Spaghetti Intaglio

Deadline: 20/11/2019  |  Published: 02/10/2019  |  Venue: RHACC  |  City: London  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Georgina Talfana

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Open call for December exhibition and print fair / special event for DIY printmakers. Looking for innovators, domestic printmakers, DIY print and non-toxic print enthusiasts. Whether you make beautiful fine-art potato prints, cola litho T-Shirts or have scavenged a skip to build your own screenbed, this exhibition is to showcase the work that our wonderful print community makes.

Beautiful prints made with domestic equipment are a triumph of innovation, experimentation and science, often born of logistic and economic necessity.

There’s a joy of printmaking with professional equipment and heritage presses but many artists do not have the space or budget to own these. So we often print in open access studios and colleges, which incurs slightly less expense if still beset with the problems of storage, travel, and the knowledge that you will always have limited time in the studio. Sessions often become calculated around what you can get done in 2 – 3 hours, and how much prep time can be saved with military organisation.

In the meantime, many of us choose to produce professional prints with home-made, DIY and innovative equipment put together from household objects.

There’s also a group of DIY printmakers who work with children, schools and community settings who need access to non-toxic printmaking materials that can be cleaned without strong solvents.

Spaghetti Intaglio is the first exhibition of its kind, showcasing and celebrating the best of all of these printmakers, who regularly turn out beautiful and professional quality work with home-made equipment.

Dates from Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th December. It will be held in the main atrium gallery space at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College, which gets hundreds of visitors a week and hosts a range of internal and external art shows each year.

On Saturday the 14th, there will be a special event, including a print fair and demonstrations, plus refreshments.

The DIY domestic printmaking community in the UK is thriving, and techniques you can search for online to find a plethora of videos and instructional websites include cola lithography, pasta machine presses, wooden spoon pulling of relief prints, and screen printing with embroidery hoops. My own excited foray into this has yielded processing photopolymer plates with a gel nail polish lamp and using a pizza wheel as a Mezzotint rocker.

Spaghetti Intaglio is about paying tribute to all this work going on around the country, in kitchens, sheds, garages, living rooms, schools and community centres. In the spirit of many of our celebrated 20th Century artists, we don’t have to start with the most expensive art school we can find, before moving on to commercial galleries, board room installations and residencies in NYC. We make work with what we have in our communities and are contemporary artists.

Related events around this show include

• Print fair on Saturday 14th of December with prints, cards and other items for sale.

• Free demonstrations on Saturday 14th December with printmaker Diane McLellan.

• DIY Kitchen Printmaking course for 6 weeks from Thurs 7/11/2019 taught by Shefali Wardell at Richmond Art School.

Enter up to 6 prints for the show, and you can also sell work at the tabletop print fair on the Saturday, if desired. 

There's no entry fee, and if you are chosen for the show, work does not have to be framed in order to keep this a more accessible exhibiting oportunity. 

For those chosen for the show, there is a £25 hanging fee per person (or per collective). This is how the show is financed, and any work sold is commission free. 


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Printmakers in the UK using DIY, domestic or home made equipment.
When is the deadline?
Midnight 20th November 2019.
How many works can I submit?
Up to 6 for consideration for the show. Everyone who makes a submission may sell up to 20 pieces at the print fair on Saturday 14th December. This is optional. For your initial submission though, all that needs to be seen are the ones you would like considered for the exhibition.
When is the delivery date?
11th and 12th December 2019 at specified times.
When do I need to collect my work?
14th, 15th, 16th December at specified times.
How much does it cost?
Free submission. Artists chosen for the exhibition will pay a £25 hanging fee. If a studio or collective wish to enter several pieces of work from the same place, please email and it may be possible to just pay one hanging fee for the group. Artists who just want to sell their work at the print fair, or who are not selected for the show but would like to sell at the print fair will pay a one-off £5 charge, which helps to fund us manning the stall as well as any credit/debit card fees incurred at the point of sale.
Are there payments to artists?
No payments but work may be sold through the show or fair and no commission will be taken.
Is there a private view / opening?
There is a special event on Saturday 14th of December from 10.00 am - 4.00pm with guests, demonstrations, a print fair and refreshments for visitors.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
9.00 - 4.30 every day
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Social media promotion of the show, local promotion for print fair and show, selected media and online representation, national call out, pdf exhibition catalogue permanently available.
Do I need to be present?
No - as long as you can arrange work drop off and pick up.
What are the selection criteria?
For the exhibition, the prints that make the best curated show and offer the highest quality examples of printmaking in their respective fields will be chosen. All entrants can send their work in to the print fair.

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