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Sheffield Printmakers Newsletter January 2019

Happy New Year everyone hope you all had a good holiday and a bit of a rest.
Since our successful Open-Up event in the Walled Garden in Meersbrook Park,
which we have been asked to do again ,group members have been very busy, both in
Sheffield and abroad.
At the Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition in June Cath Dunn had a mixed media
piece selected which won a Derbyshire County Council Award. At the same event
Katherine Rhodes and Jenny Bowden won the Air Arts Exhibition Prize . This prize
consists of a six month exhibition at The Royal Derby Hospital which is part of their
celebration of 70 years of the NHS. The exhibition runs until the Spring, so there is
still time to go along and see it.
Katherine also had work selected for the National Original Print Exhibition held at
Bankside in London
Also in June, Pat Hodson had work shown at two exhibitions in Sophia, Bulgaria and
from May to September at Papier Global 4 in Degendorf,Germany ,but she says the
most interesting news is that a Paper/Inkjet printed piece of hers which is in the Lloyd
Cotsen textile collection has now been given to The Textile Museum at George
Washington University. Have to save up to visit that one.
Rosemary Watson also has work on the move. She has had work touring galleries in
Spain and France as well as Suffolk and Northern Ireland and currently is taking part
in a touring exhibition along the rivers Rhine and Moselle, which will move to
museums in Nassau,(Germany),Cologne and Bonn later this year. These exhibitions
are part of a project related to how one remembers and reacts to place.
Along with Cath Hartnett, Louise McNiff and Linda Green, Rosemary also took
part in the 20:20 Print Exchange, run by Hot Bed Press, which allows print makers to
exchange work with other makers from around Britain and abroad. It sounds very
interesting although it does entail quite a lot of work.
Linda Green was also one of a group of six Sheffield Printmakers members , along
with Jan Slater, Jo Pye, Barbara Goodchild, Mair Richards and Caroline
Quincey, who exhibited at the White Lion Pub on Chesterfield Rd. for the whole of
July & August. Thanks to Mair for organising this. It was an unusual venue and we
hope it brought the name of Sheffield Printmakers to a wider audience.
In September Cath Dunn exhibited paintings and prints as part of the Wirksworth
Arts and Architecture Trail and Angela Harpham took part in Art in the Gardens at
Sheffield Botanical Gardens.
Angela also took part in Craft Jam at the Millennium Galleries, where she
demonstrated silk paper making to about 30 people. “A great fun event,” she says.
This was in October, which also saw another “fun” event. Trevor Pollard celebrated
his 65 th birthday by showing 65 of his monoprints at the Art House for the special price of £65.00 each. He sold more than 25 of them. Wouldn’t it have been nice if he
could have sold all 65. It’s a great idea, but I don’t think I’ll be celebrating my next birthday that way: there isn’t enough wall space.
As there was a cancellation at the Art House at the beginning of November, Trevor
was also able to curate an exhibition of works from the Kifountine group of lino
printers from Senegal, with whom Trevor is closely connected and who have
exhibited with us in the past. The directness and clarity of image was very exciting
and the exhibition raised quite a lot of money to keep the group going.
The Art House saw rather a lot of Sheffield Printmakers at the end of the year, since,
almost as soon as Trevor’s exhibition and that from Kifountine were down we moved
in to put up what is becoming our annual show. Over the last four years, at both the
Art House and, earlier, the Work Station, the exhibition has been timed to, both,
coincide and connect with the Off The Shelf Literary Festival which takes place in
October. This time, as the Art House was already fully booked for October, we had to
hold our exhibition from November 23 rd to December 8 th . So we were unable to make
use of Off The Shelf’s publicity as Sheffield University, who now run the festival,
were unwilling to advertise an event taking place later than there own.
How much this affected the out come of events it is difficult to say. Certainly we had
far fewer visitors on the opening night, most of them were family and friends, and
sales were down on last year, but they themselves were down on the year before , so
in part could be part of the current economic uncertainty.
However, being in the Art House at the beginning of December did mean that some
members took part in their Christmas Fair which was a success.
Other group members were otherwise or also engaged at the Pop- Up Shop in the
Winter Gardens, which took place from November 16  -30. An overlap, not only
with the Art House, but with The Great Sheffield Art Show on the weekend of
November 17 & 18
Artists Taking part in these events were:-
Pop-up Shop Art House GSAS
Jan Beautyman ; Cath Dunn ; Jean Brookes ; Jenny Bowden ; Angela Harpham ; Sally Brooks ; Jo Pye ; Rezwana Farina ; Sarah Burgess ; Katherine Rhodes ; Anthea Stevenson ; Frances Lewis ;Barbara Goodchild ; Alex McArthur ; Linda Green ;  Mair Richards ;  Jo Henderson ;  Pat Hodson ; Maud Tricker ; Kath Holland ; Rosemary Watson ; Marie Keane
; Louise McNiff ;  Quincey ; Jan Slater ;  Judith Webster ; Peter York

Thanks to everyone involved, especially those who helped with the
organising, hanging and general running about. And Frances’ idea of a little tea party
after taking down rounded everything off.
But this madness will not happen again next time. The Art House has already been
provisionally booked for a date in October (tbc) and we have no idea what will
happen about the Pop-Up Shop. The City Council has taken it back into their
ownership and, although we understand that they are keen to encourage it’s continued
use by artists, we don’t know what he future will hold.
However, we do have good things to look forward to for 2019.

Firstly congratulations to Jan Beautyman, Jill Ray, Judith Webster, Judith Duvall,
Katherine Rhodes , Maude Tricker and Viv Howe on their selection for the Harley
open and to Katherine who has also been selected for the Ferens Open.
As I said at the beginning, Open Up at the Walled Garden, Meersbrook Park was so
successful that we have been asked to do it again, so Peter has booked the Nether
Edge Club for 7.00pm on Tuesday February 26 so that we can discuss this as well
as the Art House and possible Pop-Up well in advance.

Sheffield Printmakers Summer Newsletter 2018

It has been a busy year for the members of Sheffield Printmakers.

Joint Exhibition Events

  • The Art House Annual Exhibition October 2017

Over 25 members exhibited work at our annual printmaking exhibition at this lovely venue in the city centre. Sales were £916 during the exhibition and everyone agreed that the standard of work had exceeded even last year’s show, with a fantastic variety of professional printmaking on show.

  • Portland Works Heritage Day 10th September 2017

16 members took part in this print fair and exhibition, during one of the open day events at Portland Works.

  • ‘Freshly Pressed’ Print Fair 15th July 2017

Five of our printmakers took part in this new print festival at the Civic in Barnsley

  • ‘Printed Impressions’ at St Marie’s Cathedral, Sheffield

Thirteen Members of the group took part in this exhibition 19th May-2nd June 2017. We had an interesting tour beforehand and spent time sketching and taking photos, and then made prints based on what inspired us about this beautiful building.

St Maries exhibition copy

  • ‘Pop up’ shop, Millenium Galleries, 2-14th May 2017

This was a very successful 2 weeks of selling our prints and cards, with different printmakers exhibiting in each of the two weeks.

Success in National Exhibitions/Publications

  • Rosemary Watson exhibited her printed artist books at the Book Arts Exhibition at Exeter College and had blind embossed prints accepted for exhibitions in Barcelona and France.
  • The Ferens Gallery in Hull accepted work from Katherine Rhodes, Linda Green and Judith Webster for the exhibition February to March 2018
  • Suzi Thompson recently had work selected for ‘The Artful Hare’ publication
  • The Harley Open ( July 2017) accepted work from Jan Beautyman, Sally Brookes, Alex McArthur and Anthea Stephenson
  • Several members of the group had work accepted for the Derby Print Open exhibition 2018 at Green Door printmaking Studio, including Rachel Collier-Wilson, Katherine Rhodes, Judith Duvall, Alex McCarthur, Jenny Bowden and Anthea Stephenson.  Jenny Bowden, Katherine Rhodes and Alex McArthur are also award winners! The exhibition is on 1st-29th June.

‘Open Up’ Participation

Fourteen of the group exhibited at Meersbrook Park walled garden on 5th-7th May 2018,  in our first venture with ‘Open Up’ as a group. The weather was glorious and we had lots of visitors, helped along by a herb day and refreshments provided by the walled garden volunteers. We had an exhibition in the schoolhouse building, printmaking demonstrations and stalls for our work. Sales were £2168, which is a great result. We have booked again for next year.

open up sheffield copy

Individual members also took part in ‘Open Up’ individually including Cath Dunn, Rosemary Watson, Katherine Rhodes, Judith Webster, Jan Slater and Christine Young. Rezwana Sarkar took part in the Yorkshire Artspace Open up and Rachel Collier-Wilson, Cath Dunn and Trudy Roe in the Derbyshire ‘Open Up’ Event.

Social Event 13th March 2018

The group had a meeting and social at the Nether Edge Club, with lots of food provided and a very interesting talk by Mandy Payne, who talked about her 2 year residency at the Leicester Print Workshop. She brought along examples of her prints, and others, to demonstrate the techniques of stone lithography.

Shared Practice Group

There are currently nine printmakers in this sub-group, and we have had several good meetings this year. Demonstrations/workshops have included non-toxic etching at Cath Hartnett’s house, collage and print at Caroline Quincey’s house, talks about our work and favourite printmakers, an outing to Birmingham to see an exhibition of Kathe Kollwitz and another to the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk.

Still to come….

  • ‘Five Sheffield Printmakers’ at the White Lion pub, London Road 4th July- 31st August
  • ‘Pop Up‘ Shop, Millenium Galleries 16th-30th November

The Sheffield Printmakers Art House Exhibition 2018, the Art House, Backfields,  23rd November to 8th December

Art House Exhibition 2017

Once again the Sheffield Printmakers will be exhibition at the Art House, Sheffield.

7 – 28 October 2017
Launch Night 7 October 6.00 – 8.00
Art House 11 – 3.00 Monday – Saturday
Wednesday 12.30 – 3.00
Art House, 8 Backfields, Sheffield S1 4HJ

A chance to see fine art printmaking at its best with the print work of over 25 group members on display during their second show at The Art House in Sheffield.
Framed and mounted prints will be available to view and buy from all the disciplines that make up Fine Art Printmaking.
Join us on Launch night, Saturday the 7th of October where you can meet the artists and enjoy free refreshments whilst viewing this stunning exhibition.
Free entry throughout the exhibition.


Art House, 8 Backfields, Sheffield S1 4HJ

Portland Works

Portland Works

If you are near Sheffield on Sunday 10th September from 1200 to 1700 make sure you visit Portland Works on Randall Street. There will be workshop tours of the Locksley Gin distillery, a Little Mester pocket knife workshop, Mark Jackson’s Square peg business and of course our resident artists studio. We are delighted to welcome Sheffield Printmakers who are holding an exhibition in our lovely new “Makerspace” room on the first floor. Meet the Friends of Portland Works and find out how they are raising money for further restoration work. When you are ready for a cuppa the refreshments will include home made cake and Livvy’s Italian Ice Cream! Free admission as part of the national Heritage Open Days initiative. Have a great Sunday afternoon at the Works – no need to book.

Freshly Pressed Print Fair

Several members participated in the first ever ‘Freshly Pressed Print Fair’ at the Civic, Barnsley on the 15 July 2017. For a first time print fair, it was a pretty impressive set up, with professional printers, book and zine publishers, poetry and music! Certainly a venue to watch for future print events.

Sheffield Printmakers Spring Newsletter 2017

Shared Practice Group

We have had quite a few visits, demonstrations and discussions this year. Visits have included seeing the Gertrude Hermes exhibition at the Hepworth Gallery, the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition at the Walker Gallery, featuring one of our members, Mandy Payne, and the Picasso print exhibition and West Yorkshire Print Workshop exhibition in Barnsley. Demonstrations by group members included Jelliprinting at Angela’s house and Coco-cola lithography at Linda’s house and discussion about woodcuts and linocuts.

Art House Exhibition

This group exhibition was linked again to the ‘Off the Shelf’ festival, and was in a new venue at the Art House in central Sheffield in October last year. The exhibition was a great success, with a lively and well-attended opening night and sales in excess of £1564, together with some commissions afterwards. The Art House kindly extended the exhibition at no extra cost. We look forward to returning later this year for another group exhibition on 7-28th October.

Bakewell Town Hall

Some members of the group took part in a print fair in November, and Peter York ran a print workshop to tie in with this event. There is a rolling exhibition of members’ work in one of the downstairs rooms.

Ferens Open

Members Katherine Rhodes, Judith Webster and Ian Bishop had work exhibited in this exhibition in Hull between January and March.

HSBC print fair and Lady Manner’s School fair

Some members took part in these events before Christmas to sell work and publicise the group.

Lady Manner’s School Fair

Some members took part in this event at Bakewell.

Pop-up banners

Trevor Pollard kindly designed and organised the delivery of two new ‘pop-up’ banners advertising our group, for use at events.


Rachel Collier-Wilson has kindly taken over the website for us, and is currently updating it.

Kafountine Project

There will be a final exhibition in Bristol this year by the printmakers from a small village in Senegal, which Trevor Pollard has been actively supporting. It will now be up to the Senegal printmakers to take the project forward into the future. Go to to see their website and prints.

Events to come this year…..

Many of the group are taking part in printmaking events this year.

These include an exhibition of members’ prints inspired by the heritage of St. Marie’s Cathedral (19th May-2nd June), with a printmaking demonstration by Peter York on the 24th May,  and several members taking part in the ‘Pop-Up’ shop in the Winter Gardens (2nd-14th May). Cath Dunn, Jan Slater, Suzi Thompson, Katherine Rhodes, Kay Aitch, Sarah Sharpe and Rosemary Watson are taking part in ‘Open Up’ Sheffield this year. Linda Green, Angela Harpham, Anthea Stephenson, Jo Pye and Judith Webster are taking part in the new ‘Freshly Pressed’ print fair at the Civic, Barnsley on the 15th July. Members Trudy Roe and Sarah Sharpe are taking part in the Derbyshire Open Arts festival from 27th May- 4th June. Some members are investigating the Wardsend Cemetery in Sheffield for printmaking inspiration for their 160th anniversary this year, with a view to exhibiting work.

Sheffield Printmakers Printed Impressions Poster

An Exhibition of Sheffield Printmakers’ work inspired by St Marie’s Cathedral


Many members are aiming to submit work to the ‘Harley Open’ exhibition this year. We are hoping to repeat the success of 2015, when several members’ work was selected, two of which were also prize winners.

Printed Impressions

St Marie’s Cathedral has worked in partnership with the Sheffield Printmakers Association to present a unique group exhibition that features a selection of artworks created by thirteen talented printmakers.
The exhibition brings together a wide range of innovative styles and printing techniques, from woodcut to drypoint, all the way through to linocut and collagraph.
Artists have sought inspiration in the exquisite architecture, art and design of St Marie’s Cathedral after taking part in specially tailored guided tours. These printmakers have undeniably succeeded in capturing and conveying the beauty and the many subtleties of this place of worship in surprising ways. St Marie’s evocative light, rich colours, silent and devotional space, transparency of the glass, intricate patterns or expressive textures are definitely present in these pieces.
Some artworks have easily recognisable features, while others show more abstract elements. However, as one would expect, all of them are incredibly personal and subjective, which makes them equally fascinating, beautiful and inspiring.

Sheffield Printmakers Printed Impressions Poster

An Exhibition of Sheffield Printmakers’ work inspired by St Marie’s Cathedral

St Marie’s Cathedral Web Pages

Introduction to Printmaking Workshop – 24 May 2017 10 am – 1 pm
Learn the basics of printmaking and make your own artwork with Peter York
To book, please call 0114 2722522

Come and talk to the Artists!

Printed Impressions Artist Rota