Aaron Muncaster 10Feb - 26Mar

Aaron Muncaster, screenprint

Muncaster explores Portraiture as an historically prevalent art form. By creating multi layered screen prints of characters from popular culture he seeks to question assumptions of high and low art forms within the visual arts. He acknowledges the double interpretation of super hero comics as both social comment and pulp trash. Muncaster also plays with the significance of titles in our reading of the image, suggesting that text may have more power than the visual within a culture that promotes and extols a purely academic understanding of culture.  

Whence He Came 10th February - 26th March

Image: Clinton Kirkpatrick, White's Castle, woodcut 2015

Image: Clinton Kirkpatrick, White's Castle, woodcut 2015

This two person exhibition presents original relief prints by Northern Irish artist Clinton Kirkpatrick and Kenyan artist John Silver Kimani .

Kirkpatrick’s work draws inspiration from personal experiences, mythic narratives and the necessity of finding autonomy within a restrictive society. The artist is interested in strategies employed by those living outside societal norms to live authentic lives in spite of enforced limitations. He devises fictional characters through which to explore real issues using the idiom of storytelling to frame his investigations. He incorporates humour and playfulness as a means of engaging the audience in issues of importance without resorting to didactics. . Drawing is an instrumental part of his practice as it demonstrates cohesion with the various ways that he currently makes work.
Clinton Kirkpatrick currently lives and works in Belfast and Bangor. He completed a BA Hons: Painting and Drawing at the University of Huddersfield in 2008 and is currently a member of Seacourt: The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking. During a 2012 residency in Kenya he was introduced to the art of woodcut printmaking from John Silver Kimani and this relationship underpins the basis for the joint exhibition.

John Silver Kimani’s practice draws inspiration from the Kenyan environment and folk life. He incorporates these observations with influences from surrealism to create images loaded with personal symbolism.
In 2015 John Silver was awarded a solo exhibition at the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan in 2016. He has exhibited extensively in Kenya, Africa, Europe, USA and Asia in both solo and group exhibitions. His woodcut prints and paintings are represented in the collections several institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Silver was a founding member of the Banana Hill Art Studio. 

Exhibition continues to the 26th March


Clinton Kirkpatrick, Butterfly Crossing the Road, woodcut 2015

Clinton Kirkpatrick, Butterfly Crossing the Road, woodcut 2015

John Silver Kimani, The Lake of Happiness, woodcut 

John Silver Kimani, The Lake of Happiness, woodcut 

International Mini Print Biennial 2016

Image: Pauline Clancy

Image: Pauline Clancy

Seacourt will be hosting the second International Mini Print Biennial during April and May 2016 in the Centre for Contemporay Printmaking. This exhibition provides an opportunity to consider the diversity of contemporary print practice on a global scale

Printmakers and artists using printmaking in their practice are invited to submit original prints in any medium. Submission deadline is the 25th March 2016. Paper size for this exhibition is restricted to 20cmx20cm. A maximum of two prints can be entered per participant and can be from an edition or two different prints.

One work will be displayed on the gallery wall. The remaining prints will be available for viewing in the gallery browsers. An entry fee of £20.00 per artist is required. This will cover handling, installation and return postage of unsold work.

The exhibition will run from April 7th to May 20th. Following the exhibition at The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking prints from the browser will be displayed in the FE McWilliam Gallery and Down Arts Centre for a further month. Works will be posted back before the June 30th.

If you wish to participate please read the submission guidelines

Interhuman Project secures Funding


Seacourt Print Workshop in celebrating receiving funding from two of the UK’s most prestigious trusts. The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation have both committed support for a two year project called ‘Interhuman’.

Robert Peters, Seacourt’s Creative Director said, “For the past number of years Seacourt has engaged with a range of individuals who are categorised as belonging to marginalised groups and who interface with agencies and service providers within those designations. Many speak of the frustration of being solely identified through their illness or medical condition. Others mention the expectation for them to fulfill cultural stereotypes because they are perceived to belong to a particular tradition or ethnic group. Classifications presume fixed, immutable identities and thereby perpetuate the very social divisions their benign uses are intended to overcome.

