Thursday, 27 August 2009

Silver exhibition at Scion House Stirling University

FDPW members Colin Beaumont, Steve Ramtomski, Lorna Doherty and Angela Heidemann have spent the past few days making preparations, and installing the printmaking exhibition "Silver".

This is the second outing for the touring exhibition which celebrates 25 years since the founding of the print workshop, which is situated in the basement of the Del Farqueson Community centre in Netherton Broad Street, Dunfermline.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Residency at East London Printmakers

Residency Programme details

Since East London Printmakers' tenth anniversary in 2008, the studio has been running a residency programme. The purpose of this opportunity is to promote professional development in printmaking and to create an arena for visiting artists to share their knowledge and experiences with ELP members. The programme supports the development of new work and access to a network of artists in London.

The studio is based in the heart of East London's contemporary art scene, close to Vyner Street, London Fields and Regent Street Studios.

Two artists per year will receive:

* 24-hour access to the studio's facilities
* £100 budget for materials
* £200 fee for running a one-day master workshop
* Free membership of East London Printmakers for one year
* Storage space for materials and a plan chest drawer

Applicants are invited to submit a proposal for a project lasting no longer than twelve consecutive weeks, focusing on either screen-printing or relief and intaglio. Applicants must demonstrate prior knowledge of printmaking, however the programme encourages experimentation, thus artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The programme is open to local, national and foreign artists. Applicants need to be self-sufficient as this opportunity does not include accommodation or expenses for materials. Recipients must be prepared to teach a one-day master workshop and host an artist's talk for the benefit of ELP members. Opportunities to learn new printmaking skills will be dependaet on workshops and places will be available at the members' concessionary rate.
Applicants should send, by recorded delivery:

* a completed application form
* a resumé
* 10 photographs/digital prints or one CD/ DVD/VHS

Please do not send actual art pieces as ELP will retain applications and confirm receipt by email. The ELP committee meet twice a year and applicants will be notified by email within two weeks of the deadline.

Application deadlines

* 6 December 2009 for an Artist Residency between January and June 2010
* 1 June 2010 for an Artist Residency between July and December 2010

East London Printmakers

East London Printmakers BLOG

note image above is by East London Printmaker Wuon-Gean-Ho

titel: Guardian-III

Visit her website

Printmakers exhibiting at Scion, Stirling University

Currently Catherine King is showing work at Scion in Stirling University (well actually it has just come down).
Here are some pictures from the show, as well as the exhibition in situ.

Update on Aine..............

As may be noted posts to the FDPW blog have been few and far between of late. This has been due to my spinal surgery at the great Western in Edinburgh at the end of June. Initially the pain was awful following the week in hospital and it improved slowly. Now although my back pain is still there all the time - at least the nerve pain down my left leg has ceased.

It seems that the surgery has been successful But I still cannot stand or walk far but I do now have a fancy 'hight tech' "Zimmer" with rubber wheels so when working at FDPW I will be using it to help my movement around the workshop. Its even got a built in seat so I can sit down when folks start chatting to me which for some reason, I have become particularly aware, always tends to happen, when one is standing or just leaving or just entering.

Thanks to all of you who were kind enough via emails/phone calls ask how I was getting on and wishing me luck even before I went into have the operation. I have never received so many cards and flowers which was lovely and very much appreciated.

Special thanks to Steve and Sheila who individually came to visit in my first few weeks when I was out of hospital. I was feeling pretty low then what with the increased pain level. Never mind thats all gone now.

Finally words cannot express the friendship and support I experienced from Tatiana (who lives nearby). She has truly helped me so much with her lively visits and these things really count when things are not going so great.

Apologies to people who emailed me stuff to post on the FDPW blog during the past 6-7 weeks that I have not put up here. I just could'nt face doing anything like that. I was tired a lot of the time so might well have posted them without including the dates or location....

anyway I will try to keep up with updating. Fellow contributors are welcome so if you would like to post items then please contact me.


Sunday, 2 August 2009

Introductory Printmaking Course Sep 2009

FDPW has set up an introductory course that will run over a period of four Saturdays

i.e., 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.


Areas to be covered

COLLAGRAPHS, which essentially is a printmaking plate ( most often initially made of board or thin wood) onto which you make a form of 'collage' of thin materials such as torn paper, textured paper, lace, dried plant materials, fabrics of all sorts, string, threads, fibres.

YOU are invited to bring along some items to potentially include in the making of your own collagraph.


A very immediate printmaking medium that essentially constitutes using ink applied to a plate surface. This is then run through the etching press. It may be executed through a range of approaches which include drawing, painting, wiping away and masking.............


Drypoint etching essentially is a simple and direct method of intaglio, where the surface of the plate is scratched into to produce a burr, which then holds the ink.

It can also be combined with collagraph and/or monoprinting.


Relief printing may be conducted using card whereby a scalpel knife is used to 'cut' the image into the surface. Stripping off layers of the card can produce areas of tone and texture.

