Several members took part in a group stand at the recent Carlisle Art Fair, others had solo stands. Demonstrations of printmaking processes and workshops ran throughout the weekend, see more photos on the events page.
It’s all been a bit hectic and with quite a few changes afoot it has been difficult keeping up with posts.
However, there have been a few successful exhibitions so far this year, starting with the show at Florence Arts which was beautifully hung and the current exhibition at Mae’s in Uldale, which only has a few days left to run. Following this we are planning a presence at Carlisle Art Fair and then we are into C-Art, showing a range of our members work at Dalemain House again this year during September. Following this we have an exhibition planned at Theatre at the Lake in Keswick in the run up to the festive period.
Really hope you manage to get to some of these!
A few photos of work on the wall at Florence Arts.
Just a quick mention of this exhibition as so many of Cumbria Printmakers are taking part!
18 Sep 2015 – 22 Nov 2015
10.30am – 4.30pm
Featuring over 300 artworks for sale from more than 60 original printmakers handpicked from across the UK, this packed exhibition will celebrate the diversity of printmaking in Britain today. The exhibition will explore a variety of printmaking methods and techniques, providing an opportunity to understand more about printmaking, from mezzotints, etchings, collographs, lithographs, woodcuts, and many more. There will be demonstrations and printmaking workshops, led by artists featured in the exhibition.
In our main gallery • 10.30am – 4.30pm daily • Free entry
Cumbria Printmakers are exhibiting in the Great Barn at Dalemain Historical House near Penrith during C-Art. Seventeen members of the group will be showing new work, ranging from screen prints to lino and wood cuts, monoprints and etchings and even some less well-known techniques. The range of work will be exciting and original, artists will be available to discuss work every day and there are printmaking demonstrations. Workshops on monoprint and screen printing will take place each Sunday afternoon, these need to be pre-booked as spaces are limited.
The exhibition runs from Saturday 12th to Sunday 27th September and is open from 10.30 to 5.00 every day. The beautiful gardens and house are also open during the week and the gardens are open at a reduced rate on a Friday and Saturday. Beatrice Hasell-McCosh is also exhibiting at the house, making this one of the largest groups of artists on the C-Art trail. After browsing and buying artwork and plants the cosy and welcoming coffee shop is literally the icing on the (very delicious homemade) cake!
Cumbria Printmakers are taking part for the first time in the 20:20 Print Exchange run by Hotbed Press. The 20:20 refers to the size of the prints, which are 20cm x 20cm and each artist has to produce an edition of 25 prints which are then swapped with other workshops.
This years 20:20 has attracted a large number of artists from many workshops across the UK, Ireland and further afield and we are excited to have Islensk Grafik in Reykjavik, Iceland as a guest international workshop this year.
There are 43 print workshops and printmaking groups taking part and approximately 500 artists, with a good mix of experienced workshops and new workshops to the exchange. Altogether that totals around 12,500 prints. Hotbed have a new 20:20 website which they will be adding to and updating from time to time linking to each Printshops website so that everyone can see each other and get an overview of who is taking part. When it is running it will be posted on here.
The 20:20 On Tour:
Venues for the 20:20 tour in 2016 start with Neo:Artists Gallery in Bolton in January and move on to West Yorkshire Print Workshop in February-March before heading further afield on a national tour.
Cumbria Printmakers will receive a selection of prints which will form a forthcoming exhibition in November 2015.
With a rapidly growing membership the aspirations and needs of all concerned are deemed to be essential to how Cumbria Printmakers operate.
The three areas of policy that best represent our Mission Statement are Education, Community and Professional Practice. Such a policy formed around sub groups will give members the opportunity to contribute their individual skills and talents in a variety of ways to strengthen and shape the future development of Cumbria Printmakers.
Kevin O’Connor, Chairman of Cumbria Printmakers.
Awesome! We made it, with 9 days to go! Thank you for supporting Cumbria Printmakers on the crowd funding platform Kickstarter. This is just the beginning of our adventure…