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