Tuesday, 15 December 2009

In the workshop: Karen Davies

It's been a fun packed day in the studio with Karen Davies - 'Egg Girl.' We made some test stones using rubbing ink and giving 'Acid Tinting' a whirl - with lovely black ink, Penguin rings and Blackcurrent & Liquoirce a plenty.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Dan Lovelace: Signing

It's been a busy few days in the workshop. Dan has produced a bunch of new work, a "Lucha Libre" series of monotypes with hand drawing, monoprints and a set of eight photo-polymer intaglios. It was good to let the etching press stretch it's legs, we will be making more use of it in the future.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

New Artist: Dan Lovelace

On Sunday we were delighted that Dan Lovelace made the long journey up from London to spend a week in the workshop. We made a start on Monday morning after a relaxing evening sampling the local beverages, purchasing books from the honesty piano and enjoying a wee bit of folk music.

Dan is initially working versions of three images as monotypes which may have hand drawn elements and/or possibly move forward as monoprints.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Carl Bromhead & Karl de Vroomen - artist web pages

New artist web pages have now been added to the website for Carla Bromhead and Karl de Vroomen.

Carla came along in August to collaborate on three lithographs for the Publishing Award she was given back in May. Have a flick through the blog archive for August to see Carla at work drawing on the stones. Approvals were signed in November and the projects will be editioned in early 2010.

Karl completed five days of monotyping as his Postgraduate Publishing Award last week and they are now up on the website and available for purchase. Six of the pieces are available through his gallery Opus-art.

These monotypes, along with a selection of new works by other artists, will be on show and available to buy in the Christmas Exhibition at Opus Art from December 11, 2009, with an exclusive Preview Evening on Thursday, December 10, 2009, from 6-9pm.

Come along to browse and buy while you a glass or two of wine and a mince pie to get you in the festive spirit! More info...

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Karl de Vroomen - Monotype sessions

You may remember that back in August we awarded Karl de Vroomen with a Postgradute Publishing Award. This week and next week we are delighted to have Karl in the workshop making some monotypes with us.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Hole Editions @ Gallagher & Turner

For all those who missed the PRINT exhibition during September you can now see a selection of works at Gallagher & Turner.

Works on show by - Anne Vibeke Mou, Alex Charrington, Paul Henery, Peter Quinn, Paul Gallagher, Erika Adams, Geordie Shepherd and Lee Turner. All works are for sale and there are plenty more in the browsers.

Gallagher & Turner
Specialist Framer & Art Gallery
St Thomas Street Workshops
St Thomas Street

Tues - Fri, 10am - 6pm
Sat, 10am - 3pm

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Carla Bromhead - Signs approvals

You may remember back in August, Carla came along to the workshop with the Publishing Award that she received at her degree show in May. Carla drew two stones with three images for her lithographs Albert, Cecil & Derek. There were plans to make a forth with Winston, but alas he wasn't to be. I was delighted that Carla was able to return to the shop to see the completed proofs and sign the approvals to print.

A trial proof of each image will be donated to the Fine Art Postcard Auction which will take place on Thursday 26th November in the Hatton Gallery.

More information about the prints will be on the website shortly, until then here are some images of the approvals being chopped and signed. Thanks to Carla for snapping a few pictures and her dad for the last one.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Jennifer Douglas - Archenland

On a cold and very wet afternoon, Jennifer Douglas came along to the workshop to sign her completed edition 'Archenland' - an edition of 15 + proofs, printed in Turquoise on Magnani Pescia grey.

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Jock Mooney - O Fortuna

Jock Mooney will be showing alongside Natalie Ryde and Rachael Macarthur in O Fortuna at the Tricycle Gallery, Kilburn. The show opens on Monday 16th of November, 6.30 - 8.30pm and will run until the 2nd January 2010. Head along if you can make it, Jock will be present. All works on show are available for sale, including some lovely new lithographs - ideal for Christmas Presents!

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Print 09 Symposium

Tuesday 20 October 2009 10am to 4pm
XL Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne
Followed by informal drinks and an opportunity to visit Northern Print

The symposium will be focused on a number of
discussions by groups of professionals involved
in aspects of contemporary printmaking.

