Printbank’s Info Booklet

 Printbank Mackay Inc.


Welcome to Printbank Mackay.
We are excited to have you onboard and
this booklet has been written to help you know more about Printbank.



President: Traci Lietzke
Vice President: Sharon Ruhle
Secretary: Tara Smith
Treasurer: Brigitte Zimmerman

Swap: Jan Ward
Exhibitions: Maya Harrison
Workshops: Brigitte Zimmerman
Digital: Nichole Zahra

History and Membership

Printbank Mackay was formed in 2003 by a group of artists and art enthusiasts and many of the original founders are still active members. The Club, at present, boasts 25 members. Printbank caters for the professional artist, the hobby artist and those new to printmaking.

The aims of Printbank are:
1. To promote, encourage and enjoy the art of printmaking
2. To provide workshops, tuition and mentoring to increase knowledge and skills of people in all aspects of printmaking.
3. To provide opportunities for people to display their prints and encourage them to enter competitions and exhibitions
4. To encourage, promote and share in art activities in our community.
5. To educate the community about printmaking
6. To increase the number of members of Printbank Mackay Inc.
7. To seek funding and sponsorship to further the objectives of Printbank Mackay Inc.

Membership Fees:
12 month New Membership = $45.00
embership renewal = $40.00
Student/Pensioner Concession = $ $35.00

Direct Deposit is happily accepted – please submit your name as ID.

Membership entitles the Printbank Member to

  • A Club Logo name tag which can be used as a member card. You will get a discount at TJ Framing North Mackay (15%) and News-xpress in Victoria St (10% off all art supplies)
  • Discounted Club Workshops. Members $10 – Non-Members $30
  • Opportunities to exhibit
  • Opportunities to host workshop.

And last but not least, a year of great fun, learning and new friendships.

Email –

Website –

 ABN 71281586670
P.O. Box 10395

Auswide Bay
BSB # 645646
Account # 601604946 

General Information

Mackay Town Hall is Printbank Mackay’s official meeting place. Keys are held at Artspace and it is through their generosity and goodwill that Printbank has a home.

Most workshops etc. will be hosted at the Old Town Hall. Workshop are normally held on the 2nd Sunday of each Calendar month, from 11:30am.

Each November we conduct our Christmas Party where we have a Secret Santa. Partners are most welcome. Everyone brings a hand-made present for the Santa Bag and a plate of food/drink to share. This has proven very popular and is something everyone looks forward to.

The Club relies on fund raising to cover its financial responsibilities and to ensure the club’s future and growth. Any ideas, along with volunteering your time and donations are much appreciated.

Members are encouraged to wear their Members Name Tag on occasions where Printbank are represented.

The Club has the use of one cupboard at the Old Town Hall which stocks printing equipment which is used for workshops and may be given to newcomers. Any donations are greatly appreciated.

It is expected that members acquire their own ink and equipment over time and basically provide for their own printing needs.

Suggested retailers

Milton House Gallery & Art Supplies
Milton StMackay 4740
Ph: 07 49511623

Neils Art Store
44-46 Greeves St, Fitzroy, Vic. 3065

Melbourne Etching Supplies  (twice a year we make a bulk order and receive 10% discount)
33A St. David Street.
P.O. Box 188
Fitzroy 3065
Ph: 03 9419 5666

Address: 91 Edward Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone No: 07 3221 4866 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 07 3221 4866 end_of_the_skype_highlighting Fax: 07 3221 8907


Bunnings stocks various items, such as Bitumen, sandpaper etc.  It is a good place for a browse.

The Newsxpress news agency in Victoria St. Mackay also stocks art supplies.

Club Facilities.consequat.
Printbank offers the use of a modest Library of textbooks for members.
A log book is provided and all books must be signed in & out with a name and date.
Donations or suggestions for the Library are greatly encouraged.

Printbank owns a small portable bench press. If you would like to use it is  on Kay Bampton house.  It can be used at any time and is free for members.

Artspace Foundation owns a big professional press which is also situated in the Old Town Hall.  It is a real beauty.  Printbank and its members are encouraged to utilize the press but must undertake a basic induction prior to use.  Please contact Brigitte Zimmermann to arrange an induction.  This induction entails:

  • Health and Safety
  • Rules, Use and Guidelines

A fee is associated with the hire of the Artspace Press and Town Hall.
Please check with Artspace or one of the committee members for the current fee.

For Pop up print studio dates please click here or contact

Printbank Mackay also has its own art collection:
Graham Connors Folio
Swap Portrait 13 prints
Swap Still life 12 prints
Swap Tree Trunk 11 prints
Swap Margaret Olley 13 prints
Swap In and around Mackay 13
Swap faces that interest us 13
Swap Foliage 13 Prints
Swap Dry Point Etching 9 Prints
Swap Circus 10 Prints
Printbank Print Award – Francis Martin
2010 Print Award Heather Walker
The aim of the Club is to provide a workshop  each month. We encourage members to share their knowledge with their fellow members. This is done by voluntary club workshops.

$5 of the generated fee goes to the workshop facilitator and the rest goes to Printbank.

The Club endeavours to provide members and the community with Master Print Workshops with nationally known Artists. We aim to subsidise these workshops with grant funding. Any involvement or prior knowledge about applying for such grants is sought and appreciated.

Exhibitions and Competitions

Throughout each year Printbank will endeavour to commit to various Exhibitions and Competitions. Please ensure you keep up to date via our Website. Members are strongly encouraged to submit articles, information, announcements, websites etc. that can be of interest or benefit to the club and its members.

Please forward to Brigitte Zimmermann – our website wizard.

Internal Fun
The Summer Print Swap (voluntary)

Each year Printbank members can participate in a print swap. Themes are suggested and voted on and once we have a theme, work on printing plates can begin.

There is a small entry fee of $20.00 that goes towards Printbank funds.  When the number of participants is finalized all those who have signed up will be informed of the numbers, so you can start to edition your print. (For example: If we have 9 entries, each person makes an edition of 10 prints from the plate they have created. The extra print [always No 1] is for the Printbank Mackay Inc Collection. The paper should be acid-free A4 (the weight is your choice.)

All prints must be editioned as follows: 1/10…..Title…….Signature…year (this goes under the image)

When all the prints have been signed, each print should be placed into its own plastic sleeve. Along with each print also include an A4 (acid free paper) sheet explaining your work, what inspired you, mini drawings and an explanation of the technique used etc.
All prints must be handed to the Swap Co-ordinator by the end of January. They will be checked and sorted into folios. These will then be distributed after our A.G.M. on the this second Sunday in February.

As a participant in the Printbank Swap you will receive a folio containing a print and artist’s
statement from each of the participating artists and the Printbank collection will gain a folio of our member’s work.

This print can be created using any printmaking method except digital prints.  We also discourage any lumps and bumps if you are using collage as the prints will be stacked in a folio.

It is not mandatory for members to enter in any of the club’s yearly commitments but past experience has shown that it is a great way to receive feed-back and develop as an artist.

The following opportunities to exhibit are not organized by Printbank but are both fun and worthwhile to be part of.  We strongly encourage members to enter to ensure future representation of printmaking as a recognised category and general awareness of our art practice.

Mackay Art on Show
Mackay Art Society Exhibitions.
Mackay Printbank Award
Libris Award

Inspirational websites:

Should you have any further queries or would like assistance with any aspects of printmaking, please do not hesitate to contact any of the members listed above.


The Printbank logo was created by local artist Billie Jo Obst who kindly gives permission for its use.