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City’s history inspires CQUni-trained artists’ exhibition

Published:10 July 2019

Artists Belinda McGrath, Clare Ford, Peta Lloyd and Michelle Black, all CQUni-trained and now part of Capricornia Printmakers, and letterpress printmaker and CQUniversity staff member Derek Lamb will stage the ReCollection Revisited exhibition this weekend at Rockhampton Riverfest.

A quintet of visual artists with strong ties to CQUniversity will ‘revisit’ Rockhampton’s past through a thought-provoking and multi-faceted exhibition, workshops and pop-up shop during this weekend’s Rockhampton River Festival.

The group, a part of Capricornia Printmakers, will showcase their skills and artworks, alongside other fabulous artists and artisans, in the marketplace ‘Artways’ in Fish Lane (75 East Street).

Among the artists are Belinda McGrath, Clare Ford, Peta Lloyd and Michelle Black, all CQUni-trained and now part of Capricornia Printmakers, and letterpress printmaker and CQUniversity staff member Derek Lamb.

Recollection Revisited is an expansion of their Recollection exhibition from 2018 where they take an “unexpected look into the stories and faces of the region’s past”.

The printmakers bring five lifetimes of artistic practice in a variety of traditional printing techniques, bold modern work, and wild experimental imaginings.

Artist Belinda McGrath said the exhibition mixes the familiar with the forgotten and views local legends through new eyes.

“There are new takes on places you may recognise, old friends, and characters from Rockhampton’s shadowy past brought blinking back into the light.”

The works included in ReCollection Revisited include textile crocodiles circling shipwreck survivors, a letterpress exploration of Rockhampton's many pubs, and prints made with mud from the Fitzroy River.

You’ll also find works that take a second look at Rocky’s distinct cultural identity and draws on local history recorded in The Early History of Rockhampton and Battler’s Tales of Early Rockhampton.

This exhibition is presented with support from Arts Central Queensland Inc and the Capricornia Printmakers Inc. and was funded through the Regional Arts Development Fund — a partnership between the Queensland Government and the Rockhampton Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

About the artists


Belinda McGrath has lived in Rockhampton her entire life, and research for ReCollection inspired her to explore her own family tree.  Her contributions include portraits inspired by family photos and new ways of looking at Rockhampton landmarks both familiar and forgotten.


Peta Lloyd has been branching out from printmaking techniques into the world of new and repurposed textiles.  She's enlisted a vast array of different materials from printmaking papers to careworn canvas tarps to tell a story of shipwreck and survival off the Queensland coast.

Derek Lamb and his grand 1887 Alexandra hand press have created a striking series of letterpress prints for ReCollection, from an exploration of Rockhampton's many pubs to the scandal of a major gold robbery.


Clare Ford has been exploring the Rockhampton District Historical Society's collection of vintage textiles, and produced a series of delicate, lacy prints inspired by the clothing of generations past.


Michelle Black's work for ReCollection is inspired by the many floods that have shaped the river, the city, and the people who live here.  She's paddled away from her usual clean lines and linoprinting to play with indigo dying, polyester lithography, and even some prints made with Fitzroy River mud.