Prints Pack a Punch

A work-in-progress of Sandy Fisher's print, set to appear as part of Umbrella Studio contemporary arts' Compact Prints exhibition this Friday night.

The ninth biennial Compact Prints exhibition opens at Umbrella Studio contemporary arts this Friday, showcasing a record 182 prints from 130 local, national and international artists.

The exhibition involves participants submitting two prints of the same edition on a 12 x 12cm square of paper – one print is displayed in a CD case at the gallery before being exchanged with another artist at the conclusion of the exhibition, while the other is sold to the highest bidder at the annual Compact Prints Auction, with funds raised going towards Umbrella’s running costs.

2018 will mark local artist Sandy Fisher’s fifth time involved in Compact Prints.

“My first time participating in Compact Prints was as a Tafe student in 2010, so I’ve definitely seen my work change from what I studied through to predominantly focusing on animals now,” Sandy said.

“My background has always combined science and art. Since working at a zoo before I moved to Townsville, I’ve done scientific illustration and have now let that translate into my prints.”

A unique – and hotly-contested – part of the Compact Prints exhibition is the auction.

“I’d never heard of an auction as part of an exhibition before, as usually one or two pieces of work are bought over an entire exhibition. But right there that night, every artwork will be sold, which is so exciting.

“I love being part of the local printing community and Compact Prints is a great opportunity to be involved with not just local artists but national and international artists, which doesn’t happen very often.”

Catch the launch of Compact Prints 2018 at Umbrella Studio contemporary arts this Friday night from 6pm, with the Compact Prints Auction to be held from 6pm on 24 August.

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