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Tracy Hill

Winner of the European Printmaking Award

UCLan was represented at the International Printmaking Triennial in Krakow last month where the University’s Research Associate, Tracy Hill, was awarded for her work.

Tracy and her fellow UCLan Research Associate, Magda Stawarska-Beavan, were two of only five artists from the UK selected to showcase their work at the event, where Tracy won the European Printmaking Award.

Her work ‘Black Waters’ scooped the prize, as part of the slogan for this year’s competition of ‘Immersed in Images’.

The exhibition brings together works from over 200 artists, so her incredible achievement speaks volumes about both Tracy and the University. In fact, the piece was actually made on campus in the Artlab Contemporary Print Studios in Victoria Building, along with the help of others at UCLan.

Tracy said: “It is an enormous honour to be awarded the European Printmaking Prize. The Triennial has for such a long time been one of the pivotal points within the world of printmaking.

“This global stage allows a perspective of contemporary printmaking which is hard to get at any other time creating a dialogue between artists and institutions.


Photo credit: Magda Stawarska-Beavan

“The work itself is a woodblock relief print, comprised of 10 separate panels and printed by hand on kozo paper.  The panels are cut using a laser cutter and the expert knowledge of Rick Healey (LIS) and the images are created using a Lidar scanner produced in partnership with the Office of Environment and Heritage NSW Australia during my residency at the end of 2016.”

Tracy also revealed the inspiration behind her work, given her previous experience of working in connection with wildlife.

She added: “’Black Waters’ is from the wider body of work ‘Matrix of Movement’ which was made in response to working in the Newcastle Wetland Reserve, National Parks NSW while on my residency.  I wanted to create an image which spoke of the different social and cultural attitudes towards wetlands.

“Western cultures view wetlands as evil, disease ridden connected to the uncanny and a threat to health and sanity, whilst Indigenes regard wetlands as places of light and dark, life and death, vital for life. Living black waters are seen as the lungs of the earth.”

Click here for further information about UCLan’s printmaking studio and facilities.

31 August 2018