APW George Collie Memorial Award

The APW George Collie Memorial Award is a prestigious annual award established to acknowledge and celebrate Artists who have made significant and enduring contributions to the field of Australian Printmaking.

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

APW Artist in Residence Jennifer Marshall at a printing press in APW's custom printing studio, May 2016

Jennifer Marshall in the APW Studio, May 2016.

Jan Senbergs with APW Printers Simon White & Martin King, at a printing press, in APW's studio, September 2015

Jan Senbergs (left) with APW printers Simon White & Martin King at APW, 2015

Rick Amor drawing on a lithographic stone in the APW studio, 2012

Grahame King signing his lithograph The Coat at APW, 1999

Noel Counihan working on his lithograph in the APW studio, 1986

The 2017 APW George Collie Memorial Award was awarded to Kitty Kantilla and John Wolseley

  • ​Kitty Kantilla (1928 – 2003) is regarded as one of the significant painters and printmakers of her generation. Kitty was introduced to printmaking later in life through workshops conducted by APW at Jilamara Arts & Craft Association in the Tiwi Islands. She made her first etching in 1995 and continued to work with APW Printers, making etchings and lithographs, until 2003. Work produced by Kitty in collaboration with APW Printers can be found the collections of major Galleries and Institutions throughout Australia and overseas.
     
  • John Wolseley is one of Australia's most respected contemporary artists. Trained as a printmaker, John has continued to make fine art limited edition prints throughout his long career. John has created over 40 editions in collaboration with APW printers since 1990. These works have been acquired and exhibited in major exhibitions nationally and internationally.

 

The 2016 APW George Collie Memorial Award was awarded to Bea Maddock and Jennifer Marshall

  • Bea Maddock (1934 - 2016) It is a measure of her status as a leading Australian printmaker that she has been the subject of two major survey exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, in 1980 and 2013. In the 1970s and early 1980s she spent a significant period teaching at the Victorian College of the Arts and making prints at the Australian Print Workshop (at that time known as the Victorian Print Workshop). She was known for using print processes in novel ways and even mined local ochre as pigment for her work. 
     
  • Jennifer Marshall is represented in major State and Regional collections and her work has been widely exhibited throughout Australia and internationally. She taught at RMIT, Monash, Ballarat and La Trobe Universities while continuing to pursue her own practice. During this time Jennifer made a number of prints at Australian Print Workshop. Now based in Tasmania, Jennifer recently undertook an APW Artist-in-Residency. Jennifer has been commissioned to work with APW Printers on a suite of three etchings as part of this APW George Collie Memorial Award. 

 

The 2015 APW George Collie Memorial Award was awarded to Grahame King and Jan Senbergs.

  • Grahame King was born in Melbourne 1915 and died in 2008. He was influential in the revival of fine art printmaking in Australia in the 1960s and served as a founding artist committee member on the Victorian Print Workshop (later named Australian Print Workshop). APW invited Grahame to produce a suite of three ambitious multi-colour lithographs with APW Printers in 1999. 
     
  • Jan Senbergs was born in Latvia in 1939 and moved to Melbourne in 1950. Jan's creative relationship with Australian Print Workshop began with his first collaborative print produced at the workshop in 1991. Since then, Jan has produced over 70 limited edition fine art prints in collaboration with APW printers including his major etching Port Liardet Limner. Many of these works have been exhibited and acquired by major art museums around Australia and overseas including The British Museum.

 

The inaugural 2014 APW George Collie Memorial Award was awarded to Rick Amor and Noel Counihan.

  • Rick Amor was born in Frankston, Victoria in 1948 and lives in Melbourne. Rick’s creative relationship with Australian Print Workshop spans almost three decades. Over this time, Rick has produced over 80 fine art limited prints in collaboration with APW Printers that have been exhibited and acquired by major Australian Art Galleries and Museums.
     
  • Noel Counihan was born in Melbourne 1913 and died in 1986. He was a highly influential member of the Victorian Printmakers Group in the late 1970s which successfully reformed to establish the Victorian Print Workshop in 1981 (later renamed Australian Print Workshop). Noel was a key founding artist member of Print Workshop’s Advisory Committee from 1981 until his death in 1986.

A selection of limited edition fine art prints by artists who have been awarded the APW George Collie Memorial Award are available for purchase from the APW Gallery and online through the APW Printstore.