UK Creativity and Wellbeing Week - Mindfulness and monoprinting

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We are delighted to welcome Jill McKeown to the team at Seacourt. She took up post as Print for Wellbeing Development Officer in May and she will be bringing you some great new programmes aimed at feeling good, taking time away from the bustle of everyday life and being creative.

To launch our new programme we are partnering with Creativity and Wellbeing Week, an annual UK wide festival celebrating and showcasing some of the incredible work going on around arts and health.  There is compelling and growing evidence that arts and culture can help us keep well, improve our health outcomes and live longer, higher quality lives. Visit their site - www.creativityandwellbeing.org.uk

The festival runs from 10th to 16th June and alongside our ongoing well-being programmes we’re offer a unique printmaking session with Jill - 
‘Monoprinting with Plants’.

Take some ‘time out’ to be creative with nature in this taster workshop that combines printmaking and mindfulness. You will experiment with printing dried and fresh plants to create unique monoprints. This method of direct printing encourages improved wellbeing while harnessing your creativity to lift your mood. 

The session will begin with a relaxing ten-minute guided mindfulness meditation on nature led by the founder of Mindfulness NI Caroline Stewart.

Sunday 16th June
2pm – 4pm, 4 places

To book the course click here and scroll down or to register your interests for future well-being programmes email jillmckeown@seacourt-ni.org.uk

 

 

 

Hedgerow Prints by Helen Roberts

Botanical Calendar - hanging installation

Botanical Calendar - hanging installation

Helen Roberts describes each of her prints as a botanical snapshot of a specific time and place. In April 2018 she embarked on a year of experimenting with eco printing techniques with the aim of at least one eco printing session per week and hoping to capture the changes in the plants throughout the year in print.

Roberts became interested in botanical printing in 2017 and after initial experiments and research took an online course with Nicola Brown, an accomplished textile artist, felt maker and eco printer.

The unique prints in this show are made without any ink. All the colour comes from fresh botanical material - leaves, flowers, seeds and bark - and natural plant dyes, such as madder and weld. The eco printing process combines contact printing, heating and natural dyeing, usually all at the same time.

Helen gathered most of the plant material from the hedgerows on her daily walks. There is a degree of alchemy in the process of boiling the dye pot and each "bundle" reveals how specific leaves and dyes have interacted. Each eco print is unique. Just as plants change over time, these prints may well also change in colour and eventually fade leaving a ghostly mark of what they once were.

This year of experiments has allowed Helen to make a stunning body of work that shows snapshots from her wanderings in nature and encourages the viewer to slow down and reconnect with the natural world.

This exhibition runs in the members gallery at Seacourt until 1st June 2019.

You can follow Helen’s eco printing journey on Instagram @hedgerowprints114

We are hiring - 'Print for Well-being Development Officer'

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Thanks to funding through The Foyle Foundation we are creating a new post within our team at Seacourt!

Print for Well Being Development Officer

NJC Point 28 pro rata £15,470 (FTE £25,400), One Year Fixed Term Contract

Seacourt Print Workshop is a creative hub in Bangor, North Down providing a unique space for engaging in creativity whatever your training or life circumstances. Our workshop is a place where people can come to make art, develop their skills and talents and connect with others who love printmaking.

We have been delivering print based programmes to improve well-being, mental health and inclusion for a number of years. Now, having secured funding through the Foyle Foundation we wish to employ a Print for Well Being Development Officer who will lead our current projects and devise and implement new programmes.

We are looking for a dynamic, creative professional with experience of designing and delivering projects for impact.

To request an application pack please contact our Director, Emma Drury on 02891460595 or emmadrury@seacourt-ni.org.uk or download the pack here.

The closing date for completed applications is 4pm Monday 1st April 2019





BORROWED TALES by Clinton Kirkpatrick

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FRIDAY 11th JANUARY – WEDNESDAY 6th FEBRUARY 2019

‘Borrowed Tales’ is an exhibition of printworks derived from on a series of narratives collected by Clinton from people of Kenya. The work explores the ancestral, the personal and the fictional and Clinton travelled across the country in 2016 recording the stories told to him along the way. The body of prints he created in response to these tales was presented back to the people in The Nairobi Museum in summer 2018 and were gifted back to the permanent collection.

The exhibition opens with a reception on Thursday 10th January at 7pm and runs until Wednesday 6th February 2019.

In Conversation - Clinton Kirkpatrick with Ann Donnelly

Tuesday 22nd January at 7pm

Ann Donnelly explores themes of being and belonging in solo practice and socially engaged practice. She often engages artists ‘in conversation’ about their practice to provide insight and share learning. Join us to hear Ann and Clinton discuss this body of work and its impact.

