Art ex­hi­bi­tion rolls into city

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Francesca Mann

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.

Pic­ture: Francesca Mann

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.

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