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Swansea’s natural landscape inspires new book

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August saw the launch of a limited edition hand printed book which has been created by artists from Swansea Print Workshop.

Printmakers took part in workshops lead by Liz Jackson who has been the artist in residence over four months as part of their New Creative Dialogues Project funded by the Arts Council of Wales.

Field trips to nature spots in Swansea were the spring board for the workshops.  St James Park, Swansea Beach and Singleton Park yielded quiet spaces where Liz Jackson led the participants in making drawn observations and colour notes of the natural landscape.
  
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   ‘So often we’re moving quickly through the landscape so it was a real treat to have time to sit and observe the minutiae of nature’s beauty and discover the depths and variations of colour within,’ said Owen Griffiths,  a member of Swansea Print Workshop.

Using their field notes back at the Workshop, participants were inspired to mix and print their own unique colour and create artwork to contribute to the book.

NCD_6Liz Jackson said, ‘During my time here, I’ve enjoyed working with members of the workshop to produce a range of beautiful colours which express the natural spaces of Swansea.  Everyone responded creatively and imaginatively to the project and the book reflects the talents and enthusiasm of printmakers at Swansea Print Workshop.’

The book launch took place at Swansea Print Workshop and featured an exhibition of the original screenprinted artworks alongside field notes and reference material.

‘Having the book launch and exhibition at Swansea Print Workshop gives other people the chance to see what goes on inside!’ says Jackie Ford a founder of the Swansea Print Workshop which not only offers printmaking facilities and training but has a on-going programme of workshops with education and community groups.


New Creative Dialogues -   About the Project 

Swansea Print Workshop was awarded a 2010 Arts Council of Wales Grant of £15,000 in February towards our New Creative Dialogues project.

The New Creative Dialogues project gives the organisation an opportunity to work with a printmaker who will lead us into a new area of practice through exploring a different perspective on printmaking.

Elizabeth Jackson was selected as our Printmaker in Residence who took up the post in May and will remain with the Workshop until the end of August.

Before coming to Swansea, Liz spent the last two years living in the French Alps observing the different colours which the Argentière glacier exhibits through the different seasons, weather and times of day.

To find out more about Liz’s practice, please see www.atelierjackson.com

  "Inspired by earth science and observational experience the appearance of colour and light in the natural landscape provides the central focus of my practice,’ Liz says. ‘Through printmaking I am developing a visual language to communicate aspects of nature that interest and fascinate me.’

Building on Liz’s interest, the colour of nature/the nature of colour provided the theme for a series of Masterclasses that take place over June, July and August.

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Through a local field trip, participants in the project were encouraged to engage with nature, Liz facilitated a new way of thinking about colour. The workshops explored the descriptive, sensory and material qualities of colour through the medium of printmaking. Participants mixed their own colour and created a figurative print during the two-day Masterclass.

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The project also deliver the theme to community and other Outreach groups over the summer led by our experienced Workshop Leaders.

Any community groups who would be interested in taking part in the subsidized workshops should contact Sarah Jackman on 01792 464418 email: mail@swanseaprintworkshop.org.uk

The colours and work created in the Masterclasses will be collated and bound to create a hand-printed limited edition reference book.

A book launch with accompanying exhibition is planned for the end of August. The limited editions will be displayed alongside hung work.

 

Press Release: June 17 2010

Swansea Print Workshop welcomes Artist in Residence Liz Jackson, to Swansea

 Artist Liz Jackson has been selected as Swansea Print Workshop’s printmaker in residence for their New Creative Dialogues project which is being supported by a grant from the Arts Council of Wales.

 “We were looking for an artist who could bring a fresh approach to the Print Workshop and who would work well with the diverse range of artists and community groups who use our facilities,” Jackie Ford, Director of Swansea Print Workshop explained.

   Liz has spent the last two years living in the French Alps observing the different colours which the Argentière glacier exhibits through the different seasons, weather and times of day. This interest in colour and nature will provide the focus for the project under Liz’s direction.

 ‘Inspired by earth science and observational experience the appearance of colour and light in the natural landscape provides the central focus of my practice,’ Liz said. ‘Through printmaking I am developing a visual language to communicate aspects of nature that interest and fascinate me.’

 Liz will be living in Swansea for the four months duration of the residency. ‘On arriving in any city I seek out spaces where I can quietly encounter nature. Since moving to Swansea I’ve discovered green havens, restful expanses and ancient trees. Inspired by these spaces, I look forward to working with artists at SPW, outreach leaders, community groups and the general public to produce prints that explore colour and nature.’

Local field trips will provide the inspiration for the printmaking workshops. Prints made by the participants will form the pages of a hand-printed limited edition reference book. A book launch with accompanying exhibition is planned for the end of the project.

 You can keep in touch with the activities of the project on the project blog: www.newcreativedialogues.wordpress.com

 Any community groups who would be interested in taking part in the community workshops in July and August, please contact Sarah Jackman on 01792 464418 email: mail@swanseaprintworkshop.org.uk

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