Community Opportunities: 

We are also offering opportunities for groups to spend some time at Seacourt Print Workshop, explore this work and experience printmaking. Contact Emma to discuss what your group would like to do and book a slot!

  •  A guided tour of the exhibition followed by a 2 hour print workshop to encourage meditation, relaxation and enjoyment for community groups or charities working working with mental health or health promotion (Free of Charge)

  • GROUP VISITS with demonstration and an artist talk at a time that suits your group (Small fee per head applies)

ORCHIDACEAE by Elisabeth Donaldson in our members' gallery

Elizabeth Donaldson's ORCHIDACEAE is illustrative of the artist’s long term interest in how art and nature converge.

This new series of prints are vibrant and bold and continue the floral motifs and playful abstractions that frequently appear in Donaldson's artistic practice. Her love of these exotic and compelling florals was love born from visits to the Ulster Museum and Tropical Ravine throughout her childhood. 

These exotic, provocative and sensory spaces were then, a world away from her own harsh urban environment, and would ultimately, shape her creative future.

See this new work in the members’ gallery at Seacourt until 10th November 2018.

AUTUMN PROGRAMME NOW ONLINE

At Seacourt education and life long learning is at the heart of what we do. We take pride in offering a programme of course and workshops that give you the opportunity to try something new, get involved and be creative.

Our facilitators are highly skilled professional artists who pride themselves on providing a supportive, structured process through which to learn new skills and express yourself.

This term we have a menu of techniques that includes Waterless Lithography, Photo Intaglio, Salt Etching and more.

Why not join our mailing list to receive regular updates?

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'DIVERSITY in Print' - Creative Peninsula Open Studios

To celebrate Creative Peninsula and August Craft Month 2018 our members are presenting work that shows the diversity and dynamism of printmaking and some of its many applications beyond the traditional fine art print.   

Seacourt's members have expertise in specialist printmaking techniques from photo intaglio and lithography to etching and screenprinting. The diversity of techniques and their application in art making and craft reminds us how accessible printmaking is - to learn and experiment with or to own and enjoy.  

The work on show reflects this variety of working methods and the creativity of our Artists. Intricate 3D construction work using etching and screenprinting.  Relief print on ceramics. Vibrant screenprinted textiles.  Original screenprinted products to use or wear and original bespoke festival posters.  

We hope you will enjoy this eclectic selection of work that truly shows the breadth and depth of the possibilities of printmaking.

'DIVERSITY in Print' runs throughout August and September.  Our studios are open every day from 10am - 3pm until Saturday 11th August.

Demos every day at 2pm. Check our social media feeds for info.

Detail: 3D print by Penny Brewill

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Life and Other Fictions

Seacourt member and facilitator Clinton Kirkpatrick has travelled to Kenya to exhibit his latest work. We are all very proud of Clinton, he has spent countless hours preparing work for this exhibition and we wish him all the best.

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International Mini Print Biennial

At Seacourt The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking we are delighted with the huge response to our Mini Print Biennial 2018. The exhibition showcases the work of 140 artists from over 30 countries displaying a wide range of printmaking techniques and exceptional printmaking skills.

The exhibition will run from May 9th - July 27th, 2018 with an official opening on Saturday 12th May at 1 pm.  Elena Carrasco will be providing a Stone Lithography demo at 1.30pm.

Check into the website frequently as we will be displaying the prints of all the artists involved.

A link to all the images in the exhibition can be found on the Exhibitions page of our website

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Looking Back - Going Forward

March 2018

The Exhibition highlights the Printmaking skills by founder members of Seacourt Print Workshop.  Seacourt opened its doors in 1981 and has grown as a Printmaking studio of excellence. Now in 2018 we can appreciate, learn and be inspired by these masters of print.

The Exhibition highlights the Printmaking skills by founder members of Seacourt Print Workshop.

Seacourt opened its doors in 1981 and has grown as a Printmaking studio of excellence. Now in 2018 we can appreciate, learn and be inspired by these masters of print.

Seacourt Members' Annual Exhibition

Invitation design by Steph Harrison

Invitation design by Steph Harrison

This exhibition of original prints by Seacourt members provides the perfect opportunity to purchase an original artwork at affordable prices. Etchings, lithographs, screen prints and digital works will be on display from the 2 December to the 26 January 2018.

By the Time I get to Phoenix: International Print Exchange

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As part of an ongoing initiative by Seacourt to sustain and maintain relationships between international artists and arts organisations this latest exhibition features original prints by 20 artists from Seacourt and 20 guest artists from the Arizona Print Group. Both sets of artists were asked to respond to poets and songwriters from their respective countries and their responses were exchanged in the form of a boxed compilation of artworks. Participating artists include, Edward Ferguson, Helen Roberts ,Fionnuala O’Neill, Tracy Hendry, Steph Harrison, Pamela Armstrong, Clinton Kirkpatrick and more.....

