Sandra Williams ... Printmaking / Works on Paper

artist's statement

The techniques of printmaking provide many ways to communicate ideas & develop imagery. Every aspect is intensely challenging, from the initial concept to the choice of printmaking technique, from the making of the plate to the proofing, from the paper choice to the range of colours used.
As an extension of my environmental concerns, I have a commitment to safer printmaking. I am deeply concerned about the degradation of our environment and hope that by drawing attention to the significance of nature in our lives and celebrating its beauty that I may be able to counteract, to a small degree, the idea of nature as a resource to be plundered.

art organisations

Warringah Printmakers Studio, Australian Society of Miniature Art (NSW), Art & Soul Collective; UNSW Alumni Association: COFA Chapter, National Association for Visual Artists, Friends of the National Art School, fuel4arts, Print Council of Australia

website memberships

www.printmakers.info, PrintPeople, Inkteraction, Facebook

biographical notes

1973 Dip. Art Ed., 1981 B. Ed. (Art), 1994 MA ( Education)
1997-2017 Warringah Printmakers Studio Management Committee; 2017 President; 2002 - 2017 Website Design & Management; 2006 - 2016 Treasurer; 1997- 2006 Secretary

selected exhibitions

2017 Land, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Manly, NSW; Air: Four Elements, Sydney NSW; Natural Collection, a collaborative artist book launched at Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Manly, NSW;3rd Global Print, Douro, Portugal; Gippsland Print Awards, VIC; Water: Four Elements, Sydney NSW; Manly Library Artist Book Awards, Creative Space, Sydney, NSW; Spectrum 1 & 5, Glen Street Gallery, Sydney NSW
2016 Metropolis, Art Space on the Concourse, Chatswood, NSW; Signature 1 & 2, Glen Street Gallery, Sydney NSW; Positive Negatives, Art Studios Gallery, Gosford NSW; 2nd International Enter into Art Installations 2016, Cologne, Diez, Nassau, Germany
2016,'15,'08 to '13,'05 to '06 ASMA(NSW) National Awards Exhibition: Ewart Gallery, Willoughby
2015 Saltwater Exhibition, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney, NSW; 4th Biennial International Open Print Show, Wharepuke Studio, New Zealand; InterArt 3 & 4, Art & Soul Cooperative Exhibiitons, Glen Street, Sydney; Bimblebox 153 Birds Printmaking Project; Impress Printmakers Studio and Gallery, Brisbane, QLD; International Sint-Niklaas 2015 bookplates & small printmaking competition, Stedelijke Musea - Internationaal Exlibriscentrum Sint-Niklaas, Belgium; A Brush with Japan, ASMA exhibiiton at the Gosford Regional Gallery, Warringah Printmakers Studio Inc. Annual Exhibition, Warringah Creative Space, North Curl Curl.
2014 Inkmasters Biennial Print Exhibition, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns QLD, Elements, Warringah Creative Space, NSW; Rock, Scissors, Paper, Art Studios Gallery, NSW; Mini Print Exhibition, Ethel Street Fine Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2013 Manly Artist Book Award, Manly Library, NSW; Mini Print Internacional de Cadaqués, Girona, Spain; Marked by Water, Newcastle & Sydney; Hornsby Art Prize, Wallarobba Art Centre, Hornsby
2013, 2011, 2009,'07 Keeping Company, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, NSW;
2012 Leave Nothing but Prints, Manly Art Gallery & Museum Manly NSW; Inaugural Inkmaster Print Exhibition, Tank 4 Gallery, Cairns, QLD; International Miniature Print Exhibition, Ottawa School of Art; International Print Exchange Exhibition, Lorg Fine Art Printmakers, Ireland; 'A Small World', Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral
2011 Manly Library Inaugural Book Award (Judges: Akky Van Ogtrop & Therese Kenyon), Miniatures in the 21st Century, Cessnock Regional Gallery; Warringah Printmakers Studio at the Milk Factory, Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, 2011 Open Print Competition A4, Cornwall, UK; A Little Australian, Craft NSW; Miniatures of the 21st Century, Cessnock Regional Gallery
2013-1997 Warringah Printmakers Studio Inc. Annual Exhibition
2012,'11, 2009,'07 North Sydney Art Prize: Hutley Hall, North Sydney Council
2011, 2008-04; 2002-1997; 1991 Warringah Art Prize
2010 Libris Award, Art Space Mackay, QLD; Footprint, Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, USA; The Americas Print Biennial Exhibition - Daybreak - selected for exhibition & archiving; In a Nutshell ASMA (NSW) Kerry Lowe Gallery, Paddington
2010,'08 BIMPE VI & BIMPE V - Biennial Miniature Print Exhibition, Vancouver
2009 7th International Miniature Print Biennial, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk CT;
2008 From Ocean to Harbour: Mosman Art Gallery (NSW)
2008 & 2006 Second International Miniature Print Exhibition (2008): Ottawa School of Art
impression: MINIATURE First International Miniature Print Exhibition (2006), Ottawa School of Art
2008-05 & 2003 Lessedra Second World Miniprint Annual: National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria.
2006 Small and Smaller: Australian Society of Miniature Art (NSW), Hornsby Gallery, Australia;
Through Australian Eyes: Guangzhou, China.
2006-05 art for art Exhibition: St Augustine's College
2005 Studio Works from Warringah Printmakers: Frameworks Gallery Cremorne
Fisher's Ghost Art Award: Campbelltown Regional Art Gallery.
2004 Australia Enchanting Impressions: Cultural Exchange Exhibition, Guangzhou, China.
2002 Print Australia: Northwest Print Council, Portland, Oregon; Dattilo-Rubbo Memorial Exhibition: Manly Gallery Art Gallery

