Impressit: The art of printmaking

Anne Desmet,'Olympic Shadows' woodenraving on paper (2009)

23 February - 27 April

Curated by staff from UCLan, Impressit celebrates the wide variety of printmaking happening today. As well as featuring internationally-respected printmakers and local artists, the exhibition explores the process of printmaking demonstrating a wide variety of innovative ways of creating prints.

Impressit (which means ‘has printed’ in Latin) is an exhibition of contemporary printmaking curated by printmakers and staff from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan): Pete Clarke, Tracy Hill and Magda Stawarska-Beavan.

Image: Anne Desmet RA RE, Olympic Shadows, 2009. Wood engraving on paper.
Image courtesy of the artist.

Printmaking covers a wide range of processes that allow artists to create original works of art – usually on paper, but sometimes on other materials. These processes include woodcut, lithography, etching, screen printing and digital imaging. Impressit explores both traditional printmaking processes as well as works which challenge and redefine the ideas of printmaking and the installation of paper works.

The landscape for contemporary printmaking continually changes; global communication has enabled much greater international collaboration for a wider community of printmakers.  Printmaking, both in its message and its means of production, remains a democratic and collaborative process and now plays a more pivotal role in mainstream contemporary art.

UCLan has developed a significant reputation for printmaking in recent years, with a programme of talks (Talking Prints) and ArtLab Contemporary Printmaking Studios, as well as residencies, collaborations and other professional development opportunities.  

Impressit coverImpressit brings together 10 internationally respected print makers who have links to UCLan. Artists featuring in the exhibition are:

Roohi Ahmed (Pakistan), Gerry Baptist, Anne Desmet,
Georg Gartz (Germany), Jason Hicklin, Wuon-Gean Ho, Katherine Jones, Jadranka Njegovan (Holland),
Oran O’Reilly and Bren Unwin
The exhibition also includes new work by Pete Clarke,
Tracy Hill and Magda Stawarska Beavan.


For those interested in the art of printmaking, there is an area dedicated to exploring the processes and techniques of printmaking, hosting workshops and residences, and featuring artworks that demonstrate various printmaking processes and techniques.

If you're new to printmaking, and want to know more about the processes involved, and some art works that have been created using different techniques, visit the Museum of Modern Art's Introduction to printmaking techniques.

There is a full programme of exhibition tours, lectures and workshops where you can try printmaking taking place during the exhibition. Click on the leaflet image for more details.

Please note that the Harris Museum & Art Gallery does not accept responsibility for the content of any external websites/links.

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