Horizon lines: The ambitions of a print collection focuses on Northern and Italian Renaissance printmakers, such as Albrecht Dürer, and Dutch Republic prints, including Rembrandt, as well as the etching revival. The selected woodcuts, engravings and etchings present a variety of perspectives on the ambitions of the artists who created them, as well as their collectors and scholars.
The exhibition is staged as one of several activities to celebrate the 50thanniversary of the Harold Wright and Sarah and William Holmes scholarships. The awards enable print scholars from Australia or New Zealand to examine prints at the British Museum. Taking its cue from the approaches of Harold Wright and the scholarships, the exhibition encourages considered looking, for the acquisition of knowledge and sheer enjoyment of prints.
Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne
July 31st-December 8th 2019
Horizon lines: Marking 50 years of print scholarship
Horizon lines is a collection of compelling essays on Western print practitioners, print collectors and print history from the 15th to the 20th centuries. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Harold Wright and Sarah and William Holmes scholarships, awards which link the University of Melbourne and the British Museum and secure a unique opportunity for print scholars from across Australia and New Zealand to study prints first-hand at the British Museum. These studies have benefitted several generations of print curators and academics as well as print scholarship itself. In Horizon lines, rather like a Festschrift, the essays, all by award recipients, have been written to honour the scholarships which inspired them.
The symposium, Prints, Printmaking and Philanthropy: celebrating 50 years of the Harold Wright Scholarship, will focus on three broad themes - print exhibitions, print collections and print presses - and consider the influence of philanthropy in shaping print culture from historical and contemporary perspectives. Full program details will be forthcoming.
Forum Theatre, Arts West, University of Melbourne
September 30th - October 2nd 2019
Monday 5 August
Curator’s floor talk
Tuesday 20 August
Lightning talks on selected prints
Print Collection Interns
Tuesday 17 September
Tour the VCA Print Workshop
Print Workshop Coordinator
Meet at Southbank Campus
Monday 30 September
The etchings of Charles Meryon, a lecture by Harold Wright
Read by John Wolseley