The longest established publisher of limited edition prints in northern Australia
Located within the Casuarina campus of Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Northern Editions has been collaborating with artists to produce limited edition fine art prints since 1993.
Northern Editions' team of printmakers conduct printmaking workshops on campus and in remote communities with artists from across the Top End, Central Australia, the Kimberley and Queensland.
The Northern Editions staff are renowned for their wide range of technical expertise, quality printing and ability to provide comprehensive consultation with collaborating artists.
Northern Editions predominately works through indigenous-governed Aboriginal Art Centres and has facilitated the medium of printmaking to be introduced as a viable alternative art form and source of income to hundreds of 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 create the matrix from which the prints are editioned. This involves carving a design into a lino or wooden block, drawing on a stone (lithography), painting on a zinc plate (etching) or acetate sheet (screenprint).
The artist collaborates with a senior printmaker who advices on technical aspects of production.
Each matrix is then editioned by hand by a skilled printmaker. The finalised artwork is numbered, embossed with the Northern Editions "chop mark" and signed by the artist. Limited edition prints are considered 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 more
than 17 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.
See: In Print exhibition link: http://www.cdu.edu.au/advancement/artcollection/exhibitions.html
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