These discussions will highlight the work of
printmakers/ artists working with editioning
studios and open access workshops, the role
of publishers and the building of collections
centred on contemporary printmaking.

The symposium is aimed at professionals
involved in print including: artists making prints
or considering making prints; curators and arts
professionals; collectors.

More information, panels, prices etc > .pdf

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Friday, 28 August 2009

Alec Finlay

Alec Finlay signing approvals for his suite of skyline wordrawings: white peak | dark peak

The suite comprises 10 wordrawings and a colophon and is to be printed in an edition of 10 plus proofs, with a unique drawing in each.

white peak | dark peak is co-published with Studio Alec Finlay and will be launched next month at the Wirksworth Festival.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Rachel Lancaster: Workplace Gallery

Rachel Lancaster

5th September - 3rd October 2009
Tues - Sat, 11am -5pm
(or by appointment)

Preview: Friday 4th September, 6-9pm.

Workplace Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of work by Rachel Lancaster. Read Press the release.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Tereza Buskova: Interview in Glass magazine

Spring Equinox Film Still 7, Tereza Buskova, 2009. Courtesy of Zabludowicz Collection

Exploring ritual and folklore, Tereza Bušková’s new film has just been screened at the 176 Project Space in London. She utilises a colorful array of traditional Czech costumes, props and ancient conventions to tell the tale of 'Spring Equinox’. Read more > www.glassmagazine.co.uk

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Postgraduate Publishing Award

Image credit: Kark de Vroomen: JCB, 2009, 60 x 50cm, Oil on Canvas

This week has been all about Publishing Awards. Initially with undergraduate winner Carla being in the shop drawing and seeing her stones being proofed. To heading in to the city yesterday afternoon for a pre-preview of the Newcastle University Masters of Fine Art Shows to decide upon a winner for a Postgraduate Publishing Award. After much deliberation Karl de Vroomen was given the award. Congratulations to Karl, we are looking forward to having you come along to the workshop to discuss projects and congratulations also to all the exhibitors on a fantastic show, opening + after party!

Friday, 21 August 2009

Carla Bromhead: First proofs

It's been a productive morning, fresh tea in the pot, Carla continued working on Derek while Albert and Cecil were proofed. We tried and couple of different Japanese papers for potential chine collé and also straight on to Somerset satin. Carla had a quick inspection before heading back downstairs to Derek.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Carla Bromhead: Derek

Carla is making headway on Derek while Albert & Cecil are being processed. Many thanks to Mikhak for visiting this morning, the Dark Chocolate and Banana cake really hit the spot with the afternoon tea.

Exhibition: PRINT

image: Ellen Birkenblit, Laboratory on Rt.66 (detail), Published by Tamarind Institute

Mushroom Works Gallery
Sat 5 September – Sat 26th September
Preview Friday 4th September, 6pm - 8pm

PRINT brings together two exciting new shows by regional artists and print makers.

The main exhibition showcases printers’ proofs of collaborative projects by Lee Turner whilst holding the position of senior printer at Tamarind Institute and also publications from his own workshop, Hole Editions.

Artists featured include Jonathan Lasker, Julia Jacquette, Ruth Root, Ellen Birkenblit, Larry Brown, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, John Morris and Mark Dion. With Jock Mooney, Anne Vibeke Mou, Alex Charrington, Darren Banks and many more.

The second part of the exhibition features prints by artists who have been inspired by or incorporate unusual images of the North East within their work.

Special Event
Tuesday 15th September, 6pm - 8pm
Join Lee for an informal discussion about his collaborations and publications. (Booking required.)

