University of Sydney Library Printer in Residence Program



The University of Sydney Library calls for applications from suitably qualified printers and book artists for a residency of 8 weeks, to take place during semester 2, 2018. The residency is supported by payment of $5,000.

Fisher Library is the home to a printing workshop housing an Albion Press, affectionately known as the Piscator Press. The Albion printing press was purchased by the library in the early 1960s and it was the passion of former University Librarian, Harrrison Bryan. The workshop also houses a second, smaller printing press and both printing presses have recently been serviced and are ready to print. A 3D printer is also available for use in the library.

The printing workshop is located on level 1 of Fisher Library on the Camperdown Campus and has a direct affiliation with the University Library’s Rare Books & Special Collections.

The inaugural 2018 Printer in Residence program is intended to increase awareness of the Piscator Press and to encourage an ongoing enthusiasm for book arts within the University. Hand-craft printers and printmakers are invited to propose a project for a print publication/ edition to be made in the workshop and completed during an 8-week residency.



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