ABOUT

The longest established publisher of limited edition prints in northern Australia

 

Located within the Casuarina campus of Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Northern Editions collaborated with artists to produce limited edition fine art prints between 1993 - 2014.

Northern Editions' team of printmakers conducted printmaking workshops on campus and in remote communities with artists from across the Top End, Central Australia, the Kimberley and Queensland.

Northern Editions predominately worked through indigenous-governed Aboriginal Art Centres and facilitated printmaking as a viable art form and source of income to hundreds of artists.

Northern Editions have published etchings, silk screen prints, lithographs, japanese woodblocks and linocuts by many of Australia's most famous Aboriginal artists.

Well-known artists who have worked with Northern Editions in the past include the late Rover Thomas, Queenie Mc Kenzie, Prince of Wales, Sally Gabori and Dorothy Napangardi (to name only a few).

 

The artists created the matrix from which the prints were editioned. This involved carving a design into a lino or wooden block, drawing onto a stone (lithograph), painting on a zinc plate (etching), or acetate sheet (screenprint).

The artist collaborated with a senior Northern Editions printmaker who would advise on technical aspects of production.

Each matrix was then editioned by hand in the Northern Editions Printmaking Studio. Each print from an edition was numbered, embossed with the Northern Editions 'chop mark' and signed by the artist. Limited edition prints are considered to be multiple originals.

Visitors, cultural institutions and private collectors from around the world have purchased prints from our comprehensive stock room. Selected Northern Editions prints have achieved investment status and have dramatically increased in value since their publication.

The Charles Darwin University Art Collection and Art Gallery’s permanent holdings feature more than 1,000 limited edition prints. Since 1993, the Collection has been the beneficiary of workshop proofs of prints gifted by Northern Editions Printmaking Studio, its predecessor printmaking studios and workshops, and artist-printmakers who have collaborated with University printers for 21 years. The CDU Art Collection plays a significant role in the preservation and record keeping of prints created through Northern Editions Printmaking Studio.  It also houses prints created or editioned by University printmaking staff from the School of Creative Arts and Humanities.