InkFest is unique to city of Cairns - a centre of printmaking excellence. Held at the best time of the year in tropical north Queensland, it comprises many inter-related printmaking activities for artists of all cultural backgrounds and levels. These include indigenous, emerging and established artists, as well as school children who participate in the mega community engagement event - the BIG PRINT.
The principal event is the international juried Inkmasters Print Exhibition in Tank 4, 27 July -19 August 18 (Entries close 14 May) with prize money of over $13000. It is a tour de force of works of Australian and International print media artists including printmakers from our region. The prints may be traditional, contemporary or cross-disciplinary and can be of any size or format. The program for the launch includes a public lecture and awarding of the prizes. Shown adjacent to the major exhibition are New prints from the InkFest Workshops and a display by the Artist in Residence. Prominent InkMasters deliver workshops in a range of techniques. You can help create Big Print T shirts at the Tanks in June and on 14 July at CIAF, you can "drop-in" to Heather Koowootha's Mini Linos Workshop.
The outstanding community event of InkFest is the BIG PRINT. In the weeks leading up to print day on 29 July, the very popular Tanks Market Day, InkMasters conduct print workshops in Cairns primary and secondary schools and indigenous communities. Then it's GET READY TO ROLL when the blocks are printed all at once in a long line c. 20 x 1 metres, with a unique printing device and a big team of printmakers, school students and spectators local and visitors. Check out the videos for 2014 and 2016. This year the print will be danced into being by artists and audience to the music of Cairns Pan Stars Steel Band. The BIG PRINT then shows at Cell Art Space Gallery, 109 Lake St and later travels to schools and communities.
Wherever you are in the world, please come and join us for InkFest 2018 – there is something in the festival for everyone!