Friday, 25 October 2013

Have a nice day out on Saturday 2nd November !!

For only £15.00 at "Drawing Together"  hosted by PVAF (Perth Visual Arts Forum

participants can take part in hands-on-workshops

and attend demonstrations by artists such as Kate Downie, David Faithfull, Debbie Smyth, James Wyness and Kenny Bean.

There will also be some short talks presented by artists Pat Law, Su Grierson and Liz Kemp.

The event takes place at Birnam Institute and is on from  10.00 to 4.30 pm.

One of the ideas with this years PVAF forum is to provide professional artists,  the opportunity to try their hands at different approaches to drawing, that are outside of their usual methodology.   
For  a  downloadable booking form

Note the image above is from the PVAF website and is a screen-grab from a project called REMIX which was organized by PVAF, If you would like to find out more about this project and others

Connect with the Google Map HERE to see the interactive version

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Fife Dunfermline Printmakers are Active at Holyrood

It's all happening at the Scottish Parliament at the moment with their latest exhibition of none other than Andy Warhol.  Fife Dunfermline Printmakers have put together and are running a supporting programme of print making mini workshops using screen print, which will be on offer to members of the public for free.   The program is generously supported by the good people at Carnegie Dunfermline Trust .

"So get out your squeegees and put on yer aprons and get down to Holyrood !! "

If you would like to learn more about screen printing and don't want to be  disappointed, then it seems a good idea to book a timed slot in advance of visiting the exhibition.  
Bookings can be obtained via:
Group bookings of up to 15 are available.
The workshops will last approximately 30 minutes each are being offered on the following days and open to all ages.   Booking is recommended.   Please telephone 0131 348 5454.
  • Sat 19 October
  • Sun 20 October
  • Sat 26 October
  • Sun 27 October
  • Sat 2 November
  • Sun 3 November
The photo  (Chairman Mao)above is taken from an article in the Guardian Newspaper about this bullet ridden print by Warhol which Dennis Hopper created (ie the bullet holes) see this link for further info

The lower photo is from the

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

FDPW at impact 8

above framed works by FDPW members on show in an exhibition within Impact 8

Fife Dunfermline Printmakers were well represented at this recent prestigious event.  Impact is a multi-disciplinary printmaking conference series, that originated at the Centre for Fine Print Research
(University of the West of England)  in 1999, which I attended in Bristol - I also participated in the conference portfolio print exchange.  It is organised in association with the Royal West of England Academy and the Southern Graphics Council, USA.

above framed works by FDPW members on show at the impact 8 exhibition
 left relief print by Peter Kirley, centre- Catherine King and right Thora Clyne

The conference was attended by over 400 delegates from more than 30 countries - with presentations of academic papers, workshops, print process demonstrations, exhibitions and lectures on a multitude of contemporary and historical print practice.

Among the delegates were three very active artist printmakers from Dunfermline, Fife.  Namely FDPW chair: Steve Ratomski,  artist lecturer; Catherine King  (member of FDPW) and printmaker /artists book maker- Aine Scannell  (secretary/member of FDPW).

Photo above shows the FDPW display stand, as part of  Open Folio - Impact 8

Our rich variety of prints in the set were well received at both venues and we have made some valuable contacts as a result.  Participating artists in the folio were, Bill Mc Kechnie, Steve Ratomski, Aine Scannell, Babs Peas, Jai Llewellyn, Clive Ramage, Clare Yarrington  Pete Kirley, Thora Clyne, Sheila Carnduff, Catherine King, Susan Smith and Colin Beaumont. 

Photo above shows the display stand for BookArtObject,  in the artists books exhibition area

Aine Scannell's work was represented in other projects on the impact 8 program, including Sara Bowen's talk and exhibition about  BookArtObject  (an international collaborative artists books edition exchange programme ).  Her work was chosen by Sara for display in a selection of books from the 100 stories project.

 above photo taken during the "mingle" evening at the Roseangle Gallery 

Dundee Contemporary Arts organized an exhibition for their print workshop users  in which Aine  exhibited a new piece.  It was an excellent show of prints and was held at the Roseangle Gallery in Dundee ( quite a nice exhibition space) .  To see photos from the event check out the event page for it, on Facebook.

