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Perth’s newest art space opens its doors with an international exhibition

Tuesday, 02 August 2011

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A showcase of contemporary printmaking by more than 100 artists from seven universities around the world is the first exhibition in the new Spectrum Project Space at Edith Cowan University (ECU).

Global Echo features more than 120 works from universities across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and ECU.

Participating in this exchange project are 20 ECU Visual Arts staff and students, as well as participants from the ECU School of Communications and Arts Open Bite printmaking program. 

Artists have produced multiple editions of their artworks for exhibition at each of the participating universities. This provides ECU students and staff with significant international exposure.

With its diverse range of works, Global Echo demonstrates the constantly evolving nature of printmaking by exhibiting a broad mix of techniques, including lithography, screen printing, artists books, digital photographic prints, linocuts, woodcuts, etchings, zines and hybrid methods.

Coordinator of Global Echo, Paul Uhlmann said:

“This is a marvellous opportunity to see a cross-section of international contemporary printmaking and the innovative approaches unfolding in art schools and universities across the world.”

Global Echo marks the return of Spectrum to the Perth art scene after an 18-month hiatus. It originally occupied a building in Northbridge until its closure in 2008.

It is now a purpose built, $520,000 venue on ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus. But it retains its focus on emerging artists, experimental artworks and celebrating the creative process.

Spectrum Project Space will also continue to showcase the work of ECU staff and students and provide them with invaluable experience in planning and executing exhibitions.

Head of the School of Communications and Arts, Professor Clive Barstow, said:

“Spectrum is like a training ground for many emerging artists and creatives. With the support of ECU, they learn how to install and present their work to the public in a professional exhibition space. It is a unique concept and works range from performance, visual arts, photography, poetry, creative writing, and design.”

The official launch of Spectrum – and the opening of Global Echo – will take place on Thursday, 4 August 2011 from 6pm.


Global Echo exhibition opening details:
Opening event: Thursday, 4 August 2011, 6pm
Exhibition: Friday, 5 August until Wednesday 24th August
Opening hours: 10am until 6pm weekdays (not open weekends)

Participating artists from ECU:

Amanda Allerding, Andrea Wood, Clive Barstow, Danielle Fusco, Igor Mihajlovic,
Jess Tan, Jill Ciemitis,,Kimberley Pace, Lisa Businovski, Lorraine Featherston,
Louisa Hansal,Malcolm Cunningham, Nathan Peake, Paul Uhlmann, Rebecca Atkinson
Rebecca Nidof, Robyn Laycock, Ruth Halbert, Sarah Robinson, Vanessa Wallace

Participating Universities:
• School of Art, Design & Performance, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
• Fine Art Printmaking, Wirral Metropolitan College, Birkenhead, UK
• Brigham Young University, Department of Visual Arts, Utah, USA
School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
• Fine Arts Department, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada
• The New School for Design, New York, USA

Additional information:
Printmaking is at the forefront of the Australian arts landscape in 2011, with several significant print makers events taking place in Western Australia and Victoria.

From July, the Art Gallery of Western Australia will exhibit “Plates, Blocks and Stones: 5 Centuries of international print years of prints”, followed in September by Impact 7 the international printmaking conference taking place in Melbourne including works commissioned by three Global Echo artists and ECU students Rebecca Atkinson, and Katie West and staff member Paul Uhlmann.

Also running from September to November is the prestigious national Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2011 in Fremantle, Western Australia.

About the ECU Open Bite program:
The Open Bite program is an open access print workshop run within the Printmaking Studio in The school of Communication and Contemporary Arts, Edith Cowan University. http://www.scca.ecu.edu.au/projects/openbite/obabout.html

About Spectrum Project Space:
Spectrum Project Space is an initiative of ECU’s School of Communications and Arts. It features 188 square metres of floor space, LED lighting, environmentally-friendly floor paint, a light tracking system and state-of-the-art audio. It will officially open on Thursday, 4 August 2011.

Spectrum Project Space offers opportunities for creative research across visual and performing arts, design and media and text and sound, generated by artists and academics associated with the School of Communications and Arts and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), as well as artists from the wider community.

Spectrum is open weekdays from 10.00am - 6:00pm with special weekend openings and events. Exhibitions can be viewed after hours by appointment.

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