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.
Silkscreen studio taking shape at BHE

Silkscreen studio taking shape at BHE

The Canberra silkscreen studio is slowly taking shape. Recently, we installed a 2m exposure table in the darkroom. It replaced a tried and true sheet of plate glass and a piece of foam rubber, which we have successfully used for 20 years! New work for Mowandjum Arts in Derby, WA...
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 2015 dates out now!

Skopelos Workshop 2015 dates out now!

Our first Skopelos Workshop dates have just been advertised in Look magazine, the Art Gallery of NSW’s quarterly publication, so we expect the first fortnight (June 29-July 12) will fill fast. We already have more names than places, so we will accept people in the order booking forms and deposits...
BHE's latest printmaking workshop

BHE’s latest printmaking workshop

This weekend Basil is actually at his own studio in Braidwood, running an etching workshop 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 a great lunch...

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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Merrepen and Djilpin Arts editions at BHE in May

Merrepen and Djilpin Arts editions at BHE in May

This month we have an exhibition of new etchings to prepare for Djilpin Arts in Beswick (they will show at the walking with Spirits Festival in July) and Merrepen Arts in Daly River (their show is at Nomad Art in Darwin in early August). A mere 40 editions’ worth of plates to etch, aquatint, proof,...
Kay Baker screenprint in BHE show in Canberra

Kay Baker screenprint in BHE show in Canberra

Kay Baker from Nyapari in far NW South Australia did this amazing silkscreen print as part of an inspirational folio published by Tjungu Palya Art Centre a number of years ago. Come and see it at Basil Hall Editions’ exhibition at Nancy Sever Gallery in Canberra, running until June 5.
Basil Hall Editions at Nancy Sever opening buzzes!

Basil Hall Editions at Nancy Sever opening buzzes!

Facebook is abuzz with pictures and comments about the packed opening of our exhibition at Nancy Sever Gallery in Canberra last Friday! Although we don’t have photos of the opening to put up here yet, here’s a shot of Basil working with Shirley Purdie on her beautiful etching for the show. Shirley, Lena Nyadbi, Mabel...
Pamela See (Paper cut artist) visits BHE

Pamela See (Paper cut artist) visits BHE

Pamela See practises the ancient Chinese art of paper cutting and has recently contacted us about translating the art into limited edition silkscreen prints. Her paper cuts make a perfect stencil in themselves, but may also be exposed onto a screen coated with direct emulsion, creating a robust screen stencil without harming the cut works....
Basil Hall Editions exhibition starts soon in Canberra

Basil Hall Editions exhibition starts soon in Canberra

One of the artists represented in the upcoming Basil Hall Editions exhibition Etched in the Sun II at Nancy Sever Gallery in Canberra, Lena Nyadbi, is seen here painting on acetate in late 2013 for her etching. Two of her beautiful prints are in Nancy’s show, as are others by important Warmun artists…oh, and artists from...
Tom E Lewis adds his image to Series VII

Tom E Lewis adds his image to Series VII

Tom Lewis whipped up a two plate etching back in Katherine at the Djilpin Gallery, as numerous interested passers-by, locals, artists, art co-ordinators, coffee machine repairmen and gallery and cafe customers looked on. An Estonian cabinet maker, visiting Australia, played the guitar as Tommy delighted everyone with yarns about his world travels (as he painted)....
Djilpin Artists in Beswick make new prints

Djilpin Artists in Beswick make new prints

A relaxed scene at the Ghunmarn Art Centre in Beswick (new building works taking place in the background will add a new exhibition space and cafe) during Basil’s workshop for Djilpin Arts this week. 20 new etching plates will make up Gapu Series VII, continuing ten years’ of collaborative printmaking between Basil Hall Editions and the...
The latest Braidwood workshops, April 2016

The latest Braidwood workshops, April 2016

Three of the four participants in the April workshop at our studio in Braidwood had been on Basil’s trips to Skopelos in Greece, but all in different years! Here, Sarah (2015) and Ruth (2012) are busy enjoying the sunny Autumnal days we had last week, doing etchings, linocuts, woodcuts…chine collé, photo etching and enjoying fine...
Maringka Baker etching in BHE's  Canberra exhibition in May

Maringka Baker etching in BHE’s Canberra exhibition in May

One copy of this beautiful original multi plate etching by Maringka Baker is still available from BHE and will be seen at  our exhibition at Nancy Sever Gallery in Canberra, opening on May 6 at 6.00pm. This is the print that will be on the invitation that goes out to Nancy’s mailing list. It was one of...
A BIG EVENT COMING UP ON MAY 6!! BHE EXHIBITION AT NANCY SEVER GALLERY, CANBERRA

A BIG EVENT COMING UP ON MAY 6!! BHE EXHIBITION AT NANCY SEVER GALLERY, CANBERRA

It has been nearly 8 years since our last Basil Hall Editions exhibition, although most of our prints show regularly in exhibitions put on by commercial galleries and the Indigenous art centres themselves. In 2008 we put up Etched in the Sun at the Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra and exhibited over 150 pieces. The former Director...
Christopher Croft plates at Basil Hall Editions

Christopher Croft plates at Basil Hall Editions

Munich-based Australian artist Christopher Croft (seen here working at Basil Hall Editions in 2009) is currently in the country. Although he was unable to work in the studio in Braidwood this trip, he has had us make 21 photo exposures for a series of small etching works he has been contemplating for a number of years....
Keeping it in the family. April in Braidwood

Keeping it in the family. April in Braidwood

Basil and his Mum, Diana (94), proofed some of the latest plates from Merrepen Arts this week in the BHE Braidwood studio. 20 new editions will come out of his March workshop in the Daly River region of the Northern Territory, and the proofs must be ready to be taken up to show the artists...