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.
Etchings

We’re a bit behind with our entries on the webpage, owing to a month of flat out editioning, so here are a couple of shots featuring Mark Ward, Mirabel Fitzgerald and Julie Holmes, who came up to work on new and existing etchings with Basil in Braidwood in February. All are experienced printmakers, so it’s a...
Robyn Mayo visit from Tasmania

Robyn Mayo visit from Tasmania

Tasmanian (formerly Southern Highlands, NSW-) artist, Robyn Mayo, has also been up in Braidwood working with Basil. Her visit coincided with Jessie Pangas’s residency, so they are both pictured at left, admiring a first proof of one of Robyn’s full plate line etchings. Robyn has a solo exhibition in Launceston in March, so these two...
2017 Residencies at BHE

2017 Residencies at BHE

We have had three artists working at Basil Hall Editions in Braidwood since mid-January. Sue Thomas, who is currently enrolled at National Art School, has been here to make plates and do some proofing. An increasing number of individual artists are accessing the facilities for aquatinting, proofing, photo exposures and the use of Basil’s expertise. This...
Katie Breckon residency at BHE in December

Katie Breckon residency at BHE in December

WA artist, Katie Breckon, visited in December, accompanied by several parcels of stainless steel and aluminium plates. Working with Basil, she etched the aluminium pieces, inked up the weathered steel and tried a large number of combinations on the Hilton Press. The larger plates went almost to the edges of the press, so the blankets were...
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. 
Etching on King Island

Etching on King Island

Sydney artist, Lisa Marshall, came down for Basil’s recent workshops on King Island, and participated in both the woodblock and etching. Lisa stayed in a beach-side cottage and spent plenty of time collecting material on the beach nearby. She ended up drawing and aquatinting one of the huge sponge-like plants she found, and Basil printed...
Richard Griffiths flew over to King Is from Tasmania for the workshop

Richard Griffiths flew over to King Is from Tasmania for the workshop

Basil, former NSW- now Tasmanian artist- Richard Griffiths, and workshop facilitator, Andrew Blake enjoying the printing on Day 3 of the 5 day workshop Basil ran with the Blakes on King Island last week. Richard came over with the assistance of Arts Tasmania and enjoyed learning some new printmaking techniques to add to those he...
King Island 2016 Printmaking Workshops

King Island 2016 Printmaking Workshops

This year, with the assistance of Arts Tasmania, three indigenous artists from northern Tasmania once again joined the workshop run by Basil Hall and Andrew and Dianne Blake on King Island. Here Cheryl Rose and Basil check out her first coloured woodblock on Day 3. Although the pigment-colouring technique can be done by hand, we...
Armidale comes to Braidwood

Armidale comes to Braidwood

Three Armidale artists, including Susie (at left) travelled down to work with Basil for three days recently. The Braidwood studio works well for groups of up to 4-5, and in three days we can expose plates, aquatint them, make hard- or soft ground drawings, use sugar lift…it’s all here. Susie made three separations on True...
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 dry points and aquatints in...
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...