other exhibitions

2015 Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Cooperative Fundraising Exhibition, Sydney, Australia; 2013 Artists for Afghan Aid, Balmain Watch House, NSW: printmakers@angel exhibition, Angel Restaurant, Queenscliff, NSW
2013 & 2011 CPM National Print Awards Tweed River Art Gallery NSW
2012 Irish Connection, Manly Vale, NSW
2011 Small Works, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2010 Placemarkers, Warringah Printmakers Studio Gallery; Hong Kong Art Fiesta, Open Print Workshop; Art Sydney 2010, Fox Studios
2009 Of the Landscape, Marianne Newman Gallery Crows Nest; A Closer Look, Warringah Printmakers Studio Gallery
2008 Naestved International Miniprint Exhibition: Denmark; Changing Climate - Reinventing Lives: Gladstone Regional Art Gallery, Warringah Printmakers Studio Gallery, Cowra Regional Gallery, Megalo, Firestatiion Gallery (May 2009); The Americas Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Prints
The Seventh Annual Fine Art Print Exhibition: The Sidney Nolan Trust, The Rodd, Presteigne, Powys UK
2007 Reel Heroes Safe Beaches: Warringah Printmakers Studio Gallery, Robyn Bauer Studio Gallery Brisbane, Gladstone Regional Gallery, Robina Gallery, Noosa Regional Gallery, Artspace Mackay, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery;
Inside the Square: Warringah Printmakers Members' Exhibition incorporating the prints exchange with the Spike Island Printmakers Bristol UK, Balmain Watch House, Sydney;
Mixed Palette: prints, paintings & mixed media by Helen Clare, Trudy Goodwin & Sandra Williams, Balmain Watch House.
2007-05; 2003 Linden Postcard Exhibition, VIC, Australia.
2006 Freedom Exhibition: TAP Gallery Sydney; Moree Gallery Exhibition, Moree, NSW;
Art Connections: collaborative exhibition for the Guringai Festival, held at Sea La Vie Café, Dee Why, Warringah Printmakers Studio Gallery & the Pine Street Gallery, Sydney;
The Alumni Prize Exhibition: Kudos Gallery, Paddington;
Heat: postcard exhibition, AWESpace, UNSW main campus in Kensington.
2005 From the Desert to the Sea: Prints by Helen Clare & Sandra Williams at Finks Cafe Gallery, Clovelly;
La Collecte: exhibitions in Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Australia, France.
Bookmark Exhibition, Espace Mottin
Flying Carpet, Exhibitions in Spain, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Bologna, Luxembourg, Poland;
Bird 2005 International Art Award: Beijing Natural Culture Centre.
2005-03 Printworks, Finks Gallery Waverton, Australia.
2004 La Collecte: exhibitions in Luxembourg, Denmark, Brazil, Serbia, Sweden, Holland, Canada.
Capricorn Coast Art Exhibition QLD, Australia
Ricoh Environmental Awards Exhibition: Australia
Tree of Difference: Mini Print Exhibition Frameworks Gallery Cremorne, Australia.
Affordable Art: Fox Studios, Australia.
Bookmark Exhibition: Kasba Printmaking Studio, Brussels.
Flying Carpet: Exhibitions in Spain, Switzerland, U S A, Belgium, Iceland, Lithuania.
2003 Flying Carpet Project: M. Zilinskas Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania.

