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Monday 15 July 2024

NAFA YOUTH | Stone Lithography Workshop

10am - 3pm Thurs 26 September & 12pm - 5pm Sat 28 September 2024

NAFA YOUTH | Stone Lithography Workshop

$45 | Margaret Robertson
NAFA YOUTH | Stone Lithography Workshop

Margaret Robertson, Wagtail (detail), 2015, lithographic print on paper. 

This workshop provides an exceptional and rare opportunity for Townsville youth to engage with the highly specialised printmaking practice of lithography. The two-day course is an introduction to the fundamentals of the lithographic process and is designed for youth with a strong interest in developing their artistic skills. Under the guidance of a local artist Margaret Robertson, attendees will create an image by drawing directly onto the surface of a lithographic limestone. Participants will learn how to use drawing media such as crayon and tusche to achieve varied marks, washes and tones. Facilitators will assist attendees to prepare the stone for printing by applying an etch and to use Umbrella’s lithography press to produce an edition of prints. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore polyester plate lithography during the course of the workshop.

What to bring

    • Wear closed in shoes
    • Sketches and images to use as reference material
    • Packed lunch and drink bottle

Limited to 8 spaces (ages 15-21) | Bookings close on the Wednesday prior to the Workshop Day at 4pm. | The workshops will take place in Umbrella’s downstairs studio at 408 Flinders St (next to Mary Who? Bookshop and opposite Woolworths). | All bookings subject to Umbrella's workshop and public programs booking policy.


Margaret Robertson is a Gurambilbarra / 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). Margaret has run numerous workshops and classes for Umbrella and local arts organisations, including artist book and printmaking workshops, for people of all ages. She is a long-standing member of Umbrella's Studio Access Group (USAG) and has been a volunteer Studio Facilitator for over 5 years.

Image: Margaret Robertson (left) with Christianna Bento in The Studio. Photograph: Rikaela Rusch.

This program is supported by funding from Townsville City Council.

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(07) 4772 7109

408 Flinders Street,
Gurambilbarra (Townsville),
Qld, 4810 Australia

PO Box 2394,
Gurambilbarra (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 is a Dealer Member of the Indigenous Art Code. This means we are committed to fair and ethical trade with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and transparency in the promotion and sale of artwork. As a Dealer Member and signatory to the Code we must act fairly, honestly, professionally and in good conscience in all direct or indirect dealings with artists.


Umbrella is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.