The 8th British International Mini Print Exhibition at Leamington Spa Art Gallery

By Sarah Jackson | 05 August 2013

Exhibition preview: 8th British International Mini Print Exhibition, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Leamington Spa, until October 6 2013

Laura Weston, Seven Birds
© Laura Weston
The challenge set by the Printmakers Council sounds simple, but in reality it is surprisingly difficult: create an easily readable and strong print on a rectangle of eight by ten centimetres.

The 8th British International Mini Print Exhibition will tour about 200 of these small prints, selected by open competition from more than 1,000 international entries along with ten larger prints from distinguished artists, including Morgan Doyle, Wuon Gean Ho, Maggi Hambling and Eve Kask.

This is the second of the mini print exhibitions managed by the Printmaker’s Council, the national organization of UK printmakers.

After a call for entries was made in the spring of 2011, over 400 artists from 39 countries were received. The final selection was made by Gill Saunders, Senior Print Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, David Ferry, Head of Printmaking at Cardiff School of Art and Design, and Michael Kennedy, Chair of the 7th British International Mini Print Exhibition.

The aim of the exhibition is to create a selection of contemporary fine art prints that showcase a broad range of high quality works. Gill Saunders commented on the demands of the task, saying, “Working on a small scale demands control and focus, to produce something which invites an intimacy between artist and audience, or something which has a visual impact out of proportion to its size”.

With no other brief other than the print’s size, artists have been able to let their creativity roam wild, with everything from traditional naturalistic portraits to abstract contemporary concerns.

A varied range of techniques has also been employed with fine examples of more traditional skills such as mezzotints to the very latest experimental and digital techniques.

Several prizes will also be awarded, including as editorial feature in Printmaking Today, as well as awards donated by Artichoke Studio, Ochre Print Studio, Printroom, St Cuthberts Mill and the Printmakers Council itself.

After opening at the London Print Studio in 2012, the exhibition has been touring galleries throughout the UK. After its current run at Leamington Spa Art Gallery, it will appear at Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent (5th Novermber to 21st December, 2013), and the Gallery at the Civic, Barnsley, (13th January to 28th February, 2014).

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Alice Zwarts, Sail
© Alice Zwarts
The 8th British International Mini Print Exhibition at Leamington Spa Art Gallery.
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