It’s that time of year again when artists in Sheffield and South Yorkshire open up their studios to the public and some of our members are taking part.
We have several members participating this May:
Angela Harpham will be advertising the Sheffield Printmakers’ event in October at the Art House and doing a demo on silk paper making at Craft Jam. She will also be showing some prints onto or that incorporate my own paper.
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.
Sheffield Printmakers Summer Newsletter 2016
We have had a very busy year so far, with plenty of activity from our members….
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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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….
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.
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.
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.
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.