Young Indigenous Printmakers Program

Young Indigenous Printmakers is a free program that targets senior Indigenous high school students. Schools are invited to participate in a one-day intensive printmaking workshop at Umbrella Studio with artists Jo Lankester and a local Indigenous artist. Prior to this workshop, the Indigenous artist will visit your school to introduce printmaking and explore Indigenous culture with the students. Students will explore lino printing, carving and editioning before producing a print at Umbrella Studio, which explores their identity and culture. The prints are subsequently exhibited at either Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Umbrella Studio or The Galleria, Riverway Arts Centre.


Gallery Services, Townsville City Council, in collaboration with Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, initiates and funds the Young Indigenous Printmakers. The Program seeks to foster and promote artistic development and engage local Indigenous high school students to work with printmaking artists.

Community Education Councillor, Natalie Howard from William Ross State High School wrote:

“William Ross Indigenous Students from years 9, 10 and 11 were given the opportunity to participate in this beneficial program which has been developed to encourage Indigenous students to preserve and yarn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture through print making. The structure of the program allowed students the opportunity to be engaged with Artist, Aunty Gail Mabo and learn in-depth of the importance of acknowledging the effects of relaying one’s story. For many students this was and insightful lesson that reinforced the importance of their obligation to provide responsibility to preserving our yarning and interpretation of our culture. A visit to the Umbrella Studio encouraged the students to gain knowledge from professional Artists of how to maintain and sustain Artwork. This program has provided camaraderie between students from the different year levels and formed a close knit group of Indigenous students that are proud of the prospect of displaying their artwork to the community. It was a delight to be involved with such a well organised and culturally inclusive educational program.”


To have your students participate in the program, please contact Gallery Services for further information on (07) 4727 9011.