First Editions

First Editions is an exhibition of limited edition prints
by nine Fijian Artists at the
Australian Print Workshop Gallery in Melbourne

urbanviti.firsteditions.wasawasa‘Wasawasa’ [detail] linocut by Ben Fong

This exhibition showcases a selection of limited edition linocuts; the First Editions resulting from Australian Print Workshop’s collaboration with Artists associated with the Oceania Centre for the Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies located at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.

Since the early 1990s, Australian Print Workshop has transported the workshop from its metropolitan Melbourne base, to locations around Australia and overseas.

The Workshop’s sustained engagement with Artists living in remote and regional communities has been far reaching, and led to the invitation for Australian Print Workshop staff to travel to Fiji to work with a core group of professional Artists associated with the Oceania Centre for the Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies.

Established in 1997 by Pacific philosopher and academic, the late Professor ‘Epeli Hau’ofa, the Oceania Centre’s visual arts community is made up of carvers, sculptors and painters.


Australian Print Workshop Printer Simon White conducting a printmaking workshop with Oceania Centre artists in Suva, Fiji

Prior to Australian Print Workshop’s association with the Centre, printmaking was not practiced. With a long tradition of carving and painted decoration, the art of Fiji Islanders translates beautifully to the graphic art of printmaking.

Australian Print Workshop first visited the Oceania Centre in May 2012, with the primary focus of overseeing and assisting in the establishment of a small printmaking facility at the Centre and to introduce the art of printmaking to local Artists.

In April 2013, Australian Print Workshop returned to conduct a follow-up workshop for Artists and to assist in the production of a body of work for public exhibition.

Exhibiting artists include: Esala Talebula Caucau, Tomasi Domomate, Ben Fong, Paula Ligairua, Nemani Nabalarua, Kamla Naidu, Josaia McNamara, Ledua Peni and Josua Toganivalu.

Ben Fong and Ledua Peni will be in Melbourne for the opening of their exhibition, and will spend two-weeks at Australian Print Workshop, working alongside the Workshop’s Printers to gain experience and to learn more about the technical aspects of fine art printing.

For those in Suva 2nd Edition Oceania Centre Prints exhibition is on until 16 August 2013 at the Gallery of Oceanian Art at the University of the South Pacific. Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm.

First Editions

10 August – 14 September 2013
Australian Print Workshop Gallery

Opening 2pm-4pm Saturday 10 August 2013

210 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia

Gallery open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm.




Source: Australian Print Workshop

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