Wednesday, 24 March 2010

24th Annual Miniature Print Show

Venue: Blackwells Bookshop, 89 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5PW
Dates: Private View: Friday 4 December 2009. Exhibition continues until Spring 2010.
Co-ordinated by: Tortie Rye 

Staff and students from the University of the West of England, will be displaying prints at the 24th annual Miniature Print exhibition at Blackwells Bookshop, Park Street in Bristol, from 5 December through to Spring 2010. 

Exhibition organiser Tortie Rye says, “The exhibition contains work by 30 different artists - all of whom are either UWE staff, or MA students. The variety of print methods and media used is broad, resulting in some truly unique artworks. Each print is produced in a limited edition of 60. The first 5 prints in each edition are archived, 25 are available for sale, and the remaining 30 are collated in sets of 30 miniature prints (one by each artist) and are presented to participating artists in return for their contribution to the project. All prints are displayed together, and are available to buy either framed or unframed. Unframed prints are at the affordable price of £15, making them ideal original Christmas presents.”
The exhibition showcases a variety of print techniques including screen-printing, etching and letter press, laser cut and digital print. The only constrictions put on the artists are that of size. The image must conform to 7.6 x 10.2cm placed on a 20 x 25cm sheet of mould made paper, which is then presented in portrait format.

The exhibition was originally designed by Richard Anderton and Steve Hoskins, at UWE's Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), as a way to raise funds for the printmaking area, and also as a memento for existing printmaking students. 

Each year, the first three editions of prints are archived at the CFPR. The Centre now has an archive of mini prints going back 23 years – a collection of tens of thousands of individual prints, produced by hundreds of staff, students and invited artists using every print process. Prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally, in galleries and print shows from China to South America.

View all prints here.

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