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





Pop-up shop in the Winter Gardens

Sheffield Printmakers are taking over the pop-up shop in the Winter Gardens.

From the 1st – 7th May you can see the work of Ian Bishop, Frances Lewis, Rezwana Sarkar, Maude Tricker, Linda Green, Alex McArthur and Peter York.

From the 8th -14th you can see the work of Anthea Stephenson , Jo Pye, Jan Beautyman, Angela Harpham, Sally Brooks, Cath Dunn, Rachel Collier-Wilson, Chris Young and Rosemary Watson.
Each artist will have a range of work to show and each will be attending at various times through the week.

Email shefffieldprintmakers@gmail to see when individuals are around to talk about their creativity.

Following this group show, from the 15th May,  you can see the work of Jill Ray for the next two weeks.