About

Castlemaine Press is a community access printmaking studio set in the beautiful grounds of Lot 19 (add link) art space in Castlemaine, Victoria. It is an incorporated, not-for-profit venture run by passionate printmakers with a membership base of over 60 and growing.

Castlemaine Press is a space to explore printmaking in all its facets. Whether you are a beginner or a master printer, we have equipment and expertise to fulfil your printmaking needs. Our studio has great natural light, presses both large and small, plenty of bench space and easy access. Castlemaine Press is a place to meet printmakers, work collaboratively, build skills and produce prints using quality equipment in a collaborative and relaxed atmosphere.

We provide affordable access to printmaking facilities for artists and host an exciting program of classes for beginners and experienced printmakers alike, as well as providing space for collaborative projects, artists’ residencies and exhibitions. We place an emphasis on arts practice and materials that minimise environmental impact.

Castlemaine Press is keen to build collaborative relationships with local community and arts organisations. If you would like to work with us, please get in touch.

The back-story

The idea of a community access print studio in Castlemaine is not new. Sometimes, however, it takes a few gatherings, quite a few conversations, and a bit of time and energy for an idea to get traction. Since first meeting as a small group of six artists in March 2014 we have gathered the necessary momentum and have established Castlemaine Press Inc. – an identity, a strong membership base, a purpose-built and -equipped studio, some terrific sponsors and partners, and a calendar of workshops and events that changes from season to season!

With the support of our members, donor-artists, sponsors and volunteers, we aim to become a known and respected print studio that celebrates, develops and promotes printmaking in Central Victoria. We are working to provide and build:

  • safe and affordable access to printmaking equipment and workshop space
  • a focus on non-toxic materials and minimal environmental impact
  • a stimulating environment for artists, graduates and the wider community to create work and exchange skills
  • stronger public awareness of printmaking, in all its diversity
  • a creative community and an active and involved membership
  • partnerships with community and arts organisations and arts education providers
  • print-related workshops, courses and master classes
  • involvement with other studios in collaborative work and exchange programs.

Our committee

Castlemaine Press is run by members, for members. Our committee are volunteers who have an active interest in printmaking. There are currently 8 committee members:

  • Barbara Semler (Secretary)
  • Helen Gilfillan (General member)
  • Kir Larwill (Chair)
  • Jane Rusden (General member)
  • Malini Maunsell (Treasurer)
  • Melissa Proposch (vice Chair)
  • Molly Rule (General member)
  • Paul Northam (General member)