COURSE TUTOR: Colin Beaumont; an experienced and friendly printmaker, has an easygoing character and you will enjoy your course learning and sharing in his wealth of knowledge. He will also provide guidance as to the development of your imagery and creative ideas.


To book a place on this course


Jenny Grundy: tel: 0131 343 3707

or by email:

also you can phone Colin Beaumont (course tutor)

01333 309 223 or by email


The course fee is £140.00 (130 for current members of FDPW)

Payable by 1st September


Send Cheques made payable to FDPW

Fife+ Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop
The Basement,
Dell Farquharson Community Centre,
Netherton Broad St.
Dunfermline, Fife,
KY12 7DS

What you need to bring along:

work clothes - as it’s a hands on practical course where you can expect to get dirty!!

Source material:

Sketches, photos, images from magazines that you like, or books.

Tea and Coffee are provided but bring your own lunch.


Saturday, 30 May 2009

Prints for peace 2 ++ Exhibit in Mexico

Second International Prints for Peace 2009 Juried Exhibit in Monterrey
México-Grabados por la Paz

Dear Printmaking Artists:
We hope you find this call interesting.
A panel discussion promoting Peace will be organized in combination with the exhibit.

Deadline for receiving Print in Monterrey: July 15, 2009

See the url reference here for further info

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

SSA - Cubes Project - Juteopolis - more info.

SSA Collaborative Art Project


This is what the SSA sent me when I requested an explanation /further details re the Cubes project. Steve has brought about 10 or 12 of them into the print workshop. They are in a black plastic refuse sack on the main worksurface. So if you are interested in participating get yourself along and grab one.

"As part of our unique and exciting Annual Exhibition at The Vision Building in Dundee, we are putting together a large-scale sculptural piece that will involve all of our membership. The concept is to create a piece of work that has a collective provenance at its heart and will be a feature for the show as well as being a major fundraiser for the SSA. All members are being asked to create a small piece of work on a wooden cube approx 10 cm squared that will take jute as its subject matter.

As you will probably know, Dundee is famous for its once dominating jute industry and its legacy is deep rooted and visible in all manner of ways from names of streets, parks and parts of the city to the building of grand mansions and public buildings, the expansion of the city’s harbour, shipbuilding and whaling industry, and history of many business institutions, to name but a few! Our idea is to give the nod to the Dundee context but at the same time be able to provide a subject matter wide enough to be accessible to all of our artists. We have, in the past, used the postcard idea but it was felt that given the uniqueness of this year’s exhibition we wanted to do something equally unique to mark it.

Juteopolis is the name for our piece and was the term used to describe Dundee at the height of its success but was also the name of one of the ships that travelled between India and Dundee carrying the raw materials. The cube echoes the `pucca` jute bales and will provide each artist with an unusual 3D format that gives them 6 sides to play with and be the carrier of the artist’s idea in the way that jute bags were used to carry raw materials from India. The cube can be cut into, become a vessel, be drawn, painted or printed on or have any manner of objects or materials attached to it. The artist has complete freedom as to how or what they want to do with it as long as it has some reference to jute in there. Once we have all these hundreds of cubes they will then be combined with each other and form a large floor piece that will take the shape of a lade which is the stone channel that drew the water from The Scouring Burn in Dundee and was the major water supply for the jute mills.

We need as many` pucca` cubes as we can possibly get for this to have the desired impact so we hope that you will get behind this project by adding your cube to `Juteopolis` and make it something to remember. We will be circulating wooden cubes to the artists via WASPS in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee hopefully by the beginning of April, and indeed, if there are any members out there who would like to help this process by circulating bundles of cubes to those who cannot readily access wasps, please get in touch with Noreen Sharkey Paisley, SSA Secretary. You can donate as many as you like and as there is no submission process for this piece, all cubes will be included in `Juteopolis`. You can then hand your cube/cubes in with your submission or send them directly to Noreen for the same date.

Please support this unique initiative and contribute to what we hope will be an amazing, beautiful and exciting work of art that brings the SSA artists together and echoes our own individual inclusion in what is an equally unique organisation."

Annual Open Exhibition 2009
Vision@Seabraes, Dundee

Saturday 23 May - Friday 19 June

Hand in dates: Fri 1st & Sat 2nd May

Private View 22nd May

Cubes can be returned to Noreen at 2 Wemyss Ave, Glasgow G77 AR right through until Friday 12 June.

For more information please call 0141 616 2566 or email


"you are more than welcome to do a cube and submit, there is no selection process so all cubes received will be part of the project.
When the project was initially conceived, it was thought that only members would be interested in helping out but many non members are supporting the project and we are absolutely thrilled about that.
Looking forward to seeing your cube in Juteopolis"

JUTE see some definitions springboards etc on these url references

Jute on wikipedia

Dundee, Jute and Empire (Open University)