Seacourt Celebrates US Links

Students from JBU

Students from JBU

Seacourt Print Workshop has welcomed twelve visitors from the John Brown University, Arkansas to its printmaking facilities in The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Balloo. The ten students and two staff are spending a fortnight in Bangor learning skills in etching, lithography and relief printing.

Seacourt has been providing half day workshops to JBU students at their Belfast base for the past four years in partnership with Art Historian, Amanda Croft. The quality of that programme has led to our current engagement of providing two weeks of intensive training to Visual Art students. Mr. Bob Martin, Associate Professor of Visual Arts with JBU, visited Seacourt last year to plan the trip. We thank him and the students for travelling 4,000 miles to learn new skills at Seacourt.

Bob Martin said, “Our student art studies group from John Brown University has had an amazing time at Seacourt Print Workshop these past two weeks. The staff at Seacourt have been incredibly helpful in teaching the exciting possibilities of printmaking. The students and faculty in our group, most of which had no print experience, have been challenged to produce some excellent work, and been given the ability to learn new art-making techniques in an inspiring environment. Thanks to Seacourt for their hospitality and a great educational experience. We certainly enjoyed the Bangor area, and hope to make a return trip with a new group of students in the future!”

The connection with JBU is just one of several active links Seacourt has forged and maintained in the US. Currently Seacourt is exhibiting members’ original prints in Pyramid Atlantic Art Centre in Washington DC. An exhibition of artworks by PAAC members will be hosted in Seacourt during June. A print exchange with Arizona Print Group will see 40 artists from both areas exhibit prints at Seacourt’s gallery in The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking in September of this year. Artist exchanges are planned as a further development of the link to Arizona. Further details are available on Seacourt’s website www.seacourt-ni.org.uk/exhibitions.

Chasing the Sublime

Christine Leathem  June 7 - 28

'But in the actual phenomenal world, unity and harmony are replaced by strife or discord; the result is a conflict, a becoming and vanishing, an illusive existence.'
Neoplatonism, Plotinus

I have always felt the desire to reject the chaos of life and find that space, which I sense deep within, that honours stillness. It’s not feeling that there is something more to this world, but rather something beyond the structures we participate in. Maybe to be human, is to plainly exist and accept the perfect emptiness that lies beneath this world of layers, faces, shades and time. It’s the age-old questions: who are we, why are we here?

Drawing has always been a personal form of therapy to me. It is how I spend my free time and helps to resolve or create a place for feelings I can never find the words for. I juxtapose figurative and landscape elements and play with compositions in which negative space becomes just as important as the image area. I layer figurative drawings until they become chaotic and undefined, ghostly and fleeting in appearance. Through this additive approach to image making I explore feelings of discontent that arise through frenetic, external activity.  The negative spaces within the work act as a dichotomy to this; a calmness. Lithography offers a meditative process, from the manual graining of the stone to the direct drawing of the image that demands attentive concentration.

Leathem was born in Northern Ireland and is a graduate from Glasgow School of Art. She trained at the prestigious Tamarind Institute, New Mexico. Recent exhibitions include Symbiosis, Pyramid Atlantic Washington(2017), Bothnia Biennial, Finland (2016), Glasgow Print StudioandTrongate Theatre, Glasgow (2012).

Confusion I lithograph

Confusion I lithograph

Response Exhibition

Seacourt artists responded to a collection of photographs taken between 1902-08 of native Americans in South-West America. An exhibition of prints and photographs will be on display in Bloomfield Shopping Centre through out the summer. Further detail here

Last of the American War Chiefs

Last of the American War Chiefs

Global Patterns

An exhibition of original prints exploring the human predilection for pattern making from an International perspective.

Seacourt members where invited to take part in an exhibition exploring the above theme. From the earliest times humans have sought to create patterns visually, socially and through sound. Pattern can be seen within the broader animal world in terms of markings and plumage but the urge to externalise pattern and use it as a cultural signifier is particular to humans. It is this aspect of pattern making that participants where being asked to explore. The use of pattern in cultural artefacts such as flags or emerging through human activity as observed in maps, the built environment or socially in patterns of behaviour. Any culture or time period was open to investigation.

Environmental Baggage - Original Prints by Steph Harrison

Environmental Baggage. Steph Harrison: 2 – 28 February

Steph Harrison, untitled screen-print

Steph Harrison, untitled screen-print

Harrison’s diagnosis of MS lead her to seek an understanding of the condition through creative engagement with its pathology. The artist has sought to understand past influences which underlie the condition as she strives to cope with physical symptoms in the present. Clarifying the condition’s physical and cognitive effects help to subdue the fear of the future and promote acceptance. MS is said to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. This new body of work consists of four elements;

Ancestral history and genetic links

The importance of sunlight.

