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Megalo February Newsletter

by | 2 Feb 2024 | NEWS, EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS, Blog post

We are very excited to share our 2024 exhibition program and artists in residence who will be visiting Megalo over the year!

The year of exhibitions will begin with Cause and Effect, an exploration of Megalo’s history in social action, protest and advocacy drawn from the archive. We are very excited to host solo exhibitions by some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists Pia Larsen, Tanya Myshkin, and Richard Harding, as an exhibition celebrating the Plate to Plate project by Hands On Studio. We will wrap up the year of exhibitions with the return of our popular Megalo Fundraising Auction and Impressions 24: Megalo Members Exhibition.

We are very excited to share the recipients of the artist residencies who will be joining us at Megalo in 2024:

  • Sarah crowEST (Victoria)
  • Jeffrey Evergreen (USA)
  • Matt Feder + Sarah Murphy (Victoria)
  • Molly Kamenz (ACT)
  • Aiko Robinson (WA)
  • Darrell Sibosado (Bard, WA)
  • Wouter Van de Voorde (ACT)

Megalo is also delighted to welcome our graduate residents from tertiary institutions across Australia:

  • The Australian National University (ACT):
    Lily Brar | Conor Dunne | Asil Habara | Natasha Miller | Ajith Perera | Beatrice Tucker
  • Canberra Institute of Technology (ACT):
    Liliana Yurtaeva | Kate Shaw | Justin Wasserman
  • Monash University (Vic.): Poppy Faul
  • National Art School (NSW): Keely Clarke
  • RMIT (Vic.): Declan Monaghan
  • The University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts: Lucy Mills
  • The University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts (NSW): Holly Fitzpatrick
  • The University of Tasmania: Chloe Catto

Studios Open and 2024 WHS InductionsWe’re back and the studios are looking spick and span.  After a break and some precious studio maintenance time, the studios are open and just waiting for member bookings!  ⁠

For the next two weeks, we will be running daily WHS inductions at 10am to get things moving.  This is a friendly reminder for our studio users that all members need to take a WHS refresher each calendar year before re-entering the studios.  This is an important step to keep Megalo safe and to make sure that all studio users are up date as we continually review and improve our WHS practices.  Megalo will hold daily WHS inductions throughout the first fortnight of studio access (30 January – 10 February), or members can sign up to one of our regular Saturday morning WHS inductions throughout the year.

For more information or to book an induction, head to the Megalo website or get in touch.⁠

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Exhibitions
Cause and Effect: Politics and Protest from the Megalo Archives3 February – 16 March

Megalo Print Studio is proud to present Cause and Effect, an exhibition of posters from the Megalo archives celebrating our history of political and social activism.

Cause and Effect includes posters that span a wide range of themes and topics, reflecting key issues and movements – local, national and international – of the 1980s and 1990s. They document the growth in awareness of environmental concerns; First Nations recognition and land rights; feminism and gender politics; the fear of nuclear destruction in the final stages of the Cold War, and the emergence of the AIDS crisis.

As collective productions, many of these works are unsigned, undated or unattributed other than crediting Megalo. Frequently they are ephemeral in their intent, designed for easy distribution across Canberra’s streetscapes in response to a one-off occasion or campaign. This immediacy is nevertheless what still lends them their power to move us today, no less than the urgency of their messages.

Image: Megalo Screenprint Collective, The writing’s on the wall, 1985, colour screenprint

Classes + Workshops
Mokuhanga with Roslyn Kean

10am – 4pm | Saturday 17 + Sunday 18 February 2024
Join artist Roslyn Kean in this weekend workshop exploring traditional Mokuhanga techniques. Roslyn will guide you through different methods of transferring images to the block, traditional multi-block registration, carving instructions for both Shina ply and Russian birch wood. You will be guided through inking techniques with pigment, water, watercolour and gouache paint. Roslyn will also demonstrate both hand printing and using the Megalo presses to create prints with different Japanese papers. Roslyn’s course will incorporate the ancient techniques of traditional Japanese woodcuts with contemporary applications such as exacting registration, minimalism, pattern and nature.


Screen Print on Paper with John Hart

10am – 4pm | Saturday 24 + Sunday 25 February 2024
Learn how to screen-print on paper in this hands on weekend workshop. Local artist John Hart will take you through the process of screen printing on paper. You will learn how to create unique artwork and expose them onto a screen using photo-sensitive emulsion with UV light. You will also be taken through the process of mixing inks, registering your design to a paper table and then pulling your prints.

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Screen Print Editions with Elise Stanley

10am – 1pm | 6 x Wednesdays | 6, 13, 20 27 March, 3, 10 April 2024
In this 6-week screen printing project you will learn how to complete an edition of screen prints on paper, using a common subject or theme as inspiration (for example, everyone gets a different animal to explore and make an image about.) Megalo printmaker Elise Stanley will work with you to realise your image using a range of techniques, and develop overall skills in printing and editioning processes. Ideal for those with some prior knowledge of screen printing.

At the conclusion of this project a print exchange will be facilitated and each participant will receive a portfolio of the completed edition. You will also have the opportunity to exhibit your print in the end of year Megalo Members Exhibition.


New classes are being added regularly to our upcoming program with our tutors.  Visit our website to see what workshops are coming up at Megalo Print Studio.

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Support artists and buy art. 

Visit Megalo to find new works available by contemporary artists.  Come and discover the breadth of contemporary printmaking by artists from across Australia, on display together with our very own Megalo Editions produced in collaboration between local artists and Megalo printers in the studios.

The Megalo stockroom is open 9:30-5 // Tuesday – Saturday.

Opportunities + Exhibitions
Prints from Studio One: From the Collection of Basil Hall
2 February – 28 March
Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
Entries close 14 February

National Works on Paper

Entries close Friday 5 April
Mornington Peninsula Regional GalleryGet in touch and let us know about any member opportunities + exhibitions!