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Artist-run workshops


Peter McLean / Floating Above the Falls 2013 / Monotype print on paper, ed. 1/1 / © Peter McLean / Image courtesy: The artist


Peter McLean / Finding My Way 2008 / Woodcut print on paper, ed. 1/3 / © Peter McLean / Image courtesy: The artist

Meet and work with contemporary artists during specially-developed hands-on workshops.


Linking to the recently opened exhibition ‘Hanga: Modern Japanese Prints’ in QAG, we will be offering a series of four workshops, each introducing a different printmaking technique, with Brisbane artist, Peter McLean. Particularly known for his wood engravings, Peter exhibits regularly, has undertaken international residencies, and taught at the National Art School, Sydney, the Australian National University School of Art, Megalo Print Studio, Canberra and Impress Printmakers Studio, Brisbane. His work investigates the connection between emotion and landscape and often incorporates natural and found materials into his work. The following printmaking techniques will be explored in workshops: collograph, monotype, woodblock and drypoint.

Printmaking Workshop: Collographs
Saturday 4 October | 12noon-5.00pm | GOMA

Collographs are printed from plates built up like a collage. Peter will introduce participants to a method that enables plates to be created very quickly and easily, before exploring different ways of printing to create varied results. RSVP by 25 September.

Please note: this workshop is SOLD OUT  

Printmaking Workshop: Monotypes
Saturday 22 November | 12noon-5.00pm | GOMA

Often referred to as ‘painterly’ printmaking, monotypes are made by drawing or painting with ink on a smooth surface before transferring the image to paper. Unlike other printmaking techniques, the resulting image is a ‘one off’ that cannot be repeated. RSVP by 6 November.

Please note: this workshop is SOLD OUT 

Printmaking Workshop: Woodblock
Saturday 6 December | 12noon-5.00pm | GOMA

Create bold and graphic work using the very tactile traditional technique of woodcut relief printing. Suitable for printing with or without a press, woodcut is a printmaking technique that can be done almost anywhere. RSVP by 27 November

Please note: this workshop is SOLD OUT  

Printmaking Workshop: Drypoint
Saturday 7 February | 12noon-5.00pm | GOMA

Drypoint etching is a great way to begin to explore intaglio printmaking (a process that uses an etched or engraved plate) with a simple and direct technique which gives a fine and detailed result with a direct relationship to the hand drawn mark. Bookings open in early November - register your interest at any time.

Please note: this workshop is SOLD OUT  

Bookings required / One workshop $55 Members / $65 Non-Members / All four workshops $185 Members / $225 Non-Members / Includes afternoon tea and all materials / No experience required. / Book online or call (07) 3840 7278


Saturday 24 January | 9.30-11.30am and 2.00-4.00pm | GOMA
Tour the incredible avant-garde garments in ‘Future Beauty’ with design duo Paula Dunlop and Madeleine King from The Good Object before taking part in an informative, hands-on workshop. Working in pairs, you will learn to create beautiful voluminous forms like a couturier, using conventional fabrics in unconventional ways and be introduced to some fun and easy techniques for making your own avant-garde garment. No drawing or sewing skills required. Cost includes exhibition entry, floortalk, workshop materials and your very own miniature garment on a cute custom coat hanger to take home. Suitable for ages 13 and over. 

Bookings required / $65 Members / $80 Non-Members / Book online or call (07) 3840 7278 to RSVP by 9 January 


Thursday 12 February | 2.00-5.00pm | GOMA
Saturday 14 February | 2.00-5.00pm | GOMA

Tsumami Zaiku is a traditional Japanese craft that involves using small, square-cut pieces of cloth that are pinched and folded to create decorative objects. One common design is the beautiful Kanzashi flower, which can be used as hair ornamentation or jewellery. Create your own ‘Future Beauty’ Kanzashi flowers in a special hands-on workshop with local artist Mabina Alaka, who will be generously sharing her knowledge and skills to help you create a unique, contemporary piece to take home. No experience necessary. Cost includes workshop materials and refreshments. Suitable for ages 13 and up.  

Bookings required / $35 Members / $45 Non-Members / Book online or call (07) 3840 7278 to RSVP by 28 January