Viruses.

The central nervous system.

The project has been a cathartic process. Continual learning and practicing of new techniques has been important for both the artist’s mental health and preserving physical capabilities.

Exhibition launches 1 February at 7.00pm in the Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Bangor. Continues to the 28 February.

 

Mythical Creatures - original prints from Arizona Print Group. 2 Feb - 30 Mar

Wendy Willis, 'Kurma', relief

Wendy Willis, 'Kurma', relief

 "Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are the  artists of one kind or another." 

― Joseph Campbell

 
 Mythology has provided a means to bond society, a way to transmit history, and as vessels for important lessons, morals, and rules. Myths are prevalent in every civilization worldwide and remain an inspiration for artist seeking to understand our shared humanity. 'Mythologica Creatures' is an exhibition of original prints by members of Arizona Print Group. Utilising the vernacular of traditional and experimental printmaking the participating artists have created visual responses to this rich field of research.
 
 Developing from this exhibition will be a print exchange project between APG and Seacourt followed by artist exchange opportunities. Exhibiting artists include:Jo Andersen, Josephine Gibbs-Archer, Donna Atwood, Stu Biscoe, Kimberley Boege, Donna Carver, Ashley B. Cranney, Betsy Dally, Christine Dawdy, Brenda Diller, Norma Galindo, Linda Haas, Jennifer Henry, Karen Hymer, Eric Hodgins, Marlys Kubicek, Maria Lynam, Paulette Olive, Ann Otis, Leslie Parsons, Donn Rawlings, Susan L. Ritter, Marjorie Rogers, Jean L. Rossman, Steve Straussner, Marika Szabo, Glory Tacheenie-Campoy, Joan Thompson, Robert Wilder, Mary Lou Wills and Wendy Willis.

Interhuman Exhibition Launch

Graham, Cedar Foundation

Graham, Cedar Foundation

Seacourt print exhibition challenges perceptions of illness and disability

A special exhibition challenging perceptions of those living with illness or a disability has opened at Bloomfield Shopping Centre.  Developed by Seacourt Print Workshop, which is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 70 original prints have been created by participants in an innovative community engagement project called Interhuman.

The Interhuman exhibition marks the completion of the first year of a two-year initiative run by the Seacourt Print Workshop with funding from two of the UK’s most prestigious trusts, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Interhuman sets out to bring people from marginalised groups together through a common enjoyment of printmaking, challenging the perception of people as defined by their illness or medical condition.

The initiative builds on Seacourt’s long-held commitment to actively engage with people with a wide range of disabilities and health support needs, using printmaking as an effective social tool for creating positive, inclusive, experiences for everyone.

In addition to learning new confidence-building skills and developing new interests in life, the participants are taking part in important research into the impact of the arts on people’s wellbeing. This research involves eleven key support groups and agencies in Northern Ireland, including Action Mental Health, International Women in North Down, The Cedar Foundation, Positive Futures and Jigsaw NI

Seacourt’s expanding engagement programme strives to make art socially relevant to the wider community.  Our experience is that the arts are particularly good at bringing people from all walks of life together in shared activity. Printmaking is uniquely accessible for everyone, irrespective of ability or experience. As participants develop new skills their confidence grows and their creativity blossoms conferring a real sense of personal achievement. Through our Interhuman project we hope to contribute to the growing body of evidence supporting the benefits of the arts to people’s wellbeing.

Noírín McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Seacourt Print Workshop’s principal funder, said: “The Arts Council is committed, through our funding, to the principle that everyone in society has the right to enjoy the benefits of the arts. Seacourt Print Workshop’s engagement programmes, such as the Interhuman project, are tremendous demonstrations of this principle in action, opening pathways into printmaking for people from all backgrounds and abilities. We are delighted to support Seacourt Print Workshop as it continues deliver the best possible participatory experiences for everyone.”

The Interhuman exhibition will continue at Bloomfield shopping centre until January 6th 2017.

Notes to editors:

Groups participating the in Interhuman Exhibition include: International Women in North Down, Positive Futures, The Link, Action Mental Health, Cranley Lodge, The Cedar Foundation, Jigsaw NI, AGEnda, Age North Down and Ards, Bangor Men’s Shed and Bangor Art Projects. 

Additional support for those already keen to keep printing has been offered through funding from the Halifax Foundation.

Seacourt Print Workshop is a universally accessible, fine-art print facility providing access to the widest range of printmaking techniques in Ireland. In addition to being an artists’ resource with a gallery space, Seacourt Print Workshop runs a wide range of public classes and engagement programmes. It is based at The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking in Dunlop Industrial Estate, Bangor. It is Email: info@seacourt-ni.org.uk or Tel: 028 9146 0595. Website: http://www.seacourt-ni.org.uk/