Margaret Preston, Fuchsia and balsam 1928, hand-coloured woodcut, Geelong Gallery, Purchased 1982, © Margaret Preston/Copyright Agency

Margaret Preston, Fuchsia and balsam 1928, hand-coloured woodcut, Geelong Gallery, Purchased 1982, © Margaret Preston/Copyright Agency

Cutting Through Time—Cressida Campbell, Margaret Preston, and the Japanese Print

Saturday 18 May to Sunday 28 July 2024
Adult $20
Concession $15
Child $9
Members $12.50
Family (2 adults and 2 children) $50
Group (over 10) $17.50

This exceptionally beautiful Geelong Gallery-curated exhibition will examine the influence of Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) on the famed contemporary Australian painter and printmaker, Cressida Campbell (born 1960), and on the groundbreaking modernist painter and printmaker, Margaret Preston (1875–1963).

This will be the first significant exhibition in Victoria for more than a decade focused on Margaret Preston, one of Australia’s most beloved modernist printmakers, and one that will celebrate the remarkable contemporary artist, Cressida Campbell. The exhibition presents their work in the context of their love of, and the influence on their work of, the serene aesthetics and sophistication of historical Japanese ukiyo-e woodcut prints.

Cutting Through Time—Cressida Campbell, Margaret Preston, and the Japanese Print, takes its lead from Geelong Gallery’s significant print holdings, chiefly Margaret Preston’s dazzlingly beautiful hand-coloured woodcut Fuchsia and balsam 1928 (purchased in 1982), and a suite of prized Japanese ukiyo-e prints from the late 18th to mid-19th centuries (in the Gallery’s collection since the 1950s).

This exclusive Geelong Gallery exhibition will present Campbell’s and Preston’s diverse approaches to painted woodblock and printmaking, and adoption of Japanese ukiyo-e compositional approaches, as part of their wider interest in and respect for diverse cultures. Works will be drawn from the significant holdings of Preston’s works in the National Gallery of Australia and Art Gallery of New South Wales, as well as many private collectors of Campbell’s highly sought-after prints and painted woodblocks.  

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To support the flow of visitation during your visit, tickets are timed entry, please enter at your chosen session time.

Flexible entry tickets (Single day) $30.00 are available for all day visitation, please scroll to the end of the session time list to book.


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How do I get there?

Geelong Gallery is located on Johnstone Park. The entrance is at 55 Little Malop Street, in Geelong’s arts precinct.


A 3-minute walk through Johnstone Park or along Fenwick Street from Geelong Railway Station.


60 minutes from Melbourne CBD.


PTV runs buses throughout the Geelong region including the Bellarine Peninsula, Golden Plains and Surf Coast. The main terminals for buses are Geelong Railway Station and the Moorabool Street Bus Interchange, between Ryrie Street and Malop Street. Both depots are a 5 minute walk to Geelong Gallery.


Port Phillip Ferries operates passenger ferry services from Docklands to Geelong via Portarlington every Saturday and Sunday. Geelong Gallery is a 15-minute walk from Cunningham Pier.

Book your Port Phillip Ferries and Cutting Through Time ticket package here.

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