Windsor’s The Print Bar has made its name designing and printing custom T-shirts. Its customers range from big corporations that need screen-printed uniforms, to people laser printing their own faces on tops for gifts.
But the team’s appetite for print extends beyond the day-to-day. The Print Bar has linked with Ben’s Burgers to take over the West End restaurant and bar’s back courtyard with an exhibition called Growing Features.
“We want to give artists the opportunity to bring their work to a wider demographic while also creating a community around what The Print Bar does,” says managing director, Jared Fullinfaw.
Opening tomorrow night, the exhibition will show pieces from Brisbane artists using a range of techniques to represent their take on a theme of growth. Isabel Hood, The Print Bar's head designer and the exhibition's curator, says that the works are varied. “We were excited to see how the artists interpreted the theme in different ways,” she says. “A lot of the work reflects on growth in its natural form, as we see all around us.”
Two of the artists exhibiting, Michael Price and Patrick Graham, work at The Print Bar, which Fullinfaw says isn’t unusual. “A lot of our staff are artists and photographers,” he says. “It really builds the intrinsic value of our work to be associated not just with corporate printing but also with a more artistic practice.”
Other artists to look out for in the exhibition include Jess Webb, who uses a technique called eucalyptus transfer, and Kevin Williams, a Wiradjuri man Hood and Fullinfaw are delighted to be exhibiting. Williams’s work is “a really interesting hybrid of urban landscapes and Indigenous art,” Hood says. “He’s very impressive.”
Fullinfaw says that the process of putting the exhibition together has been exciting for the Print Bar. “Creating projects like this, where we actively search for people and put their work on display, is a real motivation for us,” he says.
UPDATE: due to the major weather event in Brisbane on March 30, this event has been rescheduled for the following Thursday 6 April.