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.