Grey Hand Press is a collaborative editioning studio and publisher of fine art prints, based in Brisbane, Australia. Collaborative printing practice allows artists to produce images in specific print mediums by working with master printers.

All editions are hand-printed on professional printing presses and produced using the highest quality materials available. Grey Hand Press specialises in lithography (stone and aluminium), book arts, and intaglio (etching, aquatint, drypoint, mezzotint).

Located within the brand new Northgate Workstores precinct on Brisbane’s northside, the studio conducts workshops in-house as well as hosting guest instructors to teach masterclasses and specialised mediums. Our printers are also available to teach select classes at other venues throughout the region.

Collaborative Printing

The two traditional models for collaborative printing projects are publishing and contract printing. In publishing projects,  a studio will invite artists to create a new edition of original prints. The studio covers all costs and in exchange, retains half of the final prints for sale and exhibition. The artist retains the other half of the edition for their own sale, distribution or exhibition. Contract printing (or 'custom' printing) is typically initiated by an artist who approaches the studio with the desire to create a series of prints in their chosen print medium. In this case, the studio only keeps a few of the prints for their own collection and exhibition, and the artist receives the entire edition.

Working with a collaborative print studio has benefits for many types of artists - printmakers and non-printmakers alike. Artists who work in other mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, design and digital media are able to produce work in a new medium guided by the expertise of the studio printers. Many artists who are already experienced printmakers themselves will often approach an editioning studio to create a suite of work in a print medium outside of their current oeuvre. This allows artists to create work in an exciting new medium, without the expense or inconvenience of learning the method themselves.

The People

Christopher Hagen | Director, Printer

Raised by a biologist and a journalist in the forested stretch of northern Wisconsin, Christopher Hagen received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Digital Art & Photography from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and has a Master of Fine Arts from Illinois State University. Chris has completed a professional internship at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking (Minneapolis, USA), printed with Normal Editions Workshop (Normal, Illinois) and Northern Prints Gallery (Duluth, Minnesota). Now based in Brisbane, Australia, Chris teaches printmaking at the Queensland College of Art and the Brisbane Institute of Art.

Chris and Claudia met whilst at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, USA in 2013.

Claudia Husband | Director, Printer

Claudia Husband is a practicing visual artist and artsworker from Brisbane, having studied printmaking in Australia and America. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art (QCA) in 2012, and has attended the Tamarind Institute of Lithography. Claudia has printed with Manneken Press (Illinois, USA) as well as independently as a contract printer in Brisbane. Upon completing her studies at QCA, Claudia was one of the few printmakers in Queensland teaching the medium of lithography to artists outside of tertiary institutions, and has mentored many emerging artists at the Queensland College of Art and through Brisbane’s local artist run cooperative, Impress Printmakers Studio. Claudia has also worked with several museums and arts institutions and brings arts administrative experience to the studio.

Claudia and christopher with clinton barker’s work in the 2017-2018 Ashgrove Studio

Claudia and christopher with clinton barker’s work in the 2017-2018 Ashgrove Studio

christopher with contract printing client walter R Lui

christopher with contract printing client walter R Lui