APW George Collie Memorial Award

The APW George Collie Memorial Award is a prestigious annual award established to acknowledge and celebrate Artists who have made significant and enduring contributions to the field of Australian Printmaking.

Deborah Klein signing her prints at APW in 2014

Kevin Lincoln signing his etching 'The Moon Reflected' at APW 2019

Euan Heng and Graham Fransella at the Award presentation 2018

John Wolseley at APW in 2012 (photography by Vincent Long)

Jennifer Marshall in the APW Studio, May 2016.

Jan Senbergs (left) with APW printers Simon White & Martin King at APW, 2015

Rick Amor drawing on a lithographic stone in the APW studio, 2012

Noel Counihan working on his lithograph in the APW studio, 1986

The 2020 APW George Collie Memorial Award was awarded to Deborah Klein and Barbara Hanrahan

  • Deborah Klein is recognized as one of Australia’s leading contemporary artist / printmakers. Her practice encompasses painting, drawing, printmaking and book art. She has exhibited regularly since 1987 and her work is represented in numerous public and university museum collections. In 2009 Deborah founded Moth Woman Press, through which she continues to publish limited-edition books and zines.
  • Barbara Hanrahan (1939 -1991) is remembered as one of Australia’s most highly esteemed printmakers, writers and teachers. She began printmaking in 1960, experimenting with printing styles such as screen printing, etching, relief printing, woodblocks and linocuts. She was a member of the Australian Women’s Art Movement and the Australian Women's Art Register. Although she was based in Adelaide, Barbara visited APW on several occasions and produced 25 editions of etchings and relief prints in the APW print studios.


The 2019 APW George Collie Memorial Award was awarded to Alun Leach-Jones and Kevin Lincoln

  • Alun Leach-Jones (1937 - 2017) is recognised as one of Australia's most prominent abstract artists. His work is held in numerous collections in Australia and overseas, including the Museum of Modern Art and Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum and British Museum in London, the National Gallery of Australia and Australian state galleries. As a mentor and teacher, Alun was responsible for fostering the careers of many younger Australian artists. Between 1986 and 2016, Alun produced 26 limited edition fine art prints  with printers at APW including etchings, lithographs and linocuts.
  • Kevin Lincoln is a Melbourne-based artist who has maintained a strong commitment to printmaking, alongside his painting and drawing practice, throughout his career. Since 1983 Kevin has worked with APW printers to create 145 limited edition fine art prints, including etchings, drypoints and lithographs. A highly regarded survey exhibition of Kevin's work was held in 2015 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat before touring to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston. 


The 2018 APW George Collie Memorial Award was awarded to Graham Fransella and Euan Heng.

  • Graham Fransella's distinctive simplified figures make him one of Australian's most widely recognized printmakers. His work is represented in public and private collections around Australian and internationally. Graham arrived in Australia from England in 1975 and combined teaching positions in tertiary institutions with his art practice for more than 20 years. He has collaborated on over 45 editions with APW printers since 1985, producing work which has toured nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of a number of significant prizes and awards.
  • Euan Heng arrived in Australian from Scotland in 1977. He is a highly regarded printmaker, painter and educator who has exhibited extensively in Australia and abroad. Euan's work is represented in major public and university museum collections in all states of Australia and in Scotland. Euan has held many prestigious and senior appointments during his academic career and recently retired as Associate Professor in Graduate Research at Monash University. Euan's work with APW Printers has produced 11 editions since 2002. 


The 2017 APW George Collie Memorial Award was awarded to Kitty Kantilla and John Wolseley

  • ​Kitty Kantilla (1928 – 2003) is regarded as one of the significant painters and printmakers of her generation. Kitty was introduced to printmaking later in life through workshops conducted by APW at Jilamara Arts & Craft Association in the Tiwi Islands. She made her first etching in 1995 and continued to work with APW Printers, making etchings and lithographs, until 2003. Work produced by Kitty in collaboration with APW Printers can be found the collections of major Galleries and Institutions throughout Australia and overseas.
  • John Wolseley is one of Australia's most respected contemporary artists. Trained as a printmaker, John has continued to make fine art limited edition prints throughout his long career. John has created over 40 editions in collaboration with APW printers since 1990. These works have been acquired and exhibited in major exhibitions nationally and internationally.


The 2016 APW George Collie Memorial Award was awarded to Bea Maddock and Jennifer Marshall

  • Bea Maddock (1934 - 2016) It is a measure of her status as a leading Australian printmaker that she has been the subject of two major survey exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, in 1980 and 2013. In the 1970s and early 1980s she spent a significant period teaching at the Victorian College of the Arts and making prints at the Australian Print Workshop (at that time known as the Victorian Print Workshop). She was known for using print processes in novel ways and even mined local ochre as pigment for her work. 
  • Jennifer Marshall is represented in major State and Regional collections and her work has been widely exhibited throughout Australia and internationally. She taught at RMIT, Monash, Ballarat and La Trobe Universities while continuing to pursue her own practice. During this time Jennifer made a number of prints at Australian Print Workshop. Now based in Tasmania, Jennifer recently undertook an APW Artist-in-Residency. Jennifer has been commissioned to work with APW Printers on a suite of three etchings as part of this APW George Collie Memorial Award. 


The 2015 APW George Collie Memorial Award was awarded to Grahame King and Jan Senbergs.

  • Grahame King was born in Melbourne 1915 and died in 2008. He was influential in the revival of fine art printmaking in Australia in the 1960s and served as a founding artist committee member on the Victorian Print Workshop (later named Australian Print Workshop). APW invited Grahame to produce a suite of three ambitious multi-colour lithographs with APW Printers in 1999. 
  • Jan Senbergs was born in Latvia in 1939 and moved to Melbourne in 1950. Jan's creative relationship with Australian Print Workshop began with his first collaborative print produced at the workshop in 1991. Since then, Jan has produced over 70 limited edition fine art prints in collaboration with APW printers including his major etching Port Liardet Limner. Many of these works have been exhibited and acquired by major art museums around Australia and overseas including The British Museum.


The inaugural 2014 APW George Collie Memorial Award was awarded to Rick Amor and Noel Counihan.

  • Rick Amor was born in Frankston, Victoria in 1948 and lives in Melbourne. Rick’s creative relationship with Australian Print Workshop spans almost three decades. Over this time, Rick has produced over 80 fine art limited prints in collaboration with APW Printers that have been exhibited and acquired by major Australian Art Galleries and Museums.
  • Noel Counihan was born in Melbourne 1913 and died in 1986. He was a highly influential member of the Victorian Printmakers Group in the late 1970s which successfully reformed to establish the Victorian Print Workshop in 1981 (later renamed Australian Print Workshop). Noel was a key founding artist member of Print Workshop’s Advisory Committee from 1981 until his death in 1986.

A selection of limited edition fine art prints by artists who have been awarded the APW George Collie Memorial Award are available for purchase from the APW Gallery and online through the APW Printstore.