Through the positive relationships and trust we have developed with groups over the past number of years we feel we are in a position to support individuals in stepping outside of their categories and joining with others who share a common interest or enjoyment of a particular printmaking technique.  In this way we seek to break-down social barriers by regrouping individuals on the basis of printmaking related interests as opposed to shared disabilities, medical conditions or immigrant status.”

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has provided £ 31,400 toward the programming costs of delivery workshops to eleven groups including Action Mental Health, JigsawNI and the Cedar Foundtaion. The individuals from these groups will then be able to participate in further workshops that will deepen their understanding of printmaking in mixed status groups in year two. An additional element to year one will be assessing the impact on wellbeing of participants. Edward Ferguson, Seacourt’s Chairperson said, “Increasingly arts groups are being tasked by funders to deliver social and health related benefits to society. How to provide evidence of these benefits is a challenge, but by utilising research methodologies developed by the New Economic Foundation and proven to be suitable for testing social engagement projects we hope to examine our impact within clearly defined parameters. We hope that this research will support future application and and support Seacourt’s long term sustainability. We are incredibly grateful to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for enabling us to carry out this important work ”

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK.  It makes grants in the region of £35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, children and young people, the environment and social change. It also makes up to £35 million in social investments in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has provided £25,986.00 toward technical support in delivering the project and a major symposium in 2017 at which the finding from the project will be reported. Robert Peters said, “This support will be invaluable to the successful delivery of the project. Our symposium will bring together artists and organizations that are providing some of the most interesting, socially engaged art practice today. These include the Rebuild Foundation in Chicago and art activist Jay Koh who has worked in countries that have some of the most repressive governments in East Asia. Researcher, Joshua Guetzkow will provide an insight the social impact of the arts and how this can be assessed”  

Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. Its mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. It has a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.

Seacourt Print Workshop is based at The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking in Dunlop Industrial Estate, Bangor. It is a universally accessible, fine-art print facility providing access to the widest range of printmaking techniques in Ireland. Its gallery is open to open to the public Monday – Friday 9.30 to 4.30. The current exhibition is the Members Annual Exhibition which continues to the 19th January. For further details contact info@seacourt-ni.org.uk or 02891460595.

Associate Membership

Seacourt is now offering associate membership to printmakers and visual artists using printmaking in their practice. The associate members’ fee of £25 will enable the artist to participate in the annual members’ exhibition. They will also receive the quarterly membership news letter and have a link to their website on Seacourt’s members’ page. Deadline for associate membership is 5pm on the 6th November 2015. Membership will be due for renewal each November.

Associate members are entitled to submit one work for the exhibition space and two wrapped works for the browsers. The size limit for gallery displayed artworks is 35x50cms paper size. Works can be displayed unframed or in a black, white or grey frame. Works for the browser should be wrapped in cellophane with support card behind the print. Please label the wrapped works for the browser listing name of artist, title, technique, edition number and price. Unsold works can be collected at the Centre or if you wish the works to be returned by post an additional fee will be applied. Seacourt will not be held responsible for any damage to works during transportation. Exhibition dates are 23rd Nov 2015 - 20th Jan 2016  Works to be sent or dropped off at Seacourt by 5pm Thursday 12th November 2015.

To join visit our membership page


Four Exhibitions Four Artists

Four Exhibitions : Four Artists
8 Oct - 14 Nov : Launch 8 Oct at 7.00pm

Four exhibitions by artists who make original prints, highlighting other elements of their artistic practice.

Ned Jackson Smyth – Sculpture
Have objective reality or being.
These works on show are an extension of work starting in 2010 and now formulated into more formal sculptural works. 

William Bogle - Paintings and Prints
William works slowly and exhibits infrequently. He makes pictures of things that are very large or very small and of objects found in unusual combinations.

James Robert Moore - Photographs
Taking the worn and dilapidated built environment as subject matter the exhibition presents a selection of monochrome images from a larger body of work shot in and around local industrial estates and housing estates, out of town retail parks and the marginal semi-abandoned spaces of the edgelands. 
This is the first public exhibition of James's photographic practice since he graduated with a show of lens based work in 2000.

