Australian Print Workshop’s Open Access Studio offers professional printmaking equipment and facilities for experienced printmakers to print their own work.
APW’s spacious, well-maintained and equipped, air-conditioned studio, located in the heart of Fitzroy’s Gertrude Street has facilities for etching, lithography, relief printing and monoprinting. Artists work in a productive friendly atmosphere alongside other printmakers.
Artists wishing to use APW’s Open Access Studio must be able to demonstrate experience in printmaking, confidence in handling printing equipment and materials, and a capacity to work independently.
Artists are only able to use APW’s Open Access Studio to work in the printmaking techniques where they have demonstrated this capacity.
APW’s Open Access Studio is an unsupervised workspace. Technical support is not available to Open Access Studio artists, but APW offers an education program where artists can refresh and update their printmaking skills or train in a new technique.
For artists who have recently completed one of APW’s printmaking classes – and are keen to build their printmaking skills - APW also offers Studio Classes that provide supervised use of the APW Open Access Studio.
APW’s Open Access Studio is open Wednesday to Saturday, 9am-5pm. Studio equipment and facilities may be booked for either a full day (9am-5pm) or half a day (9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm).
Artists must attend a studio orientation session before using APW’s Open Access Studio. This will cover OH&S procedures, the safe use of equipment and materials and other procedures for using the Open Access Studio. Contact us to register to attend an orientation session. There is no charge for these sessions.
All APW Open Access Studio artists are required to undertake a studio orientation annually to ensure that they are up-to-date with procedures, equipment and materials.
APW Open Access Studio printmaking equipment and facilities include:
APW’s Open Access Studio rental fees are kept as low as possible and are subsidised by the Workshop.
Concession (full-time students and pension card holders):
There are additional small charges for graining litho stones and processing etching plates.
A selection of original limited edition fine art prints produced by Artists at Australian Print Workshop are available for purchase from the APW Gallery and online through the APW Printstore.