Telling Tales workshop with artist Emily Floyd, 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photo: Jacquie Manning.

Telling Tales workshop with artist Emily Floyd, 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photo: Jacquie Manning.

Telling Tales workshop with artist Emily Floyd, 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photo: Jacquie Manning.

Saturday 26 May, 10am-4:30pm

Emily Floyd
Jake Holmes


$149 Full / $119 ACE Associate/Concession
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ACE Open Front Room


From beginner

Class size:


  • Wheelchair Access

Learn how to create graphic prints using a range of accessible printmaking techniques. Emily Floyd and local printmaker Jake Holmes will introduce participants to a range of techniques in a workshop inspired by Floyd’s use of language and texts to create works that aim to initiate discussions about contemporary social, cultural and political ideas and the 1970s printmaking genre of the political poster.

Participants will experiment with font and colour, shape and size and learn basic relief and screen printing skills to make their own graphic prints using ink on Somerset Satin paper.

This workshop will also include a visit to the Samstag Museum of Art, where Emily will deliver a private artist talk around her large scale sculptural installation, Icelandic Puffins, exhibited as part of the 2018 Adelaide Biennal: Divided Worlds, curated by Erica Green. Floyd and Holmes will also engage in conversation about how 1970’s political printmaking has influenced their own work and how this medium continues to inform contemporary art and design practices.

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels. All materials and light refreshments are included.

ACE Open’s workshop program provides a unique opportunity to learn new skills and engage with leading contemporary Australian artists in a creative, social and participatory environment. Designed to suit a range of skill levels and interests, these artist-led programs offer all audiences – from curious gallery-goers through to practicing artists –  an opportunity to learn a range of creative techniques through hands-on, practical classes.

EMILY FLOYD is renowned for her text-based sculptures and pedagogically inspired works that combine formal concerns with an interest in the legacies of modernism. Her work engages a wide range of disciplines and endeavours including public art and social activism, design and typography, literature and cultural studies, community participation and public education, and various political ideologies. Intersecting public space with carefully considered design, the artist creates bold spaces for public engagement and interaction.

Emily Floyd is Senior Lecturer in the School of Fine Art at Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA), Monash University. She is a 2015 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.

Her works are present in major public collections in Australia and internationally, including: Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), RMIT University Collection (Melbourne), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), The British Council (United Kingdom), The British Museum (London), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Monash University Collection (Melbourne), Heide Museum of Modern Art (Melbourne), National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), GOMA / Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane); and prominent private and corporate collections.

JAKE HOLMES is an Adelaide based artist whose work focuses in the areas of; screen printing, large-scale mural, illustration and political activism through art. Holmes obtained a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design at Adelaide College of the Arts almost graduating in 2010 (he completed his final art history subject in 2015). In 2011 Holmes Co-Founded Tooth and Nail, an art studio and gallery that at its largest had 40 resident artists and was holding 14 exhibitions a year. With much of his work Holmes aims to investigate contemporary social issues and present accessible works that explore these ideas. Notable works include the C’mon Aussie C’mon (2015) poster project, held by several major collections, and the Kilburn series (2014) which was obtained by Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery as part of their National Works on Paper prize in 2016. Holmes is currently working towards a major exhibition, a collaboration between the Australian War Memorial and the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. This exhibition will involve creating works in response to the collection of wartime propaganda held in the collection of the Australian War Memorial.