Megalo Newsletter | Nov 2021

Megalo November Newslatter

by | 9 Nov 2021 | Blog post

Dear Megalo friends,

After a long and difficult lockdown for our print community, Megalo Print Studio is now ready to welcome you back into the studios!  We opened our doors on October 29 just in time for our annual members’ show, now on view in the Megalo gallery.

Tranformation: Megalo Members’ Exhibition is on now in the gallery, showcasing the work of our wonderful members, and our Lithography Online Exhibition has gone live on the website.  We are very excited that our schedule of classes + workshops has restarted as well.  Also, our call out for Carved: Thor’s Hammer + Megalo ends this month, so make sure you get your submission in before its too late.

For the safety of our community of members, public and staff, we have implemented some changes in accordance with ACT Government public health directions.  Access to Megalo studios and equipment is limited so bookings are essential.  In case you missed it, all current Megalo memberships have been extended by three months to make up for lost time in the studio.  More information on our safety protocols is available on our website here – and bookings can be made here.

Best wishes from the Megalo Team

Congratulations to Megalo staff Max and Sam for recently winning the Waverley Art Prize and the National Capital Art Prize!Press Studio Manager Maximilian Gosling has been awarded the Waverley Art Prize in the category for Traditional Printmaking for his etching and aquatint The Onion Farmer’s House.

And Technical Officer Samantha Corbett has won the inaugural National Capital Art Prize in the Student category for her painting We all waited for it to pass.

Left: Maximilian Gosling, The onion farmer’s house, 2021
Right: Samantha Corbett, We all waited for it to pass, 2020

The end of the year is fast approaching with Saturday the 11th of December being the last day to access the studios.  If you have work or equipment stored in the studios, you must clear them out before we start our end of year clean up.  This includes drawers and lockers, pigeon holes in the screen studio, and print club drawers.  All materials left by members will be disposed of to allow staff to adequately clean the studio and prepare for 2022. Please contact the studio managers (Alex or Max if there are any issues.

Keep an eye out for an email from the studio managers- they will be contacting members with items in the studios in the next week or so.

Transformation: Megalo Members’ Exhibition 2021
30 October – 11 DecemberThe members’ show is back! This year our members’ exhibition takes on the theme of Transformation, featuring traditional and contemporary screenprints, relief, intaglio and lithographs by Megalo members.

The exhibition continues until Saturday 11 December.
Open 9.30 – 5 // Tuesday – Saturday

Image: Giancarlo Savaris, They shall not pass, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist

Carved: Thor’s Hammer + Megalo

Megalo Print Studio and Thor’s Hammer are delighted to call for expressions of interest for our new collaborative exhibition project, to be shown at the Thor’s Hammer Mixing Room Gallery in August 2022. We invite artists to explore the salvaged and recycled timbers of Thor’s Hammer, and to develop new works in print media that use these timbers as matrix, surface, support, or inspiration.

Artists are welcome to submit applications in all print media techniques and disciplines; and we encourage applications that respond to the creative reuse of materials, and the need for innovation and adaptation as ecological responsibilities.  Selected artists will be provided with access to Thor’s Hammer inventory in early 2022.

Our final online exhibition for the year is now live on the Megalo website.  Celebrating the art of lithography, this exhibition featuring 30 contemporary printmakers working from around the world working with a range of lithographic techniques.  Head to the website to view the exhibition now.

Lithography Online Exhibition continues until Friday 17 December.

Peter McLean, California Vista, 2011.  Image courtesy of the artist

with John Hart |  13 + 20 November

Perfect for beginners or those wanting to brush up their skills. 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. One of our most popular classes and a fantastic grounding for the Screen Studio!

with Peter McLean | 4 + 5 DecemberWood engraving is a form of relief print that enables the creation of highly detailed, yet graphic images, usually on a small scale. Prints can be produced without a press and using only a small number of specialised tools, so it is suitable for those without a large studio space or budget. This two-day, hands on workshop exploring the art of wood engraving is suitable for beginners or those with some prior printmaking experience who want to explore a new technique.

To see the full program of scheduled classes and workshops, go to the Megalo website.


M16 Artspace
26 November – 6 December