prizes & commendations

2016 Commended/Printmaking for La Vecchia Veneziana Judge's Comments: A strong composition & use of colour. ASMA(NSW) Annual National Awards.
2015 Highly Commended/Printmaking for Winter Stroll Judge's Comments (Cherry Hood): Moody and interesting.
Commended/Printmaking for Coastal Gums II. Judge's Comments (Cherry Hood): Classic etching with painting. Very beautiful trees like mine. ASMA(NSW) Annual National Awards.
2011 First in Printmaking for Mimi Country II, ASMA(NSW) Annual National Awards, Judge's comments (Lucy Culliton): Lovely drawing & subtle colour.
Printmaking Prize for Autumn Banksias, North Sydney Art Prize 2011. Judge's Comments (Nafisa Naomi): Translates the feeling of the bush and banksias beautifully into the medium - with soft scratchings, and strong contrasts, the resilience of the banksias stand as a reminder of the Australian bush which thrives amongst our urban landscape.
2009 Best in Show & First Prize, Printmaking for Rising Storm, ASMA, (NSW).Judge's comments (Lou Klepac): A most lovely & original work, which is a joy to look at.
Highly Commended, Printmaking for Day Break, ASMA, (NSW). Judge's comments (Lou Klepac): A delightful little gem. Shapes & colour which might rival a Wynne Prize painting.
2006 Printmaking Prize for Windy Harbour: North Sydney Art Prize, North Sydney Council. Judge's comments (Ivan Freehelly, Raymond's Framing): Depth of colour captures the spirit of being taken away on a ferry trip, creating a feeling of tranquillity. (Eckersleys) :Gorgeous sense of depth in the water, as though one may dive right in. Great technique, interesting composition.
2005 Honourable Mention Warringah Art Show for Winter Harbour (Judge: Katherine Roberts)
Special Award for Summer Fun, Bird International Beijing, China
2004 Highly Commended for Nature Morte & Packers Prize for City Lights Ricoh Environmental Awards Exhibition
1998 Commended Print Section Artrysts Miniature Art Awards for Beach Scene. Judge's comments (Elisabeth Cummings) :Vigorous drawing of sea, sky and figures and good use of colour.
1997 First Prize Print Section Artrysts Miniature Art Awards for Bali. Judge's comments (David Fairburn): I enjoy the linear enquiry in this image. The artist has a good sense of the landscape, portraying a definite feeling for Bali.

artist's talks

Leave Nothing but Prints - Manly Art Gallery & Museum, July 2012
Keeping Company Exhibition - Manly Art Gallery & Museum, January 2009
Art Exchange 5 - Manly Art Gallery & Museum, May 2009
Official Speaker: Pine Street Printmakers '09 - Pine Street Creative Centre, July 2009

exchanges

2016 Australian Print Council 50th Anniversary, Print Exchange
2014 International Print Exchange 2014, Banks Mill Studios, Derby, UK
2016,'14,'12,'10,'08,'06,'04 Compact Prints, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts
2008 Changing Climate - Reinventing Lives Print Exchange with Warringah Printmakers, NSW; Press Gang, QLD; Firestation, VIC; Megalo Arts, ACT; Printmakers Association, WA
2007 Political Theme Print Exchange Four, www.printmakers.info
Inside the Square Print Exchange with the Spike Island Printmakers Bristol UK
2007-05 & '03 Bookmark Exchange, Belgium
2006 Reel Heroes Safe Beaches, Surf Life Saving Association Exchange
Arboreal, Print Exchange Two, www.printmakers.info
2005 Innovations a Print Australia Exchange
2004 The Fringe Postcard Exchange, Adelaide Arts Festival
Nature Morte Exchange, Print Australia
SSNW Postcard Exchange, Print Australia

catalogues & publications

2012 Irish Connection: Catalogue; Compact Prints Exhibition: 'Old Man Banksia' on CD cover & invitation
2011 Imprint Journal, Spring 2011
2008 From Ocean to Harbour - written by Tony Geddes, Imprint Journal, Winter
From Ocean to Harbour - catalogue introduction by Tony Geddes & Katrina Cashman
Changing Climate - Reinventing Lives Catalogue & Imprint Journal: Spring 2008
Catalogue for impression: MINIATURE, Ottawa School of Art Gallery
Naestved International Miniprint Exhibition, Denmark - 'Blizzard' on catalogue cover
2007 Catalogue for Reel Heroes Safe Beaches Exchange Exhibition
2007-05; 2003 Catalogue for Lessedra, World Miniprint Annual, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria
2006 Catalogue for impression: MINIATURE, Ottawa School of Art Gallery
Featured artist on home page of www.printmakers.info for the month of April
www.artistprinter.com, a directory of contemporary antipodean artist printmakers
2005 Catalogue for Bird 2005 International Art Award
2004 Catalogue for Flying Carpet Project, 1001 Women Artists.
Australia Enchanting Impressions Catalogue
Imprint (Quarterly Journal of the Print Council of Australia), Spring 2004: Matrix (womb and surface) Review by Fiona Barbouttis
Imprint (Quarterly Journal of the Print Council of Australia), Summer 2004: Flying Carpet Project Review by Gaye Paterson

collections

Stedelijke Musea - Internationaal Exlibriscentrum Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
The Hong Kong Print Workshop
The Australian Print Collection of the Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Australia
The Beijing Natural Culture Centre, Beijing, China
Warringah Council
Local Studies Collection, Stanton Library North Sydney Council
Naestved International Miniprint Collection, Denmark
The Americas Biennial Contemporary Prints Archive
Private collections in Australia, Singapore, North America, Sweden & China