Regional Print Centre, Coleg Cambria, Wrexham
- Anne Desmet RA – Artist
- Ian Phillips – Artist and linocut printmaker
- Michael Taylor – Paupers Press
80 delegates attended the Regional Print Centre’s sold out Print Symposium event on Wednesday 17th February 2016. Working in collaboration with Coleg Cambria’s Theatre Iâl and Rendezvous Restaurant, the Regional Print Centre organised a series of talks by leading artists discussing the role printmaking plays in their current practice.
The first speaker was Anne Desmet who is an established artist and elected member of the Royal Academy of Arts (London). She specialises in wood engravings, linocuts and mixed media collages. She has had three major museum retrospectives to date, received over 30 international awards, and her work is in museum collections and publications worldwide.
Delegates then had the opportunity to visit the Regional Print Centre’s printmaking studio and see the facilities, network with other artists, and purchase printmaking books, cards and prints.
Lunch was prepared and served by Coleg Cambria catering learners in the college’s Rendezvous restaurant.
After lunch there were another two talks, the first by Welsh based artists and linocut printmaker Ian Phillips. Ian is one of Wales’s foremost linocut artists. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad over the last 10 years. In 2010 he was made a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy.
This was followed by a discussion by Michael Taylor from Paupers Press. Paupers Press is a London based fine art print and publishing studio that works with many leading contemporary artists, publishers and galleries. They have worked with artists such as; Damien Hirst, Paula Rego, Grayson Perry, Tracy Emin, and Jake & Dinos Chapman.
Throughout the event the Regional Print Centre sold 20:20 exchange prints, and printmaking books & cards by the guest speakers. All profits from these sales were donated to Macmillan Cancer Support (Coleg Cambria’s charity for 2015/16 – https://goo.gl/9E4Aaz)
The Regional Print Centre raised a total of £619.19 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Thank you to the guest speakers who donated books and all the delegates and Regional Print Centre members who bought items and made donations. Thank you to Michael Taylor from Paupers Press, who kindly donated copies of his latest book ‘The Mechanical Hand: Artists’ Projects at Paupers Press’, allowing all proceeds to be donated to Macmillan. (http://goo.gl/aK8rOA).
The 2016 Print Symposium was organised by the Regional Print Centre which is a partnership project funded by Coleg Cambria and the Arts Council of Wales.
The Centre offers open access printmaking studio facilities to artists and designers from across North Wales and further afield. It also conducts professional development & training, talks, workshops, courses and exhibitions which are fully accessible to the wider public and printmaking community. The centre is open to anyone who wishes to gain or develop printmaking skills, from complete beginners to more experienced printmakers. The centre caters for traditional and non-traditional printmaking including monotype, etching, relief and screen printing.
The Regional Print Centre receives support and funding from Coleg Cambria and the Arts Council of Wales without which the Symposium would have taken place.
We would also like to thank the following for their enthusiasm, sponsorship and hard work, all of which helped make the Symposium possible.
- Alex McIntosh (Regional Print Centre Facilitator/Print Tutor) for his ongoing enthusiasm for all things print and the Regional Print Centre
- Luci Melegari (Deputy Director of Visual and Dramatic Arts) for her continued support, commitment and enthusiasm for the Regional Print Centre
- The Arts Council of Wales for their funding support
- Anna Briscoe, Technical Theatre learner Jordan Tinniswood and the technical theatre crew at Theatre Ial for hosting the event and for all their help and support
- John Webster, Judith Hudson, Angharad Jarvis, and the Coleg Cambria catering leaners at Rendezvous restaurant
- Coleg Cambria A Level photography learners Taylor Davies and Meryl Cook for documenting the event
- The symposium guest speakers, Anne Desmet, Ian Phillips, and Michael Taylor, for agreeing to take part in and sharing their thoughts, opinions and experience
We hope you enjoyed the Symposium!
Photographs by: Meryl Cook (Coleg Cambria)