UCLan and Harris Museum bring historical prints to public display

15 February 2016

Contemporary artists showcase work alongside prints from last century

Art students and graduates from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are working with the Harris Museum & Art Gallery to showcase historic prints from the twentieth century that haven’t been on public display for a long time.

The Bound by Process: Printmaking Historical & Contemporary exhibition is a collaborative venture with prints on show at UCLan’s PR1 Gallery and at the Harris. It shares historic work from the Harris collection dating from the 1920s through to the 1970s covering a variety of subject matters and print techniques such as woodcutting, engraving and lithography. This sits alongside the work of four contemporary printmakers who are either UCLan graduates or current fine art students to show how printmaking has evolved and kept its tradition at the same time. 

"Not only does it give us a chance to share with the public some hidden gems that have not been displayed in recent years, it also shows how contemporary work is grounded in traditional processes while embracing modern ideas and printmaking techniques."

The four artists working on the project; Alex McIntosh, Kathryn Poole, Theresa Taylor and Tracy Hill use a range of techniques to capture their subject areas which includes outdoor landscapes and botanical drawings.

UCLan Senior Printmaking Technician and artist Tracy Hill said: “We have a great working relationship with the Harris going back over a number of years and this latest collaborative venture will only strengthen our links. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to showcase connections by artists which often go unseen. The works on display use techniques grounded in tradition but also highlights the diversity of printmaking in contemporary practice.”

The exhibition runs from 12 February until 3 March at UCLan’s PR1 Gallery and until 23 April at the Harris. It is free at both venues and people can just turn up. See images from the exhibition on our Flickr Gallery.

Kathryn Poole
Kathryn Poole