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Basil hall

Basil Hall (2002 - )

Basil Hall studied for 4 years at Canberra School of Art under Jorg Schmeisser, graduating with a BA (Visual Art) in printmaking. From 1987-1996 he was Director and Editioning Manager at Studio One National Print Workshop in Canberra, helping to establish it as one of Australia's leading custom printing workshops. In 1995 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research and work in studios in Europe and USA. Since 1996 he has been based in Darwin, working as Manager of Northern Editions at the NTU (now CDU) until the end of 2001 and as Lecturer in charge of Printmaking there until 1999. For the last eight years Basil has run Basil Hall Editions from a purpose-built studio in Darwin. He and his team host visiting artists or travel to remote Aboriginal communities, collaborating with over 100 artists a year

Mats Unden

Mats Unden (2008 - 12)

Mats Unden joined us from Sweden in September 2008. Mats has had extensive editioning experience as the owner-operator, since 1993, of CBS Grafik, one of the two main professional print workshops in his country. He specialised in multi-plate colour etching and drypoint for his clients in Sweden, including Helmtrud Nystrom and Mikael Kihlman. Mats has had a long-standing interest in Australian Indigenous art, studying it at university level. In past years, he travelled in Australia to a number of communities and since joining BHE he has conducted workshops in Jabiru, Daly River, Warmun and Beswick and collaborated in Darwin with artists from Katanning and the southern capitals. He has now joined his partner Sara Higgs at Elcho Arts and we hope we might see him back working with us one day, after our big studio move.

Nena Zanos

Nena Zanos (2007 - )

Nena completed her printmaking studies at Charles Darwin University in 2009 and has been working part-time at BHE for over two years as both a print curator and a printer.

If you have received a parcel of prints or an edition from us in the last two years, chances are it has been Nena who has carefully checked them all and parcelled them up for you. Nena has also co-run workshops in Darwin and Peppimenarti, so far, and plans to undertake post-graduate study in addition to her printing work in 2010.

Natsha Rowell

Natasha Rowell (2002-2007; 2010-)

Natasha trained as a printmaker in Tasmania (BA with Hons) and joined BHE in 2002, working with Basil in remote locations during the first five years, while BHE still operated from a studio under Basil's house in Nakara. Tash editioned many of the Yilpingi Love Magic etchings, produced for the Australian Art Print Network in 2002-3. She attended Garma 2003 and 2004 and helped to produce the first Garma Panel, comprising the etchings of 80 artists. She also helped run workshops in Yirrkala, Ernabella, Yuendumu and Hall's Creek, to name a few. She has had three years away from the studio, during which time she has married, travelled to Indonesia and had two children. Now she has returned as a part-time printer, joining Basil, Mats and Nena in May 2010.

Clinton Barker

Clinton Barker (2007 - )

Clint joined BHE in 2007, but lives in Brisbane, where he has been a commercial screen printer for the last 12 years. He has been making four or five trips to the Top End each year and has completed editions for artists from Darwin, Ernabella, Warmun, Peppimenarti, Yuendumu, Nyapari, Tiwi Islands, Fitzroy Crossing and Arnhem Land. Clint has been involved in printing several of the editions for BHE's 2008 project, Custodians.In 2009, Clint printed the Tjungu Palya silkscreen editions for their successful folio of prints by 10 important Nyapari artists.


Sean Smith

Sean Smith (2007, 2008 - )

Sean has been living, working and studying in Melbourne in 2008, but has made three trips to Darwin to work for BHE as a printer. In December 2008 he joined us once again, this time for six months. Sean has a BFA (first class honours) from the College of Fine Art, University of NSW and has completed a Graduate Diploma in Business Management at University of Melbourne. He originally gained some printing experience working at Cicada Press with Michael Kempson. More recently he has editioned at both Northern Editions and BHE, run workshops and spent some time working with Elcho Arts. He now has a full-time job at Galiwingku! Sean is working with us again briefly (on loan) in 2010, while Basil and Mats are overseas.

Merran Sierakowski

Merran Sierakowski (ON STAFF 2005-08)

Merran has visual arts training, most recently completing her Honours at the Charles Darwin University, where she also gained experience as a custom printer. She joined Basil Hall Editions late in 2005 and became an important part of the team. Merran is an exhibiting artist and divided her time between making her own work and editioning at BHE. She and Basil ran the successful workshops at Buku Larrnggay in Yirrkala in 08, introducing Yolngu artists to softground etching for the "After Berndt" project exhibited at Gulkula during Garma Festival and in Darwin during the Darwin Festival 2008.

Pictured above Merran is printing the large shaped zinc plate: "Kwod", by Dennis Nona. Merran was involved in editioning many of Dennis's larger etching plates in 2007 and 2008 and now works occasionally on BHE projects from her home studio.

Monique Auricchio

Monique Auricchio (ON STAFF 2003-08)

Monique Auricchio worked as a custom printer at Northern Editions, NTU Darwin from 1997 until 2003. After Basil's departure, she became Editioning Manager of the busy workshop, where her duties included running workshops in remote Indigenous communities and overseeing the production and printing of etchings, silkscreen prints, relief prints and lithographs. From mid-2003 until 2008, Monique then worked as a senior printer at Basil Hall Editions, where she ran workshops in the bush and collaborated with Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the studio. Monique is a practising printmaker and shows regularly at Australian Galleries. She continues to edition and run workshops for BHE occasionally from her home base in NSW.

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