Editions: the Print Show

  • Opens: 20 January 2024
  • Closes: 12 February 2024
  • Where: Gallery 1, Gallery 2

Our opening exhibition of 2024 is a celebration of all printmaking techniques, to include wood and lino printing, collagraphs, etchings and giclée by a collective of regional artists with a real focus on the editioning process.

Editions is not your usual exhibition, you will be able to explore an incredible range of prints created using these various techniques, but the artists are also inviting you behind the scenes to understand and even take part in the processes used in printmaking. Some artists will be exhbiting the various plates and materials that make the magical and addicitive 'peel and reveals' happen. Meet the artists that will be exhibiting. In addition to the prints on the walls of the exhibition there will be a large selection of browser prints and a range of ‘seconds’ available, to showcase the prints that didn’t quite make the grade to become part of editioned runs. 

Throughout the exhibition the artists be running workshops for you to take part in and explore printmaking in more depth. There are drop-in workshops where you can just turn up and have a go along with workshops you'll need to book on with limited spaces, please check the workshop details below.

Bid for Hugh Ribban's Elephant Ride

 

Thanks to the generosity of print legend @hughribbans you can now bid to own his unique lino cut print of ‘Elephant Ride’, an epic print with a great back story; it is so large that it had to be pressed using a steamroller!

All proceeds will support the creative work of the Horsebridge.

Read more and get bidding!

Graham Clarke portrait

We are also delighted to announce 
Editions presents: Graham Clarke 
A complimentary exhibition in Gallery 2 celebrating the outstanding work of Graham Clarke which will not only showcase a wide collection of his work, but also offers a rare insight into his inspirations, practice and processes. Read all about it.

Workshops

Take part in our drop-in and bookable workshops. Meet the artists and understand more about how their amazing prints are produced.

All of the workshops and demostrations taking place are listed below, please scroll through.

Printmaking Taster session with Rochelle Bloom

Thursday 25 January 10am - 12pm

Rochelle Bloom is a teacher/printmaker who regularly runs printmaking sessions at the Horsebridge.

As part of EDITIONS’ she will be running a one-off, taster, printmaking session where you can experience a low-fi printmaking technique that can be used in a studio or in your own kitchen.

With recycled materials, using a collagraph technique, you will be building up and cutting back layers into a ‘plate’ and use these to print beautiful pieces for you to take home and hang on your wall!

Booking essential.

FREE with a suggested donation of £10. Booking essential.

 

SOLD OUT SORRY

Live in the Gallery:
Linoprint demonstration with Tina

Saturday 27 January 2 - 4pm

Linocut Printmaker Tina Hagger of Handmade by Haggy will be in the gallery demonstrating lino cutting her current work in progress lino block, plus inking blocks and taking proof prints using the printing press.

FREE, no need to book, just drop in and see Tina at work.

Introduction to Lino cutting with Judith from Rambling Hen

Friday 2 February 10am - 2.30pm

Come and learn the basic principles of linocut printmaking by working on a 10cm square design with the aim of producing a print that you are proud of. 

Judith will guide you through all the steps from planning, transferring, carving and proofing, to printing your design, exploring different ways of mark making on lino. 

No printmaking experience required, and people of all ages and artistic abilities are welcome. 

All the tools and equipment will be provided. The workshop is designed to teach you the basic techniques for linocut printing. You will take home all the prints and blocks you make on the day as well as an information sheet on basic printmaking equipment.

Booking is essential.

Introduction to multiblock linocut with Judith from Rambling Hen

Saturday 3 February 10am - 4pm

This workshop is designed for students who want to explore making 2 - colour linocut prints. In this 6-hour workshop, you will be introduced to basic techniques for layering colours by carving multiple blocks. You will be guided through the stages of planning layers, making a registration system to line up your layers, and carving and printing 2 lino plates. 

All the tools and equipment will be provided. You will be working on a 10cm square format. You will take home your registration system, all the prints and blocks you make on the day, as well as an information sheet on basic printmaking equipment.

Booking is essential.

Live in the Studio:
Drypoint Etching Demonstration with Steve Asquith

Thursday 8 February 10am - 12noon

Join printmaker Steve as he demonstrates the advantages of drypoint etching, minimising the use of chemicals and allowing you to work directly onto the plate, either metal or plastic.

