Exhibitions and Pop Up Shop

Sheffield Printmakers are exhibiting for the third year alongside Sheffield’s ‘Off the Shelf’ literary festivals. ‘This year our exhibition ‘Off The Press’ will be taking place at the Art House which is an exciting new exhibiting venue for Sheffield Printmakers. The Art House opened to the public in August 2015 and is situated in the city centre.
‘Off The Press’ will run from October the 14th until October the 22nd. The exhibition will be made up of Printmaking in all its forms. One room will be exclusively dedicated to original prints inspired by literature and the second room will be the chance for Sheffield Printmakers members to showcase un-themed work.
After a successful print exhibition dedicated to raising funds for Wateraid and viewing the Leonard Beaumont (1891-1986) print exhibition at the Graves Sheffield Printmakers became a group. We now have 43 members made up of a broad and inclusive range of artists which encompasses all forms of printmaking to promote this versatile art form through exhibitions, print fairs and social events. sp-flyer-front-2016-17

Newsletter – Summer 2016

Sheffield Printmakers Summer Newsletter 2016
We have had a very busy year so far, with plenty of activity from our members….

Members News

Sheffield Print Fair
Caroline Quincey and Maude Tricker are taking part in the Sheffield Print Fair at the Millenium Galleries as part of the ‘Year of Making’ on the 9th July, 10am-4pm . A total of 36 printmakers are taking part.

Lady Manners Fair
Members Anthea Stephenson, Jan Beautyman and Katherine Rhodes took part in the Lady Manners Art and Craft Fair, Bakewell on 14th-15th May, run by the school PTA. The event was well-organised and was enjoyed by all; the group sold some work and took the opportunity tell visitors about Sheffield Printmakers and also recruited a new member, Rachel Wilson.

Winter Garden Pop-Up Shop

Eleven SP members took part in the ‘Pop up’ Shop at the Winter Garden/Millenium Galleries at the end of May, following on from Jill Ray, who exhibited for 3 weeks. This was very successful, and the exhibitors took over £1100 over the week. Visitors were very impressed and surprised at the variety of the work. It is possible that the group will be able to do this again next year. Jenny Bowden reported that this worked really well as a more co-operative venture with people making a clear commitment early on and then being actively involved in the setting up and running of the event, a good model for future ventures.

Renishaw Hall sketching
Jenny Boden reports that this was a great trip, with 9 members turning up on the day. She had to give numbers to Renishaw as the group sought permission for this trip, so it did require an element of commitment- thanks for those who came along. Some people are returning on Friday 17th June to do more sketching, meeting in the café at 10.30, or find them scattered around the garden if you arrive later. You can bring folding chairs, the café serves nice food or bring a picnic. Look at the Renishaw website to find details of entry fee/directions etc. The aim is to produce a print (or more) from this visit which we can then exhibit. if you want to be part of the Renishaw group contact Jenny Bowden. jenny.bowden@virgin.net
Look forward to our next, gorgeous sunny, warm visit…..

Small Print International
SP members Viv Howe, Sarah Sharp, Peter Knight and Judith Duvall all had a print selected for the contemporary Small Print International hosted by Leicester Print Workshop. There were over 630 prints submitted from artists all over the world and they selected 150 prints by 93 artists, so the group did very well, submitting a variety of techniques in digital, lithography, etching and collagraph. The exhibition is travelling around for 18 months and is currently at Attenborough Arts in Leicester.

International Miniprint Biennale 2016
This is taking part at the Seacourt Centre for Contemporary Printmaking in Bangor, N.Ireland.
Linda Green has entered this exhibition, which people might like to bear in mind for the future.

Open up Sheffield
Members taking part this May included Rosemary Watson, Katherine Rhodes, Frances Lewis, Cath Dunn and Sarah Sharpe.

Derbyshire Open Arts
Trudy Roe and Geraldine Smith both took part this year 28th-30th May.

Mandy Payne
Mandy Payne had a successful exhibition of work at the Cupola Gallery, Sheffield. She has also had work accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, the Contemporary British Painting Prize and the John Moores Painting Prize this year.

Kafoutine Project
The Kafoutine Project run by Trevor Pollard has had a very successful year with various exhibitions throughout the uk and with over sixty prints sold by Senegal artists recently, generating over £3,000 for their village.

SP Print Fair, Bakewell Town Hall
Eight members took part in this event on the 4th June. Another Fair is taking place on the 19th November.
Event to come….

Wirksworth Festival
SP members exhibiting at Wirksworth Festival this year from 9th -25th September include Geraldine Smith, Jenny Bowden, Cath Dunn and Peter Knight.

Shared Practice Group
The shared practice group have had some very good sessions this year, discussing ‘how to get your work out there’, a very interesting practical papermaking session at Cath’s house and demonstration of paper cutting using a ‘Silhouette’ paper cutter at Caroline’s house.

Committee changes
We are very pleased that Mike Pye has joined the group as our new treasurer. Sally Brookes has stepped down from the committee, and Rosemary Watson has stepped down from general exhibitions organization, but is continuing to organise the Bakewell Print exhibition and Fairs. We thank both of them for their work on the committee- any new committee members would be most welcome.

New Banner
The group has paid for a new ‘pull up’ banner with our logo and information, designed by Trevor Pollard, which can be used at SP events to enhance publicity.