Aine's latest print "Sibling"made for the Roseangle Exhibition

above the "Unravelling Signatures" display stand in the artists books exhibition area at Impact 8

In addition to being selected for inclusion in exhibitions coordinated by other delegates, Aine Scannell initiated and led a project called "Unravelling Signatures".  It had artists from Scotland, Australia, USA and Spain - the challenge was to design a print on demand book and then to transform it into an artist book / object.   If you would like to see more about this project, visit the Unravelling Signatures website

above some of the images from the born Digital project

Paul Thompson of Robert Gordon University ( PhD candidate) who visited FDPW as part of his research - presented an academic paper, a poster and a portfolio called"Born Digital".   This was  an international  digital print portfolio project, in which Aine  and 48 other artists participated.
For further information concerning the  project and to see images / list of participating artists visit the

Above images from Aine's Book (edition 15)  "Where Sleeping Birds Lie" 

Last but not least was her artists book "Where Sleeping Birds Lie"  which was selected for inclusion in an  exhibition called "Book Artist as Explorer"- this was curated by artist David Faithful.

To see more photos from the Impact 8 event - visit this link to images on Facebook

Sunday, 1 September 2013

International Printmaking Show New Zealand 2013

closing date for entries:  1 October

Art at Wharepuke – Open Submission International Print Show 2013 
The 3rd biennial Art at Wharepuke International Open Submission Print Show 
will be held from 5 December 2013 to 19 January 2014.

The first Wharepuke Print Open, held in 2009,
attracted artists from USA, NZ, Australia and Europe
with the prize of a solo show being awarded jointly
to Danielle Creenaune (Spain) and Carsten Borck (Germany)
The 2nd Wharepuke Print Open in 2011/12 featured artists from 14 different countries
and was won by Jo Giddens from New Zealand.
Jo's show in November 2013 will precede the 3rd Wharepuke Print Open.
First prize:
Solo exhibition at Wharepuke in 2014/15 at time arranged to suit,
gallery representation and artists page on gallery website
  Representation may be offered to more than one artist.
All artists selected for the exhibition will receive a full colour catalogue.

Entry fee is about £35.00  for up to 3 works

I was in the first 
Art at Wharepuke – Open Submission International Print Show 2013 

Further details with Paypal facility to pay the entry fee

Friday, 24 May 2013

Summer Exhibition at Lochgelly 7 June 2013

This exhibition features a good range of sizes, techniques and prices and is well worth a visit.

Also on display are research and development materials including the print plates that were used in the creation of the newly launched "Dunfermline Suite".  This is a limited edition set of A4 size prints housed in an archival clamshell box.  There are 13 prints in the suite.  The Carnegie Trust have already purchased one of these for their collection and a limited number of the boxed sets are still available for sale.

The show is  on until the 8th August so do go and have  a look.  It is a really pleasant venue and there is also a show of work by Rebecca Lee, featuring stills from the film "The Happy Lands"

The LOCHGELLY CENTRE centre is open most days  but check the website for precise opening hours.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Silk Cut Lino Award

Stephanie Peters
Home made by the body of a bird, 75 x 105 cm   

It's come round again already i.e.,  the closing date for entries to this award,  dedicated to print making using Linoleum,  as the substrate.

The entry fee is 22 Australian dollars which is just over  £14.00

The closing date to submit images of your print  as jpgs online is   3 June 2013

They do a catalogue book of the exhibited art works and those featured are sent a complimentary copy of this.

Find out more about the award on the  SILK CUT AWARD WEBSITE
See also          Silk Cut Lino Award on Facebook     

Belinda Fox  Winner in 2004


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Exhibition Opportunity in Ontario, Canada at ARTspace

ARTspace, ONTARIO,  has put out a Call for Entry into the second biennial International Print Exchange and Community Arts Initiative, which will run from August 21 – September 28, 2013.  

An open call has been put out to artists, print studios and forums across the globe asking printmakers to create a print with a paper size no larger than 5 inches x 5 inches (12.7cm x 12.7cm) and an image size no larger than 4 inches by 4 inches (10.7cm x 10.7cm) in an edition of ten. 

Each artist will have one of their prints on display and for sale at the standard price of $75.00 + HST while the rest of the prints will be distributed among other participants, ensuring each artist will receive a suite of different prints.

These prints will be on display on ARTspace with an opening reception that will take place on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 7pm. 

During the opening reception, a curator’s choice award of $150 CAD and two people’s choice awards of $100 CAD each will be selected by guest curator, Vanessa Cornell. 

Please note: the deadline for entry is August 1, 2013 with a 25 CAD submission fee.
For further info  visit website
click here for ENTRY FORM
Danielle Dupuis, Assistant Administrator
165 ½ King Street West
Chatham, Ontario

Thursday, 2 May 2013

LA CALACA PRESS International Print Exchange

previous exchange prints on exhibition in Nicaragua


III International Print Exchange*

La Calaca Press* invites you to participate in *LA CALACA PRESS III International Print Exchange and Exhibition in Homage to the 
*Centenary of POSADA‚s Death*. This exchange is open to printmakers from the USA and abroad. 

