Ruth Johnstone | Print culture


Print Culture examines Melbourne printmaking through the work of artists who engage in print media in distinctive ways: unpacking the print process to include process as the material and content of a print, collaborations between custom printers and artists, enquiry into art and print-related hierarchies, the burgeoning presence of indigenous prints, consideration of repetition and its variant, combinations of old and new print technologies and international print portability.

Ruth Johnstone has exhibited since 1982 in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Korea, Ireland and the U.K. Her work is in national collections in Australia and the U.K. and most Australian state galleries. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Australia Council funded artists residencies in Italy in 1991 and a one year award for new work in Ireland, Italy and the U.K. in 1997. This was followed by a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1998 and at the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios in 2000, Dublin where she also had an artists residency at the International Studio. She has curated international print exhibitions in Korea and Northern Ireland and co-ordinated international print exchanges for RMIT University since 1990. 
Ruth completed a Master of Arts in 1993 at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and  a Ph.D. ‘Revisiting the Print Room’ on eighteenth-century print rooms and contemporary print installation at RMIT University where she is also Senior Lecturer with the School of Art. Her most recent publication is ‘Lady Louisa Conolly’s Print Room at Castletown House’ for the book Castletown: Decorative Arts, OPW Dublin, 2011.

Affiliation RMIT University, Printmaking Studio, School of Art


Building E, Level 2


Thursday 29 September


12.30 - 3.30pm