Our Court Room Gallery plays host to an exhibition of original works by the Sheffield Printmakers, a collective of local artist working in a wide variety of techniques. Each print is a unique work of art- printmaking is the art of making an image by transfer of ink from one medium to another. There is a common misconception that prints are copies of a ‘real’ artwork. Not so, printmaking is a unique medium and each one is utterly unique in character.
An original fine art print is an image on paper which may be unique or form part of a limited edition but is not a commercial produced reproduction or copy. The image is created by the artist on a plate, block or screen which is covered in ink and printed onto paper either by hand or by means of a press. The image on the paper will be the reverse of the image created on the plate.
Details of our exhibiting artists, and images can be found below. Information about the Sheffield Printmakers, including how to join, can be found here.
I love making monotypes, the most painterly form of printmaking that always throws up surprises in colour, form and texture. I use them as starting points for larger painted works. I am inspired by the natural world, its restlessness and all its fluid forms and colours. I add layers of colour, sometimes making torn stencils as I go. This printing process provides a framework for my spontaneity. Although each work is unique, I make small collections based on particular themes and ideas- themes that I often revisit to discover yet more new forms. Most recently I have been making studies of the local landscape in monochrome.
I have taught art and design to children and adults, at school or in the community, and I have published two books on textile design.
‘Inprint’ Studio 11 Hull School of Art & Design 2015
Open Exhibition Ferens Art Gallery Hull 2015
‘Love’ Cooper Gallery Barnsley 2014
Place, Identity and Memory Gracefield Arts Gallery Scotland 2009-10
Japanese/European Exhibition Osaka Japan 2008
The Gasgoigne Painting Prize Harrogate 2004 Winner.
The work I make is principally in response to the natural and built environment. In a lifetime of drawing in all sorts of media I have accumulated a quantity of sketchbooks which now provide images for the creation of printing plates. My particular interest lies in collagraph which can be used to produce totally linear images, or manipulated in more painterly ways. My involvement with Sheffield Printmakers gives me the opportunity to see the wide variety of techniques practiced by other members of the group and I intend to try at least some of these techniques.
Off the Press, The workstation Sheffield 2015
Bakewell Town Hall 2015-16
Studio Eleven GAllery Hull 2015
Art in the Gardens Botanical Gardens Sheffield 2015
Tramlines Art and Craft Fair Sheffield 2015
Derbyshire Open Art Buxton 2015
Harley Gallery Open Exhibition Welbeck 2015
“Love and Devotion” exhibition Cooper Art Gallery Barnsley 2015
Yorkshire Cancer Research Art Show University of Sheffield 2014
As a mixed media artist and photographer i practice limited edition printmaking, sometimes stand-alone or incorporated into other works. I use a variety of printmaking techniques including linocut, woodcut, etching, collagraph and silkscreen. I print onto various paper surfaces: handmade, Japanese and traditional. I sometimes print onto or collage my own hand made paper and also include organic material or my own photographs.
I took my inspiration from the written word as a child; visual art came in middle life culminating in an Access course in Art and Design at Chesterfield College of Art. Real places visited and photographed evoke certain memories, thoughts and feelings. I express these and the essential elements of place and time in my work. Words and phrases often inspire and are sometimes included in my art.
Great Sheffield Art Show Octagon Sheffield 2001-2014
Art in the Gardens Botanical Gardens Sheffield 2006-2015
West Studios Chesterfield Alumni Exhibition 2015
Off the Shelf Print Festival Sheffield 2014
Cooper Gallery Barnsley 2014
National Photographic Competition Institute of Civil Engineers Yorkshire & Humberside Winning Photograph of a listed building.
A. Rosemary Watson
“…time is always time “Time present and time past
And place is always and only place Are both perhaps present in time future
And what is actual is actual only for one time And time future contained in time past.”
And only for one place.”
Ash Wednesday T S Eliot Burnt Norton Four Quartets T S Eliot
2009 – 2014 Visiting Specialist Lecturer Faculty of Development & Society Sheffield Hallam University
2008 – 2009 Visiting Life Drawing Tutor Faculty of Development & Society Sheffield Hallam University
1989 – 2015 Adult Education Tutor for Workers Educational Association Sheffield – General and Life Drawing and Painting
1990 – 2016 Private Workshops for adults – Drawing and Painting Landscape; Life Figure Drawing and Painting; Printmaking (monoprint drypoint etching; Private and Public Workshops; 1:1 sessions – by arrangement
2013 – 2016 Sheffield Printmakers Founding Member Committee Member Exhibitions + Print Festival Organiser + Curator
2007 – 2010 Yorkshire Artspace Society Curatorial Committee Member
2004 – 2009 Yorkshire Artspace Society Spaceholder Committee Member
2013 – 2016 Sheffield Hallam University Space and Place Research Group Member
2016 35th Mini Print Internacional de Cadaques L’Etang d’Art Gallery Bages France
2015 – 2016 Sheffield Printmakers Town Hall Bakewell
2015 5th Sheffield International Artists Book Prize Exhibition Bank Street Arts Sheffield
2015 35th Mini Print Internacional de Cadaques Girona Spain
2015 Inspired by the Written Word 2nd Off the Press Print Pestival Workstation Sheffield
2015 Inprint Studio Eleven Gallery Hull
2015 35th Mini Print Internacional de Cadaques Wingfieldbarns Wingfield Suffolk
2015 Prints and Plates Cupola Gallery Sheffield
2015 Harley Open Harley Gallery Welbeck Nottinghamshire
2015 Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow) Cupola Gallery Sheffield
2015 Love SheffieldPrintmakers Cooper Gallery Barnsley
2014 Inspired by the Written Word Off the Press Print Pestival Workstation Sheffield
2014 Sheffield Printmakers Studio Eleven Gallery Hull
2014 8th British International Miniprint Exhibition The Civic Barnsley
2013 4th Sheffield International Artists Book Prize Exhibition Bank Street Arts Sheffield
2004 South Yorkshire Open Art Exhibition Commended
2003 South Yorkshire Open Art Exhibition Highly Commended
2002 South Yorkshire Open Art Exhibition Highly Commended
2006 Arts Council England-Yorkshire research and development of creative practice – printmaking
Although I had done a little lino printing at school and used that and potato printing teaching primary children, I only became interested in printmaking through my Access to Art course, 15 years ago. My work is often influenced by my interest in folk stories, folk art and prehistoric carvings. My practice encompasses all types of printmaking techniques and often combines more than one.
