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Call-out for print media artists - Inkmasters Print Exhibition 2018

BY InkMasters Cairns | 01-Mar-2018
Inkmasters Print Exhibition is part of a biennial festival of printmaking in Cairns, Queensland. Entries are now open for this juried exhibition, open to international artists. Entries close 14 May and selected artists will be notified by 18 May. Only selected entrants pay the entry fee. Non-acquisitive prizes are announced at the launch, 6pm Fri 27 July at Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns. Up to 100 print-based works are displayed in the unique 'tropical industrial' Tanks venue. There are no size limits, and works in any print medium (or combination of media) including unique-state prints and unorthodox formats are eligible for selection. All selected artists receive an exhibition catalogue.
InkFest is unique to the city of Cairns - a centre of printmaking excellence. Held at the best time of the year in tropical north Queensland, it comprises many inter-related printmaking activities for artists of all cultural backgrounds and levels. These include indigenous, emerging and established artists, as well as school children who participate in the mega community engagement event - the BIG PRINT.

The principal event is the international juried Inkmasters Print Exhibition in Tank 4, 27 July -19 August 2018 . It is a tour de force of works of Australian and International print media artists including printmakers from our region. The prints can be traditional, contemporary or cross-disciplinary and can be of any size or format. The program for the launch includes a public lecture and awarding of the prizes. Shown adjacent to the major exhibition are New prints from the InkFest Workshops and a display by the Artist in Residence. In the lead-up to the main events, prominent InkMasters artists deliver skills-development workshops in a range of techniques, and an 'Open Studio' day invites local people and visitors to see how prints are made.

In the weeks prior to the BIG PRINT day on 29 July, the very popular Tanks Market Day, InkMasters artists conduct print workshops in Cairns primary and secondary schools and indigenous communities. Then it's GET READY TO ROLL when the blocks are printed all at once in a long line c. 20m x 1 m, with a unique printing device and a big team of printmakers, school students and spectators, local and visitors. Check out the videos for 2014 and 2016 on our website. This year the print will be danced into being by artists and audience to the music of Cairns Pan Stars Steel Band. The BIG PRINT then shows at Cell Art Space Gallery, 109 Lake St and later travels to schools and communities.

Wherever you are in the world, please come and join us for InkFest 2018 – there is something in the festival for everyone!