Hot off the press: Exhibition 2017

The organisers of Exhibition 2017 are delighted that David Harban and Paul Hipkiss have accepted our invitation to exhibit their fascinating work with us this year. Members of the Midland Printmakers group and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA), David and Paul are the first printmakers to be invited to take the role of guest artists at the Exhibition. Their distinctive prints and etchings will be on show in the drama studio at Church Stretton School. The Opening Night is Monday 31 July 2017 at 7.30pm, entry £2.50 to include a glass of wine or juice.

David Harban

Woodland Walk by David Harban

David, a print-maker since 1999, experiments with every image he creates. He exhibits widely and has won many prestigious prizes, including the Intaglio Printmaker Prize for 2016 at the RBSA. David’s etchings are created on copper plate using traditional and contemporary processes then individually hand printed on a traditional etching press.

At the free Meet the Artist session on 12 August from 2pm to 4pm, David will explain and illustrate the different print processes he uses. All are welcome to drop in to chat to him about his work. His inspiration is hugely varied, from mountains, rocks and trees to cathedrals and cityscapes.

Paul Hipkiss

Hill Farm near Cadair, linocut by Paul Hipkiss

Paul was described recently as:”One of the foremost British linocut artists of today”. He exhibits locally and nationally. His work has featured in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition four times. Paul makes both relief and intaglio prints, often inspired by the industrial environment around his home in the Black Country. A recent series of prints, “Mountains and Moorlands”, was inspired by the natural landscape and industrial heritage of North Wales.

In a free session on Saturday 5 August from 2pm to 4pm, Paul will demonstrate how he creates his prints. And he will lead an all day Lino-cutting Workshop on Wednesday 9 August. It should be great fun as the printing will be carried out not on a printing press but with a wooden spoon. No experience required!

Di Purser

A real friend of the Exhibition, a regular exhibitor and a former guest artist, Di will lead an all day Art Workshop on Thursday 3 August. Participants will be guided in the use of acrylic inks to create interesting effects both in their own right and to enhance watercolour and acrylic paintings.  Di will demonstrate how to work imaginatively with coloured inks and give participants time to experiment, using not just brushes and pens, but lollipop sticks, credit cards and sponges too. No experience required!

More space – more exhibits – extra workshops

We are also delighted to report an expansion of space to accommodate the increased number of craft exhibits which may be entered. Last year saw a wonderful variety of work – textile art, metal work, ceramics, woodwork, jewellery, leather work – and we are hoping this year to have an even more impressive display spread over two rooms.  And, of course, that is in addition to the usual large and very popular displays of art and photography.

Displays of student art work from St Lawrence CE Primary School and Church Stretton School will again form part of this year’s Exhibition.

Children’s workshops

There will be two half day workshops for young people aged 7 to 13 years on Friday 4 August. The workshops, led by staff from Scrappies, will be held at Church Stretton Library. Our beautiful local landscape will form the inspiration for creating collage and 3D work using Scrappies’ recycled materials.

Application forms for all our workshops are available to download and print here. Look out locally for the Exhibition and Children’s workshop flyers which include the forms. Applications and payment must be made by post; places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.    

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Information for artists, designer makers and photographers who wish to exhibit in 2017.