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20 Years @ SPW

This exhibition illustrates  a timeline of artistic activity and a journey of discovery and innovation through the medium of print.

Artists have worked with Swansea Print Workshop on many levels

  • Members | we have a comprehensive range of membership options open to everyone 
  • Invited Artists | Sharing expertise and experience with other artists has been extremely valuable in the development of the workshop
  • Artists in residence | we have benifited enormously from support from the Arts Council of Wales to bring artists to the workshop for long term projects
  • Workshop leaders | we provide a wide range of workshops at every level | etching, aquatint, collagraph, screenprint, photoetch, photoscreenprint, cyanotype, monotype, woodcuts,linocuts
  • Workshop participants | we have worked extensively with a wide range of artists and community groups in South Wales. We have had a particular interest  in working with school-age students  in drawing and printmaking projects with substantial support from the Arts and ICT project in the local authority. You will see some of this work in the exhibition
  • Collaborative projects and exchanges | working with other printmaking groups has been very important. successfule projects with members of Edinburgh Printmakers, Spike Island, Cork Printmakers, Aberystwyth Printmakers, Cardiff and Wrexham
  • Exhibitions | these have been an important focus for our membership. We have also curated invited artists exhibitions such as our collaboration with printmakers in Pakistan.
  • Sponsors | Many artists from across Wales have helped along the way to raise funds. In 2000 there was a shortfall in the costs of refurbishing the building. Printmakers across Wales were asked to donate a print/ drawing and the necessary £5000 was raised. Others also gave work to the print auction held in 2004.

This is a collection of prints by some of these artists illustrating the breadth of creative opportunities offered by printmaking processes.

Printmaking methods continue to evolve both as a means to expand creative horizons and also as a movement away from the use of the toxic and harmful substances traditionally associated with etchants, inks and processing chemicals.

This on line exhibition is also a testament to those artists, staff and volunteers, past and present, whose contributions have made it possible to sustain this workshop over the twenty years of its history.

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