Griffith Regional Gallery : 13 July to 11 August 2019
Orange Regional Gallery : 4 May to 9 June 2018
Goulburn Regional Art Gallery : 17 November to 13 December 2017
The Southern Tablelands between Sydney and Goulburn has always attracted artists and this was the starting point for this exhibition of contemporary prints by the 25 members of the Southern Highlands printmakers. Participants each chose an artist, ranging from pre-colonial times to the recent past, who had connections to the Southern Highlands area. The brief was loose: to create a print work inspired by some aspect of the life or work of the chosen artist. Artists included painters, sculptors, potters and photographers.
The exhibition had funding support through the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery where it was first exhibited in November 2017. It travelled to the Orange Regional Gallery in June 2019 and then in July to the Griffith Regional Art Gallery. It is accompanied by a catalogue with an excellent critical essay by Dr Anne Sanders.
Mittagong, 5 – 10 January 2015
Drawing Workshop – Sturt Summer School
Marianne is again teaching drawing, this time with an extension into collage, at the Sturt Summer School at Mittagong in the
Southern Highlands of NSW.
The course is almost full so if you’re interested there’s more information here, or go to the Sturt Summer School website here.
Above image: Marianne Courtenay Into the Forest Mixed media – relief and intaglio print, stencil, wash, hand colour, wood, piano components, linen string 155 x 120cm 2013
Artisans in the Garden
Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 October 2014
Marianne and Bev Hogg are showing one of their collaborative sculptures ‘Groundwork III’ in the Artisans in the Gardens Exhibition at the Royal Botanical Gardens. The gardens are at their most beautiful in high spring right now so it’s a great chance to see both the exhibition works and the gardens.
View the Exhibition page here.
Above image: Marianne Courtenay & Bev Hogg Groundwork lll Eucalyptus sticks, sand, water and clay 2013
Collagraph Workshop, Wollongong
August 9 – 11 2014
Marianne rarely gives workshops in printmaking any more so this was a chance to learn some of her own collagraph techniques. It was a terrific group – all with printmaking experience. And over the three days working in Liz Jeneid’s spacious workshop on Mt Kembla, some really lovely work was produced. Great work, great company and great hospitality on Liz’s part! For more information on the workshops Liz organizes at her studio contact Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org www.lizjeneid.net
Above image: Jo Oliver, Mary Louise Wyatt, Marianne Courtenay, Avril Makula, Bettina Purdie, Kathy Atkinson, Elizabeth Muntz
Gallery of prints created during the workshop.
This is a chance to plan ahead. On August 9, 10 and 11 Marianne will be giving a 3 day collagraph workshop at Liz Jeneid’s studio workshop at Mt Kembla, Wollongong.
Collagraph prints have been a particular interest of Marianne’s for many years and this is a rare opportunity to learn some of her techniques in a stimulating and creative environment.
Find out more here…
On the 4th April, Vario the print exchange between members of the Southern Highlands Printmakers, Impress Printmakers in Brisbane, Virtually 6 (Cardiff, UK) and the Hawaiian Print Group opened in the new Impress Gallery at the Impress Printmakers’ new workspace in the old Kedron Sub-station in Brisbane.
Marianne, as President of the Southern Highlands Printmakers, the group that initiated the exchange, gave a brief overview of the project acknowledging in particular the pivotal roles of fellow SHP member Tony Ameneiro and Angela Gardner current president of Impress. This was the 6th time the portfolio has been exhibited and marked a coming home for the Impress Group who have been working for quite some time to set up a working space of their own – and what a space it is – fully equipped as a print workshop and gallery.
The opening was not without new building glitches and at one stage looked as if it might set the record for the first print by candlelight exhibition as the power failed and proceedings got underway courtesy of emergency torches. But the emergency electricians did their thing and the lights came on showing the works to great effect. An excellent crowd enjoyed the exhibition and the new location.
Full sets of the Vario exchange are now held in the collections of the Australian National Gallery and the National Museum of Wales and at the opening Angela was delighted to be able to announce that their full set will now join the collection of the Rockhampton Regional Gallery in North Queensland. And finally a special thank you to Gwenn Tasker and her husband, Angela Garner and John Doyle for the warm hospitality Sandra Shrubb, The SHP’s Secretary, and Marianne received while they were in Brisbane.
Check out Impress Printmakers news including upcoming exhibitions and workshops at www.impress.org.au
‘Art for Mart’ a group exhibition and tribute to the late Martin Sharp at South Hill Gallery, Goulburn has been such a success that it has been extended until Sunday 20th April. There is a wealth of wonderful work in this show and well worth a drive in the country to see!
South Hill Gallery
3 Garroorigang Rd, Goulburn NSW
Imprint magazine ‘Tree in Changing Light’ article
The March issue of ‘Imprint’, the quarterly journal of the Print Council of Australia has a review by Lucia Parrella of the collaborative prints of Marianne Courtenay and Kathryn Orton shown in August last year at the Project Contemporary Artspace in Wollongong.
The Tree in Changing Light
Collaborative prints by Marianne Courtenay and Kathryn Orton by Lucia Parrella, Wollongong-based artist and printmaker.
Exhibition Review page 27 of IMPRINT, Print Council of Australia , Autumn 2014
Read the review here…
Collaborative Sculpture by Marianne Courtenay and Bev Hogg
The sculptural piece ‘Groundwork lll’ has been selected as a finalist in this years Sawmillers Sculpture Prize at McMahons Point, North Sydney.
The exhibition which brings together the work of more than 70 sculptors will be opened Saturday, 8th March at 3.30 by the NSW Govenor, Marie Bashir, and will be open to the public each day until Sunday 16th March.
Above image: Marianne Courtenay & Bev Hogg Groundwork lll Eucalyptus sticks, gravel, clay and water 2013
Dedicated website for Collaborative Exhibition.
All the works in this collaborative series by Marianne Courtenay & Kathryn Orton can now viewed at the new dedicated website.
Click here to visit the new site.
Print Exhibition @ Altenburg and Co. Braidwood
Innovation and Tradition – artworks using print techniques at Altenburg & Co in Braidwood
8th October – 1st December 2013
Some of Marianne Courtenay and Kathryn Orton’s collaborative prints from their series ‘The Tree in Changing Light‘ are on show at the Altenburg and Co. gallery in Braidwood as part of a special print exhibition, ‘Innovation and Tradition‘ curated by Fran Ifould.
The exhibition showcases the work of an impressive line up of artists working with print media, from internationally recognised printmakers to newly emerging artists. There are works by Alison Alder, Marianne Courtenay, Cecile Galiazzo, Basil Hall, Lizzie Hall, Fran Ifould, Liz Jeneid, Ian Marr, Kathryn Orton, Milan Pintos-Lopez, Rose Rickson and Rose Townsend. Cheryl Hannah, owner and director of Hannah-Fyre Gallery opened the show and spoke with passion of her own journey as a print collector, the important place of prints and printmaking in fine arts practice and the diversity and high quality of the work on exhibition. If you are interested in prints and works on paper this is a ‘must see’ show – and it’s on until the 1st December!
View the Exhibition page here.
Sculpture in the Garden, Canberra
What a perfect combination – sunny days, exciting artwork and a beautiful garden! Held over the weekend of the 19th and 20th October, Sculpture in the Garden in the beautiful rural setting of the historic Lambrigg homestead on Canberra’s outskirts was Open Gardens Australia’s inaugural sculpture event and part of wider celebrations for Canberra’s centenary year.
In the words of the catalogue:
“This unique regional event … showcase(d) the works of major local, national and internationally recognised artists in a setting that connects the early history of the Limestone Plains with a spectacular natural landscape. Mature deciduous trees sweep down towards the Murrumbidgee, framing a garden that blends intimate formal spaces with wider views and creating a superb setting for sculpture”
Marianne and Canberra-based ceramic artist Bev Hogg’s showed their collaborative sculpture ‘Groundwork 1′ – an organic construction of tightly stacked and cut eucalyptus branches forming a container-like meditative work. Both Marianne and Bev also had individual smaller works on exhibition.
Robin Archer, Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra and Tamie Fraser, President of open Gardens Australia kicked off proceedings on Thursday evening and over the weekend close to 2,000 people enjoyed the garden and the sculpture. Our thanks go particularly to Neil Hobbs and Bronwyn Blake for their skill and dedication in organising the event, to the weekend’s hosts, Peter and Kate Gullett owners of Lambrigg and last but not least to all those who not only visited but purchased work.
View the Exhibition page here.
Project Contemporary ArtSpace Wollongong Collaborative
prints by Marianne Courtenay & Kathryn Orton
Seek refuge this weekend from politics in a celebration of the natural world. This is the last weekend to catch Marianne and Kathryn Orton’s beautiful collaborative prints at Project ArtSpace in Wollongong.
This is a terrific space and the work looks wonderful filling the whole gallery. An excellent crowd turned up for the artists’ talk and the opening by distinguished author Roger McDonald.
Roger spoke with great insight and sensitivity leading us to yet more ways of seeing ‘The Tree in Changing Light’ and Marianne and Kathy’s work. Thank you Roger.
There are 54 large layered prints – each one unique and incorporating imagery by both artists. A rare opportunity to purchase beautiful contemporary prints at a very competitive price!
Project Art Space
255 Keira St Wollongong
PO Box 5349 Wollongong 2520
Wed – Fri 12-6pm
Collagraph Workshop for the Artists’ Society of Canberra – Day 2
The second and final day of the collagraph workshop Marianne ran for printmaking group members of the Artists’ Society of Canberra (ASOC) was held last Sunday at ASOC’s studio in Canberra.
Making and printing a collagraph with only two days of instruction is quite a hard call but the group really rose to the challenge producing some very pleasing work. Hopefully everyone is fired up to keep going. Collagraphs have so much potential for really imaginative and innovative work. Well done all!
Two-Day collagraph print workshop
Artists’ Society of Canberra (ASOC)
COLLAGRAPH PRINT WORKSHOP – DAY ONE
Last Sunday a keen group of ASOC printmakers gathered at the Society’s light filled studio at Griffith in Canberra for the first of a two-day collagraph workshop with Marianne.
The first day concentrated on making plates and everyone got literally and metaphorically stuck into the process making an interesting variety of plates.
Over the next two weeks participants will have time to finish these and possibly make more ready for the second day on the 2nd of June which will focus on inking up techniques, registration, proofing and printing.
Exhibition at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
A really excellent show – Fair Trade, an exhibition of collaborative work by ex-TAFE Arts and Media teachers from TAFE Goulburn and Moss Vale campuses was nonetheless tinged with sadness. When the idea for this exhibition was formed none of us had any idea that all public funding for the courses we taught would be withdrawn. So the exhibition was in a sense a goodbye. I’ll miss the interaction with fellow teachers, and the students, and the close working relationship our programs had with Director Jane Cush and her team at the Gallery. What a loss all round!
The original idea for the show was for the printmaking teachers on staff – myself, Cecile Galiazzo, Tony Ameneiro, Julie Krone and Kath Orton to collaborate with staff teaching other media to make a portfolio of prints. But the idea grew and evolved and in the end a much more interesting, varied and stimulating exhibition was produced.
Our numbers fell as some of us had other commitments and withdrew, so we ended up with nine artists working in pairs – Cecile and Andy Townsend, Tony Ameneiro and Kim Shannon, Simon Bowley and Britta Stenmanns, Bev Hogg and myself and also Kathy Orton with myself.
Kathy and I – both printmakers, collaborated on a series of one off images of trees each of us overprinting the other’s work. Canberra-based ceramic artist and sculptor Bev Hogg and I after much discussion ended up going in the opposite direction to the original idea. Our sculptural piece made of sticks is in one sense a translation of my mandala prints into three dimensions.
I have not really worked collaboratively before but both experiences have been enormously enriching for me and in both cases we plan to do more together. The gallery has produced a lovely little catalogue. Check it out and watch out for more developments!
View the Exhibition page here.
Marianne, Bev, their sculpture ‘Groundwork’, & Robert Crombie
top: Marianne and Kathy Orton with some of their work at the opening
Southern Highlands Printmakers Exhibition at Sturt Gallery
Hot on the heels of the Nowra exhibition both Marianne Courtenay and Kathy Orton had work in the Southern Highlands Printmakers’ exhibition, Elements, which was opened on Sunday 10th February at Sturt Gallery by Akky van Ogtrop, President of the Print Council of Australia. I think this was the strongest show the group has had for quite some time. One of the most interesting things for me was the presence of a number of three dimensional pieces. Sandra Shrubb, Tony Deigan, Slavica Zivkovic, Britta Stenmanns and Jan Hanrahan all had work that showed different ways of taking prints ‘out of the frame’.
They’ll be a review of the show by free lance curator Gillian McCracken in the Winter edition of Imprint, the journal of the Print Council of Australia. Keep an eye out for it.
View the Exhibition page here.
Exhibition at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, Nowra
The Shoalhaven from Source to Sea, an exhibition of work by Liz Jeneid and Kathryn Orton and I, opened at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre on 4th January. The work in the show grew out of a project the three of us were involved in as part of the Braidwood based 2011 Two Fires Festival. This involved a group of artists making work inspired by the upper Shoalhaven River and its environs and we got so fired up that we just kept on going and explored the full course of the river down to where it meets the sea near Nowra.
Thanks to Fran Ifould who generously offered to stand in for me and hang my work and to Janie Wood from the three of us for the beautiful invitation.
View the Exhibition page here.
above: Marianne, Liz Jeneid and Kathryn Orton with gallery director Tracy Glenn
Drawing Workshop at the 2013 Sturt Summer School
The first workshop of the year, – Making your mark: drawing the world around you, kicked off at the 2013 Sturt Summer School on January 2nd. This was a great group and over the week everyone produced some terrific work. Here we all are – thanks to Howard our photographer – still smiling on the last day!