BHE is a centre of printmaking excellence, providing expert assistance to artists who wish to collaborate in the making of etchings, silkscreen prints, relief prints and collagraphs.
Organise a group and come to do a printmaking workshop in Braidwood

Organise a group and come to do a printmaking workshop in Braidwood

Our studio in Braidwood is equipped with a large motorised Hilton etching press and caters for photo etching, zinc and copper plate workshops, woodblock, lino, collagraphs and mono printing. All we need is a group of 4-5 and a date that’s convenient to both of us, and we can tailor...
Refreshing walk after 5 days in the King Island studio

Refreshing walk after 5 days in the King Island studio

After 5 days’ printing it was time for a quick explore along the south of King Island with Andrew and Dianne Blake, the organisers of our latest workshop there. Local printmakers are hoping to get a more permenant set up at the Cultural Centre soon, as much of the current...
Upcoming Basil Hall Editions workshops in 2017

Upcoming Basil Hall Editions workshops in 2017

There are three workshops slated for the next few months: the first is at New England Regional Art Gallery in Armidale from 21/22 October; the next, about a week later, is in King Island (pictured here) and, finally, there will be a mono printing workshop in canberra at my studio...
Another mono print from the Creators' Artspace workshop in Albury

Another mono print from the Creators’ Artspace workshop in Albury

Another excellent mono print from the Creators’ Artspace printmaking workshop run by Basil in Albury-Wodonga last week. (Anne’s full name will be inserted when I ascertain her surname). She is an experienced watercolour artist and teacher in mElbourne, so the technique suited her well.
Beautiful etchings with mono print colour from Albury

Beautiful etchings with mono print colour from Albury

Abi Thompson from Wodonga made this beautiful etching (soft ground and aquatint) and combined it with a hand-painted mono print plate at Basil’s recent etching workshop held at Creators’ Artspace in Albury-Wodonga.
One more from the Griffith exhibition on now

One more from the Griffith exhibition on now

This famous dress, which John whipped up very quickly and which won the 1969 Australian Gown of the Year Award, shocked with its bold design and bare arms! Kerri Weymouth’s striking screen print and the gown itself made a great double act on one wall of the main room in...
Not a bad spot for a printmaking workshop. King Island, 2016

Not a bad spot for a printmaking workshop. King Island, 2016

Basil, Dianne Blake (workshop facilitator) and Pam Boyer on the dunes overlooking the west coast of King Island after the 5 day workshop recently, attended by 11 local artists, one from Sydney and 4 visitors from northern Tasmania. 
A beautiful woodblock done on King Island

A beautiful woodblock done on King Island

A very successful woodblock done by Caroline during Basil’s recent workshop on King Island. It was coloured from behind with powder pigment before being chine collé-d to a backing of Magnani paper and run through the press. Thanks again to Andrew and Dianne Blake for facilitating the workshop, loaning the press...
One of the 2016 Firestation workshop etchings

One of the 2016 Firestation workshop etchings

Sue Trevillian has been to a number of Basil’s studios and workshops in two countries and three states. Here is her colour etching and chine collé, commenced at one workshop in 2014, with colour added at the Firestation Printmaking Workshop in Melbourne last weekend. The pigment technique works well behind...
A day of sailing in the Aegean for Skopelos printmakers

A day of sailing in the Aegean for Skopelos printmakers

On one of our rest days during the fortnight, Vasilis takes the group for a one day sail to nearby Alonyssos Island. Here they are departing from the wharf in Skopelos Town. The sailing day is part of our annual deal, which includes 12 days of printmaking instruction in a...
International exhibition (Skopelos group show)

International exhibition (Skopelos group show)

Our June group has concluded their fortnight on Skopelos on the BHE annual Art & Adventure trip with an exhibition in the (hastily tidied up) workshop. Here Basil shows some of the visitors around the work done in our studio over the last two weeks.
Silkscreen studio taking shape at BHE in 2016

Silkscreen studio taking shape at BHE in 2016

The Canberra silkscreen studio was almost fully set up in early 2016.  We installed a new 2m exposure table in the darkroom to replace a tried and true sheet of plate glass and a piece of foam rubber, which we had successfully used for 20 years. New work for Mowandjum Arts in...
Another workshop up north (Merrepen Arts on the Daly River)

Another workshop up north (Merrepen Arts on the Daly River)

Basil and Angus Cameron (from Nomad Art Productions) have just run a great workshop in Nauiyu, S-W of Darwin, with 10 experienced artists from Merrepen Arts. These guys have been making etchings for over 20 years, so it was a pleasure to get out there again and work with them...
Braidwood studio buzzes during another workshop

Braidwood studio buzzes during another workshop

Our latest workshop in Braidwood concentrated on hard- and soft ground etching and some photo etchings. Three of the participants drove down from Armidale, NSW and stayed at Fran Ifould’s artist’s studio on the slopes of Mt Gillamatong, overlooking the town. We had three cool, but sunny days and everyone seemed...
Gill Burke's coloured woodblock

