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18 June, 2021

A truly BIG print day

AT 1.1metres wide and around 30 metres long, this will be a truly big print!

Big Print linocut workshops have taken place in primary and secondary schools and indigenous arts centres from across the FNQ region, as well as at InkMasters Print Workshop in Cairns.

At each location, groups of students and artists collaborate to carve sections of a 1m x 2m block of lino, this year on the theme of ‘Home’.

On the morning of June 27, all the blocks will be inked up and laid end-on-end on the floor down the centre of Tank 5 and covered
with fabric.

The audience will then be invited to join InkMasters volunteers to dance on top of the blocks to transfer ink to fabric.

Get A Move On Dance group will lead the dancing, while Cairns Drum and Dance and ARC Drumbeats will provide music to get the feet moving.

Finally, the big reveal! The 30m long print will be paraded around by the volunteers for all to see, before it is installed in Tank 4 during the InkMasters Print Exhibition 2021, to July 25.

After it’s suspension from the rafters at Tank 4, the Big Print will go on display at Cell Art Space, Ergon building, Lakes Street, Cairns for the month of August before being cut up into its sections and returned to the schools and communities that created the linocut blocks.

This will be the 5th Big Print community event staged by InkMasters and its many volunteers and sponsors, and certainly the biggest ever! 

Everybody is welcome to come and join the fun on the Sunday Tanks Market Day June 27. You don’t need dancing shoes, and if you have 2 left feet – no problem! Entry is free.

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