The art of printmaking and your chance to take part

To those who are not familiar with printmaking and assume that it is just artless mechanic mass (re)production – and I used to be one of these people – the following videos could be real eyeopeners. To those who appreciate prints, the following videos will be… well, beautiful!

There are many different printmaking techniques, all executed manually and with great craftsmanship – discover them here. The artist is not always involved in the actual application of the ink to the canvas but is always the author of the artwork in terms of having drawn the image and it’s colour schemes. It is a rather unique process compared to painting or sculpting or any other traditional fine arts. The results can look like drawings, paintings or even photographs depending on the style and detail. Collecting modern prints has become very popular and some can be worth thousands of pounds as some of the keen TV viewers might have discovered on  tonight’s BBC2 ‘Collectaholics‘ programme 🙂

Printmaking workshops are getting ever more popular all around the UK. In Cumbria the next Printfest is soon about to take place – on 3rd and 4th of May – and there are always opportunities for the guests to get involved there! Not to mention the over 40 national and international artists exhibting… At the same time down south in Exeter, Spacex gallery offers printmaking workshops for children which you can read more about on their webpage.

To get you inspired have a look at the two print exhibitions at gallery/ten in Wales and if you are a true fan and considering going to Printfest then check out what a weekend in this UK’s only artist led print festival might look like.

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gallery/ten print exhibition February/March

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gallery/ten exhibition March

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Printfest weekend

 

Text by Kati Jagel

 

 

Printfest Trail – a more inclusive way to exhibit art

Printfest hit the nail on the head by bringing the artworks out and about to be discovered on special trails throughout Ulverston during Printfest 2012. The prints by 26 artists were exhibited for two weeks in shops and other venues in town, ascribing new meaning to the works as well as to the spaces used.

Creating the trail meant that the dedicated visitors of Printfest also visited the independent shops and galleries in the town, while passers-by became involved in Printfest; a win-win situation for everybody and certainly something to learn from if you are planning your next event or exhibition.

Most importantly, perhaps, the trail map tied Printfest and its artworks to the physical space and place of Ulverston, making the event more meaningful by recalling the sense of local in the ever-globalizing world.

Hear from the director of Printfest, the trail coordinator and the printmakers or get a glimpse of some prints and lovely shops in the video –

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Text by Kati Jägel