Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Anne Forte (printmaker) exhibiting at Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery

Anne Forte/ Joyce Gunn Cairns/ Leena Nammari at Edinburgh Printmakers
17 January to 07 March 2009
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm

Anne Forte, ‘Feels Like Forever’: An exhibition exploring the cognitive processing of memories and the unconscious re-writing of personal histories.

Joyce Gunn Cairns
, ‘Bodily Traces’: An exhibition of etchings and drawings reflecting the artist's fascination with all sentient life, whether it be literary figures or crows.

Leena Nammari, ‘Space to Breathe’: An exhibition of photography, printmaking and film reflecting her constant search for what she considers as home in all its manifestations.

Location: 23 Union Street, Edinburgh Call: 0131 557 2479
For more information visit:

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Visual Arts Scotland Open Exhibition 2009 - Call for Entries

Visual Arts Scotland’s next Annual Open Exhibition will be held in The City Art Centre, Edinburgh, from Saturday 31 January – Thursday 19 March 2009.

Submissions are sought from contemporary artists and makers in all fine art, applied art and craft disciplines.

Hand in: Saturday 9 January 11am–4 pm & Sunday 10 January 2009 10am–7pm


For an entry form and labels send an A4 SAE to:

VAS Administrator,
Rebecca Wilson,
6/8 Newhaven Road,

To download a form online visit:

Image above is by the artist Elizabeth Shepherd, found on the Visual Arts Scotland Website. To see more of her work check her website

Opportunities for artists in Scotland


A three-month residency for a professional artist running from 4 May - 31 July 2009. The artist will receive a fee of £5,200, materials allowance of £750, accommodation and private studio.
For further information
Cove Park, Peaton Hill, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

In the RED at the Smith !!!

"In the Deep MidWinter Winter" continues at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum, in Stirling.

NOTE: If yours is here please identify/ post in comments (Aine S.)

15 November to 11 January 2009

as stated on the Stirling Smiths website:

"This is the first time artists from the Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop have exhibited their fine art original prints within Stirling.

The works on show are created using a huge range of printmaking techniques. Small delicate etchings of landscapes, medium sized screen prints evoking images of autumn and winter, mixed media prints through to large scale works of landscape and human figures reflect the plethora of styles held by the FDPW members.

There are 19 artists taking part in the exhibition including Clare Yarrington, from Rumbling Bridge in Kinross-shire, an artist who exhibits throughout Scotland. She displays her beautifully controlled use of colour in her large collages in contrast to her subtle hand coloured collographs. She is a geologist and rock climber and these references feature regularly in her work.

Stephen Ratomski from Dunfermline had his prints included in the SSA and RSA annual exhibitions in Edinburgh this year. His artworks are powerful screen prints with rich combinations of vivid colour and shape. They evoke understated references to the changing mood of landscape and nature.

Sheila Carnduff from Aberdour also exhibited at the SSA this year as well as other group shows. Her prints are colourful collographs and etchings inspired by recent visits to the Middle East and Japan.

Lynne Rickard from Thornhill has been a member for a number of years and is exhibiting etchings inspired by nature.
Catherine King from Larbert,  lectures at Forth Valley College and is exhibiting large collographs of human figures and landscapes.

On Saturday 15 November at 2.30pm artists Catherine King and Alison Leeper will be giving a short talk about printmaking.

Admission is free and opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am - 5.00pm and Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm. Closed Mondays. All works are for sale. "


Star Wheel Etching Press FOR SALE

Star Wheel Press Information

An etching press in good condition with two sets of blankets
( one set nearly new )
Bed size: 63.5 x 136 cm

The press is in good working condition and is a very robust press.

It has been used regularly for 20+ years by many members of Fife Dunfermline

Printmakers Workshop until it was recently replaced by a geared etching press.

Diameter of wheel: 1775 mm

Height of frame to centre of wheel: 1105 mm

Floor to ceiling Height just under 2300 mm.

Bed size is 63.5 x 1.36 cm.

We have two sets of blankets with the press, one of which is almost new. These may be sold with the press but the press can also be sold minus one/both sets of blankets.

The press is available now and has been stripped down ready for transportation.

We have no idea of the weight of the press, apart from very very heavy. very heavy

Friday, 21 November 2008

Karen Kunc Reduction Woodcut Workshop + Video +

Karen Kunc Reduction Woodcut Workshop 2008 by Sara Ringler.
Its about 25 minutes long but you will learn a lot........a truly unique opportunity.  Get a notebook so you can make notes - as there are ideas on here of techniques you will want to explore......


