Young Indigenous Printmakers
Young Indigenous Printmakers (YIPs) is a collaborative outreach project run in partnership between Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and Townsville City Galleries. YIPs is a free education program that targets senior Indigenous high school students. Students learn and experience lino printing, carving and editioning, and gain exhibition experience. The program seeks to engage, foster and promote artistic development.
Schools are invited to participate in a two-day intensive printmaking workshop – the first held at the school with the students, a printmaking expert and an Indigenous artist. The artists respectively introduce printmaking and explore the students’ Indigenous culture and identity. The students develop stories and imagery that is translated into a linocut carving. The second day is spent in Umbrella’s Makerspace with the artists to print their linocuts. The prints are subsequently exhibited at Umbrella’s gallery space.
Images: Students from Kirwin State High School participating in the YIPs program, March 2020.
Community Education Councillor, Natalie Howard from William Ross State High School previously 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.”