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Thirning Villa welcomes New Artist in Residence for Ashfield

Rochelle Summerfield specialises in works on paper, using traditional and contemporary print media, drawing, photography and collage.  Her work is represented in several major collections such as the National Library Permanent Collection, Charles Sturt University Art Collection and RMIT Gallery, Melbourne as well as several regional galleries and private collections.

Rochelle Summerfield has been selected for the Ashfield Council Artist in Residence at Thirning Villa and will be there during January to March 2012. 

In 2010, Ms Summerfield received The Janet Holmes a Court - Artist Grant for her solo show 'Elevation' in Melbourne, as well as The Ekersleys Art Materials Prize (for NAVA members) and The Marketing Grant for NSW Artists.

In 2009, Ms Summerfield was awarded by Basil Hall, the Tony Abernathy Memorial Prize for the Human Condition at the Community Printmakers National Biennial Print Award.  Other achievements include the selection for the 2009 Print Council of Australia Print Commission and received a Merit Prize for Photomedia by Judge Naomi Cass in Picture This 2009, Melbourne.

In 2007, Ms Summerfield achieved a residency at the Can Serrat International Art Centre in Barcelona.

Ms Summerfield has a Master of Arts by Research and First Class Honours degree in Visual Arts, Southern Cross University.  Ms Summerfield has been teaching art at the North Coast Institute of TAFE for several years and is a sessional academic at Southern Cross University.  Ms Summerfield runs her own print studio PressOn Regardless on the North Coast of NSW.

For more information about the artist, visit

Workshops & demonstrations

Demonstration:  On Wednesday 11 January from 10am to 2pm, Ms Summerfield will hold a demonstration of her work in the Ashfield Civic Centre 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield. 

Two day workshops:   COLLAGRAPH PRINT MAKING Saturday & Sunday 14th & 15th and 21st & 22nd January from 10am to 3pm at Thirning Villa, 40 Arthur Street Ashfield

Just come along and have fun making collagraphs and be amazed at the textural beauty that you can achieve.  The beauty and individuality of collagraph prints come from their infinite range of textures and tactile effects.  This fine art process is a collage print making technique, where the image is made from a variety of textured materials glued to a base plate and then printed using traditional relief and intaglio methods.  It is a non-toxic process.  No experience is necessary.  Bring along some drawings, collage, or photos to inspire you and wear old clothes.

Two day workshop outline:

DAY ONE:  Introduction to collagraphs with examples and handouts.  Design the blocks, gluing and testing blocks.  Demonstration on printing the blocks, participants testing printing methods.

DAY TWO:  Participants ink up and print their blocks and make adjustments and reprint.  Final decisions are made on colour and presentation of prints and finishing prints to take home.  If you have done this workshop before or have previous experience you may like to join the artist for extended printing and testing collagraph processes.

One day workshop:    ETCHING AND PRINTMAKING Wednesday 18 January 10am to 3pm

Come and enjoy the simplicity of scratching marks straight into a cardboard etching plate and learning how to ink up this line and achieve a beautiful print without chemicals and solutions.  This fine art process is the first step in learning about traditional etching methods and yet you can achieve some amazing results.  No experience is necessary.  Bring along some drawings, collage, or photos to inspire you and wear old clothes.

Workshop outline:

Introduction to drypoint with examples and handouts.  Design and then scratch into the drypoint plate.  Demonstrations on printing the drypoint, then participants testing these printing methods and printing their work to take home.

General Information

The workshops are suitable for High School students and adults

No experience is necessary

All materials are provided

The workshops are FREE

For more information or to make a booking phone Anthia 9716 1866 or email with 'AIR info' in the subject line


January 13, 2012
Category: News