Art exhibition rolls into city
About 200 people visited the Arts and Cultural Development Council of Geraldton’s community gallery on Friday night for the launch of the Hard Pressed exhibition.
Now in its second year, Hard Pressed uses a road roller to print intricately detailed artworks from giant woodcuts, hand-carved by artists around the region.
The exhibition features 31 large prints and the Mid West mega print, a 6m-long piece of paper printed with 51 small woodcuts.
Most of the art pieces were printed across two days during the recent Sunshine Festival.
Hard Pressed co-ordinator Lizzy Robinson said she was pleased with how the event went this year.
“It was really great to see such strong community support at the opening night,” she said. “There were a few challenges during the print days, which required a bit of quick thinking, but overall I’m extremely happy. The print quality was better this year, and the amount of dedicated volunteers that came out to help; it really wouldn’t be possible without them.”
Hard Pressed will be on display until October 29 before it is taken to shows in Esperance and Fremantle. Robinson has also been offered a month-long residency in Fremantle to run community workshops through not-for-profit arts organisation, Disability in the Arts Disadvantages in the Arts.
Although Hard Pressed will not run in 2018, Robinson said she would spend the year researching and developing the project, which could include a trip to the US.
“I’ve found out there’s a four-day steamroller festival in Wisconsin,” she said. “I’ve contacted the organisers and, if I can get over there, they’re happy for me to assist with the lead-up and during the event.”
Many of the prints are for sale and a 48-page booklet covering the project will be available for purchase from the gallery on Friday.
Volunteers unveil one of the artworks printed with a road roller at the Sunshine Festival.
Lizzy Robinson and artist Chris Bolton pose between Kelli Dawson's Cruising into Whithnell Bay, and Bolton's An Unexpected Day.