In 1996, a dedicated print studio was built in the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre. The space was established through collaboration between the Centre and master printer Basil Hall. Since its opening, Yolngu printmakers have been printing full time and passing down these skills to new generations of young Yolŋu printmakers.
In 2012, a dedicated gallery was included in the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre to showcase the stunning works being produced by artists in the print space. Yirrkala Print Space has fostered engagement with younger Yolngu print makers, particularly disengaged youth.
One example is the Yuta Project – a screen-printing workshop held for young people between 12 and 22 years of age. These workshops were held in conjunction with printmaker Sean Smith from The Ownership Project, coordinated by Ruby Alderton and Annie Studd and funded by an Australian Council Grant.
The workshops resulted in the creation of contemporary and sophisticated artworks that are a reﬂection of what these young people ﬁnd important in their daily lives and are a powerful insight into issues facing Yolŋu young people in Yirrkala. They are also a testament to the immense talent the next generation of artists in the region have.
The print studio continues to develop the skills for printmaking in these young emerging artists. Prints made as part of the Yuta Project are available for purchase (insert link here). Yirrkala Print Space also continues to expand its collaborations with master printmakers from across Australia and around the world.
Basil Hall has maintained his relationship with the artists at Yirrkala and has assisted and mentored its development and that of the artists. Examples of these are the recent Seven Sisters Project and The Djalkiri Project.
The Print Space and its artists have also collaborated with Canadian master printmaker, Paul Machnik in 2013. Prints made during these workshops are also available for purchase. Engagement with international and national artists and cross-cultural exchange has been important for Yirrkala Print Space.
As part of the Landmarks Project in 2013, the studiox hosted a workshop to foster cultural exchange with four Native American artists, two artists from the Tiwi Islands and one artist from Yuendumu.
In reciprocity, Djirrirra Wunuŋmurra and Annie Studd travelled to the Tamarind Institute a world-renowned lithography studio in New Mexico, United States.