Hi, I’m Stephen Spurrier. I run the Printmaking studios here at USQ.
We cover a range of media from etchings, to lino cuts. We also do a lot of screen printing – here is an example of one of student’s screens. We also make a lot of artists’ books here which is not always done at a lot of universities. They come in various forms. They might be in concertina form or they might be in a traditional sewn form, a range of sizes and different media. These are some of the prints that our students have been making recently – lino cut, etching.
We also participate in an exchange project with other universities in Australia, for example, RMIT, National Art School in Sydney, whereby students end up with a folio of prints. It also gives them a great opportunity to show their work at other universities and become a part of that collection.
We are also very involved in workplace, health and safety, for example if there are any toxic materials we always use respirators but have had a policy of using non-toxic materials over the years.
So, all of these things combine to give our students a lot of opportunities to become professional artists, to exhibit interstate and to work in a safe environment.