Cicada Press was established by its Director Michael Kempson at the College of Fine Arts, The University of NSW in 2004 to foster research projects that facilitate a diverse contemporary dialogue and promote the broad methodological potential of printmaking practice.
For students at COFA the Cicada Press Workshop is an educationally focussed custom printing model that has an emphasis on open dialogue, broad relationships with the artistic community, informal teaching processes with a constant that highlights the importance of lived experience in learning.
- To support practical research into autographic, photographic and digital printmaking processes.
- To mediate in the production of fine art prints created by artists, collaborative teams and indigenous communities invited to work within COFA Custom Printing undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
- To foster relationships through printmaking related projects between COFA UNSW and university art schools internationally.
- To provide educational leadership as a centre of excellence in custom printmaking practice.
- To develop a local, regional and international dialogue through print exchange exhibitions that reflect current research outcomes.
Introduced for the first time in 2006 are two undergraduate and postgraduate Custom Printing Elective courses open to students at UNSW. These courses support the activities of Cicada Press by revealing to participants the process of collaborative research involving the creation of artwork using Printmaking mediums for a series of invited artists. These invited artists often have an established national and international reputation and their practice offers a varying conceptual and methodological approach. Students share in a diverse and challenging experience in their support of the development and production of each artist’s research project. Students assist in a range of ways in the process from matrix development to printing. As a recognition of their contribution they receive printers proofs of all images they have printed.
Since his appointment at COFA UNSW in 2004, Michael Kempson has had working projects with Adam Cullen, Nicholas Harding, Elisabeth Cummings, Reg Mombassa, Cherry Hood, Alun Leach-Jones, Michael Esson, Michael Nelson Jagamara, Roger Law, Euan Macleod, Paul Saint, Micah Lexier, Dick Frizzell, John Caldwell, John Coburn, Monika Behrens, Michael Johnson, Ian Bettinson, John Peart, Chelsea Lehman, David Fairbairn, Suzanne Archer, Damian Moss, Peter Sharp, Idris Murphy, Ian Grant, Guy Warren, Ben Quilty and James Gleeson.
Custom Printing (SART2818, SART9745)
This course provides an introduction to the basic principles and methodology of custom printing using editionable processes. Through investigation, selection and practical experience students will develop an understanding of the collaborative relationship between the artist and the custom printer. The course will place these skills in the context of contemporary workshop practice with an emphasis on the technical means of best practice original print production. Students will develop their potential as image facilitators in the printmaking medium as well as investigate the historical precedents of the discipline.
Advanced Custom Printing (SART2819, SART9746)
This course will allow students to develop further the skills and methodology of custom printing established in SART2818 or SART9745. Through investigation, selection and practical experience students will initiate and support working relationships between the artist and the custom printer. The course will expand these skills in the context of contemporary workshop practice with an emphasis on the technical means of best practice original print production. Students will be responsible for facilitating self-directed projects in printmaking mediums within their skill base with an emphasis on the management of all facets of the process.
Contact and Print purchases
All of the artists invited to work at Cicada Press generously allocate a small number of prints from each edition produced to be available for sale allowing Printmaking at COFA to generate income to maintain existing infastructure or fund future research projects.
For print purchases or any information please contact:
Head of Printmaking and Director of Cicada Press
Tel: +61 2 9385 0759