Megalo | Printmaking Studio

Megalo May Newsletter

by | 10 May 2024 | EVENTS, MEMBER NEWS, Blog post, NEWS

Megalo Print Studio this month says farewell to our Artistic Director and CEO Stephen Payne, who since joining us in 2021 brought a new vision and curatorial voice to Megalo.  We wish him all the best as he moves towards a new adventure as Manager of the Beechworth Museum and Historic Precinct in Victoria.Over his time as Artistic Director, Stephen ushered in a host of programs, notably including the launch of Megalo Editions in 2021, and last year’s hugely successful MFA Megalo Fundraising Auction. Bringing a vision and energy to our exhibitions that  has centred new voices within contemporary art, Stephen’s direction simultaneously explored and re-presented Megalo’s rich history of community and activism with a continued poignancy in present events. While we are deeply saddened to say goodbye, the Megalo family wishes Stephen all the best and rest assured he will take this dedication and passion into his new role in Beechworth.
Print for Palestine!

This Saturday 11 May, Clare Jackson and Elise Stanley will be leading a community workshop where participants will collaborate on designing and printing posters to raise awareness and show support for Palestine at upcoming protests and rallies. Each participant will receive copies of both posters to distribute and display.

Entry to this community workshop is by optional donation.  $10 from each donation will go towards offsetting the cost of materials for the workshop, and all additional donations will go to Plan International Australia who are providing basic necessities like shelter and water kits, first-aid and medicine, as well as setting up public kitchens for people who have lost everything and are trying to survive in Gaza.

While this workshop is fully booked, you can support this cause by making a voluntary donation to Plan International Australia. If you don’t have the means to do this and still want to be involved, get in touch to let us know so that we can keep you informed of any similar events planned at Megalo.

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Desire Lines – (a path taken informally over a set route)Pia Larsen

23 March – 11 May

Desire Lines – (a path taken informally over a set route) by Gadigal country/Sydney artist Pia Larsen presents works on paper that explore colour and space, and the politics of the female gendered body. The focus, vivid impressions of the female breast, with signature topology of whorls and cross-strata lines, as a poetics of the body in a field of possibility.

Desire Lines – (a path taken informally over a set route) closes 11 May.
Megalo is open 9:30 – 5 // Tuesday – Saturday.

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Next: Wood engravings and dryointsTanya Myshkin

18 May – 29 June
Wood engravings and drypoints is a solo exhibition by Quinbean/Queanbeyan artist Tanya Myshkin. The exhibition brings together works across the breadth of Myshkin’s practice, including her large figurative wood engravings and intaglio prints.

The exhibition opens 23 March and continues through 11 May.

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

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Classes + Workshops
Wood Engraving with Peter McLean

10am – 4pm | Saturday 18 + Sunday 19 May
Wood engraving is a form of relief print that enables the creation of highly detailed, yet graphic images, usually on a small scale. In this weekend workshop local artist Pete McLean will guide you through the process of wood engraving including: history of the medium; image design; woodblock preparation; correct use of engraving tools to create an image; and printing.


Poster Printing with Elise Stanley

10am – 4pm | Saturday 25 + Sunday 26 May
Learn how to screen print your own poster in this weekend workshop!

Have an upcoming protest, gig, theatre production, or event that you want to promote? Join local artist Elise Stanley as she shows you how to create your own handmade posters. Over two days Elise will guide you through the process of creating your unique designs, exposing them onto a screen using a UV exposure unit, mixing colours, and printing in Megalo’s state of the art screen printing studio.

Wetlands Narratives: From Lens to Screenprint
with PhotoAccess

10am – 4pm | Saturday 1 + Sunday 2 June
Join us for a partnered workshop with photo access and kickstart your journey into duotone printing guided by expert tutors. In this weekend workshop you’ll explore the wonderland that is Jerrabomberra Wetlands guided by photo access’ own Gabrielle Hall-Lomax. She will be at your service teaching you camera basics to get the most out of your apparatus, be it your smartphone or an actual camera. The second part of the workshop will take place at Megalo Print Studio where expert screen printer Elise Stanley will be your guide. At the end of your workshop, you’ll take home a small edition of handmade duotone prints!

Whether you’re passionate about photography, curious about screen printing, or simply seeking a fresh creative outlet, this workshop warmly invites individuals of all experience levels. Don’t miss out on this remarkable chance to learn from two of Canberra’s most esteemed arts organisations.

Monoprint + Bookmaking with Janet Parker-Smith

10am – 4pm | Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 May
In this workshop you will discover a variety of monoprinting techniques and learn simple bookmaking skills. Using the etching presses you will learn how to create original prints using drawing methods, painterly printing techniques, stenciling and layering. From prints made during the workshop as well as using existing works you will learn how to make bound books that can be used as diaries, drawing books and original art works.

Anni & Josef Albers: Screenprinting workshop with Francis Kenna
in collaboration with the National Gallery of Australia

Workshop 1: Sat 20 – Sun 21 Jul 2024, 10am – 4pm
Workshop 2: Wed 24 – Thu 25 Jul 2024, 10am – 4pm

Draw inspiration from the exhibition and learn the process of multi colour screenprinting in this hands-on workshop with artist, Francis Kenna. Participants will be introduced to a playful and experimental approach to working with colour and screenprinting techniques, with the opportunity to create their own multicolour screenprints inspired by the work of Josef and Anni Albers.

Workshop participants are also invited to join exhibition curator, Imogen Dixon-Smith (Kenneth E. Tyler Curator, International Prints and Drawing) and workshop tutor, Francis Kenna at the Gallery on Friday 19 July for a tour of the exhibition focused on the printmaking materials and techniques used by Josef and Anni Albers to create their works.

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.

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Opportunities + Exhibitions
M.E.S. Geared Etching Press 25HD is available for sale in as-new condition on its own stand, without castors. Bed: 1120mm X 620mm X 16mm thick. Top roller: 165mm diameter. Wheel: 762mm diameter. The M.E.S is available for $5000, for enquiries get in touch with Chris and Michael:
ph. (02) 48461066;
mobile: 04 59261066

Conrad E-15 geared press is available, with an aluminium roller in place of steel. The Conrad E-15 is 6:1 geared and has the star spikes instead of a crank.  The table is also be included for $2000.
For enquiries please get in touch with Grant:

Lisa Jose
5 April – 19 May
Belconnen Arts Centre

Sitting, Standing, Turning
Robbie Karmel
5 April – 8 June
Tuggeranong Arts Centre

4 May – 12 May
Studio Studio, Mitchell

A Sense of Fragility
Allison Barnes
20 – 30 June 2024
CCAS Manuka

Get in touch and let us know about any member opportunities + exhibitions!