Castlemaine Press offers members access to a bright, well-equipped printmaking studio. Presses include a manageable 500 x 1000 mm direct-drive etching press and a geared etching press with a bed size of 1000 x 2000 mm for large work, both from local press-makers Merlarue.
To use the studio, artists must become members and must be competent in printmaking. All members must complete a free orientation session and at least one supervised studio session working with an experienced studio member before they are eligible for access. Members also have the option of further sessions working with an experienced studio member if this is considered necessary (fee applies).
All members are required to undertake an induction process to familiarise themselves with the studio, the equipment, and safe use of the space. This includes assessment of the member’s capacity to use the studio independently. To understand what the induction process involves, what to expect, and what’s expected of you, please read the policy below:
To find out when the next induction opportunity is, and to book in, please contact us
Studio hire during COVID-19
Castlemaine Press is now open for studio hire! We are committed to creating a COVID safe working environment so please take time to familiarise yourself with the additional measures required in order to minimise risk of infection. We are supplying hand and surface sanitisers and clear cleaning instructions and we ask that members:
- book the Press on your own (not with a fellow member for the time being)
- observe all the steps in the guidelines we’ve put in place, this includes cleaning both on arrival and on leaving the studio
- be guided by our our slightly more BYO arrangements (also see guidelines for details)
- understand that we will arrange bookings so that there are 3 days between one user and the next.
Remember: Please do not hire or attend your session at the Press if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, however mild. And you must report any symptoms or CV-19 diagnosis if you have used the Press.
Studio hire fees
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9 am–9 pm
Discount for booking 10 sessions to be used within 3 months $250
Discount for booking 10 sessions to be used within 3 months $175
9–1 pm, 1–5 pm, 5–9 pm
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