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Printer in Residence 2019: Program of Events

Our 2019 Printer in Residence, Barbara Campbell, will take up residency in the Piscator Press workshop from 26 August.

Open Studios

Drop in at our Open Studio sessions to see Barbara at work and the Piscator Press in action.

Between 2-4pm Wednesday 11th September, please register here
Between 2-4pm Wednesday 25th September, please register here

Book Exhibition Launch

Please join us for a drink and some nibbles at the launch of Barbara’s book and to hear the artist speak about the residency, using the Piscator Press and all things letterpress!

Date: Thursday 17th October
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Press room and foyer area, Level 1, Fisher Library.
Please register here

Printer in Residence 2019: Barbara Campbell

Image: Barbara Campbell, Well there you are, 2015

The Library is excited to announce Artist Barbara Campbell as the 2019 Printer in Residence.

With an extensive creative practice spanning printmaking, performance, bookmaking and concept-driven enquiry, Barbara Campbell will take up residency in the Piscator Press workshop during Semester 2.

You can explore her work on her Vimeo page.

Her project ‘A Bird is in the Library’ brings together her passion for print techniques, text, libraries, and birds. It anticipates engagement with library users in an imaginative journey via letterpress and the architecture of the library and its systems.

Stay tuned for more updates coming… Watch for the birds!

Printer in Residence 2018: Wendy Murray

Wendy is a Sydney-based artist and arts educator with extensive experience in letterpress printing. Her work addresses social and political issues through poster making and book arts.

During her 8-week residency at the Piscator Press, Wendy truly brought our Level 1 print workshop back to life. Using letterpress and digital printing processes, Wendy produced an edition of 80 copies of Sydney - we need to talk, a collection of short, accessible explorations of the politics of urbanisation. Authored by a multi-disciplinary team of University of Sydney scholars, the book was launched as part of the 5th Festival of Urbanism in September 2018. As well as using the Library's Albion presses and type collections, Wendy's design drew upon the historic publications of the Piscator Press that are now held in Rare Books & Special Collections.

Of this project, Wendy writes 'This illustrated book is an experiment with collaborative short-form writing. Each co-authored piece involves a dialogue between people and places. Sydney is the central character in each essay, as each author is Sydney based - we draw from our research and experiences in our city. And, each essay goes somewhere else: Sydney meets another city'.

Find out more about Wendy's residency on her website and Instagram.

Exhibition - Piscator Press : past and present

From Tuesday 14 August 2018
Level 1 exhibition space, Fisher Library (opposite printing press room and news room)

A display of historic materials from the Piscator Press, alongside work by Wendy Murray, our 2018 Printer in Residence.