Adelaide, Bittondi, Hallett Cove, The Waterhouse, Dorrit, Barbara... and much more...

I have recently returned from an extended trip to Adelaide where I felt very privileged to be able to print at the Bittondi Printmakers Association studio in Aberfoyle Park. I made the above book the Hallett Cove (re)collection. The cover, pictured above, is made by over-printing the two blocks used for the book parts. I was also able to do some experimenting for upcoming prints about the same park. (Many thanks to the lovely people at Bittondi for making me so welcome)

Hallett Cove Conservation Park is an important geological site on the southern suburban coast of Adelaide that was opened in the late 1970s, and which I first visited as an art student in the early 1980s.

One of my favourite landforms at the park is the Sugarloaf (pictured below) a sandstone formation where the layers of colour are immediately evident, pinks, yellows, browns and purples. Unfortunately, on my first visit to the park soon after I arrived in Adelaide, there was evidence of someone leaving the assigned boardwalk and attempting to climb up one side and down the other, leaving great pink/purple gashes of sliding footprints. But thankfully by my return visit two weeks later these had mostly eroded from the site after the intervening rains. This also served to show the ever-changing nature of this beautiful landscape and its evocation of the great themes of life and death and the passing of time. (Black Cliff, Hallett Cove, pictured at the end of this post)

While in Adelaide I was also able to take part in some Bittondi Printmakers member exhibitions, to coincide with the annual SALA festival. Here's a link to a post about the show and the historic gallery in Torrensville in which it's held.

And other exhibition highlights were of course the Dorrit Black retrospective at the Art Gallery of South Australia and The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the South Australian Museum.

But the biggest highlight for me was the Barbara Hanrahan Studio. Changing exhibitions are held in the gallery/studio at the rear, and sometimes the house is also open which contains over 250 of Barbara Hanrahan's works on display in every room, on every available wall space. The house was open for a couple of viewings during the SALA Festival and I spent a happy hour there with a Bittondi friend, in the quiet, reverential home that Hanrahan shared with her partner.

See links in the previous post, for exhibitions in Adelaide (and elsewhere) that I am currently involved in.

Exhibiting - Both Near and Far

Over the next couple of months I will have work in several group exhibitions, see below for the full list of dates and locations. I'm looking forward to sending my work over the country and overseas.

Inked 2: Bittondi Printmakers Association
Urban Cow Studio
11 Frome Street
Adelaide, South Australia
2nd July to 2nd August
Opening: Wednesday 2nd July, 6pm to 8pm
Monday to Thursday 9am to 6pm, Friday 9am to 9pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm

Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery Acquisitive Art Prize
St. Vincent's Gallery
St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
Ground Floor
Daly Wing
35 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy, Victoria
1st to 27th August
Opening and Announcement of Prizewinners: Monday 18th August, 5pm
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Inkmasters 2014 
Tanks Arts Centre
46 Collins Avenue
Edge Hill
Cairns, Queensland
1st to 24th August
Opening and Announcement of Prizewinners: Friday 1st August 6pm
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm

Catalyst: Bittondi Printmakers Association
Mrs Harris' Shop Gallery
36 Jervois Street
Torrensville, Adelaide, South Australia
1st to 31st August
Opening: Friday 1st August
Saturday to Sunday 11am to 3pm

Compact Prints 2014
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts
482 Flinders Street
Townsville, Queensland
15th August to 22nd September
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 9am to 1pm

Postcards from the North and South (Print Exchange with PressNorth Printmakers in Townsville and Cork Printmakers in Ireland)
Firestation Print Studio
2 Willis Street
Armadale, Victoria
20th August to 7th September
Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm

Umbrella Studio
482 Flinders Street
Townsville, Queensland
15th August to 22st September
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 9am to 1pm

Cork Printmakers
Wandesford Quay
Clarke's Bridge
Cork City

Image details:
linocut with hand stitching and paper cutting
10.3cm x 15.3cm
purple forest block printed on an etching press, Rives BFK 250gsm
blue leaf block hand printed, Gampi Silk Tissue, white embroidery thread