Inkmasters is situated on the edge of the Coral Sea in Cairns in Tropical North Queensland and the focal point of a region which reaches north to the Torres Strait, west past the Atherton Tablelands, and south to Townsville. It is renowned for its unique environment and it is the only place in the world where two world heritage areas meet - the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.
Inkfest is an innovative addition to Cairns cultural calendar showcasing the fascinating and diverse artform of printmaking in a wide range of activities and community events. We look forward to once again enjoying our festival of all things print with as many of you as possible.
The principal events were the international juried Inkmasters Print Exhibition 25 June - 25 July 21 in Tank 4, Tanks Arts Centre with 160 prints from around the world and with prize money totalling $24150, and The Big Print Community Event Sunday 27 Jun, Tanks Market Day.
The BIG PRINT 21 began with 15 workshops in Cairns primary and secondary schools, the Home School, 3 remote indigenous communities, ARC Disability artists and Inkmaster artists creating lino blocks up to 2 x 1 metres which combined to make a huge print 30 metres long. It was printed by dancing by a big team of artists, volunteers and spectators led by Get a Move on Creative Movement, Cairns Drums and Dance and ARC Drumbeats. The BIG PRINT was exhibited in Tank 4 to 25 July 21 and in CellArtSpace in Ergon Energy 109 Lake St Cairns where it could be viewed 24/7.
InkFest Artist in residence, Justin Majid delivered workshops for the Big Print and his striking residency work was also shown adjacent to Inkmasters Print Exhibition with Artist in residence Francoise Lane, who also showed her beautiful new lithographs.
Four Troppo Workshops were held at Inkmasters Print Workshop at 55 Greenslopes Street Edge Hill. Participants were invited to show work in "Prints from the workshops exhibition" adjacent to Inkmasters Print Exhibtion and were eligible for two prizes of $250 each.