Shauna McGowan - Leather
Shauna McGowan is a screen printer, art facilitator and illustrator based in Ireland. She studied Fashion and Textile design and specializes in screen-printing. Her signature pieces are unique screen prints on leather. She has also studied surface design for leather at the London College of Fashion. This exhibition is the culmination of a two year placement at Seacourt through Craft NI's making it 


Image: James Robert Moore

Dark Matter in Armagh 25 September - 24 October

Dark Matter will be on display in The Market Place, Armagh from the 25th October. The exhibition of original prints were inspired by images of deep space and our attempts to understand our place in the Universe. Participating artists include Angela Darby, Ned Jackson Smyth, Brian Connolly, Nicholas Devison, Ethan Smyth, James R Moore, Donal Billings, Tracy Bradely, Lindsey McDougall. This is a partnership project with Armagh Planetarium. 

Image Caroline Jeffrey: Archival Inkjet


Schools 'A' Level Programme opens for booking

Seacourt Print Workshop’s dedicated education area enables us to offer our ‘A’ Level Programme each day of the week Monday to Saturday.

The optimum number of pupils is 8 but where transport and distance are an issue we can accommodate up to 14.

The cost remains at £25 per pupil (including all materials).

 We are offering both drypoint and salt-etch sessions. The materials for drypoint will be posted to the school along with instructions and a link to a YouTube video.

Salt etch is a safe intaglio process which uses copper sulphate, a salt solution, to etch aluminium plates. The process allows for a greater range of mark making including fine line drawing to expressive, painterly strokes. The activity is suitable for A2 students and will build on skills developed through drypoint in the AS year. Plates will be prepared at SPW in the morning and printed in the afternoon.

 If you would like your pupils to participate in our ‘A’ Level Programme you can contact us with your preferred dates by email info@seacourt-ni.org.uk  or telephone 02891 460595.


Seacourt at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Craft and Skills Day

Sunday 6th September 2015

11.00am – 3.30pm

Come along to Craft and Skills Day at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum and join us for the launch of the the UFTM's 2015/16 Creative Arts & Crafts programme. Set in the authentic early 1900s Ballycultra town visitors will be able to view the finished pieces made in the adult classes and chat to the tutors about the processes involved.  The range of classes available include felt making, chalk art, gold work, natural dyeing, knife making, willow work, hearth baking, blacksmithing and paper making amongst others.

Some of the classes are held in the Museum’s exhibit buildings so visitors can visit the Forge, the Basket Shed, the Spade Mill and Weaver’s house to watch the Museum’s experienced staff making their pieces using traditional methods.

This year, the Museum is inviting local artists such as Iris Belshaw, James Adair, Robert Kernohan, Clive Lyttle and Helen Harty amongst others to demonstrate their skills in master saddlery, silver-smithing, wood turning, glass work, leather work, ceramics and furniture making. You will be able to see how the artists design and create their bespoke pieces some of which will be available to purchase. 

The six Northern Ireland Guilds will be attending the event displaying their work in lace-making, spinning, embroidery, beadwork, machine knitting and patchwork.  These pieces will be available for sale in the Craft Marketplace.

UFTM is offering visitors Free Entry on the day and priority booking for the classes during the event. You will find a voucher at the back of the Creative Arts & Crafts Booklet which should be handed in to staff on the day.

Booklet and admission voucher are available to download

A New Chapter in International Links

Participants in the weekend symposium

Participants in the weekend symposium

The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking was the setting for an international symposium exploring social engagement through art. Representatives from Finland’s Cultural Centre Vanha Paukku and Dundalk’s Creative Spark joined Seacourt facilitators to share their experience and learn book –making skills from American artists Patty Lee and Gretchen Schermerhorn. The event, supported by North Down Borough Council before its merger, provided an opportunity for Seacourt to lay the foundations for new partnerships within Europe and maintain its international links to the US.