Visit this link for  fantastically enlightening and inspiring video footage for a print workshop taught by Karen Kunc (25 minutes approx)

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Wrexham Print International 2008 clo. 4 Dec 08

Wrexham Print International 2008

Deadline 04.12.08

Submissions are now being accepted for the fourth Wrexham Print International exhibition and is open to all printmakers around the world.

Works are selected by open submission and the exhibition will tour across the UK.

Previous venues have included The Haven Gallery, Boston, Lincolnshire; Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury; Billingham Art Gallery, Stockton-on-Tees and Rhyl Arts Centre.

The panel will be looking for innovation in all techniques of printmaking.

To apply, send a completed application form, up to six images and an application fee of £15.

Further information, guidelines and an application form are available from:


Wrexham Arts Centre, Rhosddu Road, Wrexham, LL11 1AU
Tel: 01978 292093

Deadline: 4 December 2008

Further information:

this link shows six prints from one of its recent exhibitions

This link another four images from one of its exhibitions. Its peculiar because it used to have all of the selected works available to view online, and these now seem to have disappeared.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

FREE Portfolio Websites, for Visual Artists

For those of you who don't have an online website how about Carbonmade? Although there are plenty of other options. Email me if you would like to have help with this, and we can arrange a meeting.

Here is one place to establish a free portfolio website. It's called Carbonmade and I have a link to it in the fine art portfolio - printmakers category.

Looks fairly simple and straight forward.



New Prints Program


The New Prints Program at IPCNY presents a series of juried exhibitions of current prints by artists at all stages of their careers. IPCNY accepts submissions from artists, publishers and galleries four times a year which are reviewed by a Selection Committee made up of prominent members of the print community.


Calls for entry are announced on
IPCNY's website, and sent to IPCNY's email list of artists.

To be placed on this list send an email to
program manager, and you will be added to the email announcement list.

Criteria for selection are:

Only original fine art (limited edition and unique) prints are eligible; reproductions of other artwork such as drawings or paintings are not acceptable.

Selections will represent a broad diversity of sources, geographical and otherwise.

Prints must have been completed within a year of the submission deadline.


go to their website for details on how and when to submit.

An image from Summer 2005 by Penny Siopsis, a South African artist whose work I am familiar with after encountering it initially on the David Krut publishing website

Also included are prints by Desiree Alvarez and William Howard, both from the Summer 2008 exhibit. One of the things I particularly like about the IPCNY website, is that, all of the shows that have been on the program, have been documented. Regretfully many exhibition venues do not do this and in this day and age there's really no excuse. Anyway, by doing this it fulfills it's role in the educational sense, in that you can see each of the individual artists works, plus the technical details.

I find this to be informative particularly in relation to the research I am doing for my tradigital blog, which explores how printmakers are combining inkjet with traditional techniques.

The other perspective I am considering , is from that of a practising printmaker, who is always seeking to develop my knowledge in relation to technical combinations and approaches.

One of these days I will get around to making a submission myself !!

Thursday, 13 November 2008

2009 Guanlan International Print Biennial

2009 Guanlan International Print Biennial

The First Guanlan International Print Biennial in 2007 was a great success which has been highly praised by both Chinese and foreign artists. This is what was written in the invite I received to submit for the forthcoming exhibition deadline of Jan 31st 2009

If you click on to the website you can see some example of absolutely wonderful and exquisite printmaking by international artists. The site is well worth a look.

I have just revisited the website and actually found it nigh on impossible to find my way around although the details for submission etc are on this page

Some images from the 2007 show are featured here.

Organizers: China Artists Association
Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles
Shenzhen Bao'an District People's Government

Conductors: China Artists Association – Artistic Commission on Print Arts
China·Guanlan Print Original Industry Base

Exhibition Place: Guanlan Museum, Shenzhen, China
Exhibition Period: May 14, 2009-July 14, 2009
Number of Works: about 200 pieces

Application: Artists from all over the world could submit works.
Artists who take part in should fill out the registration form and send us 1-2
Works created within the past two years. The works should not have been shown in this kind of international print exhibition. Chinese artists should send us the digital image of the work first while foreign artists send us actual works directly.


This Biennial will issue 15 “Guanlan International Print Prizes. The prized works will be selected by jury committee and collected by the organizing committee with offering collection certificate and prize certificate and 20 thousand RMB.

Artists who’s works was selected for the exhibition will receive a participating certificate, one catalog of biennial works and an exhibition activity CD.

The organizing committee will invite the prize winners to participate the opening ceremony and academic forum and responsible for the accommodation. The committee accepts donation, and collection a part of works.

