Fine Art Printing Services

Whether you are an artist with an extensive background in printmaking, or making prints for the first time, Australian Print Workshop's Fine Art Printing Services provide an opportunity to collaborate with APW's highly skilled Printers to produce original limited edition fine art prints.

Lisa Roet working with APW Printers Martin King and Simon White

John Wolseley at APW in 2012 (photography by Vincent Long)

Tim Maguire with APW Printers Martin King and Simon White

William Kelly working with APW Printer Martin King

Fiona Hall working with APW Printers Martin King and Simon White

Australian Print Workshop has a strong reputation in Australia and overseas for collaborating with leading contemporary artists to produce original limited edition fine art prints of the highest quality and innovation. 

Works produced at APW have been exhibited and acquired by major art galleries and museums throughout Australian and overseas including The British Museum and National Gallery of Australia, to name just a few… 

APW’s renovated building is a truly remarkable centre of excellence for printmaking - with purpose-designed facilities to rival those of the best print workshops around the world.

With spacious, air-conditioned and fully-equipped studios Australian Print Workshop offers fine art printing services in a range of print mediums including: etching, stone lithography, plate lithography, relief printing and monoprinting. 

Located in Melbourne’s inner-city Fitzroy, Australian Print Workshop is ideally positioned in the vibrant Gertrude Street precinct; amid an array of galleries, cafes, bars, restaurants, boutiques, vintage wares, and old-school pubs. Just a short taxi ride from the CBD; or a ride on the #86 tram that stops just meters from APW.   

APW’s visiting artist studio and architect designed self-contained apartment offer additional benefits for Artists visiting from interstate and/or overseas. 

APW provides a welcoming and inspiring environment for artists to create and produce fine art prints.

 

How do I access the APW Fine Art Printing Services?

APW Fine Art Printing Services are available to anyone wishing to produce original limited edition fine art prints.

An initial meeting (or conversation) with one of our staff will help us to advise you on the printmaking technique that is most appropriate to your work. From there we will be able to scope, schedule and provide a cost estimate for your proposed project.

APW Fine Art Printing Services are often heavily booked, so your project may need to be scheduled several weeks in advance.

 

What equipment and facilities are available?

Australian Print Workshop Fine Art Printing Services offers Artists access to a wide range of equipment and facilities including:

Private air-conditioned Artist Studio:

  • located on the 1st floor of APW’s premises (for the duration of the Artist’s project)

Private self-contained Apartment:

  • option to book APW’s visiting artist studio and self-contained 1-bedroom apartment located on the 1st floor of APW’s premises (for the duration of the Artist’s project)

Exclusive air-conditioned Lithography studio that includes:

  • FAG offset lithography press (bed size 107cm x 78cm)
  • Takach-Garfield motorized lithography press (bed size 142cm x 82cm)
  • Over 100 lithography stones (including a collection of large stones measuring approx. 73x102cm)
  • Large collection of high quality rollers & leather nap rollers
  • Ample bench space for preparing plates and paper
  • Large drying racks

Exclusive air-conditioned Etching & Relief Printing studio that includes:

  • MES manual etching press (bed size 240cm x 106cm)
  • Hilton manual etching press (bed size 150cm x 80cm)
  • Compressed blankets (felt) – various sizes
  • Woven blankets – various sizes
  • Ventilated process room with fume extraction
  • Ferric chloride baths for etching copper (maximum size 145cm x 98cm)
  • Aquatint box (including rosin)
  • Hotplates
  • Large collection of high quality rollers and brayers
  • Large stainless steel sink for soaking paper
  • Ample bench space for preparing plates and paper
  • Drying boards

Other printmaking equipment and facilities available include:

  • Hilton manual etching press (bed size 165cm x 100cm)
  • Hilton manual etching press (bed size 168cm x 100cm)
  • Late 19C etching press (bed size 88cm x 38cm)
  • Albion press for relief printing (platen size 60cm x 45cm)
  • Albion press for relief printing (platen size 48.5cm x 36.5cm)
  • Colombian press for relief printing (platen size 49.5cm x 39.5cm)
  • Takach-Garfield motorized lithography press (bed size 176cm x 100cm)
  • Takach-Garfield manual lithography press (bed size 142cm x 85cm)
  • Lightbox
  • Guillotine for cutting metal plates
     

What is the cost?

Fees for APW Fine Art Printing Services are calculated on the individual project specifications to cover labour, materials and overhead expenses.

Please contact us for further information, to discuss your project and to obtain a cost estimate.