Dramatic examples of printmaking at Ipswich Art Gallery

NORTH QUEENSLAND: Forest Glimpse from Neville Field.
NORTH QUEENSLAND: Forest Glimpse from Neville Field.

PROVING good things do come in small packages; Compact Prints 2012 is set to bring dramatic examples of printmaking to the Ipswich Art Gallery.

Curated by Umbrella Studio, the display features the works of North Queensland's printmaking talent, alongside national and international artists.

The exhibition, which arrives in Ipswich tomorrow, provides a comprehensive overview of the range of printmaking possibilities by 166 artists from 21 countries.

Arts, Community and Cultural Services Committee chairman Charlie Pisasale said this was the sixth incarnation of Compact Prints since it was first launched in 2002.

"What is fascinating about this collection is that all the artists have started from the same point in terms of the space they had to work with," he said.

"Yet they have expressed their creativity in so many different ways."

Umbrella Studio director Vicki Salisbury said the Compact Prints concept was special because it was inclusive and connected to printmakers from around the world.

"Compact Prints embraces traditional, non-toxic and technological methods and is a good opportunity for printmakers because there's no theme," she said.

"The only stipulation is that prints must be exactly 12x12 cm in size.

"The challenge for some lies in the skill and technique that is required to achieve accuracy and detailed effects working in such a small area."

Compact Prints 2012 will be on display at the Ipswich Art Gallery from August 24 until October 20.

For more information visit umbrella.org.au



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