Sydney Uni seeks next letterpress printer in residence

The University of Sydney Library is seeking its next letterpress printer in residence for its eight-week program which is supported by $7000 in funding, with the recipient given exclusive access to the library’s Albion Press workshop and a collection of rare books and special collections.

This year marks the third year the Printer in Residence program has operated at the Fisher Library and is designed for artists with experience in letterpress printing to extend their understanding and use of the medium.

Last year’s resident, Barbara Campbell, said the program was a “dream opportunity” for her.

“There were so many highlights from the Printer in Residence program; building a real relationship with the big old Albion press every day was an hour,” Campbell said.

Dream opportunity: Barbara Campbell was the letterpress printer in residence in 2019 having studied printmaking as an undergraduate

Campbell completed her PhD at the Sydney College of the Arts in 2016 and was keen to extend her research into bird-human interactions through the medium of letterpresss and into the library environment.

“I’d studied printmaking as an undergraduate and more recently letterpress printing,” Campbell said.

“Bringing the printing skills and the recent research together was very satisfying as an artist. Working at the Fisher Library drove home to me what an important hub it is in the life of the University and Sydney more broadly.”

The Fisher Library is located at the university’s Camperdown campus, which is home to the Albion letterpress printer, which was purchased by the library in the early 1960s.

In addition to the Albion press, residents also have access to a second printing press and a 3D printer.

The program will run in semester two.

Further information about the program can be found here.

 

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