InkMasters Cairns, a volunteer organization, was established in 2011. We have a broad-based membership of indigenous and non-indigenous, professional and emerging artists. We foster the advancement of Cairns as a centre of printmaking excellence, enhancing the careers of artist printmakers by providing access to shared facilities, professional development opportunities and participation in exhibitions. We also aim to engage the wider community with printmaking as a distinctive form of artistic expression.
InkMasters is innovative and dynamic. We have produced three biennial multi-event festivals of printmaking – InkFest. The fourth will be in 2018.
InkFest includes the large juried international InkMasters Print Exhibition at Tanks Arts Centre. Awards are offered and a substantial catalogue produced. InkFest also delivers the BIG PRINT and other community events such as open studios, artist’s forums and artists-in-residence.
Additional achievements include participating in international travelling exhibitions, and mounting twelve exhibitions in Cairns, two of which travelled widely in Australia. InkMasters has participated in international print conferences, hosted numerous artists-in-residence and skills-based workshops.