British Museum - major exhibition features APW Works

Anne Virgo (APW Director) and Stephen Coppel (Curator of the Modern Collection of prints and drawings at The British Museum)

The British Museum’s major exhibition of Australian prints and drawings Out of Australia - Prints and Drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas opened to the public on 26 May 2011.

Curated by Stephen Coppel (Curator of the Modern Collection of prints and drawings at The British Museum) the exhibition was promoted as part of a major Australian season of events at The British Museum.

The exhibition featured 126 works by 60 artists, spanning the period from the 1940’s to the present and featured a number of works by Indigenous artists.

Australian Print Workshop featured very prominently in both the exhibition and the book published to accompany the exhibition.

A total of 19 works in the exhibition had been produced at Australian Print Workshop including works by: Mickey Allan, Rick Amor, England Banggala, Butcher Cherel, John Coburn, Kitty Kantilla, Banduk Marika, Maryanne Mungatopi, Janice Murray, Bardayal Nadjamerrek, Gary Namponan, Ann Newmarch, Mike Parr, Jan Senbergs, Judy Watson, John Wolseley and Pedro Wonaeamirri.

The British Museum’s bookshops displayed rows of postcards of Jan Senbergs etching Going OS that had been produced in collaboration with APW.

The exhibition was the first major exhibition of Australian art of any kind in London for over a decade, and it was the first exhibition of Australian works on paper of this scale and ambition to be held outside Australia. 

The exhibition continued until 11 September 2011.