Exhibition of original prints inspired by the Schwemberger Archive on display now in Unit 4, Bloomfield Shopping Centre, Bangor.

A catalogue containing 30 photographs taken by Shwemberger is available for purchase at £5.00 incl p&p. Please pay using the button below and include your postal address. 

The prints in this exhibition are for sale and exist as editioned works. If you are interested in any of the prints please contact the SPW office to ascertain the price and if more from the edition are available. 02891460595

RESPONSE background

During October 2005 our former Director travelled to Peoria, Arizona to tour an exhibition of work by artists andcraftspeople from Ards in Northern Ireland. A strong cultural connection had been forged
between those two areas by way of an active and lively Sister City exchange programme.
On an earlier visit he had been fortunate to be introduced to Rob Taylor, Chair of
Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance at Arizona State University by Andre Licardi the then
Director of Arts Education for the City of Peoria. They met again to discuss possible artist in
residence programmes. Rob mentioned his work on archiving a collection of photographs
taken at the turn of the last century by a Franciscan missionary. 

It was hoped that Seacourt Print Workshop (SPW) artist/members would be inspired to create new prints in response to the images contained in this exhibition and indeed that is exactly what happened. SPW is a printmaking resource for professional artists, which seeks to promote the art of printmaking through exhibitions, public classes and targeted outreach. The new prints created will accompany the photographic exhibition at future host venues, revealing how static records of past lives can speak to us
today through the shared experience of our common humanity. The opportunity for this response lies directly with Rob Taylor whose leadership, negotiation skills and archival diligence has secured this important collection for academic study, public access and artistic interpretation.


Courtesy of Arizona State University and St. Michaels Mission and
the Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe of the Order of Friars Minor