The Printing Girls

uniting the ink

The Printing Girls (and Boys)


Amé Bell, Nellien Brewer, Abigail Calisse, Chad Cordeiro, Fleur De Bondt, Bevan De Wet, Christiaan Diedericks, Richard John Forbes, Gordon Froud, Steven Gray, Ryan Hitchcock, Laurel Holmes, Shui Hoppenstein, Mandie Immelman, Casandra Jacobs, Thami Jali, Elrie Joubert, Themba Khumalo, Allison Klein, Nicky Liebenberg, Ann Ludwig, Dumisani Mabaso, Phillip Mabote, Ramarutha Makoba, Abe Mathabe, Beth McAlpine, Kristen McClarty, Joshua Miles, John Moore, Thabo Motseki, Minenkulu Ngoyi, Neil Nieuwoudt, Tony Nkotsi, Rudy Notlowitz, Tamara Osso, Kyra Papé Holz, Ross Passmoor, Ellyn Pretorius, Vas Putter, Cloudia Rivett-Carnac, Andie Rodwell, John Roome, Sharon Sampson, Korien Sander, Nathaniel Sheppard, Jesse Shepstone, Jan Tshikhutula, Esther Simonis, Johan Stegmann, Theona Truter, Ann-Marie Tully, Mimi Van Der Merwe, Amy Jane Van Den Bergh, Lyn Van Greunen, Madeleine Van Manen, Jan Tshikhuthula, David Tsoka, Mark Van Den Bergh, Barry Van Der Westhuizen, Leonora Venter, Diane Victor, Emma Willemse.

This year, in 2024, The Printing Girls (TPG) community turns seven. Over the seven years TPG received generous and passionate support from their male counterparts in the printmaking community through many forms; words of support, attending openings, offering workshops, sharing the community on social media as well as being the backbone of the admin team in the form of husbands and partners who work tirelessly to keep the team going, emotionally and financially.

With this reflection in mind, TPG would like to celebrate their seven years by acknowledging their counterparts in this united exhibition, an exhibition of prints made by master-printers, printmakers and artists who have always supported them.

The show intends to display the skills and passion within their printmaking community as a whole – both the “Girls” and the “Boys” in one space. This hopes to reflect the balance and the duality that results in the symmetry between both as professionals and artists.

This exhibition is a gesture of thanks to the Printing Boys for all the ways they have backed the TPG’s over the years.

THE PRINTING GIRLS (TPG) is an all-female collective of South African-based artists who work in print. The background story to #PRINTLIKEAGIRL gang began in 2009. In 2009, the six founders of TPG graduated in the Arts from Rhodes University which has always had a strong history of printmaking. During a class reunion exhibition in 2016 they inspired each other to create in print again and began to exhibit as The Printing Girls. The following year they decided to invite new female printmakers to join up, and TPG in its current incarnation began to materialise. The main focus has never changed – to create a platform exclusively for our country’s women printmakers to share ideas, network and exhibit together.