Art in the Gardens Botanical Gardens Sheffield 2015
Studio Eleven Biennial Hull 2015
Creative Connections Cooper Gallery Barnsley 2015
Knotjuststitch textile & print Gage Gallery 2014
Sheffield Printmakers Workstation Sheffield 2013, 2014
Studio 11 Hull 2014
Blue Moon Cafe Sheffield 2014
South Yorkshire Open 2012
Great Sheffield Art Show 2012, 2013
I am inspired by natural objects and forms, preferring the rugged forms and flowing lines found in rural landscapes and nature. Living in Sheffield, I am close to the Peak District and regularly make use of this for inspiration. Other subjects include flowers, pebbles, coast and shoreline, rocks and mountains.
I have painted for many years using a variety of media including watercolour, pastels, aquarelle pencils, acrylics, and oils. More recently I tried Printmaking and this is now the current focus of my artistic practice. I use linocut, collagraph and drypoint printmaking techniques.
When using Printmaking to represent the landscape, I find that Linocut with its lines and cut edges lends itself to depicting the rocky outcrops, paths and edges in the landscape. Collagraph offers a chance to explore textures and form. The intaglio lines and marks on a Drypoint plate give structure and backbone to the rocks and edges, with additional inking on top to give unique colour variations and character in the landscape. My experiences with painting influences the way that I mix my colours for printmaking, and explore light and tone in my prints. I enjoy experimenting with variations in colour and ink application in order to reflect mood and atmosphere in the subject. I utilise many similar thought processes when mixing inks for colour, or applying the ink to the plate, as I would when applying paint to canvas or paper. I continue to paint as part of my art practice, and I feel that both my painting and printmaking influence and benefit each other.
My work has been exhibited in galleries Sheffield, Buxton, Macclesfield and Hull. To see more, click here.I am a member of Sheffield Printmakers.
Open Up Sheffield – Open Studios at the Lodge House, Sheffield 2016
Derbyshire Open Arts – The Old Station Gallery, Rowsley Derbyshire 2016
Exhibition – Heeley City Farm Café 1st July – 31st Aug 2016
2016 – Walkley Edge Artists at Blue Moon Cafe, Sheffield
2015 – Macclesfield Open Art Exhibition, The Silk Museum Macclesfield
2015 – Off the Press,Sheffield Printmakers, The Workstation, Sheffield
2015 – Inprint Bienniale, Hull
2015 – The Derbyshire Open Art Competition – Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
2015 – Prints and Plates, Cupola Gallery
2015 – The Ferens Gallery Open Exhibition Hull
2015 – “Love” at the Cooper gallery Barnsley with Sheffield Printmakers
2014 – Workstation – Off the Press – Sheffield Printmakers
2014 – Easy Squeeze – Annual Affordable print Exhibition
2014 – The 2014 Derbyshire Open Art Competition – Buxton
2014 – Blue Moon Cafe – Sheffield Printmakers
I am an artist living and working in Sheffield. Currently I am concentrating on printmaking, mostly lino cut prints. I always enjoy the physical process of carving and cutting the lino block, allowing the different cutters to produce marks and textures to build up the final design. I apply inks in thin layers, producing subtle gradations in colour within each layer of printing. I also enjoy experimenting with printing onto different papers, combining watercolour, gesso and digital giclee print to create interesting surfaces. These mixed media prints are individual unique pieces.
I am a member of the Sheffield Printmakers group, and have participated in group exhibition with them in Sheffield and beyond. To find out more, click here.
Dreams: Hurt, Hope & Happiness City Arts Nottingham 2015
Prints and Plates Cupola Gallery Sheffield 2015
Creative Connections Cooper Gallery Barnsley 2015
Open Exhibition Harley Gallery Welbeck 2015
Inspired by the Written Word The Workstation Sheffield 2014
Celebrating Print: Sheffield Printmakers Blue Moon Cafe Sheffield 2014
Water Print: Sheffield Printmakers The Workstation 2013
Portland Works Group Exhibition Sheffield 2012
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I am a visual artist who uses print as my main source of creating work. I work in various print media because it gives me greater opportunity to experiment and be creative.First there is designing the plate:whether from a real scene or an invented one. Second is deciding the process and technique and the making of the plate. Finally the third creative opportunity is in the inking, which gives me a wealth of chances to explore colour, the image and various inking processes.
Creswell Crags Harley Gallery Open Prize Winner 2013
Cooper Gallery Friends of the Gallery South Yorkshire Open Award Winner, 2012
Chair & Co-founder, Sheffield Printmakers
Peter runs printmaking workshops in a variety of techniques and experience. For more information, click here.