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.
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

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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St Vincent's Hospital Project at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-op

St Vincent’s Hospital Project at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-op

Once we had had our three workshops with St Vincents’ Hospital staff in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and collected their painted contributions for the Reconciliation Project Silkscreen Print, it was time for artists Bianca Beetson, Vicki Couzens and Jeffrey Samuels to do their thing. Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative in Sydney kindly allowed us to use their exhibition...
Jeffrey Samuels co-ordinates St Vincent's Hospital Part II

Jeffrey Samuels co-ordinates St Vincent’s Hospital Part II

Our second invited Artist/Co-ordinator, Jeffrey Samuels, ran the Sydney workshop today. 16 staff members from various parts of the St Vincent’s group of hospitals and clinics bravely took part in what will be a large collaborative silkscreened mural. The finished work will be in an edition of 55 and will therefore be able to be...
Vicki Couzens co-ordinates the Melbourne silkscreen project

Vicki Couzens co-ordinates the Melbourne silkscreen project

Victorian artist, Vicki Couzens, co-ordinated our first workshop (in Melbourne) as part of St Vincent’s Hospital’s Reconciliation Mural Project. Assisted by Basil, she introduced a group of staff members from the hospital to the idea of painting their own responses to the theme of reconciliation, and guided the sometimes apprehensive artists through the acetate painting...
And on we go to Sydney. St Vincent's Hospital Project Part II

And on we go to Sydney. St Vincent’s Hospital Project Part II

As the founder of the Sisters of Charity, Mary Aikenhead, looks on, current day Events Manager, Christopher talks at the conclusion of the session about his design for the St Vincent’s Hospital collaborative Reconciliation mural at our workshop this week. 16 staff members attended the Sydney workshop and each produced a beautiful design under the...
New Art Project starts at St Vincent's Hospitals

New Art Project starts at St Vincent’s Hospitals

An exciting Reconciliation mural project, initiated by Monique Silk (Art Co-ordinator for the St Vincent’s Hospital Group) has just been kicked off in Melbourne. Involving three Indigenous artists: Vicki Couzens (Vic), Jeffrey Samuels (NSW) and Bianca Beetson (Qld) and Basil Hall Editions, the project will comprise over 55 individual painted contributions by staff at the SVH hospitals...
Basil at Warringah Printmakers July 9-10

Basil at Warringah Printmakers July 9-10

A completely spontaneous shot from last weekend’s workshop at Warringah Printmakers. Duncan examines his second coloured woodblock print after it has been chine colléed onto a Magnani backing through the press and Basil poses for the camera. His brightly painted work is a combination of a traditional woodblock print and coloured pigment, applied by hand...
Five workshops in July! #1: Warringah Printmakers

Five workshops in July! #1: Warringah Printmakers

Warringah Printmakers have just had Basil up to Sydney to do another woodblock weekend. He had a great group of 11 and together they cut Shina ply blocks and printed them using the pigment and chine collé technique Basil has been using recently in the studios. It has been described on this website before and...
In memory of a good friend

In memory of a good friend

Apparently the full moon only appears on the Summer Solstice once every 70 years, so that was it for most of us! Pam and I sat at one of our favourite Skopelos tavernas on the paralia (waterfront) and watched the Palouki mountain intently for its appearance last night during dinner. The skill of the artist...
A couple of Greek characters

A couple of Greek characters

Penny and Lisa examining one of Penny’s successful colour etchings, made using a combination of soft ground and collagraph techniques.
Morning tutorial in the Skopelos studio

Morning tutorial in the Skopelos studio

Anita Reynolds talks about one of her images to the group at a morning tutorial session. Many of our participants this year had not made many etchings or relief prints or were returning to printmaking after some time away, so the course was a voyage of discovery for most, a sharing of ideas for others...
Studio accommodation with a view

Studio accommodation with a view

The huge deck outside the rooms offers the perfect place for evening get-togethers, pre-dinner drinks and quiet wifi activity each morning. Lisa and Anne-Marie are seen here relaxing after a day’s work.
Second Skopelos workshop for 2016 winds up

Second Skopelos workshop for 2016 winds up

The group that attended Basil’s June workshop this year has all just departed today from Skopelos after an action-packed fortnight of outdoor sketching, walks, museum visits, taverna meals, sailing days and of course lots of studio time making prints. We concluded here on Sunday with an exhibition in the studio and the launch of nine...