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...
My etching 'Parcel Force' (image below) has been selected to be in a group show at the Atkinson Gallery.
'MA & Other Postgraduates 2017' runs from the 20 February and is on until the 18 March 2017.
The private view is on the 20th March 7pm-9pm, all welcome!
The Masters is an annual open call for paintrs/printmakers that focuses on a particular area of print, this year being intaglio processes.
My print 'New Gaol Development' got selected which I am very excited about!
The exhibition will be curated by Norman Ackroyd, a printmaking hero of mine! The show runs from the 9th-20th November and will be at the Bankside Gallery, London. If you get a chance to visit, I am sure you won't be disappointed with the variety that will be on offer!
Follow this link for more information: www.banksidegallery.com
I am pleased to announce that my etching titled 'Parcel Force' has been selected for this years annual open exhibition at the RWA in Bristol.
The exhibition, now in its 164th year always showcases a range of exciting and dynamic pieces of work from emerging to established artists. You can expect to see paintings, sculptures, prints, photography, illustrations and other diverse media,
The exhibition opens on the 9th October and ends on the 27th November, check it out if you get the opportunity, you are bound to find something you love!
Follow this link for more information: www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/164-annual-open-exhibition
I am very excited to announce that this year I have been invited to take part in a group exhibition at The Grant Bradley Gallery in Bristol. 'Let Me Illustrate IV' celebrates the diverse working styles of a selection of Bristol's illustrators. The exhibition runs until the end of August.
During the exhibition 'Bristol Print Collective' will be running a series of printmaking workshops. If you are free do come along and see a great exhibition and have fun learning fun printmaking skills!
Over the past few months I have been using archival documents from the Bristol Record Office to support the research I have been doing for my MA in multidisciplinary printmaking at UWE. Being new to Bristol my project began using physchogeography to explore the city and to start discovering the remnants of abandoned decaying buildings. A moment of serendipity occurred whilst wandering through the new Wapping Wharf development site. A curious dwelling caught my eye due to the monumental significant feeling it contained. I was captivated by the remaining fragments, the ramshackle bricks, the rickety window sockets, rotting façades, the repossession by Mother Nature and the overall fragility and vulnerability of the form. The physical incompleteness of the building, invited me into the decomposing formation, to explore it further. My curiosity encouraged me to pull back the metal fencing and investigate the internal casing. To my delight the inside of this moldering form contained just as much tension and enchantment as the outer shell. Through the viewings of old architect site maps my discoveries denote that this discarded spot used to be part of the New Gaol, an old prison dating back to the early nineteenth Century. I began with sketching possible compositions to later produce a series of intaglio prints from. These prints along with sketches and a selection of copper plates will be on display at the Record Office until September.
I've been selected to take part in Edition 2 at 44AD artspace. If you find yourself in Bath, pop in and view a diverse selection of prints!