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.
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

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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Fireman for a day or two

Fireman for a day or two

Melbourne’s Firestation Printmaking studio invited Basil back again this year to do another workshop last weekend. Here is the group of 2016, standing behind some of their 30 assembled colour prints at the conclusion of the two days. The artists brought existing etchings and relief blocks to try out our pigment colouring method, and also...
Another Grampians Brushes shot

Another Grampians Brushes shot

Shot during the etching workshop Basil held recently at Hall’s Gap in Victoria, as part of Grampians Brushes, an event attracting over 450 people to painting, drawing, printmaking, calligraphy and other courses in the Grampians in September each year. Using a borrowed Rollaco (UK) press, the same model as one we own on Skopelos, Basil’s...
Basil at Grampians Brushes Workshops

Basil at Grampians Brushes Workshops

Basil has just run two workshops at Hall’s Gap (no relation) in the Grampians in Victoria. The first was a two day woodblock workshop in the Baptist Hall (again, no relation), similar to one he did in 2016 and the 4 day one involved etching. Twenty four participants had a great time making prints, many for the...
David Frazer to join Basil as co-tutor in Skopelos, 2017

David Frazer to join Basil as co-tutor in Skopelos, 2017

Talented Victorian printmaker and painter, David Frazer, has agreed to join Basil this year as co-tutor during the September Skopelos workshops. This means that, for the first time, we will offer two tutors for the price of one, two teaching spaces, smaller groups and the opportunity to learn wood engraving, etching, relief printing, collagraph, mono...
Filming at BHE Canberra for St Vincents Hospital Project

Filming at BHE Canberra for St Vincents Hospital Project

Today was the final day on our St Vincent’s Hospital Project, referred to in earlier blogs. Mirri Mirri from Sydney have been engaged to film the whole process from initial workshops with over 50 artists in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to the printing of the last colour on each of the 3 panels in our...
So now the silkscreen studio has an etching press?

So now the silkscreen studio has an etching press?

Keith from Merlarue Presses has just visited this week to instal our new proofing press. Although we have sold no fewer than three presses in recent years in a frenzy of rationalisation, it has become necessary to have a small etching press in Canberra so Basil can work on his own plates on weekends and also do...
Printing underway for St Vincents Hospital Project

Printing underway for St Vincents Hospital Project

Printing is well underway on the St Vincents Hospital Project triptych. With Clinton Barker on the one-arm and Basil on the artwork and screen preparation, beautiful things are finally happening on this exciting initiative. A film crew and our organiser, Monique Silk, will be here next Thursday to take some action shots in the studio,...
"Pussycat" still making prints at 81

“Pussycat” still making prints at 81

Philip “Pussycat” Gudthaykudthay may need a walking stick these days, but he can still paint beautifully. He started making prints when Theo Tremblay worked at Ramingining in the early 1990s and has since made many more with Theo, with Northern Editions and with Red Hand, the latter two from Darwin. Now it’s our turn and we...
Ramingining Workshop

Ramingining Workshop

Basil is now out in the Central Arnhem Land community of Ramingining, making prints at Bula Bula Arts for the first time in many years. Established artists Dorothy Djukulul, Philip “Pussycat” Gudthaygudthay, Peter Mingululu, Roy Burnyila and Bobby Bunungurr were joined by others, such as Peter’s wife Shirley and Dorothy’s daughter, Joy for a busy...
Merrepen printmakers with Basil Hall at Nomad Art

Merrepen printmakers with Basil Hall at Nomad Art

Kumbi, Margaret, Marita, Troy, Basil, Angus Cameron from Nomad, Aaron, Patricia and Kieren at the opening of Kidin-Time of Plenty. Basil and Angus travelled out to the community in April and spent a week working with the artists on 19 new zinc plate etchings. These were proofed, approved and then editioned in our Braidwood studio in...
New Skopelos Workshop dates announced for 2017

New Skopelos Workshop dates announced for 2017

It doesn’t matter how you get there, just do it! Basil Hall and David Frazer (Victorian artist) are offering another fabulous printmaking holiday at Milos Studios on the island of Skopelos in 2017. The proposed dates are from September 4-17; later in the year than we have done in the past. It will be Autumn, the water will...
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...