A celebration of print is coming to Brighton this September. The Brighton Print Fair is a 10-day exhibition promoting printmaking in its various forms.
From classic printmaking and letterpress to screen-printed gig posters, the fair promises all things print.
“We are planning a real festival of printmaking and printmakers with work of all styles on show and for sale, demonstrations, classes, talks and onsite framing,” said Anne-Marie Francis, from Brighton Print Fair.
“Brighton Print Fair is an exciting event for the city, gathering together those passionate about this art medium.”
The majority of the fair will be hosted in the main gallery at Phoenix Brighton. It will be hung with unframed prints to give the exhibition a sense of unity and allow the customer to choose their frame.
The rest of the venue will be used for printmaking classes, talks, demonstrations and one-day specials. There will also be a 20th-century printmakers exhibition, an in-house framer and a café.
Other highlights include a drop-in Printers Cinema featuring short films about printmaking and a Mid-Century Print Exhibition in the South Gallery showcasing and selling prints from artists represented by the Emma Mason Gallery in Eastbourne.
The Printers Shop will sell cards, print products, printmaking and art materials.
Brighton Print Fair will feature the work of around 60 printmakers from around the country.
For the past three years Aidan Saunders has toured the UK freshly pressing linocuts and exhibiting a wide range of hand-printed ephemera. Dubbed the ‘Del Boy’ of print by Design Week, he brings the linocut process to a wider audience.
Jane Ormes’ colourful, playful prints are inspired by stories or situations which amuse her. They often involve animals in absurd situations, for example, Cat trapped in greenhouse with suspicious bird.
Kit Boyd’s etchings explore our relationship with the landscape and nature – ecologically, spiritually and emotionally. Following in the British Romantic tradition he references Samuel Palmer and the neo-romantic artists of the 1940s.
Susan Andreae is a printmaker and sculptor whose interests lie in the form of subjects. She experiments with techniques of layering, superimposing multiple images to arrive at a final scene, eluding to the passing of time and historical change.
A full list of all the exhibitors taking part can be seen here.
Calendar of events
There will be a programme of different events taking place throughout Brighton Print Fair including:
Simon Tozer, Instant Masterpiece. A one-hour workshop introducing participants to screen printing and producing a simple print using paper stencils. Suitable for families. Workshops will take place at 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm (maximum 10 people). Participation is £15 per person, adult and child £25, adult with two children £35.
Print Panel Discussion hosted by Pressing Matters Magazine. The panel will be held from 5pm to 7pm .
Tim Boulton, Letterpress Poster Workshops. Workshops will start at 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm (maximum 10 people). Participation is £15 per person.
Simon Tozer, Instant Masterpiece. A one-hour workshop introducing participants to screen printing and producing a simple print using paper stencils. For adults. Workshops will take place at 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm (maximum 10 people). Participation is £15 per person.
Tabletop Silkscreen Workshop. Jane Sampson from Inkspot Press in Hove teaches the basics of screen printing. The workshop runs from 11.30am to 5pm and costs £45 per person.
Introduction to Linocut. Aidan Saunders from Print Wagon teaches the basics of cutting and printing a linoblock print. The workshop runs from 11.30am to 5pm and costs £45 per person.
Three-colour Monoprint Workshop. The workshop runs from 11.30am to 5pm and costs £45 per person.
Brighton Wayzgoose. A tabletop fair in the South Gallery and Green room selling all things printed – bags, books, posters, cards and more.
Letterpress Poster Workshop with Tim Boulton. Workshops start at 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm (maximum 10 people). Cost £15 per person.
Brighton Print Fair event details
September 15 to September 24, Phoenix Brighton, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton. Free entry.
More information at www.brightonartfair.co.uk
Main image: Saltburn Pier © Sarah Harris