Fundraising in 2015
In 2015 we celebrated 15 years of being open to the public. Through our project: 15 Years, People and Printmaking we delivered a packed year-long programme of events and activities which was made possible by funding through the Arts Council of Wales.
We’re proud of the journey we’ve come on over these years. From the altruistic vision of a small group of printmakers in 1998, we now have premises which support a wide range of traditional and contemporary printmaking equipment and creative activity.
We are a not-for-profit organisation and, as we don’t receive any core funding, fundraising is a vital element of our income when we run an ambitious project like this.
In 2014 (to 13 January 15) we ran a crowdfunding campaign which raised over £1400 for our building fund. Thank you to everyone who supported us. The money meant that we could tackle some of the pressing maintenance issues and smarten up the premises in time for our 15th Anniversary Year Celebrations.
In 2015, we were delighted when Glenys Cour generously donated one of her vibrant oil paintings to help us raise funds. A culturally significant artist in Wales, Glenys Cour has been a supporter of SPW since it was founded. The Prize Draw for Glenys’ painting raised an amazing £935 towards the project. Thank you to everyone who supported us. The winning ticket was drawn on the opening night of our 15 Years, People and Printmaking exhibition. (Ticket number 068. The lucky winner has been notified)
Golden Evening by Glenys Cour
Glenys Cour ATD, RCA, MA (Honorary), Fellow UW. Known as a colourist, Glenys Cour’s landscapes in oil are metaphors for the drama, mystery and mood of the land, seas and skies of Gower.
“My windows look out over the expansive skies and tides of Swansea Bay. To the west, far away, the remnants of industrial heritage and to the east the harbour and Lighthouse. It’s a marvellous view, the light changes all the time, there’s always something new to see.” Visit Glenys’ website here.
Easy to browse and buy, we have a fabulous selection of prints and drawings perfect for a special present or to add to your art collection! And because the artwork has been donated to us – we can offer it to you at one-off special prices. Visit our On-line Print Fair to see work by popular, emerging and established printmakers.
All the prints in the collections are limited edition original prints inked and printed by hand using a range of traditional presses.
Dylan Thomas Dialogues Boxed Set published 2014 | This collection reveals artists’ responses to the theme ‘belonging’. Working with selected texts from Dylan Thomas and contemporary writers Rachel Trezise and Maggie Shipstead, winners of the international ‘Dylan Thomas Prize’, the printmakers journey to old haunts and make new discoveries of self and place. They remember childhood experiences, make fresh connections with familiar spaces, consider the role of artist and writer in society and rediscover the value of family, community and country. The exhibition celebrates contemporary printmaking from eighteen established and emerging Wales-based artists.
These prints are for sale individually or as a limited edition (15) Collector’s Item Boxed Set at £1100. The boxed set comes complete with a numbered colophon and comprehensive colour catalogue with 18 full page illustrations and an original piece by author Rachel Trezise.
The boxed set can be purchased online along with individual prints in our shop.
Especially when the October wind Boxed Set published 2003 | We have a dedicated website showcasing this beautiful Collector’s Item, a number of which we are holding at the 2003 published price of £800 (exc p&p).
The boxed set is a tactile and aesthetic object for art and book-lovers alike. It brings together skills in finely-judged typography, hand-made paper and binding to enhance the viewer’s experience of the dialogue between artist and writer.
SPW’s Art Shop | Prints, gifts and art materials have sold well through our Art Shop since it was ‘opened’ in 2011 and are a vital contribution to our fundraising. It doesn’t only make money for SPW, though, members have benefited from selling their work, too.
All members are eligible to sell prints and cards in the shop (SPW take 25% commission) and it is always good to have new stock for visitors to look at - and buy, of course! Members should get in touch if they are interested in selling work through our shop.
Our Fundraising Team works hard to raise money to support the organisation. The efforts and creative approach of this small team of Volunteers contributes to our adventurous project programme and enables us to purchase new studio equipment benefiting all the users of Swansea Print Workshop, such as our Screen Printing Press and iPad.
Since Swansea Print Workshop’s fundraising team formed in 2011, we have raised around £8000 (figure current in January 2015) for the Workshop.
Of course, we couldn’t raise the money without the support and generosity of our members and supporters and this is particularly appreciated in these difficult financial times.
If you would like to join our fundraising team, please see our Volunteering information.
Our core Fundraising Team is: Carys Roberts, Alan Figg, Kara Seaman, Jackie Ford and Sarah Jackman and is supported by other members of SPW.
Thank you to all our supporters!
Fundraising in 2013/14
In 2013/14 our focus for raising funds was on the sale of prints created through our two Dylan Thomas inspired projects: Dylan Thomas Dialogues (2013/14) and Especially when the October wind (2003).
As well as our special Boxed Sets collector’s items we made available individual prints from Especially when the October wind, Edition 13/100 as a one-off opportunity in 2014. Please visit our project pages for more details on the two projects and our Collector’s Items. In additional fundraising activities, we took part in the popular Uplands Market, selling prints and hand-crafted items and increased our on-line sales facility.
Fundraising in 2012
A busy year for the Fundraising Team who raised over £2000 through fundraising and art sales. This year saw the setting up of SPW’s Art Shop and SPW staged a number of activities: Table Top sale, Art Swap social evening, SPW at the Green Fayre as well as our major event, the Prints & Plants Summer Fete.
This money contributed to the Drawn to Print project and purchased an iPad for the Studio which can be booked out by SPW members.
Prints & Plants Summer Fete: Items for sale
Fundraising in 2011
SPW’s Fundraising Team was formed in 2011 and they had a tough task ahead of them – to raise £2500 to purchase a new Screen Printing Press! The target was achieved through staging a number of events: a Book Auction, On-line Monthly Print Auction a Fine Art Print Fair and more.
Fantastic bargains were on the table on Saturday and Sunday June 25th and 26th raising nearly £1,400 for the new press. Many thanks to all those who supported us and went away clutching an original print !
Swansea Print Workshop held a Print Sale to support the purchase of new equipment. The prints are all original hand printed linocuts/ collagraphs/ etchings and screenprints and donated by members. All the proceeds were used to buy a new screen printing bed.
This was an opportunity to purchase original art work at reasonable prices and to see how the work was produced. The prints had been printed and donated by our members
Also on sale were a fantastic range of prints done by our young printmakers as part of our outreach work – printmakers as young as seven have produced a great range of limited edition prints – these were on sale at a specially reduced price for the two day event. We encourage all our young printmakers to exhibit work in a professional way alongside our regular membership.
What it was all for: the new screenprinting press!