TORRES STRAIT

Editions Tremblay NFP

Master printer THEO TREMBLAY is a pioneer of collaborative printmaking and publishing, mentoring Aboriginal and Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait) artists in a number of print mediums which include etching, lithography, relief printing, monoprint and screen printing. The art created in the print workshop is acquired by collectors, galleries and museums in Australia and overseas.

'I have a very strong sense that this place forms a critical part of the infrastructure of art making in Northern Queensland'

In this film clip THEO discusses the way in which the print workshop operates and how printmaking has developed in both the Melanesian and Aboriginal cultures of Australia.

The print workshop is a very busy place, here Indigenous artists gather to produce their work. The internationally famous artist and the newly inspired artist working together in one facility, and with the guidance of master printer THEO TREMBLAY.

Peter Hylands and Theo Tremblay

At the centre of the philosophy at Canopy Art Centre / Editions Tremblay NFP stands the idea of creating respect and dignity for Indigenous people through art. This idea, this hub of art making, has empowered emerging artists to provoke discussion through their art and to express the issues and stories that raise social awareness and create the foundations for change.

PETER HYLANDS says:

‘I have a very strong sense that this place forms a critical part of the infrastructure of art making in Northern Queensland and deserves significant recognition, particularly for the extraordinary efforts of print workshop proprietors Theo and Paloma in assisting the regions Indigenous artists to develop their careers’.

THEO says:

‘We want people to experiment even if they have not made art before. If they have a good story, a good narrative and they want to express themselves, although we like to work with artists who have had a background, but some don’t. Many of the artists have seen art, they have totems, they have stories, they usually have a lot of visual information that they can use in their work. So it is not unusual to take someone in their sixties or seventies who had never made art before but are now producing some really interesting stuff’.

Our thanks to ALICK TIPOTI, GLEN MACKIE and JOEL NGALLAMETTA.