Bot and John Pratt are alongside younger artists such as Kate Zizys, Ben Rak and Rona Green. Two of the North Coast's leading printmakers, Christine Willcocks and Jenny Kitchener, are also in the show.

AA Road Less Travelled
AA Road Less Travelled Contributed

Back Road Music Nights

Two concerts are being presented by the outreach program of the Woodford Folk Festival in the Clarence Valley next week. The first is at 6pm Friday, April 1, at the Treelands Drive Community Centre in Yamba and the second is 6pm Sunday, April 3, at the Eatonsville Hall, Eatonsville.

The East Pointers and the Mao Trio are touring Australia will be coming up from Canberra via Bellingen to present their unique Canadian East Coast sounds. Tickets are $20 for each concert and are available at Sticky Tickets or at the door.

Free youth workshops are being presented during the day before the concerts. The guitar workshop is at Yamba and a vocal harmony workshop is at Eatonsville. Details are on sticky tickets.

The concerts and workshops are supported by the Clarence Valley Council.

Jacaranda City Quilters

Two quilting challenges were given to 10 members of the Jacaranda City Quilters Anne Carter, Chris Robinson, Glenys Wallbridge, Gerri Robinson, Josy Spriggs, Marian Brown, Barbara Myers, Anne Puplijovski, Joanne Evans-Piper and Sue Settle. The diverse results of the challenges are presented in our community exhibition in the studio.

The first challenge started in 2013 when, for 10 months of that year, a different member of the group selected a colour of a plain fabric and gave the other nine quilters a quarter metre piece. The challenge was to make a wall hanging based on the 15 inch blocks using the given fabric along with any other fabrics of their choice. They had to try out different techniques of patchwork, quilting and applique.

One of the large wall hangings made is on display the Jacaranda City Quilters exhibition on display in our community gallery. The blocks in the large wall hanging were made by one member and assembled by another member "quilt as you go" style.

The second challenge was issued over the Christmas break of 2014/2015. Each member was given a small pack of Mari'Annie hand-dyed fabrics with a half yard of black homespun and challenged to make a wall hanging about 15 inch square using all the colours in their kit. The Jacaranda City Quilters exhibition presents the delightful outcomes.

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 2016

The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship is open to young painters aged between 20 and 30 to apply as part of their professional development. The updated application form is now online.

Integral to the professional development of a painter is the exploration of art in Europe. Now in its 18th year, The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship is open once again and provides an opportunity to nourish the early careers of contemporary Australian painters.

The winner will get $30,000 and a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, which is administered by the Art Gallery of NSW. This provides a wonderful opportunity to delve into Parisian culture and develop the necessary skills in applying for grants and scholarships; a vital ability for any artist wanting to pursue a professional visual arts career.

The studio will accepting entries between July 4-8. Full details of the application process and application guidelines are contained within the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship application form.

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