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.

The 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. 

Full programme available at

Teppong Hongsrimuang and Jakkee Kongkaew Exhibition

Jakkee Kongkaew, woodcut

Jakkee Kongkaew, woodcut

9th June - 22nd July 2016

This is the first UK exhibition by Thai artists Teppong Hongsrimuang and Jakkee Kongkaew. Both artists create large scale woodcuts focusing on detailed observations of everyday life and landscape. Hongsrimuang has won numerous awards for his social realist depictions of temporary shacks that house construction workers on building sites. He seeks to reveal the labourer camp’s human stories through the careful rendering of objects which reveal the cultural origin of the workers, many of whom travel from the countryside to find employment. Utilising only tone Hongsrimuang manages to give the corrugated tin shacks a monumental quality, reflective of his respect for the workers who live in them.

Jakkee Kongkaew’s approach to woodcut is informed by master printer Prayat Pongdam who’s works explored nature, folk cultures and the Thai rural spirit. For Kongkaew each minute detail contains within it a beauty reflective of the whole. This is illustrated in ‘The Aesthetic of a Cliff’. These cliffs can be seen in almost every Thailand area and are a sign that the stone mining industry has scarred and disfigured the rock surface through the practice of detonated explosions. This mining feeds the construction industry’s appetite for earth materials to meet the demands of the expansive population growth and economic development.

Kongkaew states, “The resources from nature were always brought to make life more comfortable and better for humans. Yet humans forget the importance of nature and how we totally depend on it like a child depends on its mother. In my eyes, the cliffs are always full of the beauty of harmony and texture within the layers of stone. I see a miracle of nature in that the cliff reveals the deep history of the past. I like to engrave the smallest lines by the smallest tool, making a pattern and texture from the cliff in a semi-abstract style. Finally, I want my audiences to realise the importance of nature and saving the natural resources.”

Teppong Hongsrimuang obtained a B.F.A from the Faculty of Fine Arts Printmaking at Chiang Mai University. Exhibitions include The 30th Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Artists (2013), The 1st Exhibition BAM cultural heritage of Lanna (2013), The 6th Group Exhibition “Print as Prints”(2013), The 3rd White Elephant Art Award “My Homeland” (2014) and International Print Biennial Łódź, Poland (2016). Awards include - Support Award: The 30th Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Artists (2014) - honoured for outstanding in the field of printmaking. Faculty of Fine Arts; Winner of the contest: The 1st Exhibition BAM cultural heritage of Lanna (2014) - Award Contest: Sriracha livable City (2014); 2nd Prize (Silver Medal) The 31st Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Artists (2015) Support Award of Krung Thai Bank: The 60th National Exhibition of Art Thailand (2015), Winner of the contest: The 2st Exhibition BAM cultural heritage of Lanna (2015). Support Award of Krung Thai Bank: The 61th National Exhibition of Art Thailand (2016)

Jakkee Kongkaew studied B.F.A. in Printmaking, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chiang Mai University. He is currently studying for an M.F.A. in Visual Arts (Printmaking), Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. He has been awarded the Silver Medal Award 59th National Art Exhibition of Thailand; Second Prize Krung Thai Support Award 60th National Art Exhibition of Thailand, The Second Runner Up Award in Good Agriculture Good Kingdom Life Art Exhibition from Kasetsart University; First Runner Up Award 1st Krung Thai Bank Art Exhibition, Complimentary Award 2rd and 3rd White Elephant Art Exhibition, Bronze Medal Award” UOB Painting of the Year from UOB Bank.

This exhibition represents Seacourt’s commitment to raise the profile of contemporary printmaking by exhibiting high quality work by international artists. The exhibition opens on the 9th June and continues to the 22nd July. Gallery times 9.30-4.30 Monday – Friday. Saturdays by appointment


Eden's Blueprint at Clotworthy House, Antrim

Steph Harrison - Cyanotype

Steph Harrison - Cyanotype

Eden's Blueprint, an exhibition of original prints inspired by the historic site of Antrim Castle, will open on the 5th June at the Oriel Gallery and continue through July. This partnership project is with Clotworthy House Art Centre in Antrim. Antrim Castle Gardens are of the most unique and historically intact gardens in the UK and throughout Ireland. The former seat of the Skeffington family, Viscounts Massereene and Ferrard, Antrim Castle occupied its imposing setting on the banks of the Sixmilewater River since 1610. The family began laying out the gardens in the 17th century. While the castle itself was destroyed by fire in 1922 the principal Anglo-Dutch water features of the gardens, though somewhat neglected, have remained largely intact. These unique historic gardens, located close to Antrim town centre, recently underwent a major programme of works to restore many of the key features dating back to the late 17th century. The Heritage Lottery Fund’s recognition of Antrim Castle Garden’s historical significance provided the impetus for Antrim Borough Council to undertake what was the biggest garden restoration project seen in Northern Ireland.

Original Prints at Belfast International Airport

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Dine Tsosi, last of the Navajo war chiefs. Courtesy of Arizona State University and St. Michaels Mission and the Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe of the Order of Friars Minor


Over the next year Belfast International Airport is hosting a series of exhibitions of original prints created by members of Seacourt: The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking. Commencing with 'Response', which presents images inspired by a collection of photographs documenting Native Americans from 1902, the venue will enable 4,000,000 visitors per year to experience original prints.

This is a fantastic opportunity for our members to share their prints with a large audience. Seacourt has a strong record of exhibiting art in non gallery settings, but this expands our audience to undreamt of proportions. We would like to thank Belfast International Airport, particularly Human Resources Manager Jaclyn Coulter,  for this support in bringing visual art to new audience.

Following on from 'Response'  a partnership project with Clotworthy House Arts Centre, Antrim 'Eden's Blueprint' will run to November. In January a new body of prints based on a theme suggested by Belfast International Airport will be launched.

Seacourt Forges New International Links

Mervi Viitajylha, Christine Jalio and Susanna Shearman

Mervi Viitajylha, Christine Jalio and Susanna Shearman

Three artists have travelled from Finland to take part in Seacourt’s first interdisciplinary residency. Susanna Shearman (writer), Christine Jalio (jeweller) and Mervi Viitajylha (set designer/prop maker) will be in Bangor from 17 - 25 May to work on a film exploring cultural responses to bereavement and grieving. They are hoping that local people will be willing to assist by providing them with objects of sentimental value and the stories behind them to include in the film. All objects will be returned of course.

Seacourt prides itself on its international relationships and has added Finland to existing links with Arizona, Washington DC and New Zealand. Several Seacourt members will take part in residencies at Cultural Centre Vanha Paukku, Finland this year.  Seacourt’s Self Arranged Residencies are interdisciplinary and welcome artists across all art forms. This month lithographer Joseph Sores will visit from New Orleans and in August Brian D Cohen will visit from Washington State. Dominic Valencia will visit from Arizona for two months beginning in September. Currently an exhibition of small prints by 233 artists from 30 countries is being exhibited at The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking in Balloo Industrial Units. This International Mini Print Biennial continues to the 27th May. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 9.30 – 4.30 daily. Saturday access can be arranged by appointment.

For further details contact or 02891460595.


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