Parisian Printmakers visit Seacourt

 Alice Gauthier and Rob Miles

Alice Gauthier and Rob Miles

Two artists have travelled from Paris to spend three weeks at Seacourt: The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking in Bangor. Rob Miles and fellow lithographer Alice Gauthier spent their time creating a new collection of original prints. The visit took place as part of Seacourt’s Self Arranged Residency initiative which allows professional printmakers access the widest range of print techniques in Ireland in exchange for a talk and workshop.

We are pleased that artists from outside the UK choose to visit our facility based on our growing, international reputation. Rob and Alice are very talented artists who graciously shared their knowledge of lithography with our members. We are sure these cultural exchange opportunities support our members in learning new techniques and developing their skills. Rob and Alice’s visit was also timely in that in coincided with our International Mini Print Biennial, which contains 233 original prints by artists from 30 countries. This exhibition gives the public a rare opportunity to experience printmaking on a global scale. 

Seacourt’s Self Arranged Residencies are interdisciplinary and welcome artists across all art forms. This month there will be visits by Susanna Shearman a writer, Christine Jiallo a jeweller and Mervi Viitajylhä a puppeteer; all from Finland. Also in May, lithographer Joseph Shores will visit from New Orleans will visit. During August Brian D Cohen from Vermont will be here and in September Dominic Valencia from Arizona will be at Seacourt for two months.




An exhibition of original prints by 233 artists from 30 countries opens its doors on Thursday 14th in Seacourt: The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking , Bangor at 7.00pm. The exhibition is the 2nd International Mini Print Biennial to be held at the world renowned artist resource and offers visitors a real insight into the art of printmaking across the globe.

We have had an outstanding response to our Mini Print Biennial this year. Participating artists have increased by almost 100 on our previous exhibition two years ago. We have received high quality etchings, lithographs and relief prints from skilled printmakers from many countries including a number from Iran for the first time. We would encourage everyone to take this opportunity to visit our gallery to experience this astounding collection of original prints.

For this exhibition artists were asked to create an original print on a piece of 20cm x 20 cm paper exploring any theme and using any printmaking technique.  Original prints are made by hand, using processes that have a long history within art traditions. The exhibition continues to the 20th May. For further details contact Seacourt on 92460595 or email

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’.

For the past number of years Seacourt has engaged with a range of individuals who are categorised as belonging to marginalised groups and who are involved with agencies and service providers within those designations. Many speak of the frustration of being solely identified through their illness or medical condition.

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.  It was originally intended that we would host a major symposium in 2017 at which the finding from the project will be reported. It was subsequently agreed that the key messages from our projects would have more impact and be disseminated to a much larger audience if we used social and visual technology to report on our work.  With this in mind we hope to upload a video in late Autumn 2017 or early Spring 2018.

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 or 02891460595.

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 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  or telephone 02891 460595.


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.

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 


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, 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 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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