Gill Burke’s coloured woodblock

Gill’s woodblock resolved itself beautifully as she came to grips with the new techniques and the application of the colour on the reverse of the print. Hers was one of 12 very fine coloured woodblocks to come out of Basil’s April workshop in Warringah, Sydney, organised by Susan Baran.
Another fine coloured woodblock in Warringah

Another fine coloured woodblock in Warringah

Monica brought a number of grainy found timbers to ink up and her prints comprised a number of layers plus the hand-applied colour – all in two brief days! Here the pre-glued chine colle sheet is adhered to the backing sheet, in this case a piece of 350gsm Magnani. The...
The NAS Summer School Printmaking class of 2015

The NAS Summer School Printmaking class of 2015

Here is the fabulous National Art School Summer School Printmaking group with Basil and their exhibition at the conclusion of five full on days of printing.
Skopelos Workshop 2017 almost full

Skopelos Workshop 2017 almost full

This year we are offering a double header in September! TWO tutors for the price of one: David Frazer and Basil will run a fortnight of printmaking in beautiful Skopelos from Sept 4-17. It will be Autumn and shoulder season, which means prices are good, it’s not too hot and...
BHE runs printmaking workshops in Braidwood

BHE runs printmaking workshops in Braidwood

This is an old entry showing Basil at his own studio in Braidwood, running an etching workshop in 2014 for participants from Sydney, the Southern Highlands and Braidwood itself. On the first day our visitors worked on soft grounds, hard grounds, drypoint, aquatint and even exposed two photo etchings. They had...

The colour pigment woodcuts worked well as a medium for most, if not all, of the 12 participants in the 2015 workshop in Armidale, NSW. Susie’s jacaranda trees were very effective, as you can see here.

Now that Jonathon Larsen’s photos are out, I’m having to put up lots more shots of my recent workshop in Armidale. How could I resist this proud artist with her print (Judy Timbs, who has been to a number of my workshops here and in Greece)? Well done, Judy!
Skopelos Printmaking 2014

Skopelos Printmaking 2014

NSW artist Bruce Donnelley is currently working on a two plate colour etching during his residency at Milos Studios with Basil Hall. Bruce has enjoyed exploring a couple of deserted beaches for driftwood and fishing paraphernalia which have been washed up by the sea, and his drawings and prints have...
An outdoor drawing studio, Skopelos 2013

An outdoor drawing studio, Skopelos 2013

One of the first days of our 2013 printmaking workshops in Greece was spent drawing en plein air a few kilometres from the studio. We took the Glisteri road and walked up an old calderimi track to a clearing on the right which contained a small church. Some of our...
First Workshop for 2014...in Canberra

First Workshop for 2014…in Canberra

The Artists’ Society of Canberra once again invited Basil to run a printmaking workshop as part of their 2014 summer school, held in the Canberra suburb of Holt. We transformed a science laboratory into an etching studio – equipped with fume cupboard to house a small tray of acid for...
Linocuts were made in Greece too

Linocuts were made in Greece too

I have to put this in after apparently being quoted as suggesting these images would make good cards! Hopefully, I have been forgiven, as Charlotte Kimberlee’s Greek images made during the workshops in 2012 came together as a very successful linocut, in spite of her tutor’s remarks!
More Greek prints from the workshops in 2012

More Greek prints from the workshops in 2012

Merle Clarkson’s etching, done during the Skopelos workshops in 2012. The print, on copper plate, was done first with a hard ground (scratched) line, and then aquatinted to create the various tones.
BHE Alice Springs was to have been the go in 2013!

BHE Alice Springs was to have been the go in 2013!

Now that the decision has been made NOT to locate part of the BHE studio to Alice Springs, this article has been removed, but the original intention is all part of our history and the picture remains to remind us of what might have been had the stars aligned in...
New prints from Skopelos Workshop

New prints from Skopelos Workshop

Rosemary Mostyn made this strong etching on her second last day, using only bitumen as a block out and a little aquatint in the dark areas. It has been inked up in two colours a la poupee and printed on Hahnemuhle paper.
Seven Sisters at work, Yirrkala, October 2011

Seven Sisters at work, Yirrkala, October 2011

Buku Larrnggay Mulka Print Space printer, Ruby Alderton, is seen here checking out one of the seven BIG prints we are currently working on with the seven Yunupingu sisters of Yirrkala/Nhulunbuy. The Seven Sisters is also a traditional creation story told in many parts of Australia. The story is based...
Another print from the Skopelos workshops, 2011

Another print from the Skopelos workshops, 2011

Mieke Cohen made this beautiful drypoint and aquatint during the July workshops on Skopelos. An experienced printmaker, Mieke used her time on Skopelos to try a few things she hadn’t done for a while, to observe the prints made by the rest of the group and to enjoy what the...
Paruku Project, Mulan 2011

