InkMasters Cairns

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Inkmasters Print Exhibition 2018

A tour de force of original prints by national and international artists, the exhibition is the standout event of InkFest biennial festival celebrating Cairns as a centre of printmaking excellence.

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Inkmasters Print Exhibition attracts innovative approaches to print media for a large, juried exhibition in the unique Tanks Arts Centre venue, 27 Jul -19 Aug. Independent judges award prizes for works selected from shortlisted entries. Aspects of the project are funded, but we are raising funds for the awards. Significant awards attract entries from the best and most ambitious national and international artists, and contribute greatly to the quality of the exhibition. About 100 prints will be shortlisted and professionally displayed. Entry to the exhibition venue is free, and the exhibition is seen by 6-7000 people – local viewers and visitors to the area. A substantial catalogue is produced to provide a lasting record of the event.

It is important for artists and art-lovers in a relatively remote area such as Cairns to see and appreciate the works of local artists in the wider context of the national and international art-world. Inkmasters has helped to establish Cairns as a hub of printmaking activity, with indigenous and non-indigenous artists collaborating and sharing facilities and expertise. InkFest, with its community engagement activities, and the Inkmasters Print Exhibition in particular, cement and extend this reputation for printmaking excellence. Our event promotes artistic endeavour and encourages cultural tourism in the region. We seek awards totalling $15,000 for the Inkmasters Print Exhibition in order to put the event on a footing similar to other major printmaking awards in Australia, thus ensuring the highest quality of entries and most successful exhibition outcome possible.

Donations to the project will be used for several non-acquisitive awards for works selected by the independent judges for their conceptual and technical excellence. The awards will be announced at the launch of the exhibition on Fri 27 Jul after a short presentation on contemporary printmaking by a special guest speaker. Information about Inkmasters Cairns, our achievements and activities can be found on our website:
Entries for the InkMasters Print Exhibition are open now. The Entry Form and details can be found here:
The exhibition is widely promoted in print and electronic media as well as Tanks Arts Centre promotions, and archived in the enduring form of a catalogue that includes an entry and image for each shortlisted artist. All artists receive a catalogue.

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.