Regulations for Participants:
1. Submitted works of each artist are limited to 1 or 2 original work of print created in the recent two years in the exhibition. The works should have never been show in this kind of international print exhibition. All print techniques will be accepted. The works shall have signature and do not need to be mounted.
2. The size of the largest for the submitted works is 100×100cm and the smallest is 30×30cm. A set of work consist of two or three separate formats (such as triptych) also cannot surpass this limit.
3. Based on the need of education, promotion and publicity, the organizers have the image copy rights such as the photography of the submitted works, publication and developing souvenirs and can publish works in related media and network for long term.
4. In order to convenience operation, artists please fill in the participation form seriously, print the form is needed, at least please write clearly, especially about the name, address and email. Don’t forget submit art resume and personal picture.
5. Works should be packed in sturdy tube or thick flat boards before being posted. They shall be delivered within the prescribed time. Those works come beyond the time limit will not be handled.
6. The expenses, insurance, taxes and related responsibilities generated in work delivery will be born by the participation artists; the expenses for returned works will be born by the organizers.
7. During the period between the receipt of the works and the return of the works, the organizers are responsible for their insurance. But the organizers will not be responsible for compensation for the damages or losses caused by force majeure.
8. All the works will be returned within three months after the completion of the Exhibition, except the prized and donated and collected works.
9. The Organizing Committee has the sole right to the interpretation of all items of this Biennial.


August 20, 2008: Release the bidding for participation and begin to receiving submitted works
January 31, 2009: End for receiving the submitted works for preliminary selection, (contribution date is according to local postmark)

April 15, 2009: re-selection and publish the name list of prized works and selected works.

May 14 2009: Opening ceremony

Address for receiving submitted works:
Organizing Committee Office
2009 Guanlan International Print Biennial,
Guanlan Print Original Industry Base (Dashuitian, Niuhu),
Bao’an District,
Shenzhen 518110,

Contact Person: Zhao Jiachun E-mail:

Website of Guanlan print

International Print Triennial Krakow NEWSLETTER

Print Triennial
in Krakow
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Printmaking Opportunities

If you would like to be a part of the upcoming 8th World Art Print Annual 2009 with one year presentation on the web 3 months exhibition printed full colour catalogue see Lessedras website for further info and entry form , conditions for participation and just some idea of what it's about. I know artists who have had work in it and also that they would'nt bother with it if it was'nt up to much.

So it seems to be a good one. Have any of you previously entered this? I always mean to but seem to miss the deadline. Get printmaking for it !!!!

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Karen Lederer - artist printmaker

I came across this artists work yesterday. Check her website to see more.

Submit to Peacock for their Christmas Exhibition

It's a bit early to start thinking about mince pies and mulled wine but we would love to invite you to submit artwork to our annual Christmas exhibition! The Christmas Exhibition brings together a wide range of work by artists, local and international, emerging and established. Throughout the years the exhibition has been hugely popular and attracts many visitors. It is a fantastic opportunity to have your work seen!

We'd like to encourage work in all media- printmaking, sculpture, film etc. All we ask is that your submission falls within the dimensions stated.

Submissions can be handed in to us in person or posted (please ensure the work is securely packaged). If you would like your work returned by post, please include a stamped addressed envelope.


Max size 20cm x 20cm, min size 10cm x 10cm for 2D work.
Max size 20cm x 20cm x 20cm, min size 10cm x 10cm x 10cm for 3D work.

A limited number of DVD players and screens are available for film-based work.

All work must be labelled with the following information:

Phone number and/or email address
Price (including 40% commission & vat)

Work must be unframed and for sale with a maximum of 5 pieces per artist.

We look forward to seeing your entries! If you have any questions, please contact Emma on 01224 639 539 or email

Please send your work to:

Christmas Exhibition
Peacock Visual Arts
21 Castle Street
AB11 5BQ

Deadline: 01 November 2008

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Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Recognize this - this time last year ?!!

This time last year or thereabouts we were all frantically creating new pieces of work at the print workshop for the forthcoming Silver exhibition at the Kirkaldy art museum. I just came across these on my Flickr album and thought that some of you might like to have a look.

Monday, 29 September 2008

6 Sides to Every Story

As mentioned in the newsletter, "6 Sides to Every Story" is an international printmaking project. When I say mini-print , I mean mini-print.!!
The area size of surface (wood) that one has to work on is only two by two inches or 5 by 5 centimetres. Heres where you can find out more about this project. If you are interested then get moving on it, quickly.

Welcome to the FDPW Blog

Whats the FDPW you may be asking. Well its the Fife and Dunfermline Print Workshop blog. The aim is to provide a space where members can be informed as to what other FDPW members are up to. This meaning in terms of creative output, exhibition wise and to offer one another support and advice technically and all other printmaking related matters.