Art and Craft Fair – Lady Manners School

On the weekend of 14th-15th May, members of Sheffield Printmakers Anthea Stephenson, Jan Beautyman and Katherine Rhodes took part in an Art and Craft Fair at Lady Manners School,
The event was organised by the school PTA, ably led by Rachel Collier Wilson.  There was a steady flow of visitors and we made some sales.  More importantly we did lots of networking and even managed to recruit Rachel, a trained printmaker, to our group!  We also met Carol Eason, a fellow group member who’d been unknown to those of us based in Sheffield.
It was a fun event, friendly and well-organised. The work on show was of high quality and quite original. Participants had been selected with a view to the fair having an ” up-market feel”. We came away feeling very positive and some of us even made purchases!
We gather there are plans afoot for another event later in year so watch out for news of this.

Printmaking Demonstration at Rainbow Forge Primary School


Caroline Quincey was invited to Rainbow Forge Primary school in Hackenthorpe, Sheffield to do a printmaking demonstration to Rachel Sykes’ Y2 class last Thursday (14th April). Caroline showed some photos of her work at Creswell Crags and demonstrated monoprinting techniques to the children, who had been using monoprinting during their art lessons. The children were very interested and everyone enjoyed the session.

Autumn Newsletter 2015

SP Art in the Gardens

Art in the Gardens, 2015

Autumn Update
Members have taken part as the Sheffield Printmakers group in the ‘Art in the Gardens’ in the Botanical gardens in September, and at Bakewell Town Hall in September. The Workstation event on this year is a group exhibition from 19th-24th October with a print fair on the 24th October 10-4pm.
The Shared practice group have recently discussed their favourite printmaker and incorporating text into print. The next meeting on 16th October will look at combining printmaking techniques. Anyone who is interested in joining the group can contact Linda at lindajudithgreen@btinternet.com
Members of the group have taken part in the following exhibitions in 2015-
Cooper Gallery, Barnsley ‘Love’, with prize winners from the group
Derbyshire Open, Buxton Art Gallery
Open Exhibition, Harley Gallery, Welbeck with SP prizewinners
Inprint Nation Print Biennial, Studio 11 Gallery, Hull
‘Tramlines’ festival in Endcliffe park
Wirksworth Festival 2015

News from members
Jennie Merriman was awarded second prize at the Old Station Gallery for their September Open Exhibition 2015.
Peter Knight has recently exhibited at ‘ turn the page, 2015’, book arts Norwich, Wirksworth Festival maker’s fair October 2015, and selected for the New Light Art Prize, at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Mandy Payne is doing a part time residency at Leicester Print Workshop to learn stone lithography for 2 years (started April), and also got selected for the National Open Art Winter Exhibition at the Royal College of Art in London and the New Light Art Prize at the Bowes Museum North Yorkshire.
Sarah Sharpe has also had work accepted for the National Open Art Winter Exhibition at the Royal College of Art, and was shortlisted for Ashhurst Emerging Artist prize
Cath Hartnett has recently graduated after a number of years’ part time study with a first.
Rosemary Watson had 4 prints accepted for ‘Prints and Plates’ Exhibition Cupola Gallery, Sheffield and had prints + a book / print accepted for Inprint, Studio Eleven Gallery  Hull . She also had 4 prints accepted for exhibition at Fundació Tharrats d’Art Gràfic Pineda de Mar Barcelona, Spain (travelling to L’Etang d’Art Bages, France) and had a book / print accepted for the 5th Sheffield International Artists Book Prize Exhibition,  Bank Street Arts  Sheffield 5th –  31st October 2015
Caroline Quincey won the Creswell Crags prize at the Harley gallery; the prize is a solo exhibition which will be at the Creswell Crags visitor’s centre February- June 2016.

We currently have no treasurer for the group as Cath Hartnett stepped down earlier this year, and Rosemary Watson is stepping down as exhibitions organiser after the Workstation exhibition and fair. We thank them both very much for all their hard work for the group. We also need people to take on a publicity role to help with planned events. Please contact Peter York if you are interested or can help in any way with these roles.

Other items
We have had badges printed with the SP logo, which are free for members- please collect from the Workstation event if you haven’t already got one. Sally Brooks has designed the new logo for the group, with input from the committee. The group has also paid for Public Liability Insurance through SAA to cover participating members at group events for a period of a year.
We had a members’ picnic in the summer at Pete’s house, where we discussed topics such improving publicity, e.g. buying an A board/banner for advertising events, ‘adopting a venue’, whereby each member is responsible for dropping leaflets or a poster at a location near their home/work and an article in the Sheffield Telegraph about the group.
The group have been fortunate to be able to borrow an ‘A board’ in time for the Workstation event and for future events, to improve publicity.
There is to be a Christmas social event, with a short meeting beforehand about the future direction of the group – details will be e mailed as soon as possible.

Exhibition News

Exhibitions featuring our members


Harley Open 2015:

In the recent open exhibition at the Harley gallery of the 77 artists selected 12 were from the Sheffield printmakers & two of these won prizes:

Caroline Quincey, Object Lessons In Botany – WINNER The Creswell Crags Prize

Sarah Sharpe, Still She Haunts Me… Alice Pleasance Liddell – WINNER The Harley Prize

Royal Academy Summer Show 2015:

Two Sheffield Printmakers members have been shortlisted for the RA show.

Cupola Gallery:


Two exhibitions featuring work by SP member Rosemary Watson, from her 2014 aa2a residency at Chesterfield College:

Chionodoxa (Glory of the snow) – selected mixed group exhibition to Saturday 18 April

Prints & Plates – selected mixed group exhibition from 25/04/15 to 30/05/15

Open Up Sheffield 2015: