Global recognition for UCLan artists

30 April 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Two fine art lecturers at UCLan will represent the UK at a print exhibition in China

Caption: A selection of Pete Clarke’s pieces of work from his In-Bas Relief collection.

The work of two University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) artists will go on display at a major international exhibition next month.

Printmakers Pete Clarke and Magda Stawarska-Beavan have been shortlisted to represent the country and showcase their eye-catching work at the fourth Guanlan International Print Biennial in China.

The fine artists, based in the School of Art, Design and Performance, are two of only four artists chosen to represent the United Kingdom.

The popular exhibition attracted thousands of entrants but only 430 made the shortlist. The Guanlan International Print Biennial then selected the top 149 of these international artists to exhibit.

Pete’s work has been selected from his set of 11 large woodcut and letterpress prints In-Bas Relief. The works are influenced by reading the German romantic poet Heinrich Heine’s poem ‘Where’ which charts Heine’s travels and psychological journeys and how his memories are embedded in ideas of place and architecture.

The Principal Lecturer in Fine Art and MA Course Leader first exhibited his solo work in Cologne’s Kunstraum Dreizwanzig in October 2012 while four pieces of his work were recently on display in Impressit: the Art of Printmaking at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery Exhibition in Preston.

Magda’s practice investigates connections between thought, language and communication and how language affects our cultural identity and allows a sense of belonging. She works predominantly with sound, moving image and print, often connecting traditional printmaking processes with new technologies such as digital audio. She has previously exhibited across the world, including South Korea, Portugal and Austria.

The aim of this Guanlan International Print Biennial is to focus on artistic and academic ability, and promote the creative and individual work style. Their work will be on display in Shenzhen between mid-May to mid-June.