Monday, 8 October 2012

Save Stockport Art Gallery!

Stockport Council is planning to close Stockport Art Gallery & War Memorial during the week, instead they propose to open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons only. The council will also end temporary and community exhibitions at Stockport Art Gallery & War Memorial, which it has done since opening in 1925.
SKarts have revitalised the Stockport Open Contemporary exhibition in the last few years - and fear that this will be the death of the gallery because there will be nothing to draw the public to it. It is also an issue of great regional importance because Stockport Art Gallery & War Memorial is one of the few public galleries in the region where emergent artists can exhibit their work. As someone who has benefited from the chance to exhibit, I would love to see Stockport Council review this plan and support local art and artisits.

20:20 Print Exchange preparations

It's a fantastic relief to know that I my edition of 25 linocut prints for this year's 20:20 Print Exchange are completed and drying happily. I chose to make life a little more challenging - so this year my design is in 3 colours - on 3 plates.

I've included below a test print in a different colourway - and some views of the earlier stages. The print is called 'Hideaway' and is based on a sketch I made of a small cottage by the sea on the North Pembrokeshire coast. I hope you like it!

Stage 1 and 2 are shown below: