[T]he largest exhibition dedicated to original printmaking in the North returns to the Rheged Centre this Autumn (25 November 2016 to 26 February 2017.) With over 65 artists from all over the UK, The Great Print Exhibition will feature more than 600 original prints, alongside workshops and demonstrations from local Cumbrian artists.
Now in its second year, last year over 12,000 visitors visited the exhibition, which includes all forms of original printmaking. The Rheged Centre, which is located at the gateway to the Lake District, has become synonymous with forward thinking and dynamic exhibitions, including their celebrated Bricks in Time exhibition which celebrated key movements in history, through LEGO sculpture.
This year the expansive printmaking exhibition will feature a specially created ‘Making Space’ – a temporary studio that will be occupied by different artists throughout the exhibition’s run.
The artists using the ‘Making Space’ will create original prints which they will exhibit and sell directly to the public, as well as giving demonstrations and telling the stories of many of the exhibition pieces. Visitors will be able to observe traditional printmaking equipment, such as a large Victorian style printing press, as well as cutting edge technology – a futuristic 3D printer.
Arts Manager John Stokes said “We are delighted to bring the Great Print Exhibition back to Rheged, and are hoping to welcome many visitors to explore this fantastic collection, the largest of its kind. Hung in a salon style, with floor to ceiling prints filling the gallery, it promises to be a visual feast and a fitting celebration of British printmaking.”
The exhibition features work from some of Britain’s best printmakers including Anita Klein, Gail Brodholt, Paul Cledan, Phil Greenwood, and the South Western group Pine Feroda. It also members of nationally recognised printmakers groups such as Glasgow Print Studio, Edinburgh Printmakers and the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. Local artists will also showcase their work, with several members of Cumbria Printmakers taking part.
The Great Print Exhibition is open from 25 November 2016 to 26 February 2017. It is open every day from 10am-5pm except for Christmas and Boxing Day. Admission is free.