Wayzgoose weekend brings Wimble's print history alive

The name of inkmaker and typefounder Frederick Wimble is writ large on Good Friday week when an inaugural lecture and the return of a traditional wayzgoose brings print fans to Armidale, NSW.

The New England Regional Art Museum's Museum of Printing holds the F.T. Wimble Collection of printing equipment, type and materials, given to it in 1998 after the Sydney-based company changed hands. The printing museum itself was created following financial support from donors including Rural Press (now part of Fairfax Media) and its then owners John B. and Timothy V. Fairfax, plus government grants.

From April 6-8, the venue will hum with activities, workshops and programmes which celebrate printing and printmaking in the second annual Wimble's Wayzgoose (a traditional English name given to a printers' picnic).

On Friday afternoon, a half day seminar exploring the past, present and future of printing and printmaking will be led by keynote speaker Thomas Middlemost (Charles Sturt University) with presentations by artists, curators, historians and collectors including Cynthia Marsh, Tim Mosely, Robert Heather and Clint Harvey.

In the inaugural F.T. Wimble Lecture - Print and Passion: the impact and legacy of printed books in England - lecturer Shane Carmody (University of Melbourne) discusses the great print collections of Britain. Carmody is a historian with a passion for libraries and archives who has held leading roles at at the National Archives of Australia and the State Library of Victoria.

The talk is part of the new Packsaddle Lecture series which explores the NERAM collections, and has been named after Frederick Thomas Wimble (1846-1936) - described as "ink-maker, type-founder, printers' furnisher and politician" and founder of the industry vendor which once bore his name.

Video from the 2017 event

Saturday's programme includes an "Inky Fingers workshop" in which Cynthia Marsh shows how letterpress text can be used in posters, Glen Skien talks print and collage, Dianne Longley demonstrates solar plate printmaking, and Tim Mosely shows off folding books.

The Printer's Picnic on Sunday is an opportunity to join visiting artists and local artists from the Black Gully Printmakers for a day of food, wine, talks, art and music with a BYO print market/swap, talks and demonstrations and a now-famous "big print" event.

Details from the Museum here.

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