Panel Conversation: Self-Publishing Artists Reaching Across and Beyond the Region

Courtesy of Clayton Tremlett


Sun 02 Jun 10:00am - 11:00am


Free, no booking required


14 Lyttleton St, Castlemaine VIC 3450, Australia


How do artists make a space for their work in publishing? Can self-publishing provide artists with a new form of agency in reaching audiences in constrained financial times?

This panel conversation will delve into these questions and investigate the role of self-publishing for artists. Hear from a range of self-publishers including illustrator and writer Lorena Carrington of Pardalote Press, artist Deborah Klein, and artist Clayton Tremlett, and discover practical insight into the self-publishing process – from high production artist books through to limited edition zines.

Presented by Castlemaine Art Museum
Located on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in the foothills of Liyanganyuk Banyul, Castlemaine Art Museum (CAM) is an art gallery and museum connecting people through art, history and ideas. CAM is a leading regional institution in the sphere of bold curation, bringing art and objects from the past and present into multilayered conversations, creating a dynamic, inclusive platform for new voices, community connections, reflections and ideas.

Lorena Carrington of Pardalote Press Speaker

Lorena Carrington is an illustrator and writer whose books have been published in Australia and internationally. She is known in Australia for her illustration work in the field of fairy tales and picture books, and she also writes for older children. She designed and jointly coordinated the anthology South of the Sun: Australian Fairy Tales for the 21st Century; and runs Pardalote Press, an independent publishing house, with author Sophie Masson. She was the recipient of the 2020 Australian Fairy Tale Society award, and a 2023 May Gibbs Creative Time Fellowship. Her picture book Satin, written by Sophie Masson, is a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book for 2024.

Deborah Klein Speaker

Deborah Klein was born in Melbourne and grew up in the coastal suburb of St Kilda. From 1973 she lived and worked in London, returning to Melbourne in 1980. In 2011, she began dividing her practice between Melbourne and Ballarat, moving permanently to the latter in late 2019. The artist gained degree and post-degree qualifications from Chisholm Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Gippsland School of Advanced Education and a Research MA from Monash University, Gippsland. Since 1987 she has regularly held solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. Klein’s practice encompasses painting, drawing, printmaking and book art. Her work has received numerous awards and is held in public and university collections throughout Australia. In 2009 she founded Moth Woman Press, through which she publishes her artist books and zines. MWP publications are held in the permanent collections of the National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, State Library of Victoria, State Library of Queensland, Melbourne Athenaeum Library, Monash University, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK and the Baillieu Library, Melbourne University.

Clayton Tremlett Speaker

Clayton Tremlett was born in 1964, he studied Painting and Printmaking at Charles Sturt University between 1980 and 1984. His works draw explicitly from Australian history and culture, following sustained periods of research. He is renowned for his linocut portraiture; however, he also works with etching and screen printing to produce wallpapers, artist’s books, installations, editioned and unique state prints. He is represented in the Australian National Gallery, Bendigo, Geelong, Castlemaine, Hamilton, Mornington Peninsula, Wangaratta and State Library of Victoria collections.

Naomi Cass Speaker

Curator and writer, Naomi Cass is Director, Castlemaine Art Museum (CAM). On the cusp of her CAM appointment in 2019, she curated the exhibition Capital for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. Her most recent previous role was Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy 2004–2019.

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