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Kate McIlwain
30/07/2009

Exhibition - Ditto: Images in Print

Visitors to the FCA Gallery have a rare chance to see the artworks of talented Creative Arts researchers in the same exhibition, titled Ditto: Images in Print.

The vibrant and diverse art show is an initiative of UOW’s new Centre for Printed Image (CPI), which has been established in the Faculty of Creative Arts as a research centre for photographic, digital and autographic print processes.

At the opening, Coordinator of the CPI and curator, Richard Hook, said the exhibition represented a “modest beginning to a great future” for research into printed media within the Faculty of Creative Arts.

Dean of Creative Arts Professor Amanda Lawson said she was delighted that the exhibition was taking place.

“Our staff only exhibit together about once every two years,” Professor Lawson said. “This exhibition sparks ideas about possibilities for the future, and the way the Faculty engages with the printed image.”

Professor Lawson noted that the Faculty already has strong links to printed works within the existing UOW Art Collection, which houses a significant collection of indigenous Australian prints, and one of the best collections of post-war British and American prints in the country, donated by Melbourne art collector Doug Kagi.

“The Centre for Printed Image allows for a very theoretical discussion about this fertile, expanding field,” Professor Lawson said.

Mr Hook said that one of CPI’s first projects is to make the technique of photogravure – a type of photographic etching and printing first developed in the 1830’s - available again to Australian to photographers and graphic artists.

The process produces high quality photographic prints using traditional copper plate aquatint techniques. To revive this technique, researchers are working with local master printer Thomas Goulder of Duck Print Fine Art Limited Editions in Port Kembla.

The exhibiting researchers in Ditto: Images in Print are Mehmet Adil, Brogan Bunt, Gregor Cullen, Agnieszka Golda, Richard Hook, Garry Jones, Derek Kreckler, Friederike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis, Jo Law, Jacky Redgate, Jo Stirling, Jelle van den Berg and Diana Wood Conroy.

The exhibition runs until 14 August in the FCA Gallery, Faculty of Creative Arts (Bld 25) and is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

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