The Newcastle Printmakers Workshop has turned to bird watching in support of the Overwintering Project

Newcastle printmakers.
Newcastle printmakers.

The Newcastle Printmakers Workshop is one of the longest running artist printmaking groups in Australia, and after 39 years of history they are looking to new projects to inspire them.

Their newest project has seen them change their feathers to birdwatching, and move into supporting The Overwintering Project – an initiative led by Kate Gorringe-Smith that focuses on the plight of the migratory shorebirds along the East Asian-Australasian flyway.

The Novocastrian printmakers turned their focus to the Overwintering Project after hearing about the threats that over-development and land degradation pose to these birds, who often travel thousands of kilometres each year from Siberian breeding grounds to Australia for the summer.

The printmaking artists have visited the Stockton Sand Spit to see the travel of these ‘amazing birds’, including the endangered Eastern Curlew, and have created artworks to document the lives of the travelling migrants.

These prints are set to be put on display at 27 Popran Road, Adamstown, and will be officially opened by the Overwintering Project head coordinator, Kate Gorringe-Smith on Saturday, June 23 from 4pm.

The entire exhibition will be on display on the Saturday, as well as Sunday, June 24 from 10am to 4pm.

Entry to the exhibit is free.

Newcastle Printmakers Workshop has around 80 enthusiastic local printmakers. The workshop is a not for profit organisation, and has provided local practicing artists, students and beginners with access to equipment and workshop space for over 32 years. Membership is open for all.