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Thursday 30 June 2022
Open 9:00am - 5:00pm

Linocut Printing Workshop

9:30am-12:30pm Sunday 10 July 2022

Linocut Printing Workshop

$100-$120 | Includes Compact Prints registration
Linocut Printing Workshop

Michelle McGuinn’s lino and print from the 2020 Compact Prints Linocut Workshop with Margaret Robertson.

Join Umbrella and artist Margaret Robertson to produce your own edition of four linocut prints. This workshop is part of Umbrella’s 2022 series which will enable participants to learn (or rediscover) basic printmaking techniques and produce artwork for Umbrella’s 11th Compact Prints International Exhibition, Auction and Exchange.

The linocut process involves drawing images onto lino blocks and carving out sections with specialised tools. The raised, uncarved sections of the image are then inked up while the carved lines remain unprinted, negative space within the print.

For each ticket purchased, the participant will receive:
- registration for Compact Prints ($25AU)
- high-quality printmaking paper to produce four prints (and additional paper for misprints)
- the option to submit their best / favourite three prints to Compact Prints and one print for the artist to keep
- a 12 x 12cm piece of lino
- the use of Umbrella’s lino-cutting tools, benches, printing presses and non-toxic inks and cleaning materials
- complimentary morning tea

Participants are required to wear covered footwear and are encouraged to bring their own images (as a 12 x 12cm design) and / or reference materials. Participants can purchase additional high-quality paper and additional lino from Umbrella on the day; however, time restrictions may not allow for more than four prints per person. All other materials will be provided. While led by Margaret, the workshop will also be supported by experienced printmakers from the Umbrella Makerspace Access Group (UMAG). The workshop is suitable for all levels of creative experience.

Limited to 10 spaces (ages 18+) | Bookings close 4pm Friday 8 July 2022 | If you have already paid your Compact Prints registration fee (or if you don’t wish to enter Compact Prints) but would like to attend this workshop, please contact us for a $25 discount code. | This workshop will take place in Umbrella’s downstairs Makerspace at 408 Flinders St (next to Mary Who? Bookshop and opposite Woolworths). Visitors must comply with Umbrella’s COVID-19 Safety Plan and directives.

Margaret Robertson is a Townsville-based artist and printmaker. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts (James Cook University), visual arts degrees and certificates (Townsville College of TAFE) and a Certificate III, Information, Digital Media and Technology (Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE). The artist has run numerous workshops and classes for Umbrella and local arts organisations, including artist book and printmaking workshops. She is a long-standing member of Umbrella's Makerspace Access Group (UMAG) and has been a volunteer Makerspace Facilitator for over 5 years.

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(07) 4772 7109

408 Flinders Street,
Townsville, Qld, 4810 Australia

PO Box 2394,
Townsville, Qld, 4810 Australia

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Acknowledgement of Country

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.


Umbrella acknowledges the financial support of: the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Townsville City Council is proud to support Umbrella's Makerspace operations under its Community Grants program.