Walking Through Frankston

Walking Through Frankston

Billy Nye and the Peninsula Makers take a fascinating tour of Frankston.

5 March, 2024
In Exhibitions,
Printmaking, Q&A


Sophie Vuat, Norman Avenue Shops, 1/20, 2024, 65 x 65cm


Billy Nye, Frankston Vista, 2/100, 2024, 68 x 86 cm

Leanne Kenny, Friends in High Places, 1/10, 2024, 42 x 48 cm

Rebecca Westlund, Frankston Library, 1/4  2024,  49 x 61 cm

Gillian Haig, Rockpools Sweetwater Creek, A/P, 2024, 53 x 53 cm

All images © and courtesy of the artists

Q: What were some of the foundation ideas for this exhibition project?

 A: The Peninsula Printmakers, initially a group of students, have evolved into a diverse collective of passionate women dedicated to printmaking. As someone whose art focuses on suburban spaces, I wanted to give them a platform to exhibit their work and a project that connects them to their surroundings. It’s fulfilling to see them grow into accomplished printmakers, and I’m proud of their achievements.

Q: How did the artwork selection take place?

A: The Peninsula Printmakers Group has been awarded the 2024 Frankston Artist Project Grant. Our concept, Walking Through Frankston, involves each printmaker taking a stroll through the city to select a place that inspires them. The exhibition will begin and conclude with a walk through these chosen locations. Each printmaker has complete autonomy in selecting their artwork, with ideas brainstormed during our weekly workshops.

Q: How does the exhibition manifest – what do visitors experience?

 A:  Visitors to the Frankston Arts Centre will be immersed in places they may not know existed. They’ll also encounter a diverse range of mark-making techniques with the linocut medium. Each artist has developed their own distinct style, adding a unique touch to the exhibition.

Q: What is it about the printmaking experience that you most appreciate?

A: The collaborative spirit of printmaking within our group is truly special. We cherish the connections we form through our shared artistic journey. Brainstorming sessions are common, where we discuss process-related challenges and share ideas. There’s a sense of excitement when we print the initial proof, analyzing mark-making techniques and brainstorming ways to enhance the plate. And when the final print emerges from the press, the joy and satisfaction within the group is contagious.

Walking through Frankston is at Frankston Arts Centre – Curved Wall, from 7 March-20 April. Open Tue-Fri 10-5 Sat 10-2. Closed Monday, Sunday, public holidays & long weekends. 

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