Seacourt’s Creative Director Robert Peters said, “At a time when funding is becoming increasingly restricted it is essential that arts organisation become socially relevant and seek broader engagement. This symposium allowed us to discuss these challenges with other cultural workers facing similar issues in other parts of Europe. We will be partnering with these organisations alongside others from Spain and Estonia to seek European funding for a programme of exchange that will support our aim to make printmaking accessible to all sections of society. Seacourt already has active links to with Vienna, New Zealand and the US. We were particularly pleased to welcome back Patty Lee and Gretchen Schermerhorn from Pyramid Atlantic in Washington DC to provide a two day workshop in leather embossing and bookmaking. These new skills placed our facilitators and partner organisation administrators in the same position as many of our community participants - complete ignorance of a technique. It reminded us all how important it is to make efforts to provide as secure and relaxed an environment as possible for those we wish to engage with.”

Esa Honkimaki, Director of Cultural Centre Vanha Paukku said, “The workshop in Seacourt gave us loads of new ideas. Printmaking can be use in many ways for audience development. I would like to thank Seacourt for inviting us to participate. You can see that behind all the practical activities there is real professional experience.  That's why it was fun as well!”

Seacourt’s Autumn programme of printmaking classes is now open for booking. To find out more telephone 028 9146 0595 or visit the website www.seacourt-ni.org.uk 


Participate 1st July – 31st July


An exhibition celebrating Seacourt’s community engagement programme

Launch 7.00pm Wednesday 1st July.

This exhibition brings together examples of work by a number of groups Seacourt has been working with over the past year including Comber Autism Support, AGEnda, Fibromyalgia Support North Down and Ards, Bangor Art Projects, Jigsaw, Cranley Lodge, The Northern Ireland Hospice, Kilcooley Wider Community Group and International Women North Down . Many of the workshops have been led by Master Printer, Penny Brewill who has been creating innovative programmes designed specifically for individuals who have health support requirements; funded through The Foyle  Foundation. Support for individual programmes has come from The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Small Grant Programme and  the Big Lottery. Exhibition continues to the 31st July. Gallery opening times: 10am-4pm Monday to Friday; Saturdays by appointment.

Summer Print Sale at Seacourt

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Seacourt is hosting a two day sale of original prints by regional and international artists. This fund raising endeavour is an  opportunity for visitors to purchase Original Art at very affordable prices. Ranging from £20.00 to £100.00, the original prints include etchings, lithographs, screen-prints and a range of other techniques. The sale will take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of June between 12 noon and 4.00pm daily. Contact our office for further details or join our facebook event HERE. (Several prints by distinguished artists will also be available at a slightly higher price mark)

Oceanographic Launch

Oceanographic launches 3rd June at 7.00pm
Exhibition runs 3-23 June 2015
Opening Hours Mon-Fri 9.30-4.30 Saturdays by appointment

Oceanographic is the culmination of a project with Queen’s University Marine Lab, Portaferry. Artists from Seacourt have been responding to research carried out by faculty staff and the broader theme of the ocean.  At the launch Dr. Karen Mooney, EnAlgae QUB Project Manager and Emma Gorman, Macroalgal Technician will give a short illustrated talk on their research. Marty Ittner from Pyramid Atlantic in Washington DC will show a large cyanotype artwork and give a short talk on her approach to making prints. Participating artists include Anne Anderson,  Ann Bailey, Andrew Marshall, Cecilia Stephens, Pamela Armstrong, Kathryn Marshall, Tracy Bradley, Lyndsey McDougall, Des Edwards, Diane Cowan, Glenn Mills, Rosy Ennis, James R. Moore, Edward Ferguson, Robert Peters, Steph Harrison, Helen Roberts, Caroline Jeffrey, Doris Rohr, Clinton Kirkpatrick, Lucy Turner, Helen Sanlon, Rachel Ramirez, Kate Fortune-Jones, Donall Billings, Shauna McGowan.


New Look Seacourt

Seacourt received funding through the Arts Council's Visual Arts Development Fund to redesign its brand across a number of platforms including its website, promotional material and logo. We wanted to highlight our new, universally accessible facility at The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, which offers the widest range of  printmaking in Ireland. We now have a gallery in which to highlight the best in contemporary printmaking on a regional and international basis. We are also the only print workshop in Ireland with a dedicated participation suite in which to deliver workshops and classes across all ages and abilities. Our universal access has been made possible through substantial support from Ulster Garden Villages, Lloyds TSB Foundation Community Grants Programme and the ACNI to whom we are extremely grateful. Designer, Rory Jeffers responded perfectly to our brief for a clean contemporary look.

