Cyanotype & Alternative Surfaces with Rose Rigley

27may9:00 am12:00 pmCyanotype & Alternative Surfaces with Rose RigleyCreative Community Workshop


(Saturday) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST(GMT+10:00) View in my time


Longreach Community Library

Eagle Street

Event Details

Artworks begin with curiosity – a little bit of trial and error, a little bit of chance – and then across the creative bridge from serendipity to aesthetically beautiful outcomes.

Cyanotype is a historical photographic printing process that uses a chemical coated surface and UV exposure (sunlight) to create a negative-like images on a dark blue background.  Additionally, the workshop focuses on alternative and experimental surface treatments that come from adding ordinary household materials and everyday chemicals before the cyanotype exposure process. The outcomes are fluid and undecided, because each person will approach the processes in their own individual way.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to

  • Create traditional cyanotype prints
  • Develop alternative and experimental surface treatments
  • Let go of a pre-determined outcome, to connect with creative intuition

This is a slow-paced workshop, with some pre-preparation provided. No previous skills are required – just a playful attitude. 10 years to adults.


Please bring:

For comfort & safety

  • Closed in shoes, apron, re-usable gloves
  • Water bottle & snack

For exposing prints

  • Opened A4 or A3 photo frame with Perspex (or glass with WHS instructions)

For printing with

  • Organic matter such as leaves, flowers, feathers, small twigs, grasses etc
  • Translucent materials such as lace, muslin, plastics, papers, cellotape, photographic negatives, etc
  • Low relief objects that could be translucent (eg glass) or not (eg tools, stencils)


Further information: 

This workshop is delivered as part of the Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA) Reframe touring exhibition which will travel to Charleville, Longreach, Blackall, Moranbah and Cairns in 2023.

The QRAA is an annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland. The program aims to provide a platform for further professional development. The 2022 QRAA explored the concept of ‘Reframe’, calling artists to enter work which drew upon experiences and observations, reflecting upon the past year or two and responding to our changing world. ‘Reframe’ is an opportunity to see our current situation from a different perspective, to inspire problem solving and decision making and apply learning, whilst constructively responding, shifting and evolving.

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Flying Arts Alliance was a recipient of the Touring Queensland Fund – Round 1a 2023 to deliver Reframe the touring exhibition of the 2022 Queensland Regional Art Awards.

For further information visit here.

Image Credit: Rose Rigley, Cataloguing Absence (detail), 2021.

Additional Information

Rose has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows both regionally and nationally. Her current practice focuses on memory, specifically its influence on the present and the objects that act as triggers for recollection. She utilizes installation, mixed media, and sculptural assemblage in a liminal search for beauty through the ordinary and the over-looked.   Examples of artist’s work are HERE   Image: Rose Rigley, artist at work.