See Steve work in reverse scoring mirror image onto the plate. Scratching creates furrows which holds the ink once it is spread evenly over the whole surface of the plate.

Steve will also show how to prepare the paper, ink the plates and press the image. 

A detailed handout will be available at the demonstration

Drypoint plate

FREE, booking recommended to secure place.

SOLD OUT - SORRY

Printmaking without a press with Ann Bridges

Friday 9 February 10am - 3pm

In this workshop individual prints will be designed and printed using a collection of horse brasses as inspiration, using card, stencils and rollers. This printmaking technique doesn’t require the use of a printing press. Designs could include the family pet, favourite hobbies, a portrait, flowers, birds etc.

Participants should bring small drawn motifs, symbols or simple line sketches such as animal profiles no bigger than 6 x 6 cm square (there will be plenty of reference ideas supplied so this isn’t essential).

Bring aprons or wear old clothes (as the inks are oil-based) and bring disposable gloves if desired.

We will use craft knives.

Prints are unlikely to be dry enough to stack for taking away, so bringing a tray or some cardboard could be helpful to transport them at the end of the session.

Booking is essential.

Live in the Gallery:
Printing an etching demonstration with Catherine

Saturday 10 February 2 - 4pm

Printmaker Catherine Robinson will demonstrate the process of inking and wiping an etching plate, preparing the paper and making the final print on the press.

She will be repeating the printing process throughout the demonstration. 

FREE, no need to book, just drop in and see Catherine at work.

Amanda Ribbans

Amanda Ribbans studied graphic design at the London College of Printing. A frequent visitor to the print rooms, it was there that she enjoyed exploring screen printing, lithography and linoprinting as solutions for her projects. Shortly after graduating she secured her 'dream job' as Designer (later Senior Designer) in the studio at London’s Southbank Arts Centre. In this role she created posters and publicity for the arts, twice winning the award for ‘best poster of the year’ from the International Society for the Performing Arts. As a freelance designer she has continued to work for arts, as well as charities and education. Both her parents are printmakers, and it was the prospect of inheriting her father’s Columbian Press that prompted her to revisit relief printing. In 2018 she took a refresher course at Richmond Adult College, soon being invited to be part of the Wednesday Printmakers Group. In 2020, she and her husband built a shed in their garden; split into two, one side for her printing and the other for his ceramics. In 2021 Amanda was selected to join the Southbank Printmakers, an artist’s cooperative and gallery in London and has recently joined the Richmond Printmakers. She is constantly juggling her design work and printmaking. Although, happily sometimes the two worlds collide.

Ann Bridges

From 1995-1999 Ann studied Illustration at Yale College (Coleg Cambria) and the North Wales College of Art and Design (Glyndwr University) graduating with First Class Honours in Design. She is a member of the RCA (Royal Cambrian Academy). A two year placement at Chester Zoological Gardens as Artist in Residence provided Ann with her first studio and the opportunity to develop and broaden her practice. She has been awarded Arts Council funding for research and residency projects carried out through visual diaries, drawings and sketchbooks. Formerly based in Ruthin in North Wales Ann is now living and working in Kent. Her printmaking and drawing studio is at Second Floor Studios in Sevenoaks. Recent drawings were shortlisted for The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize in 2021 & 2023.

Ben Sands

Ben was born in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, the youngest child of parents who had emigrated from Poland in 1913. At school he was forced to write with his right-hand but was permitted to paint and draw with his left. He developed skills that won him a scholarship to The Willesden College of Art in 1934. 

By 1943 was asked to participate in WW2. He spent his war in Italy, then after National Service he enrolled at the Central School of Art, and then worked as a commercial artist in various studios, practicing skills in typography and illustration.

After he married in 1960, Ben moved to Whitstable and would in his free time typeset and print a number of Broadsheets and other items, using a small hand press.  He was devoted to producing lino-cut engravings in the decades after his retirement. Taking sketches of Whitstable views, he would produce linocuts of them; aspects of the town and people in it.

Ben contributed pictures to the national Society of Wood Engravers exhibitions, before having exhibitions of his own work in the Whitstable Museum and at the Canterbury Beaney gallery.

