The collection began in 1996. The Gallery acquires prints yearly into this steadily growing collection.
The Print Collection, established in 1996, has been developed through acquisitions from exhibitions, Print Nights, artists, subscription to the Print Council of Australia, donations and gifts. The main focus is on Australian Prints however international prints also feature in this steadily growing collection.
Each year the Print Council of Australia (PCA) commissions a group of selected artists who live and work in Australia to create an edition of prints for their Annual Print Commission Program. The Grafton Regional Gallery has been a member of the PCA since 1996 and acquires two prints each year.
There are prints in the collection from the South Australian Aboriginal Arts Centre, Ernabella, including three collaborative prints, one by Tjimpuna Williams, Tjunkaya Tapaya, & Renita Stanley, the second by Nyukana (Daisy) Baker and the third by Lionel Pantjiti and Ungakini Tjangala, Mapiya (Irpintiri) Davey, and Alison (Milyika) Carroll and prints by Dickie Minyintiri and Tjimpuna Williams.
The collection holds a triptych by the group of Slovenian Artists called Irwin, pronounced ear-win, whose work in the 1990s concentrated on the critical examination of the art history of Western Modernism. This group of artists came from the punk and graffiti scene in Ljubljana and like other groups Irwin formed an allegiance to the so-called retro principle which is not a style or art trend but rather a conceptual principle, a particular want to behave and act that can be termed a working method.
Other artists in the print collection include Gosia Wlodarczak, Dean Bowen, Jan Davis, Richard Dunlop, Clifton Pugh, Reg Mombassa, Jorg Schmeisser, Judy Cassab, Michael Leunig, Rew Hanks, Rona Green, Kitty Kantilla, Leonie Lane, Noel McKenna, Arthur Boyd, eX de Medici, Billy Missi, G.W.Bot, Charles Blackman and David Boyd.