The Australian Print Triennial is a major international art event spearheaded by The Art Vault that will bring together artists, academics, arts ambassadors and practising printmakers from Australia and overseas to engage in a celebration of art printmaking and its significance in modern Australia’s Art’s culture.
A feature of the event is the inaugural Australian Print Triennial Prize, worth over $10,000, along with workshops with experts, major international exhibitions, a forums with speakers including Robyn Archer, Reg Mombassa, Judy Watson, ex de Medici and Arone Meeks, community events, panels and debates plus a fabulous triennial dinner at Ampelon Gardens.
Professor Grishin AM FAHA, a world renowned art historian, critic and curator, considered that The Art Vault was best placed to initiate such an important high profile and much needed national event.
For almost two decades the Mildura Sculpture Triennials defined the nature of sculpture in Australia. Unlike a major capital city, like Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra, where there are numerous cultural distractions, Mildura has the advantage being small and focused, like a natural ‘think tank’ devoted to particular art form. Printmaking in Mildura, since the establishment of the Art Vault, has gained a strong institutional and social base and a rapidly growing national reputation amongst Australian printmakers. A print triennial in Mildura has the potential of creating a national focus on printmaking and should with time set the agenda for printmaking in this country. It is an exciting idea which I strongly support.
Professor Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA
Since its launch over five years ago, the Art Vault has demonstrated its commitment to artists and the nurturing of their work in a most hospitable environment. Like much of the Mildura culture, it is a joy to find so much enterprise and excellence in such a remote location. Clearly, inspiration and dedicated hard work are as much a feature of the Art Vault itself, as of the many artists who choose to work and show their work here.
Robyn Archer AO, FAHA, Patron- Australian Print Triennial