Castlemaine Art Museum – Experimental Print Prize 2019

In News December 14, 2019

Image: Deborah Williams, Exposed (2019), UV inkjet print on aluminium from photograph taken by the artist, 110 x 146 cm

Congratulations to Rosalind Atkins, Jazmina Cininas, Robert Hague and Deborah Williams who have been shortlisted in the 2019 Experimental Print Prize at Castlemaine Art Museum.

29 artists have been shortlisted from 130 entries. The major new biennial award recognises and celebrates contemporary printmaking in Victoria, with 2019 being the first of three award anticipated exhibitions to be presented in 2019, 2021 and 2023. There is a strong tradition of printmaking in Victoria; this Prize seeks to foster new directions in the field. The prize recognises that experimentation and risk are essential to art. The prize is open to artists living in Victoria, and celebrates innovative approaches to traditional printmaking processes such as intaglio, relief, planographic, digital processes and photography (if included within the printmaking process).

Through the generous support of an anonymous local donor, Castlemaine Art Museum will award: First Prize of $10,000; Highly Recommended $5,000 and Emerging Artist. $3,000.

The 2019 judges are Dr Kylie Banyard, Lecturer, Visual Arts, Visual Arts Coordinator at La Trobe University and Dr Mark Dustin, Head of Drawing and Printmaking at the VCA, Melbourne University, with non-voting Chair, Naomi Cass Director, CAM Renewal.

The official exhibition opening will be on Thursday 5 December, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, with the exhibition running through to May 2020.

Join Naomi Cass Director, CAM Renewal and artists for a conversation in the gallery, Saturday 7 December at 12pm.

For more information, click here.

Deborah Williams – Exposed (2019)

Using a photograph taken of a street dog in the still and eerie hours of the morning on a Balinese beach, Deborah Williams reproduces her image using UV inkjet printed onto aluminium. Williams is a renowned Melbourne-based printmaker who experiments in drypoint and aquatint techniques. 

Robert Hague

Robert Hague is an artist who brings an impeccable skill set to the contemporary scene. Throughout his work, he revels in ambiguity, conveying simultaneously elements of the heavy and light, the fixed and fluid and the brutal and gentle. He works across numerous media including, printmaking, video, painting and installation but with a concentration on sculpture, in both stone and metal.

Rosalind Atkins

Printmaker Rosalind Atkins completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT. Her intricate woodblocks have been included in group exhibitions of printmaking at the Australian Print Workshop in Melbourne and Asialink touring Australia and Asia in 2000. Atkins published an artist book with Lyre Bird Press through the James Cook University in Townsville. Her work is represented in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne and several university and regional galleries including Geelong.


Image: Rosalind Atkins, Paper mills (2017), 92 hand printed photogravure images, edition 5, 8.5 x 17.5 x 2.5cm

Jazmina Cininas – Enter the Lair (2017-19)

Enter the Lair is an interactive artwork that consists of a backdrop of an enlarged reproduction of a Cininas’ linocut, along with props such as masks and ears  which visitors are encouraged to wear and share on social media. This work was first shown at a solo exhibition at the Benalla Art Gallery in 2017-2018. 


Image: Young visitor engaging with Enter the Lair by Jazmina Cininas at Benalla Art Gallery (2017). Photo by Stevo (@stevogram81)