What better place to have a festival of print! InkFest is unique to city of Cairns - a centre of printmaking excellence. Held in winter, the best time of the year in the tropics, it comprises many inter-related printmaking activities for artists of all cultural backgrounds and levels. These include indigenous, emerging and established artists.
The two principal events are the international juried Inkmasters Print Exhibition showing 100 prints from around the world and The Big Print community event both delivered at Tanks Arts Centre July-August.
Linocut Workshops were held in Cairns schools and Girringun, Yarrabah, and Wujal Wujal communities to create the 20 x 1 metre Big Print, with a big team of volunteer printmakers, friends and the audience who printdanced the work into being to the great music of the Cairns Pan Stars Steel Orchestra Band led by the Belly Dazzlers.The Print exhibited at Cell Art Space for three weeks.
We sincerely thank all our entrants, sponsors, supporters and volunteers: The Queensland Government through the Dept of Premier and Cabinet and Arts Queensland, and the Cairns Regional Council through their Regional Events grant and once again, the amazing staff at Tanks. Thanks also to REACH who once again supported the Big Print and to the sponsors of the exhibition prizes: Dr Raya Mayo, Corsair Management, Robert Clarke Builders, Central Queensland University, Australia Cultural Foundation through the Boost Grant, TPG Architects, R and F Steel Building, Auxiliary Designs and two anonymous donors.