24 November 2015
Free printmaking exhibition opens at University's PR1 Gallery
The work of four artists in residence at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has gone on display in a free public exhibition.
The Constructure exhibition at the UCLan PR1 Gallery is the culmination of a year’s worth of work on campus by the artists who have used the University’s advanced printmaking facilities to produce several pieces of work all around the theme of construction.
Artists Benedict Rutherford, Jamie Barnes, David Armes and Bonnie Craig have been based in the UCLan fine art department in the School of Art, Design and Fashion for the last year as part of the Artist Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) scheme to enable practising artists to work alongside art students.
“Working as an artist in residence has been beneficial for all of us; the students learn from what we’re doing and we enjoy being immersed in a creative environment where we can share ideas."
While all four artists use printmaking, their work differs in technique and subject matter including man-made structures, natural imagery and the details of architecture and engineering. However while working together they discovered similarities in their approaches and processes which formed the inspiration for the exhibition. Printmaking techniques used by the artists include letterpress, etching, lino-cut printing, trace monotype and screenprint.
Bonnie Craig, a 35-year-old artist based in Lancaster who has also completed an MA in Surface Pattern Design at UCLan, commented: “I like to focus primarily on the order and disorder of patterns. This piece of work uses cardboard tiles to make several wall pieces and it’s great that I’ve been given such a large space in the gallery to display it.
“Working as an artist in residence has been beneficial for all of us; the students learn from what we’re doing and we enjoy being immersed in a creative environment where we can share ideas and collaborate on work.”
The artists are also publishing a booklet to accompany the work on show in Constructure. Funded by a Pushing Print bursary award, it will feature a handprinted cover printed by all four artists showing each artist’s own development and ideas.
In addition, the artists are also publishing a booklet to accompany the work on show in Constructure. Funded by a Pushing Print bursary award, it will feature a handprinted cover printed by all four artists showing each artist’s own development and ideas.
UCLan hosts yearly residencies as part of the AA2A scheme for up to five artists who work alongside undergraduate students, postgraduate students and staff developing their research practice and sharing their investigations. Having been part of the scheme since its beginning, UCLan has established itself as being at the forefront of the participating institutions gaining the accolade of being voted top institution in the scheme by the resident artists for several years running.
Constructure is open to the public 9am – 6pm from Tuesday 24 – Monday 30 November, excluding the weekend. The exhibition is in the PR1 Gallery in UCLan’s Victoria Building. For more information contact Bonnie Craig.