Lizzy Robinson is a printmaker, arts worker and the creative director of Hard Pressed.
She’s passionate about sharing the fun of printmaking with communities around Western Australia through workshops, exhibitions and community arts projects. Based in the Midwest, Lizzy has lived and worked in regional and remote Australia for most of her life, she understands the unique joys and challenges of country living.
Lizzy has worked with communities in the East Pilbara, Midwest and Goldﬁelds/Esperance region as well as the metropolitan area. Her mediums of choice are reduction linocut, large-scale woodcut, drypoint etching and experimental monotype. The excitement really begins when you mix and match the processes - you never know what’s going to happen!
DADAA's Geraldton Print Group, facilitated by Lizzy, meets weekly and explores diﬀerent printmaking processes. The group caters to all abilities, encouraging fun and experimentation. They regularly hold exhibitions of their work, coinciding this with interactive workshop sessions open to the public.
In 2016 Lizzy initiated an experimental project called Hard Pressed. This was run in conjunction with the Art & Cultural Development Council of Geraldton (ACDC) and supported by the City of Greater Geraldton. She gathered a bunch of Midwest artists who carved their own giant woodcuts. These were printed with a steamroller (road roller) courtesy of Coates Hire, on the Geraldton foreshore! It had so much fun that they did it all over again in 2017.
This time Lizzy worked with community groups as well, with funding from Country Arts WA, Culture & the Arts and the City of Greater Geraldton, supported by DADAA and ACDC. She travelled out to schools, Men Sheds, Indigenous, youth, and arts groups around the Midwest and helped them create their large woodcuts for the project. Katherine, Esperance and Ravensthorpe/Hopetoun got in on it too. She held free drop in carving sessions @ ACDC, each Sunday in the months leading up to print day. These were for anyone who was interested. 54 small woodcuts were created in these sessions then inked up and printed onto a massive 6m long piece of paper- the Midwest Megaprint! All 31 large woodcuts and the Midwest Megaprint were printed with the steamroller (thanks Coates!) over two mammoth days during the Sunshine Festival on the Geraldton foreshore. The prints were exhibited at ACDC Geraldton, Cannery Arts Centre Esperance and DADAA's Old Boys School in Fremantle.
In January 2018 Lizzy was lucky enough to be the inaugural Artist in Residence at DADAA’s new Fremantle headquarters, in the fabulous Old Boys School building. It was pretty crazy, squeezing an entire Hard Pressed project into the space of 4 weeks but it was tonnes of fun! 8 incredible large woodcuts were created along with Healthway's Act-Belong-Commit Megaprint.