Port Jackson Press is launching a fantastic new printmaking studio and exhibition space, the Centre for Australian Printmaking. Since its establishment in 1975 as a limited edition print publisher and distributor, PJP has published significant editions by some of Australia's most highly regarding artists, while also collaborating successfully with those on the cutting edge of contemporary printmaking. The new PJP Centre for Australian Printmaking was born out of the desire for a larger printmaking studio and gallery space, and the opportunity to house both in one location.
The current PJP Print Room at 61 Smith Street Fitzroy will still remain, but will be scaled down to a smaller space which functions more as a traditional print room, with no exhibitions as such. The printmaking studio, which is currently in Gore Street, Fitzroy, will be relocated to the new Centre in Collingwood, a warehouse large enough to also provide an excellent space for a lively exhibiting program. Housing the studio and print gallery together will provide an opportunity for the public to view prints being made first hand, enhancing the understanding of printmaking processes, and the progression from plate to finished artwork hanging in the gallery. We are also planning a busy schedule of open access talks and practical demonstrations that have an educational focus on some of the many different forms of printmaking.
The Centre will be launched on October 13, in conjunction with the opening of “The Girlie Werewolf Project: Heretics and Hirsute Heroines” a solo exhibition of well-known printmaker Jazmina Cininas' stunning works. This will feature Jazmina's most recent work, Ann of Meremoiza, 1623 published by Port Jackson Press using the painstaking technique of reduction linocut, which has taken over three months in the studio to complete.