Artwalk Showcases National Print Exchange

26 May 2015

The Art House will play host to a national touring exhibition of creative prints. The annual 20:20 Print Exchange Exhibition visits Wakefield later this month (27th) to coincide with May’s Artwalk.

Work from 20 of The Art House’s resident creatives will join over 500 prints from a selection of artists from studios across the UK. The exhibition will show in Wakefield as part of an on-going continuing tour of UK cities.

Local artists whose work features in the exhibition include Amy Lilley, Ali Appleby, Rachel Richardson, Dave Foley, Helen Riddle, Mary Duggan, Teddi Coutts, Chloe Smith, Tracey Abraham, Hilary Hume, Ian Smith, Terry Lister and Carrie Scott-Huby.

Delivered in partnership with Salford-based Hot Bed Press, the 20:20 Print Exchange encourages artists to submit work in a variety of print mediums; from letter press and laser etching through to wood engraving and traditional print processes. Prints are then exchanged between workshops and their artists after the tour has been completed.

Local artist Amy Lilley – who has been co-ordinating The Art House’s 20:20 Exhibition with fellow printmaker, Ali Appleby comments:

  "We’re so pleased that prints from The Art House’s artists will once again be a part of a celebrated national show. This is an exciting opportunity for local artists to have their work exhibited nationally and is a chance for those attending The Artwalk to get a real sense of the variety and diversity of work produced by Printmakers across the UK.”

Now in its fifth year the 20:20 Print Exchange tour for 2015 will be shown in Wakefield before travelling to Belfast Print Workshop.

As part of the May Artwalk, The Old Library Studios will also open its doors. Introducing the new studio holders including local painters, ceramicists, printmakers and photographers The Art House will showcase what goes on behind the scenes at Wakefield’s newest hub for artists, creativity and invention.

This will be the first time that visitors will get to see the Old Library on Drury Lane in use following the completion of its recent £3m redevelopment.

Stuart Tulloch, Artistic Director at The Art House, will also share his vision for the future, inviting guests to take a hands on approach in shaping and supporting up and coming plans. He explained today

“We have some ideas and a vision for the future of The Art House and we’re now ready to share that vision with the public. I’m inviting people to The Art House on Artwalk night to come and chat to us about how they can be part of shaping the future of the organisation. I hope it will start some interesting conversations.”

The 20:20 Print Exchange takes place at Fell House and members of the public can also drop in at The Old Library Studios as part of Wakefield’s Artwalk on Wednesday 27 May, 5pm – 9pm.

For more information visit The Art House’s website