Seacourt Open Studio Event 2016

Prize winner Shauna McGowan. Image courtesy of the artists

Prize winner Shauna McGowan. Image courtesy of the artists

During August Seacourt: The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking will be offering an opportunity to learn more about original printmaking. The annual Open Studio event provides demonstrations in a range of printmaking techniques alongside exhibitions and a chance to speak directly to artists about their creative process.

The event runs from the 1st to the 14th August and access is available 9.30 – 4.30 each day including Saturdays and Sundays. This year there will be exhibitions by textile artists Shauna McGowan and Katie Brown. Both are past recipients of Craft NI’s making it Programme and are highly respected within their field. Shauna recently won 1st place at the RDS National Craft Awards in the Emerging Leatherwork Category whilst Katie was awarded the Bronze Award in the Fashion & Accessories in the 2016 Etsy Awards. Their exhibition will be accompanied by the work of three artists from Finland. Susanna Shearman, Christine Jalio & Mervi Viitajylha visited Seacourt earlier this year and spent time collecting stories and artefacts relating to loss and grieving from local people. Their collaborative installation is a response to those stories.

Robert Peters, Creative Director of Seacourt said, “Our Open Studio event is a great introduction to the world of original printmaking. The word ‘print’ can be deceptive as it conjures up the posters that can be bought in IKEA or Homebase. Original prints are hand worked using techniques that may have a history of 500 years or at the edge of new technological developments. To understand the difference you really need to see the laborious processes and artistic skill involved. Our print demonstrations take place at 2.00pm each day except Mondays and will offer a real insight into the methods involved. Seacourt has established itself as a world-class organisation in a universally accessible facility. Each year we have artists from across the world visit to create their art here in Bangor. At the start of August local people can drop in to discover why. They won’t be disappointed.”

Full programme available at http://www.seacourt-ni.org.uk/open-studio