A new arts festival, Print in Action, has launched in Plymouth. The festival at Ocean Studios with the aim of bringing printmakers together and celebrating print in all its inspiring forms.
Since the founding of the Plymouth School of Art in 1856, the city has been a destination for artists and designers. But this is the first time there has been a city-wide focus on printmaking and the region’s extraordinary talent.
Led by Real Ideas and the printmaking community of Ocean Studios, Print in Action is a six-month program and will include a series of workshops, masterclasses, talks and talks, culminating in a three-day festival from May 21 to October 23, 2022. .
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Francesca Hawkesworth, Program Coordinator at Real Ideas, said: “Print in Action is about highlighting the wealth of printmaking currently taking place in and around Plymouth. It is also about creating new opportunities for emerging creators and building connections and collaborations to help our talented engravers with their skills and pathways to market.
“We are still developing the program for the rest of the year, but we already have a phenomenal range of masterclasses in the works with engravers from Plymouth and surrounding areas eager to share their ideas, creativity and techniques. impression with others.”
The festival kicks off with a summer residency for emerging creatives at Ocean Studios. The residency gives print artists access to print facilities and specialized workspaces, while helping them connect with other like-minded creatives. Use of the facilities during Print in Action will provide an outlet to showcase and market their work.
Junior Print Club
The festival also offers a series of workshops for children aged 5 to 11. They will have the opportunity to use collage, texture and drawing in a variety of printing techniques.
Starting in May, a series of classes will be held at Ocean Studios, learning about a variety of printing techniques including screen printing, linocut, monoprint, collagraphy and drypoint.
Year-round learning and collaboration will be cemented during a special Festival weekend, October 21-23, where vendors, educators, venues and printers can come together to share their expertise and services and market their unique impressions to the public.
Beth Munro, is a printmaker based at Ocean Studios, who reflects her interest in the natural world, through a variety of printing techniques. She will lead a series of print tutorial workshops during Print in Action.
She said: “During lockdown we have seen unprecedented interest in print. Having time during confinement has allowed many people to reconnect with their creative side. We want to help people develop those interests and become part of a creative community here at Ocean Studios or in other city departments. I think it’s an exciting time to get involved in this print renaissance.
“Plymouth has a world class art college and university which is producing the next generation of artists. It is important for them to try out various techniques, learn from artists and use the facilities we have in Plymouth to help develop our arts and cultural industries.
“Plymouth’s art scene is thriving and we need to continue to grow it. Creative spaces, such as Ocean Studios, go a long way towards achieving this, but as an industry we need to collaborate, share techniques and best practices if we want printed art to stay alive.
Alan Qualtrough, who runs typography studio Kiss and Bite, will also lead print workshops throughout the festival, and is the former editor of The Herald and Western Morning News. He added: “There are brilliant facilities at Ocean Studios and plenty of professional help is available to improve your skills. Take your creativity up a level or two by joining our friendly artistic community.
To see the full schedule of events and for more details, visit: https://realideas.org/whats-on/. If you are a creator and would like to organize a Print in Action activity, contact us via [email protected]
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