12 December, 2006

Prints and printmaking Australia Asia Pacific

Prints and printmaking Australia Asia Pacific provides a gateway for information on printed images from Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

The focus of the site is prints and printmaking by artists from Australia, Aboriginal Australia, the Torres Strait Islands, Papua New Guinea, Maori and Pakeha Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific region including , New Caledonia, Nuie, Samoa, Kiribati, and the Solomon Islands. The site also includes references to prints and printmaking in China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Based on the collection at the National Gallery of Australia there is free online access to 16,000 images. The databases can be searched by artist, subject or print techniques such as etching, woodcut, wood-engraving, linocut, lithograph, screenprint, monotype and other print related processes such as posters and artists books. Index to online information on printmakers, print workshops, print publishers, print galleries and public and private collections.

This service is an initiative of Roger Butler, Senior Curator of Australian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia. This access initiative is generously supported by the Gordon Darling Australasian Print Fund.


National Gallery of Australia 30, 31 March, 1 April 2007
Convenor: Roger Butler, Senior Curator Australian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia
This symposium is supported by the Gordon Darling Australasian Print Fund





The cataloging of prints, posters and illustrated books is a challenging task, the works having more variables than most art forms. The introduction of works of art databases and web delivery of information enables these often hidden collections a new presence.These guidelines provide a sophisticated framework for cataloging prints in a way which will be selfexplanatory to a web-based (or art professional) audience while facilitating precise, detailed searches.

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