PRINT is part of the Northern Print Biennale. Initiated by Northern Print in partnership with culture10, Northern Print Biennale is the first major competition and exhibition of contemporary printmaking in the UK for almost 20 years. Newcastle Gateshead will celebrate contemporary and historical printmaking through a broad programme of exhibitions and events from 26th June to 4th October 2009. For further details visit www.northernprint.org.uk/biennale

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Carla Bromhead: Cecil

Day 3: Mint Humbugs, Scrabble, sharp pencils and Cecil.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Simple but effective

Yesterdays drawing session took the toll on Carla's neck, so this morning we've made a make shift stone easel to hopefully reduce muscle strain. It isn't very aesthetically pleasing but is stable, health and safety box ticked.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Publishing Award: NU Alumni News

Here is a link to an article about the Publishing Award > CLICK, by Dan Howarth of the Alumni Association in the August/September 2009 edition of AlumNews, the bi-monthly news update from Newcastle University.

New Artist: Carla Bromhead

Publishing Award winner Carla Bromhead arrived this morning to begin work on her projects, perfect timing too as the kettle had just boiled. After discussing the plan of attack for the week Carla tentatively began nibbling away at a drawing of Albert with freshly sharpened #5 litho pencils on stone number 26 from rack C.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

NU Print: PV 3rd Aug, 6-8pm

Geordie Shepherd: Heading to New Mexico

Geordie Shepherd will be heading back to Albuquerque, NM this month for:

DISPERSAL/RETURN 2000-2006 Land Arts of the American West
University of New Mexico Art Museum
August 28th to Dec 20th, 2009

Land Art Symposium
June to November 2009

Monday, 27 July 2009

Jock Mooney - Laboratory, Jerwood Space

Some of Jock Mooney's lithographs will be on show in "Laboratory" at the Jerwood Space.

29th July - 30th August

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Shortlisted - Mikhak Mirmahmoudi

We would like to congratulate our assistant, Mikhak Mirmahmoudi on being shortlisted for the Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4's "4 New Sensations." This follows her recent graduation from Newcastle Universities Fine Art Dept. with a 1st & acceptance into the Northern Print Biennale - 2009 Print Awards.

"4 New Sensations was launched in 2007 by Channel 4 and The Saatchi Gallery to find the most imaginative and talented artists graduating in the UK and to support students leaving art college. In 2007 and 2008 shortlisted students have sold their work and been offered exhibitions as a result of the competition.

This year's judges are: artist Gavin Turk; Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery, London; critic Louisa Buck; and Alison Jacques, owner of Alison Jacques Gallery in London.

An exhibition of the 20 shortlisted graduates chosen by the judges will take place in London during Frieze Week in October 2009 at the A Foundation at the Rochelle School in Shoreditch..." Click to read more >>

PRINT – call for work

Mushroom Works Gallery is looking to exhibit unusual images of the North East as part of its forthcoming exhibition, PRINT.

The North East of England is filled with famous and picturesque landmarks which are well known and loved. This exhibition seeks to show the less obvious but equally alluring images of the region. (This show is to celebrate the unusual and unknown. Please don’t send in images of The Bridges, The Angel or Baltic.)

Entry is open to all artists working with print as a medium (ALL forms of print will be considered; screen-print, lithography, giclee (digital), photography, woodcuts, engraving, linocuts, etching, drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint, etc.)

The exhibition will open on 5th September and run until 26th September (preview Fri 4th).

PLEASE SEND PROPOSALS TO lara@mushroomworks.com

Please include a paragraph about yourself, brief details of your proposal (in no more than 500 words) and two images of what you plan to exhibit (or similar) and a web link if you have one to Lara Robinson - lara@mushroomworks.com. You must include your NAME, ADDRESS, DAYTIME TEL, MOBILE TEL and EMAIL ADDRESS in the proposal.

Deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 14 August.

Click to view the full document

Monday, 13 July 2009

Darren Banks: Blob 21 heading to China

We are pleased to announce that Darren Banks' litho "Blob 21" has been selected for:

Qijiang Printmaking Festival

The festival will be hosted by the Chongqing Cultural Bureau, Chongqing Artist’s Association, Qijiang County Government, Sichuan Province, China.

The venue of the exhibition will be the Qijiang Farmer’s Printmaking Institute Exhibition Hall, north of Jiulong Square, Qijiang Xincheng District, Qijiang, Chongqing, China.

Festival dates are from the 25-27th September 2009.

Coordinators in the UK: Wuon-Gean Ho and Weimin He