Prints, Printmaking and Philanthropy

Forum Lecture Theatre, Room 153, Arts West (Building 148), University of Melbourne Parkville campus.


This symposium, Prints, Printmaking and Philanthropy, celebrates 50 years of The Harold Wright and The Sarah and William Holmes Scholarships by focussing on three broad themes - print exhibitions, print collections and print presses – and seeks to trace the influence of philanthropy in shaping Australasian print culture. In one of the largest gatherings of print scholars, curators, artists and printmakers ever seen in Australia, a range of topics will be addressed from historical and contemporary perspectives. These include: the complex links between Australia and Britain’s print networks, experimentation in ‘DIY’ print practices, local post-war print communities in Melbourne, examinations of the habits of print collectors, the latest in-depth research on eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century printed images and their provenance, as well as a major focus on the evolving role of the master-print workshop in an Australian context. More