History

InkMasters Cairns Inc established 2011

InkMasters is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization located in a remote area of northern Australia. We have a broad-based membership, including indigenous and non-indigenous professional, emerging and new artists and non-artists as well. Since establishment, our committee has included members of the indigenous community and has an indigenous advisor, and we have provided artists and the broader community with access to specialised printmaking facilities, equipment and expertise.

Inkmasters aims to facilitate the social and transformative experience of art within our community and through this to also promote reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance between the peoples in our region and the wider community. We have a long history of running workshops for community groups including indigenous communities and organizations and schools. We deliver regular printmaking courses and other activities for beginners through to masterclasses. Our workshop provides screen printing, intaglio,relief and lithography facilities and is open access.

We are an innovative and dynamic organization with a strong track record. We have produced four biennial multi-event InkFests including the juried international InkMasters Print Exhibition with sponsored prizes of $15000 in 2018. InkFest also delivers the BIG PRINT community event as well as bus tours to studios, public forums, artists-in-residence and other print related happenings.

InkMasters has participated in international print conferences, hosted several artists-in-residence and delivered many skills-based workshops. Individual InkMasters exhibit regularly at home and abroad in solo and group shows.

While the majority of our activities are self-funded, we are grateful for the backing of private and government entities and individuals who have provided such generous financial and in-kind support since our inception. Our members are to be commended for their continued commitment to the organization and to our aims.

And wherever you are in the world, artists are invited to enter the InkMasters Biennial Print Exhibition, and if at all possible, to join us at the next InkFest!

Please donate! To support our community open access studio and program. Donations $2+ are Tax Deductible