Print International Opening at Oriel Wrecsam

April 18 2013//

On Saturday 14 April I travelled to the opening of Print International 2013 exhibition at Oriel Wrecsam, North Wales. Really pleased to have 3 of my digital prints selected for exhibition alongside around 40 international artists working in a diverse range of print media including: Etching, lithography, woodcut, mezzotint, screenprint, Ceramic, monoprint, various mixed media, lazer cut and installation.

Print International 2013 launched Creative International, a month of art activities in Wrexham that will run until Saturday 11 May. The exhibition is being held across 2 venues: Oriel Wrecsam gallery and Memorial gallery in nearby Yale College.

The exhibition included series of work ranging from 3 to 6 pieces from each artist in order to show continuity within the work.

Interesting to see The Bigger Picture exhibited in an entirely different context to This ‘Me’ of Mine at APT gallery,  London last month. Print International is a survey of contemporary printmaking rather than being based on any particular theme; work with very different intentions were displayed side by side. Whilst in ‘This ‘Me’ of Mine’ APT the curatorial theme of  ‘self in relation to context’ connected my work to others in quite a different way.

In Memorial gallery Wrexham, many of the works used black and white media – bringing different works together graphically rather than by concept: My prints were connected to others by exploration of print media rather than by curatorial concept- It’s interesting as an artist to view (own) work in these different contexts. Each undoubtedly altering the reception of the work.

Sandra Crisp – large format digital prints
Sandra Crisp: Opening day at Print International 2013; Oriel Wrecsam, N. Wales

I enjoyed a very friendly and lively opening and it was also great to unexpectedly met up with fellow artist Heather Upton and her husband who I had not seen for some time since teaching at Kensington and Chelsea College, London.

Also lovely to meet Pam Newall on the day and have a quick chat about silkscreen printing and etching. I had seen  Pam’s work previously on Axis web website and also on Twitter –  great to meet artists and see their work in reality rather than just virtually.

In fact, I was so busy talking that I forgot to pick up my exhibition catalogues before the event closed for the evening. Thanks to Oriel Wrecsam for kindly posting these on to me. Just received…..

Sandra Crisp‘s large format digital prints: Soft Terrain (Inverted), 2012. 5Ways Filmstrip 4, 2012 and The Bigger Picture, 2010.
Print International catalogue with Pam Newall‘s screenprints (top of image) Urban 03, 2011. Urban 05 2011 and Urban 04, 2011
Heather Upton‘s waterless lithographs: Secret MapEternal Dust and Voyage

Print International included the following artists selected by Professor David Ferry RE FRSA:

John Abell, Michael Agnew & David Blyth, Amanda Agyei, Duncan Bullen, Cardiff Sessions with Bruce McLean, Cardiff Sessions with David Ferry, Cardiff Sessions with John Gibbons, Frances Carlie, Bill Chambers, Sandra Crisp, Paul Croft, Alexe Dilworth, Morgan Doyle, Ruth Gibson, Jo Gorner, James Green, Graham Hall, Yuji Hiratsuka, Linda Kosciewicz-Flemming, Peter Lloyd, Arabella Marsh-Hilfiker, Thomas Martin, Nan Mulder, Stephen Mumberson, Pam Newall, Sarah Robinson, Sander Schoonbeek, Kara Seaman, Giske Sigmundstad, Serena Smith, Eric Storey, Dionne Swift, Heather Upton, Gini Wade, Florence Walkey, Pete Williams, Roy Willingham, Christina Wrege, Josee Wuyts & Frans de Groot.

Print International 2013 13 April – 8 June

Opening Saturday 13 April 2pm

Oriel Wrecsam Rhosddu Road, Wrexham LL11 1AU. 01978 292093. Monday  – Friday 9:30 – 6:45. Saturday 9:30 – 4

Memorial Gallery Yale College, Grove Park Road, Wrexham LL12 7AB. 01978 317329. Monday  – Friday 10 – 12 & 1:30 – 4:30. Term time only or by appointment.

The exhibition continues until 8th June and more information can be found on previous blog post: HERE