Written by Paul Croft for Printmaking Today Winter Issue.
PRINTMAKING IN WALES
Exciting things are afoot in Wales in the World of Printmaking!
…Pete Williams who recently completed residencies at Robert Blackburn’s Print Studio in New York (2011) and at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (2010) is something of a maverick and a pioneer when it comes to printmaking and sculpture. Williams has a reputation for being pro-active and for getting printmaking literally out on to the streets as occurred for The Wales Millennium Centre Hoarding Project and the series of extraordinarily large woodcuts that ended up cladding the Hetherwick pods at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
The Print Market Project located just a block down from Cardiff Printmakers started off as The Print Market Workshop in 1997. Originally housed at The Chapter Arts Centre, the studio run by Pete Williams has since moved to a refurbished nineteenth century barn across the road in Market Street. At this studio he has managed to develop an unique space for collaborative projects that range from graphic art through sculpture to installation and performance. As well as providing excellent facilities for etching, relief printing, screenprinting and lithography – there is also space inside and out for construction, carving and welding to occur.
For Pete Williams ‘the real emphasis of the studio is to provide a professional platform, where like minded artists can make work that has an element of print within it ,no matter how remote’. The studio thus provides workshops and classes on the more unusual forms of printmaking such as large-scale woodcut, solar plate etching and screenprinting on to vertical surfaces. The workshop is also one of the few spaces in Wales to offer full collaborative editioning and recent collaborations have included Tim Davis’s suite of screenprints for the Venice Biennale; Mark Gubb’s prints that used burnt ash for ink and a number of etchings by Phillip Sutton that are due to be printed in the near future. Stephanie Turnbull who trained at Tamarind has become technical assistant and recently she helped print for Claire Woods for the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield.
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