Beverley Johnson

I am a printmaker living and working in Aylesford with a degree in Art History. A lino cutting course in 2015 and the acquisition of an original 1860 Albion printing press proved to be turning points from which my printmaking practice has developed and flourished. My original limited edition lino prints are often based in nature and have a simple graphic Japanese feel to them. I exhibit widely including in London and the Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden. I am also represented by several galleries in Kent.

Cath Deeson

I have been printmaking for over 25 years. It’s my true love in life. I’m inspired by most things local and all things lovely, the beauty in our every day lives, the glorious in the mundane. (My print True Grit is a perfect example of this… the Brett Aggregate gritting machine that sits looming over Whitstable Harbour like a beautiful brutalist monster. Whether you love it or hate it, there is no doubt that this iconic beast is part of our landscape). This latest series I have produced is a celebration of local scenes, in particular Whitstable and Herne Bay and has been inspired by my love of Midcentury book cover designs. Saul Bass has been my biggest hero here! His style, simplicity, colour and fonts have influenced generations of designers and illustrators. I have had so much fun making them. I hope you enjoy them too!

Catherine Robinson

Catherine has a Fine Art degree at Canterbury Christ Church university, where she specialised in printmaking. She works from her studio in the garden of her home near Folkestone, printing on a 1960’s Littlejohn etching press. She exhibits regularly in both group and solo shows in galleries around Kent, and has had work shown in London, including at the Discerning Eye and Society of Wildlife Artists at the Mall Gallery, and at the Cork Street Gallery.

In 2021-22 her year-long drawing journal was exhibited at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, and in 2022 she had a solo exhibition at the Horsebridge. She will be exhibiting there again in May/June 2024 with fellow artist Helen Beeken. As well as working with a range of printmaking techniques, Catherine also makes collages using recycled prints, and papers which she has printed herself. Her recent work explores the cycles of the natural world, migration and the idiosyncrasies of human nature.

Graham Clarke

Graham Clarke is internationally renowned for his wonderfully detailed, often humorous arch-topped limited-edition etchings, produced entirely by hand from start to finish. They celebrate his love of the Kent countryside, boats and the sea, Cornwall, travel to Europe and beyond, comic misinterpretations of history, Shakespeare and much more besides. Graham sold his first work to a neighbour at the age of eight and at this point his career as an artist began. His interest in printmaking developed during his time at Beckenham School of Art and the Royal College of Art.

He set about depicting the beauty of rural life and went on to learn the process of copperplate etching enabling him to include more detail in his images. His work won him recognition from the foremost art patron of the day, Sir Kenneth Clark. In 1973 he came to public attention when his etching 'Dance by the Light of the Moon' featured in the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition where the edition sold out.

His work is now held by many collections and museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum, Tate Gallery, New York Public Library and the Hiroshima Peace Museum; but what pleases him most is that it is enjoyed in homes all over the world. The most frequent comment being, 'We've had this on our wall for years and we still keep finding something new to enjoy'. The exhibition will be an opportunity to see a selection of Graham’s work over the years alongside the paraphernalia used in his printmaking processes. It promises to be an entertaining insight into the world of Graham and his work of the past 65 years. Guaranteed to lift your spirits and make you smile.

Hugh Ribbans

At Canterbury College of Art, when I was a student in the sixties, relief printmaking (mainly lino cutting) was a major activity in the Design Department. In 1989 I bought a restored Columbian press and returned to lino and wood block printmaking. The fascination with pattern and line when cutting away with the various lino tools is a constant source of enjoyment and even an obsession. I just see things that amuse me and get the urge to turn them into a linocut. I mainly work in black and white at the moment. Sometimes with small areas of applied colour added to provide a contrast.

Jo Oakley

For the last 37 yrs and since training in Fine Art at North East London Polytechnic I have continued to pursue my own fine art practice whilst working professionally within the arts and raising a family. I am a South East Londoner but have had a deep connection with the East Kent Coast all my life. Childhood holidays set in motion my love of the Thames estuary and this is now where I live working solely on my art practice. I now have space at home for my printmaking and painting and am minutes walk away from the sea and ‘The Downs’ of Herne Bay. This beautiful unspoilt space gives constant inspiration. The connection with nature has added the ‘something’ I had been missing for a while living in London. Being aware of the seasons and developing an interest in foraging and collecting seaweed to eat as well as paint and draw. My interest and practice in printmaking has bought me in the last years to Lino. I have had a lasting fascination with the illustrations by Arthur Rackham and have collected Victorian seaside postcards for many years. Now living by the sea my imaginary world of sea dwelling folk has emerged. Aubrey Beardsley’s monochromatic line fascinates me, the form and flow. I am now exploring these lines for myself.

