Call for entries: Works on Paper Award

The Banyule Award for Works on Paper – open to all artists in Australia – is awarded biennially to an outstanding contemporary work on paper.  It is an acquisitive prize, with the winning artwork entered into the Banyule Art Collection.

The Banyule Art Collection is a contemporary collection of art works by leading and emerging Australian artists.  While it includes a range of media it is distinguished by its collection of works on paper and this award capitalises upon this strength by developing this aspect of the collection further.

The theme for the 2019 Banyule Award for Works on Paper is ‘Threshold’.

The world stands at the threshold of change – for better or worse, it’s up to us.
The theme for the award this year calls on artists to submit artworks that express, explore, advocate, or address current social, cultural, political or environmental issues.

For full details, prize pool, entry form, terms & conditions, etc., please click here
NOTE: Entries are open until 30 June 2019

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Artists’ Book Award

2019 acquisitions are currently on display as part of the larger exhibition

Artists’ books are an art form, and every two years since 2011 Manly Library has held an Artists’ Book Award attracting entries from around the world.

All selected works are displayed at The Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Winning works have been purchased as part of the Northern Beaches Libraries’ collection.

Exhibition runs until Sunday 9th June 2019


**Webmaster Note: I’m thrilled that my entry ‘Linear Containment’ was selected and can be viewed, and handled, at the exhibition.

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May get together

On Saturday we had a good turn out at Primrose Park where we took the time to catch-up on some of the creative work our members have been doing recently.

For those who couldn’t attend, and other blog followers, here is an overview of some of the great pieces our members brought to share.

Chris has been spending her time working on both fabric and paper.  Her naturally dyed pieces have been used to create booklets and small wall-hangings.  Her collaged fabrics have added stitched lines and patterns in the vein of Japanese sashiko stitching.  Add to these her lovely hooked rug in a riot of colours and it’s clear she’s been enjoying herself.

Betty is a master of knitted paper and and brought her woven bowl for us to examine.  Made from recycled egg boxes, with other additions to create the speckling, it has been varnished until rigid and has a high sheen.  Carved polystyrene created the inner core of her collaged apple which, despite the colouring, is extremely realistic.

Her larger vessel started with papier maché around a mould, which was then covered with knitted silver tissue paper.  Impossible to get a photo of the interior, it comprised a white and silver lining paper, giving a very professional finish.

Betty has been previously featured on our site with her piece Knitting the Miles Away, her submission to the 2017 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Awards.

These 2 concertina books are a mastery of pen and ink drawing techniques.  Jennifer has used streets and maps as her source to create topographical imagery, enhancing her fine drawn black lines with water-colour.

Where she has created a lengthy mono-colour folded book she has added complimentary ‘stilts’ and a hard-cover front and back.  Two exceptionally fine examples of how the simple folded form can be translated into visually engaging designs.

Using handmade paper Rhonda showed us her recent prints, chine collé, and I think I see rusting and inks on one of her pieces.  Stunning, large works.

Susie brought a wall-hanging she has been working on.  The piece has been created from items belonging to her mother, grandmother and older relatives of friends.  I would call it a keepsake, a remembrance even.  She has included a postcard sent by her brother to her mother, and other meaningful items.

She also showed us a book covering, made for an existing publication (My Amazing Adventure).  The hand-made paper she used was made by another member of our group. Jill, and Susie has stitched into it and bound it to the hard cover of the old book.  She will be removing some of the pages and re-purposing the inside, adding her own art-works.

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Primrose Park Arts & Craft Centre: Official Opening

By Claire Brach

Saturday was the official opening of our refurbished paper-making studio.  Not entirely sure I should be calling it that as we share the space with some other groups , each of whom have a very different focus than ours.  However, I was there in a paper-arts capacity.

On arrival I was thrilled to see how much effort every group had put in to exhibit a wide range of their members skills.  There were some stunning displays of creativity on view.  This post would be enormous if I posted works from everyone so today I’m concentrating on pieces made by members of our own group.

Our exhibition committee, Lou, Ange and Harriet, didn’t have a lot of time to co-ordinate, plan and set-up the display and they also had to take into account the multi-level spaces and high walls in some areas.

View of the mezzanine exhibition space

Having taken charge and set-up our exhibitions over the years they have experience in working with free-standing dimensional works, both large and small, along with wall art and hanging pieces.

I estimate that well over 100 people turned up for the event, probably closer to 130.

Some of the attendees

We were delighted that 4 of our founders – Ruth, Sunny, Juliette and Sherry – were able to join us, as well as Paul Berkemeier.

Dinah Beeston, our current President, with founding member, Ruth Faerber and some of her paper-casting artworks

The centre was officially opened by Jilly Gibson, Mayor of North Sydney Council, and I was very happy to be able to include in my photos the image of a beautiful Joomchi cape created by our member, Mandy Burgess.

Image details, clockwise from top left:
Ron Switzer: President & Treasurer, Primrose Park Photography and President, PPACCI
Jilly Gibson: Mayor of North Sydney
Trent Zimmerman: Federal Member for North Sydney
Martin Ellis: Director, Community & Library Services Division, North Sydney Council

It was a great day and I enjoyed catching-up with some of our members who I haven’t seen for a while and also to meet, for the first time, members of other groups who also use the centre.

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PPA Children’s Papermaking Workshop

Last Wednesday we were delighted to host our first children’s papermaking workshop for 2019.  Run in conjunction with North Sydney Council Bushcare the event was a huge success, with the children creating a wide range of pieces.

Not only did they learn how to form sheets of paper from pulp but also how to colour pulp, add inclusions into the sheets and use many different components to make each piece unique.

As you can see from the photos, there was no shortage of enthusiasm and the results demonstrate what a great time everyone had.

Keep an eye on our Workshop page where we will post details of our next children’s class, as well as all upcoming events for adults.

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Upcoming PPA Workshops

We are delighted to announce two of our upcoming workshops, the first ones to be held in our newly renovated premises at Cremorne.

Saturday 11th May, 2019
Exploring dyes & pigments with Lynne Britton

Lynne will be working with us using dyes to colour both paper and pulp.  We currently have a range of dyes and colorants in the studio to experiment with, and she will also discuss other brands and products we can use to best effect on paper.

As owner of Batik Oetoro in Gatehead (a suburb of Newcastle, NSW), Lynne has a long background working with dyes and has a deep level of knowledge and experience.  So if you’ve never coloured paper or if your results haven’t been what you expected then this might be a great opportunity to acquire some new skills.

Saturday 8th June, 2019
Colour, Composition & Collage with Claire Brach

Whilst in the earlier workshop Lynne concentrates on how to successfully apply colour to paper and pulp this workshop takes you into the world of decision-making; how colours react together, how colour perceptions affect us and how to choose what to use and what to leave out.

Together with Claire we will then take this further by looking at both composition in art and that most subjective of areas; collage.

Guaranteed to be a fun day with lots of interactive exercises, you will leave with a resource folder full of samples that you can refer back to as you work on your own pieces in the future.

Click here for more information on both these workshops, including pricing and booking forms.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Primrose Park Arts & Craft Centre soon.

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Course: Handmade Paper, Collage & Sculptural Forms

National Art School
Winter School 2019
8 July – 12 July 19, Mon – Fri 9:30am – 4.30pm

Discover the distinctive qualities of handmade papers and how to transform them into unique collages and sculptural forms.  Bring a collection of existing images and learn how to make your own paper, explore image-release techniques onto papers and fabrics, and make small functional and non-functional artworks.

Expand your perception of collage and the re-purposing of visual ideas, and be inspired by the exhibition Caught Stealing at the NAS Gallery.

In this workshop Janet Parker-Smith teaches a wide range of techniques, including paper pulp making, paper sculpture using wires, thread and other materials, collage, photographic transfer and the creative combining of images with fabric and paper.

Click here for full details, location, material list, enrolment form and tutor profile.

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