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 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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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...
Jessie Pangas silkscreen print

Jessie Pangas silkscreen print

Jessie Pangas completed this 10 colour silkscreen print in two days with Basil in BHE’s Canberra studio during her recent residency. She used a variety of techniques, including painted positives, reduction printing and a final charcoal drawing done on True Grain film. The Canberra studio is ideal for individual artists who want to access silkscreen...
Jessie Pangas residency in January

Jessie Pangas residency in January

Jessie Pangas from northern Tasmania has been in the studios in Braidwood (etching and collagraph) and Canberra (silkscreen) recently, working with Basil on new and existing images. Here, she is fine-tuning an older collagraph block (now with added carborundum for the darkest areas). The block itself, made using incised boxboard, paint and shellac, is seen...
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...
Sturt woodblock books

Sturt woodblock books

A close up of some of the beautiful concertina books made during the recent Sturt Workshops in Mittagong. Basil had a group of 10 artists for the five day woodblock experience. Sturt runs these workshops in both Winter and Summer and participants can do everything from painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, wood, metalwork, textiles, calligraphy….check out...
Woodblock prints at Sturt in Mittagong, 2017

Woodblock prints at Sturt in Mittagong, 2017

Here is the happy gang at the end of another successful Sturt Workshop, held in the Southern Highlands town of Mittagong each year. This year, Basil ran a woodblock course, during which participants were able to cut a number of blocks. We used Shina ply, kauri pine ply and cheap Bunnings ply (for grainy backgrounds) and...
Tasmanian artist Brigitte Wolfe attends King Island workshop

Tasmanian artist Brigitte Wolfe attends King Island workshop

Tasmanian artist, Brigitte Wolfe flew over to join our recent printmaking workshops on King Island, courtesy of Arts Tasmania, and following a residency at Cradle Mountain. All hands on deck (see left) as Basil and workshop facilitator, Andrew Blake, attend to the printing of one of Brigitte’s sensitive little woodblock prints.
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...
Another printmaking veteran from Raminginning

Another printmaking veteran from Raminginning

Artist: Roy Burnyila;  Medium: Silkscreen; Dimensions: 595 x 420 mm;  (Image Copyright 2016 Bula Bula Arts)  Sales enquiries Bula Bula Arts on 08 8979 7911