The purpose of this exchange is to promote printmaking and create connection with artists around the world.


Deadline date: Prints must be received by SEPTEMBER 1st, 2013

Please RSVP by e-mail to: Carlos Barberena at

Theme: CALACAS Day of the Dead. - 

Open to your own interpretation -.

Media: Any traditional Printmaking process: Relief, Linocuts, 
Woodcuts, Intaglio, Lithography, Serigraphy, Collagraph, etc.- NO 

Paper Size: must be 9 inches by 7 inches.Print/image size is 

Please use any Archival Paper or Hand made Paper Acid FREE (no exception)

Edition: 15 identical hand-pulled, original prints, include 
glassine sheets or tissue paper between each print, cut to match paper size 

Each Print must be Signed* and Numbered. (front or back)

"Passage" by Cindi Ford
Media: Etching, Aquatint, soft
 Ground & Woodcut.
Fee: $20 USD paid via PayPal to: 

This fee covers the costs of postage and promotion of the project and exhibits. Fee is non-refundable.

Exhibitions: TBA. Check out 
 for updates.

A Portfolio of 12 randomly selected prints will be mailed to each 
participant in December 2013. 

We will keep 3 Prints from each edition submitted to the exchange: 1 print will remain at La Calaca Press and 
two for travelling exhibitions and promotional purposes.

All prints submitted will be put in a web gallery and may be 
reproduced to promote this project. Please visit: for more info.

IMPORTANT:/All prints must conform to the guidelines. Any prints 
that do not fit the guidelines will be returned to the artist.
Fee is not refundable.

Please RSVP by e-mail to Carlos at 
<mail> and mail submission to:

La Calaca Press / Carlos Barberena

822 South Maple Avenue

Oak Park, IL 60304

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Collagraph Course at FDPW April 2013

above photo of a previous collagraph print making course with tutor Colin Beaumont

Just in case you are wondering - A collagraph is a print made from a collaged or textured board.

essentially a Collagraph "plate" (from which you make your print), is made from a cardboard (usually) base,  onto which are glued various materials e.g., fabric/textiles, papers including sandpaper, string, glue, and carborundum or sand. This is just an example of what can be included. There are a huge range of possibilities........ It is also possible to 'scribe' into some of the surfaces on the plate. Layers of paper can be cut and torn away from the card base additionally. The card can also be incised with a scalpel blade to create very fine lines.

Once the plate has been sealed with a final protective varnish - it is 'inked up' to get ink into all of the crevices and indentations. Thereafter, it is 'wiped' in preparation for putting it through the etching press. Printmaking paper is soaked in a water tray and 'blotted' to remove most of the water.  It is then placed over the ready inked/wiped plate and run through the press under immense pressure.
The plate may also be relief inked i.e. have ink rolled onto the surface thereby giving 2 colours from one run through the press.  There are also special methods for  inking different colours onto your plate which will be discussed.

Here is an example of a collagraph plate and print.

Here is a link to where you can see more of small forests artworks on Flickr.  Scroll down the page to see close ups of sections of the collagraph plate.

the above image is from a book about collagraph printmaking See more details here 

Although there has not been sufficient uptake in terms of people registering for this course which is ideal as an introduction to printmaking - I wouldn't be surprised if it gets rescheduled for another date so do contact us,  if you are still interested though couldn't make the originally scheduled date.

contact us:

Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition

This exhibition is open to all artists and will be held at The "Hall of Awa Japanese Paper Museum" in Tokushima, Japan in October 2013. There are plans to have a year-long international tour of the exhibition after the initial exhibition has closed.

Deadline for entry of artworks is 30th July, 2013

Paper size is A4 (21 x 29.70 cm)  up to 2 works may be entered.
Submission fee is 35 US dollars (approx £22.61) payable online.
For further info visit the website 

Here is  a link to a previous print exhibition catalogue

Friday, 5 April 2013

UK Based International Print Exchange (edition of 10)

Green Door Print Exchange 2013 

The Green Door Printmaking Studio, based in Derby, UK  invite national and international printmakers to participate in their 5th annual international print exchange (IPE 2013).

image above Indian Artist Rakesh Bani - whose work is pretty inspiring and worth checking out 

- see more at:

This is a print from the first I.P.E. exchange, held in 2009, in which I also participated.

Maximum Print Size:  10cm x 10cm, 
Paper Size:  14cm x 14cm

Edition Size: Ten (10)

Submission Deadline: Saturday 31 August 2013 (12 Noon (GMT))

Administration Cost: £10, plus postage Cost: £15

Please register your interest in the project if you want to take part in this exchange.

Visit  the website for more details and images from previous years' exchanges: