double launch for pca print commission exhibition

exhibition “pca print commission” @ art est gallery, sydney

Spreading the love of print across the country, the Print Council of Australia Print Commission exhibition is launching twice. First up, Darwin’s Northern Editions Gallery, where 2013 judges Anita Angel and Chips Mackinolty and PCA committee member Jacqueline Gribbin will open the event. Then off to Sydney for the main launch in the Art Est gallery, where it will be opened by PCA president Akky van Ogtrop. The exhibition features artworks by 10 print artists from across Australia and New Zealand, selected from over 70 renowned and emerging artists.

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2013 print commission artists featuring:  Andrew Antoniou (NSW), Kim Barter (Vic), Helen Clarke (WA), Kevin Foley (Vic), Margaret Genever (Qld), Vesna Klačar-Nedimović (Qld), Christine Lawry (Vic), Ben Reid (NZ), Annika Romeyn (ACT) & Lin Tobias (Vic).

Opening Print Council of Australia Print Commission 2013 at Art Est“- by PCA president Akky van Ogtrop

The Print Council of Australia (PCA) was established in 1966 through the efforts of the National Gallery of Victoria print curator, Dr. Ursula Hoff, printmakers Grahame King and Udo Sellbach to encourage the production and appreciation of hand-printed graphics.

Prints have been commissioned annually since 1967. At a time when there were few art galleries and even fewer actively promoting prints, this mail-order print commission was vital for marketing Australian prints.

PCA commissioned prints are found in significant collections throughout Australia; and long-term subscribers including public art museums, galleries and schools as well as individual collectors.

The Print Council has commissioned artists to produce prints on an annual basis. From each annual commissioned edition two prints are set aside.  Hence the current archive forms a wonderful resource of some four hundred plus prints, and is of considerable historical significance. 

The Archive contains examples of the works of many artists at different stages of their careers, i.e., as emerging, mid-career and senior artists. Therefore, providing examples of different Australian printmaking styles, techniques and subject matter. 

In 2011, the PCA received a formal offer from the State Library of Victoria, to acquire the complete PCA Print Commission Archive and make it accessible to the public for research, future exhibitions and  provide quality archival storage conditions. 

Each year in December we put out an open call for artists to submit digital images of prints for selection to the Print Commission. This year our guest curators  were from the Northern Territory:  Anita Angel, Curator Charles Darwin University Art Collection and Art Gallery, and Chips Mackinolty, graphic artist and political advisor. 

They selected 10 prints for this year’s Commission in a two-part process, which involved 15 shortlisted artists submitting artist proofs for the curators’ final selection. The selected prints have been produced in editions of up to 40, mostly on BFK Rives 250gsm paper, generously supplied by Canson Australia. 

The 2013 Print Commission artists are: Andrew Antoniou (NSW), Kim Barter (VIC), Helen Clarke (WA), Kevin Foley (VIC), Margaret Genever (QLD), Vesna Klačar-Nedimović (QLD), Christine Lawry (VIC), Ben Reid (NZ), Annika Romeyn (ACT) and Lin Tobias (VIC).

About the PCA President: Akky van Ogtrop graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, majoring in printmaking, and has a Masters Degree Fine Arts, Sydney University. She is the President of the Print Council of Australia and a foundation member of the Art Gallery of NSW. Akky works as an art historian, independent curator and is an Approved Valuer for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.