This year I will be demonstrating my skill in traditional intaglio printmaking at the annual Arts and Craft Festival at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square.
Each year the festival seeks to celebrate beauty in craft as well as bring to life the socio-political context that underpinned the Arts & Crafts Movement in the late nineteenth century. The core aims of the Festival is to highlight exquisite craftsmanship in a wide range of creative disciplines, understand the symbiotic relationship with the Catholic revival in the Church of England and provide an urgent voice that speaks to the contemporary and relevant social context of the original Movement.
I will be there on Saturday the 22nd Septmebr, 10-5pm. Come along and see how I create my plates and print them! Alongside myself will be other skilled craftsmen / craftswomen demonstrating their passion for their disciplines.
I am over the moon to have had three etchings shortlisted for this years Flourish Award! The work selected are from a body of work that explores the decaying abandoned Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory in Bristol.
Since 2014 the Flourish Award has been open to printmakers across the UK, and to celebrate their 10th year, the 2018 Award will provide artists and printmakers with the opportunity to exhibit work in a touring exhibition at the WYPW Gallery in Mirfield, PR1 Gallery at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, and Spike Print Studio in Bristol.
The award celebrates and showcases excellence in printmaking from artists based in the UK by shortlisting around 12-15 artists from open submission. It aims to commend creativity, skill, originality and innovation in print: from relief print and intaglio, to screenprint, lithography and more.
Exhibition at WYPW runs from 17 September – 29 October.
I am delighted to announce that I have had several prints selected for this years fair!
With over 250 specialist artists and exhibitors, Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair is the only fair in London to deal solely in contemporary printmaking, and the largest of its kind in the UK, set in the impressive former carriage factory at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.
Celebrating every aspect of printmaking - from etching and lithography, to woodblock and screen-printing, exciting emerging talent sits alongside established practitioners such as Chris Ofili, Paula Rego and Norman Ackroyd RA. One not to miss!
22-25 November 2018
Thursday 22 November
New Collectors Evening 18.00-22.00
Friday 23 November
Saturday 24 November
Sunday 25 November
This Spring I was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship to fund the continuation of professional development in traditional printmaking. I have been sponsored by Jonnie Walker to fund a teaching fellowship at the City of Guilds Art College in London. Here I will learn the depths of intaglio printmaking, supporting my practice of the documentation of abandoned historical sites.
On the 13th of January I met with the wonderful duo 'Together and Sunspell' to give them an insight into my practice. Click on the photograph to read about my latest projects and why I find the urban landscape so inspiring.
I am excited that my print 'Old Parcel Force' has been selected for this years open submission at the RWA, Bristol. The show offers a diverse selection of exciting contemporary art, which I am delighted to be part of, for more details follow this link - www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/165-annual-open-exhibitionion
What a crazy bonkers month August was! Massive thank you to everyone who supported myself and the other members of Bristol Print Collective. Your generosity provided us with the most amazing opportunity to fully immerse ourselves in our own practices, gaining new skills, experiences and creating international relationships.
Finding abandoned buildings was tricky, turns out the Danish do not like decay and dereliction. After a few days meandering around the city of Odense, I was delighted to finally stumble across an area which was in decline, the industrial harbourside! During the month I made a new body of work responding to my findings, experimenting with intaglio processes, stone lithography and mono-printing. The methods I used helped create a sense of authenticity and tactility, representing the marks that I were drawn to in the abandoned spaces that I had discovered. Below are some images of work in progress and final prints.
I am excited that my print 'McAurther Warehouse' will be hung at this year National Original Print Exhibition, held at the Bankside Gallery, London. The exhibition will be on from the 20th September to 1st October. For more details head here, www.re-printmakers.com
I am delighted that my etching 'New Gaol Development' has been selected to be shown at the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair with over 90 other contemporary printmakers. The fair runs from the 20th-23rd of October. Visit the website for more details: www.woolwichprintfair.com
This August I will be spending the whole month in Denmark with the rest of Bristol Print Collective on an artist residency at Funen Printmaking workshop (Fyns Grafiske Vaerkste). In October 2016 we took a research trip to Denmark and visited the wonderful, warm and welcoming studio in Odense. We loved the ethos and general feeling the studio has, opening its doors to the general public to spread the joy of the printed mark. Once back in the UK we had a yearning desire to go back. We applied to become members of the studio, and was offered an invitation of a residency! I am very excited for this opportunity and cannot wait to fully immerse myself in my practice in the beautiful fairy tale town of Odense.
To continue our connection with the studio we are inviting a studio member from Funen Print Workshop to take part in a residency exchange with us and visit Bristol in 2018. We will connect the artist with the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE and Spike Print Studio. We want to offer the opportunity for other artists and students studying printmaking to learn about Funen Print Workshop and to exchange ideas and processes with an artist from another culture. To make this happen we have created a kickstarter campaign. In return for your support there are a selection of rewards in return! Follow the link to watch the video and find out more about how you could get involved...