fine art printmaking



Northern Editions


The Northern Editions print workshop is in Darwin, at the Top End
of Australia's Northern Territory. Thanks to its proximity to Arnhem Land, the Tiwi islands, the Great Sandy and the Tanami Deserts,
the printers here have the privilege to work primarily with artists from remote indigenous communities. Copper and zinc plates are often brought out to the community and the resulting etchings display a sensitivity to line and colour that gives each indigenous group its own style, influenced by their culture and their knowledge of the land.

printing at northern editionsPulling a proof of "Ngiya Jilamara" by Dymphna Kerinauia.
Photo: Barry Ledwidge

kulama by timothy cook"Kulama" by Timothy Cook.

The Jilamara Collection includes twenty intaglio prints by the Tiwi artists from Milikapiti, Melville Island.


Collaborating Printer:
Dian Darmansjah.


Editioning Printers:
Sarah Dudley, Ulrich Kühle,
Jacinta Numina-Waugh
and Trent Walter.

trent walter and jacinta numina-waughWorkshop Manager Trent Walter and printer Jacinta Numina-Waugh.



Garma Festival


Each year, the Yolgnu people of northeast Arnhem Land welcome guests from across
the globe to the Garma Festival, a week of celebration of the Yolngu culture.


All Indigenous artists are invited to take part in the annual Print Panel Project and to collaborate with professional printmakers.
dancers at garma festivalYolgnu dancers at the nightly 'Bungul' competition.
sarah working at garma festivalSarah working with Groote Eylandt artist Harry Mununggurr.
This year's panel project was facilitated by
Megalo Access Arts from Canberra. Ulrich and Sarah, along with Bobbie Ruben and Kelly Scurr
of Charles Darwin University went to the festival to work with the artists. By the end of the week more than 60 lino blocks had been carved by the adult artists and over 75 by the children taking part in the Youth Forum. All images were proofed on-site and will be editioned by Megalo back in Canberra.
uli proofing plates at garma festivalUlrich proofing in the workshop tent.



Warlayirti Artists


The Warlayirti Artists Centre is part of the Wirrimanu community at Balgo Hills, on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia. The Northern Editions printers travelled to this remote Outback community to work with some of Australia's most respected Indigenous artists including Eubena Nampitjinpa, Helicopter Tjungarrayi,
Kathleen Paddoon, Boxer Milner and Ningye Nangala.

balgo artists paintingKathleen Paddoon, Elizabeth Numiye and Ningye Nangala painting in the art centre's studio.
ulrich and mark assembling a printPlates in various stages of etching and proofing.
Eleven artists and four printers made for busy days; we all enjoyed seeing the artists look at the proofs and compliment both themselves and the other artists on their good work. Over twenty images in the Balgo artists' signature brilliant colours were created, and were editioned back at Northern Editions in Darwin in 2007.

helicopter joe painting his plateArtist 'Helicopter' Joe Tjungarrayi.
ningye nangala paintingArtist Ningye Nangala working with bitumen/aspaltum on her plate.
warlayirti artists centreWarlayirti Artists' Centre.
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