Paruku Project, Mulan 2011

The Paruku project, organised and orchestrated by NSW artist Mandy Martin, and involving scientists, anthropologists, writers, artists, pilots, benefactors and fabulous camp cooks took place in August near Lake Gregory in the Great Sandy Desert of WA. Basil was lucky enough to attend for four days’ camping with the group...
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Latest Rusty Peters etching signed and available from Warmun Art & Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra

Latest Rusty Peters etching signed and available from Warmun Art & Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra

Last year senior Warmun artist & printmaker Rusty Peters sat down with Warmun staff member Rosie Holmes and did the colour separations for this fine colour etching and silkscreen. It was based on a number of paintings of the same subject, but, like all the prints we make in collaboration with indigenous artists, it had...
Humpty Doo Artist in Residence

Humpty Doo Artist in Residence

Darwin artist, Jane Moore, has been in Braidwood on two previous occasions, working on large plates. An NT resident for over 40 years, Jane knows Kakadu well and draws it beautifully in soft ground and hard ground on one metre plates. Here she is in the acid cupboard brushing away the bubbles as they form...
Another Braidwood etching workshop has just happened

Another Braidwood etching workshop has just happened

By popular demand (we are happy to run these workshops whenever we have 4-5 people interested), another workshop has just happened, this time at the etching studio in Braidwood. Once again, everyone tried different things, so we had soft ground, hard ground and sugar lift happening on Day 1, followed by aquatints and a little...
Braidwood workshops are popular!

Braidwood workshops are popular!

Lisa with an early proof of one of her recent etchings, made during our latest workshop at the Braidwood etching studio in mid-March. Four participants (that’s all we need to run these workshops, so email me with some dates!) from the Makers Studio group on the Central Coast of NSW came down for a road...
This one's a keeper! Braidwood workshops 2018

This one’s a keeper! Braidwood workshops 2018

Roslyn Holmes at last week’s 3 day etching workshop in Braidwood; our second for the year. She’s looking happy as her three plate colour etching rolls off the Hilton. 
Another Harry Tjutjuna etching on show in Sydney

Another Harry Tjutjuna etching on show in Sydney

This print (with the purple lines silkscreened over a three plate etching) by Harry Tjutjuna from Pipalyatjara, SA (Ninuku Arts) was first shown in 2017 at Chapman & Bailey in Melbourne and is now hanging in an exhibition of prints at Aboriginal & Pacific Art in Waterloo, Sydney. It is part of a first suite...
BHE Braidwood workshops are on again in 2018

BHE Braidwood workshops are on again in 2018

Karen Steele and Susan McLeod at work in the Braidwood studio during our first workshop for the year. This one concentrated on woodblock printing, by request, but we can tailor workshops to suit in etching (zinc or copper), woodblock, lino, collagraph and mono printing in Braidwood and water-based silkscreen in Canberra. All we need is...
Harry Tjutjuna print exhibition at Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney

Harry Tjutjuna print exhibition at Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney

Ninuku artist, Harry  Tjutjuna, from Pipalyatjara SA made a series of painted acetates during a workshop with Pam Boyer and me in 2014. These have now been printed in a series of 10 variations using etching plates and silkscreen stencils (this one has three silkscreened colours over a colour etching plate). The suite is on...
#We Were Migrants Too (a new Silkscreen print)

#We Were Migrants Too (a new Silkscreen print)

Based on a 1915 World War 1 poster advising the public of the differences between German and British aircraft, this new silkscreen print of mine talks more about the “enemy” we are currently facing on the high seas.  With the hashtags #We were Migrants Too and #Boundless Plains to Share, this poster is bound to...
New Basil Hall woodblock prints in Goulburn Exhibition

New Basil Hall woodblock prints in Goulburn Exhibition

The third in a series of four woodblocks addressing the current sea battles being waged between Border Force and an as yet largely un-processed group of desperate people apparently fleeing their native countries just to annoy our government. This one is called “Australia(r)”. The image comes from a larger piece in the same exhibition and...
Another new woodblock print by Basil Hall for Goulburn exhibition

Another new woodblock print by Basil Hall for Goulburn exhibition

“Nil By Sea”, with a title referencing the words of our wonderful notional anthem, is a woodblock hand-printed over a silkscreened image on Iwaki paper (can you spot our prime minister pondering in the bottom right hand corner?) DIMENSIONS: 29.5 x 39.5; EDITION: 20; PRICE: $220. Click on the image to see the whole thing....
Continuum exhibition opening on Nov 17th in Goulburn

Continuum exhibition opening on Nov 17th in Goulburn

I have finally had my woodcut tools out to do a series of works myself for a Southern Highlands Printmakers exhibition at Goulburn Regional Gallery next week. The exhibition is called “Continuum” and participating printmakers selected an artist who had lived or worked at some time in our region. Our own works drew inspiration from...