Judith Westrup

Judith is a self-taught printmaker. She studied A-level Art but then pursued the more ‘sensible’ career path of Speech and Language Therapy until an introductory linocut workshop saw her fall instantly and irrevocably in love with printmaking five years ago. Judith teaches and prints from her kitchen studio in Kent, using her two Victorian book presses. Judith’s work is influenced by her love of old things and historic places, and she is a keen urban explorer and licensed mudlark. She has exhibited at Lovely’s Gallery in Margate with her first solo exhibition ‘Kent-ish’ (2022). Her works ‘Pasta Jar’ and ‘Hot Stuff’ have both featured in Pressing Matters magazine.

Kate Guy

Kate Guy is a London based printmaker working with linocut and monotype.  Kate has always loved printmaking and created her first linocut when she was 6 on the Victorian Albion press in her parent’s studio at home.  
She graduated from Norwich School of Art with a degree in Graphic Design and went on to work in animation studios in London and Budapest, followed by a spell as a freelance illustrator and designer.

Kate also runs a successful textile design label ‘Kate Guy Prints’, her first designs were all linocuts based on the kitchen. She started to illustrate recipes with minimal words, just through imagery, specifically, traditional British recipes, which are reproduced in a wide range of kitchen textiles, bags and accessories. 

Kate Neame

I live and work in Wateringbury, Kent.I am inspired by the beauty of the natural world and how architecture fits into the landscape.

Ruth McDonald

Ruth McDonald Ruth’s work reflects her interest in her local woodland landscape and the sea when illuminated by failing light and the moon to expose the traces left by past inhabitants. Preferred sites are constantly revisited, re-worked and re-ordered with her explorations investigating beyond the evident as she seeks to reveal images as ciphers and signs of the unknown.

Sian Hulse

I am Sian Hulse of StreamWalkStudio and am a Whitstable-based linocut printmaker. Since discovering a love of linocut, I have showcased my work in exhibitions, licensed artwork to greeting card manufacturers and gained several stockists. My prints are characterised by dreamy colour palettes and often feature picturesque skies, dreamy landscapes, and feminine entities. I gravitate towards traditional battleship grey lino, the precision of Pfeil cutting tools and I rely on my Gunning Arts etching press to achieve beautiful ink coverage.

Steve Asquith

After taking a Degree in Communication Design at Epsom School of Art i spent most of my working life in TV and commercials production. So I came to printmaking quite late in life, by attending several Summer Schools in copper-plate etching at the Slade School of Art. I fell in love with the absolute joy of pulling a print from the press. My work tends to be mainly inspired by nature and i now use a variety of techniques including drypoint, etching and linocuts.

Tina Hagger

Tina Hagger is a Linocut Printmaker based in Faversham in Kent. She started linocut printmaking after being bought a workshop session as a gift. Unlike many people, she had never linocut at school, and so had no previous experience, but instantly fell in love with the method and process. She loves the style and texture of linocut prints; particularly in contrast to the abundance of digital images we now see everywhere. She also loves the manual nature of linocutting and the anticipation and excitement when the first print is revealed off her Victorian Book Press! She is heavily influenced by the county of her birth, Kent, and its beautiful countryside. She particularly loves a wander in the North Kent marshes.

Zoe Cloke

Zoe Cloke is a Herne based artist and printmaker working mainly in linocut and digital giclée prints under the name of Leave Me Hanging. This is Zoe's return to exhibiting after needing to step away in 2022. Zoe tells a story in the work she creates, inspired by moments in life and draws on a quote above a museum door that encouraged the visitor to look closer and not just glance. Images can seem to be simple on first glance or from a distance, but a closer look reveals details within a typically bold colour palette. A member of People of Print and featured in Pressing Matters with her Alone print. Zoe believes strongly in making owning art accessible for all and to this end creates both unlimited and limited edition work.