Seacourt's new logo

Seacourt's new logo

Oceanoghraphic Exhibition

Oceanographic is the culmination of a partnership project with Queen's University Marine Lab, Portaferry. Seacourt artists visited the marine biology facility to learn about the range of research being carried out by staff and students. Of particular interest was the search for renewable energy sources, such as bio-fuels from seaweed; part of the research being carried out by Karen Mooney through the EnAlgae Project. Artists then spent several months generating ideas inspired by this initial visit a further research. The results can be seen at The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking between the 3rd and 31st June. Launch will take place on the 3rd at 7.00pm during which we will have talks by staff of QUML and visiting artist Marty Ittner from Pyramid Atlantic in Washington DC. 

Tangled Up in Blue, Mary Ittner, Cyanotype

Tangled Up in Blue, Mary Ittner, Cyanotype


Seacourt: The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking
Launch: 7.00pm 29th April. Exhibition continues to 29th May
Opening Hours: 9.30 – 4.30 Monday to Friday; Saturdays by appointment

Printmaking is practiced in all countries of the world and the printmaking community provides one of the most supportive networks within the visual arts. The technology required to create original prints ensures a culture of sharing both resources and knowledge. For many years Seacourt has provided international artists with access to the widest range of printmaking techniques in Ireland though residency programmes. The organisation has also built links with Arizona, Washington DC, Vienna, Brussels, New York and New Zealand through which its membership can benefit from exhibition and artist exchanges. This exhibition celebrates those links.

Inter-National brings together artists from outside the UK who applied to Seacourt’s Residency programme during 2014 and Seacourt artists who have been on residencies or had their work highlighted internationally. Artists include Ausma Šmite, Robin Kang, Mira Kim, Constanza Dessain, Jude Valentine, Allison Hyde, Rachel Ramirez, Joe Shores, Lucy Turner, Katie Brown, Shauna McGowan. Cecilia Stephens, Jenna Kirkwood, Alice Burns, Sophie Potie. IMAGES HERE

Clinton Kirkpatrick
Rainbow Mouth 
Seacourt: The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking
Launch: 7.00pm 29th April. Exhibition continues to 29th May
Opening Hours: 9.30 – 4.30 Monday to Friday; Saturdays by appointment

Rainbow Mouth is a character who first entered into Clinton’s painting at the end of 2010 and recently he remerged. Rainbow Mouth is a misunderstood character; he is a shell of someone or something, yet he has a unique quality to him. He can represent optimism or the ability to discover and change something and he is on a quest to discover himself in his solitary surroundings. 
This exhibition will include monotype prints and drawings all recently created in 2015. Clinton graduated from the University of Huddersfield, in England, in 2008 with a painting and drawing degree. In recent years his work has taken him to Kenya and back many times resulting in an exhibition in 2014 at the Nairobi National Museum.

Lucy Turner wall installation

Lucy Turner wall installation


12 March – 24 April | opening 11 March 7 to 9pm

An exhibition featuring relief prints by Ukrainian artist Olesya Dzhurayeva will open at Seacourt Print Workshop. A selection of artists from Seacourt whose practice addresses this particular process of printmaking will accompany Dzhuraeva’s exhibition. The artists include Catherine Thompson, Clinton Kirkpatrick, Joanna Martin, Tristan Barry, Gail Kelly, Henrietta Alexander and Chris Davis.

Artist Demonstration

Olesya Dzhuaryeva visited Seacourt in April to demonstrate her cutting technique. She brought along some samples of the lino she uses which is a natural product reclaimed from Soviet era buildings. It is softer than the Hessian backed lino we have access to and can be cut without using a hotplate. It is also not in the least brittle which enables Olesya to get the high level of detail in her work. The workshop was fascinating and several members are now trying out the lino. Olesya will receive a proof from each print created.

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