Birdwood House in Totnes is the venue for an exhibition of printmaking by Press Gang Printmakers. The exhibition Collective Works opens at the South Devon art gallery on Sunday 20 May.
Press Gang is a lively group of printmakers based at Salcombe Art Club. Active for nearly 20 years, the group formed when Mike Glanville converted an old mangle and began to explore the creative possibilities.
Now, with three presses in the studio, both relief and intaglio printmaking are in full swing during the weekly workshop sessions throughout the winter months.
When the old sail-loft studio is transformed to an exhibition space for the summer, the pleasure of working in the home studios of those members who have a press adds a new and invigorating dimension.
Printmakers benefit from each other’s company, sharing ideas and information as well as materials and equipment (everything – including the kitchen sink) and of course exhibitions.
The Collective Works exhibition at Birdwood House will include collagraphs, monoprints, lino cuts, wood cuts, etchings, monotypes and drypoints – techniques and images as diverse as the artists, but all sharing the universal principle of transferring an image to paper from a prepared plate to create an original work.
Printmaking is a complex craft, with unpredictable results, which is all part of the appeal for artists with a taste for risk and invention.
Exhibiting artists include Alison Veazey, Caroline Barker, Claudia White, Delia Elliott, Gilly Cotter, Hilary Soper, Janette Jagger and Sue Stewart.
Collective Works opens at Birdwood House in Totnes on Sunday 20 May. Opening times will be 10am – 4.45pm daily until the close of the show on Saturday 26 May. Admission is free.
top image: Alison Veazey Winter Dreams the same Dream woodblock
(from a press release)