Photograph by Martin Smith from the Lines in the Sand 2012 arts festival
Migaloo Press evolved through a group of women with common interests through their love of art and printmaking. Many of us have known each other for years, but there are some newcomers to the group too. Individually we enjoy a diverse range of artistic practises, including painting and drawing, photography, assemblage, collage, ceramics, gold and silver smithing, paper making/fibre art and artist books/book binding, to name a few. We are brought together by our love of printmaking and all things related to print and the friendships that we have developed over years of working and exhibiting together.
After working together for several years in group shows we decided it was about time that we gave ourselves a name, this took several tries, but eventually in mid-2016 we came up with something we all liked - Migaloo Press. The name was inspired through our connections to Lines in the Sand and North Stradbroke Island and of course by Migaloo, the white whale who travels up and down the East Coast past Straddie each year. Like the whales, we get together at certain times and then go off and do our own thing, the ‘white’ relates to the white of the paper, which every printmaker starts with, and the migration relates to our collective love of travel and the ocean/island environment around the Moreton Bay region. We are also aligned with Lines in the Sand and will be operating as part of that organisation. We will be running workshops and sharing skills days on a regular basis from the Brisbane Visual Arts Community in Tarragindi from Mid-2017.
Founding members are:-
General members are:-
Anna Bonshek, Kay Watanabe, Sue Poggioli, Geraldine Connelly, Sue Christie, Marianne Wobcke, Glennys Briggs, Jo St Baker, Vanessa Cox, Jude Roberts, Jay Dee Dearness, Susanne Schroder
Our aim is to promote printmaking in all its forms, in a safe, affordable and enjoyable environment, and to offer exhibitions and other opportunities related to promoting a successful arts practise.