exhibition “regenerate” @ kedron subARTStation, brisbane
regenerate featuring: Anna Bonshek, G.W. Bot, Jen Conde, Carolyn Craig, Russell Craig, Suzanne Danaher, Pat Hoffie, Ron McBurnie, Cathy Money, Tim Mosely, Sandra Pearce, Sue Pickford, Sue Poggioli, Lisa Ann Pullen, Glenda Orr, Alan Owen, Paula Quintela, Jennifer Sanzaro-Nishimura, Glen Skien, Gwenn Tasker, Judy Watson, Ross Woodrow & Vesna Klačar-Nedimović.
“Impress Printmakers Studio moves into old substation” – by Natalie Bochenski, Brisbane Times/Sydney Morning Herald, February 21
The historic Kedron substation No 8 has been transformed into the new home for Impress Printmakers Studio, a not-for-profit organisation giving artists the time and space to practise, display and sell their work.
The gallery opens with its first exhibition, Regenerate, on Friday, with 79 works from multiple artists on display and for sale.
“Hum of work to fill old station” – by Bill Johnston, City-North News, February 20
The dormant former Kedron Tram Sub-station no. 8 will hum again with the mechanised pulse from the new subARTStation’s printing presses.
The site opening will coincide with the launch of the studio’s Regenerate exhibition.
A print artists’ collective is taking up residence in a disused tramway power station, with the aim of rejuvenating the area’s creative scene.
Kedron’s sub-station No.8 – once the power supply for the city’s tramway network – has been revamped into a new studio space, with an upcoming exhibition celebrating the city’s bygone tram era.
After lying largely unoccupied for the past 40 years, the sub-station is now being turned into studio space for Queensland’s primary printmaker collective, Impress.
The launch of the studio is both a turning point for Kedron, and for Impress.
To celebrate, the Regenerate exhibition, will reflect on Brisbane’s historic tramways with a series of workshops, demonstrations, artist talks and collection of prints.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, and Professor Sasha Grishin of the Australian National University will present at the gallery’s launch.
Quirk says there is no better time for Brisbane to be proactive in encouraging the local creative industry.
“The once disused Tramways substation is now a thriving creative hub that inspires and provides a space for young and emerging artists, designers and arts organisations to create, test and exhibit their work,” he says.
Celebrations will continue through March with a ‘Month of Print’ activities, available to the public.
Locals are invited to view the new gallery, meet the Impress artists, and learn about the organisation, as well as the art of printmaking.
Professor Grishin believes printmaking is the most accessible and ‘democratic’ form of art the community can experience.
“Perhaps more than in any of the other visual arts, we can speak of a community of printmakers, actively working together, sharing facilities, ideas and the conviction that art is something that really matters and it is something which is done for the betterment of the whole community,’ says Professor Grishin.