Modern Makers 2019

Modern Makers 2019 - A focus on the craft of printmaking

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Photo by Colin Tennant (taken at Colin Blanchard's studio, Spring Fling 2018)
Photo by Colin Tennant (taken at Colin Blanchard's studio, Spring Fling 2018)

Modern Makers is a programme which allows a small group of young people to learn craft skills from established makers.

This year’s programme will focus on paper and print, enabling six young people from D&G will explore traditional techniques in printmaking.  This programme will blur the lines between visual art and craft which reflects current contemporary practice and can open up interesting discussion around where the boundaries lie. The group will develop work along a theme of their choosing towards the creation of either a one-off hand printed artist book, which could be collaborative bringing together all the participants work into book form or a suite of prints which would be exhibited at the end of the programme. 

This year the Modern Makers participants will work with three printmakers based in Dumfries & Galloway, rather than just one. Time will be split between each maker to allow the exploration of various printmaking techniques and approaches. Visits to other printmakers within the region will also take place, giving an insight into different practices.

The three lead artists are Hugh Bryden (specialising in linocut, drypoint and artist books), Pamela Grace (specialising in etching and lithography) and Colin Blanchard (specialising in screen printing and linocut).

 The 2019 programme is funded by The Holywood Trust, the William Grant Foundation and Creative Scotland.