Archive for August, 2013

August 23, 2013

Hong Kong Graphic Art Fiesta 2013

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An International Print Exchange

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Hong Kong Open Printshop promotes the art of printmaking by curating exchange exhibitions, conducting educational programmes and showcasing Hong Kong printmaking at international symposiums. As an international exchange programme, Hong Kong Graphic Art Fiesta connects national, regional and international art communities. The programme began in 2007 with the opening of the first Hong Kong Graphic Art Fiesta. The feature events that year were “Crossing Boundaries – an International Print Exchange Exhibition” and “Hot Off the Press”, an exhibition of print art by students from local universities and tertiary institutes. The Hong Kong Graphic Art Fiesta has become a major international graphic art exhibition, Crossing Boundaries featured the work of 100 artists from 12 print workshops. Prints from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, UK and the USA illustrated the diversity of contemporary printmaking practice, highlighting both thematic and cultural issues as well as more pragmatic matters such as media, technique and format. By 2010, the Hong Kong Graphic Art Fiesta had developed into a major annual international printmaking exchange exhibition with three main areas of focus – work by established printmakers, work by university students and work by secondary students – rotating every three years. The festival is now two months long and the number of workshops and participating artists has multiplied enormously.

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This year the portfolio Collaborations : Aberystwyth Paper Press Print,  compiling 30 artists associated with Paul Croft Master Lithographer and the Aberystwyth Print Workshop was to go on show at this impressive event.  The prints were executed in a variety of media – lithography, etching and aquatint, mezzotint, woodcut, linocut and monoprint – have since been acquired for the Archive of the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Artists included are Wuon Gean HoEdwina Ellis, Paul Croft, Ruth Jen Evans, and Marcelle Hanselar.

They have four main objectives:

  1. To connect national, regional and international art communities through international exchange exhibitions and educational programmes.
  2. To establish a multi-disciplinary platform for promoting Hong Kong printmaking.
  3. To share the joy of making art with the general public by offering a diverse range of creative programmes.
  4. To support new talent by offering internship and residency opportunities for young artists.

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The success of these exciting and ambitious projects very much reflects the energy and dynamism that is currently driving the economic and cultural renaissance in this corner of South East Asia. Between Hong Kong and Guanlan, across the frontier in Shenzhen, support for printmaking appears to be positive and rising. It will be fascinating to see how subsequent projects will impact upon the development of printmaking in this region and worldwide. (1)

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This lithograph, Woodland Bathing, made in 2012 in the Aberystwyth School of Art print room, is included in the exhibition.

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The exhibition is at the HONG KONG OPEN PRINTSHOP in October 2013 – exact dates TBC , images can be see at Art Fiesta.

L8-05, JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street,
Shek Kip Mei, Kln, Hong Kong

http://www.open-printshop.org.hk
hkgaf2013@open-printshop.org.hk
tel: (852)2319 1660 fax: (852)2319 1770

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August 10, 2013

Hot-Off-The-Press

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My latest lithographs are to be seen in  Belgrave Gallery’s Summer Exhibition. The gallery has an interesting mix of three different exhibitions. Three ‘themes’ titled ‘CONTEMPORARY ART Summer Exhibition 2013‘, ‘MODERN ART Summer Exhibition 2013‘, ‘TRIBAL ART Summer Exhibition 2013‘.

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The prints are titled Raven Fingers Pointing Call All. They are two in an edition of four different lithographs, made by preparing five different stones and printed on paper with different combinations of colours in different orders. The prints below use four and three stones consecutively. The title comes from the line of a poem titled ‘Under A Northern Sky’, written in Sheltand during a residency I undertook in 2006.

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August 10, 2013

V & A Prints Collections

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Aberystwyth : Paper Press Print has been accepted into the print collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

It has also been accepted into the University of Wales Art Collections where research is an important aspect of their activities, with emphasis particularly upon the history of graphic art, the development of new processes in etching, lithography and relief printing. The University of Wales Collection currently has an archive of over 10,000 prints, drawings and photographs and the galleries regularly host both touring and in-house curated shows of historical and contemporary prints by leading practitioners of national and international repute.

This is very exciting and prestigious and allows me to now have the heading of ‘Public Collections‘ on my artist’s biography.

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I wrote about the portfolio in a previous post outlining,  ‘On his web-site Paul describes it as ‘a portfolio celebrating the diversity of printmaking from traditional to digital. Each of the 30 professional artists, staff and students participating in this project have had contact with the print studio at The School of Art Aberystwyth between 2000-2012. Artists have been encouraged to be experimental and processes include combination of print media, traditional and digital processes, hybrid prints as well as more inter-disciplinary activity such as prints developing from photography, film and video. Artists were also asked to reflect upon their own practice and to produce a print that is representative of their current work’.’

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