Image: FAC Print Award Forum with Dr Ric Spencer. Photography by Jessica Wyld

FAC’s annual Print Award Forum is an important industry platform to discuss contemporary issues surrounding the printmaking medium. In 2018 the forum adopts a new model, presenting a series of conversations over the course of the exhibition. The talks feature personal stories and craft insights from industry professionals; an examination of the current state of print making and predictions for the future; and discussion of how the works in this year’s Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award supported by Little Creatures Brewing represent the current state of print making in Australia.

Join us on Sat 15 Sep for Sliding Spaces, the first talk in the series.

Led by FAC Curator Dr Ric Spencer, this short, sharp, open-mic style artist talk will offer a fascinating glimpse into the minds of some of this year’s most exciting print makers. Finalists selected for this year’s FAC Print Award supported by Little Creatures Brewing, including the winner, will discuss their work in the context of their broader practice.

Master storyteller and 2018 judge Ron Bradfield will also be on hand to offer insights into the judges perspective and why the winning works stood out. Ron is of the Bardi peoples from the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, between Broome and Derby, but grew up in Yamaji country (Geraldton). He now resides in Whadjuk Boodja (Perth) of the Noongar Nations.

As an Aboriginal man Ron believes ‘mark-making’ to be both an incredibly personal and telling experience. Making marks with purpose – matters, and has done so in this nation for thousands of years.