Exhibiting at the Buy Art Fair 2017 Manchester

This is the third year I have been involved as an exhibitor at the Buy Art Fair in Manchester.

If you haven’t heard or visited this event let me first introduce you to it.

The Buy Art Fair, is now recognised as one of the UK’s leading festivals of visual Arts. With over 3000 original artworks for sale this event has sold over £3m worth of contemporary art to thousands of collectors across the North of England. This year it was set out at what was called the GMEX and now Manchester Central. This is a fabulous exhibition and events space in the heart of Manchester.

As well as Artists and Galleries many workshops, talks and demonstrations are scheduled. For example have a look at the long list of demos put on by Hot Bed Press which includes, relief print, screen print & letterpress.  Free Print Workshop Demonstrations at Buy Art Fair with Hot Bed Press

For me it’s a big event, 3 days of exhibiting, proceeded by all that setting up, continual rearranging of exhibits. The delights of meeting people who ‘get’ my art. The highs of a sale. The caffeine driven organising and the consequential, aching backs and feet.

I share a booth with Barbara Helm and Carol Beckett this it is called ‘Beckett, Helm & Wilson
I have to say I wouldn’t miss it for the world, it has got better each year. The new venue, Manchester Central, was bigger, more airy and better laid out, making it a big hit with exhibitors and visitors alike.

Do you want to be involved next year?

Yes, then get yourself over to the Buy Art Fair  website.

Geletine Plate Printing Workshop

What a fabulous weekend teaching gelatine plate printing at Hot Bed Press. This was the first workshop I’d run for Hot Bed, so I was nervous about how it would go. We had such great group of enthusiastic artists, and they produced masses of interesting prints. We all learnt new techniques and found new ideas.















Look at these examples of the work they produced.

Proof Exhibition in London – July 2017

PROOF Printmakers London Exhibition

Our first London based group exhibition, we worked hard, grew a lot, and sold well. Getting ourselves ‘out there’ as 3rd year graduates from Hot Bed Press 3 yr complete printmaker course was a resounding success on many levels.

This is what our tutor Sean Rorke had to say..

“This show will be the culmination of three years of discovery and development on The Complete Printmaker course at Hot Bed Press. The group has really come together and the skill, range and diversity of the printmaking on show demonstrates a great depth of understanding and empathy with printmaking. I am really proud to have put them forward to this show at R.K.Burt Gallery and wish them the best of luck for this and many exhibitions to come.”

Sean Rorke Artistic Director and Complete Printmaker Course Leader Hot Bed Press

RK Burt Galley Front View 1
RK Burt Gallery Front July 2017
RK Burt Gallery Window 2017

Printfest 2017 – Ulverston UK

I had a fabulous day visiting the Printfest exhibition in Ulverston this Saturday accompanied by fellow printmaker Clare Phelan.

The range and quality of the work that was on exhibition was very impressive. The venue itself  well designed and set up. Walking around it was an enjoyable experience.

There are links to a number of the exhibition printmakers websites included on this page so please do check them out.


The highlights for me were the work of Fouzia Zafar – Printmakers Printmaker. She has a fascinating approach to printmaking, and generates work which is emotional and evocative. A couple of her prints can be seen here : website

It was really great to meet Jason Hicklin, Printmaker of the Year, who was actually  one of Fouzia Zafar’s tutors. http://www.jasonhicklin.com. Jason will be speaking as a guest tutor in a few weeks time down at Hot Bed Press. I am looking forward to gleaning some top etching tips from him. I will be doing a blog entry on this session too.

Printmakers to add to my watch list

Joanna Bourne – Newcastle based printmaker who’s work we,(Clare Phelan, Suzy Robson and I), admired at the Reghed print exhibition. She uses such lovely understated muted colours that give her work a real dreamy soft atmosphere.  Clare couldn’t resist a wee purchase from this printmaker to take home.

Annwyn Dean – Embroider, Book Artist & printmaker . I loved this work, and couldn’t help but think of Barbara Johns, a fellow printmaker at Hot Bed. I will pass this link on to her. You can look at her work on her website http://www.annwyndean.com/#jp-carousel-2221

Alex Mcintosh – Printmaker / Photographer pushing photoetching to new heights and creating new worlds to fall into! Definitely one to watch.

Something different

Now here is a different approach  – In dialog is two artists : Carol Pairaudeau and Paula Gamble-Schwarz .They explain that they are “ involved in an ongoing drawing conversation. Starting with an agreed theme, the artists independently begin to develop their response to the theme, working in a range of media. However, before the work reaches a conclusion the two artists exchange work. Without discussion, leaving each piece they exchange to speak for itself. Each artist then works directly on the piece that they have received. This exchange process continues until one of the artists feels that a piece of work is complete. The work is then framed and presented, rather than exchanged.”

Anja Percival creates moody, photorealist etchings with her own approach to etching see :  A Plate Etch in Progress

Chris Salmon  creates such beautiful etched images, not cheesy or cute despite often depicting cats dogs goats & children. I fell in love with the image of his big cat, George, a girl cat of course. She has such a fab expression. An etching titled ‘Pole cats’ was another favourite, but its an old & popular etching and I think he’s only one left. I have seen it before, at a close friends house. I tempted to break into my savings.

Loads of other fabulous artists – check out the line up:  http://printfest.uk/printfest-2017/printfest-2017-line-up/