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!

20:20 Print Exchange

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.

Education, Community and Professional Practice

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.

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Cumbria Printmakers AGM

The Annual General Meeting takes place on Friday May 20th at Bridgefoot & Little Clifton Village Hall (located in Bridgefoot) at 7pm.

The Hall is on the corner opposite the Duke of Cumberland pub.

Fundraising Exhibition for Cumbria Printmakers

We’re delighted to announce the first fundraising exhibition for Cumbria Printmakers. Members are invited to submit up to three works. There will also be a fundraising auction shortly afterwards.

17th May to 25th May at Gallery Artemis, Cockermouth.


Cover Image

Our Second Cover Image: A detail from ‘Five Pink Ladies’ by our Print Studio Manager and established artist Bill Cummins. A technically brilliant and, we think, beautiful colour linocut. Full image below:

"Pink Ladies Colour Linocut by Bill Cullins"

Pink Ladies
Colour linocut by Bill Cummins

Our First Cover Image: The wonderful warm image (detail) used for our cover is titled ‘pile of blocks used for English language letterpress’. It’s licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. The photographer is Michele Ferrario. Attribution: By Michele M. F. [CC BY-SA 2.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.)