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Belfast Print Workshop

Celebrating 35 years of Prints

  • Friday, August 26, 2011 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • On View: August 26, 2011 – October 15, 2011

This thought-provoking exhibition encompasses a myriad of techniques and perspectives expressed through works by current and past members during the tumultuous recent history of Northern Ireland.

Highpoint Center for Printmaking is proud to be the first venue in the United States to exhibit works from Northern Ireland’s esteemed Belfast PrintWorkshop. The exhibition features prints from thirty printmakers spanning the 35-year history of the organization and its community. This thought-provoking exhibition encompasses a myriad of techniques and perspectives expressed through works by current and past members during the tumultuous recent history of Northern Ireland.

Jeremy Lund, long-time HP co-op member, curated this show. Here are his comments about the project:

“Belfast PrintWorkshop, Celebrating 35 years of Prints, is an exhibition idea that came about during my month-long residency in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2007. This residency, organized by North Star, was intended to bring together artists from Minnesota and Northern Ireland in an effort to promote an exchange of culture, creative ideas, and artistic processes. Belfast PrintWorkshop has a print cooperative, exhibition space, and classes set up quite similar to Highpoint. It also provides resources for artists-in-residence to create prints that are exhibited at the end of their month long stay.

During my stay in Belfast, collaboration was talked about often with many of the artists interested in an exhibition exchange. Collaborative approaches in printmaking are essential, and this potential opportunity to make an exchange of artwork internationally was met with optimism. The exhibition took its current form this spring thanks to the efforts made by the directors and exhibition staff of both print centers.

Celebrating 35 years of Prints, is comprised of artworks from the current co- op members of BPW as well as artworks from the archives of BPW that were created by artists during their residencies. The artwork is a testament to the collaborative efforts of artists and their will to build a creative community that is engaged locally and internationally.

My thanks and appreciation to the co-op members, board members, exhibitions coordinators, and directors of Highpoint Center for Printmaking and Belfast PrintWorkshop for the creation and fulfillment of this exhibition.”

About the Belfast PrintWorkshop: The Belfast PrintWorkshop, located in the Cotton Court, a former Bonded Warehouse, in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter in central Belfast, is the largest space in the North of Ireland where professional printmakers can share facilities, materials and ideas with each other. Member artists have the opportunity to sell their prints through an integrated gallery and online to a worldwide audience. To learn more visit bpw.org.uk/

The exhibition includes works by:

  • T. Carr
  • John Carson
  • Majella Clancy
  • Richard Croft
  • David Crone
  • Sarah Crooks
  • Órlaith Cullinane
  • Colin Davis
  • Karen Daye-Hutchinson
  • Diarmuid DeLargey
  • Norman Fraser
  • Ivan Frew
  • Terence Gravett
  • Michael Hart
  • Ray Henshaw
  • Brian Magee
  • Claire Morgan
  • Clement McAleer
  • Marg Mc Ardell
  • Josephine McCormick
  • Hugh McDonald
  • John McMillan
  • Simon McWilliams
  • James Millar
  • Gill Nawl
  • Hughie O’Donaghue
  • Helen Paisley
  • Bill Penney
  • William White