Starts: Friday, 20th February, 2015 - 10:00

Ends: Friday, 20th March, 2015 - 16:00

UCA IMPRESSIONS celebrates printmaking heritage

UCA Canterbury's Herbert Read Gallery is showcasing the university's rich heritage of printmaking in its IMPRESSIONS exhibition.

Celebrating the work of UCA Maidstone, a previous campus of UCA that was formally Maidstone College of Art and then part of Kent Institute of Art & Design, IMPRESSIONS has contributions from over 30 of UCA's alumni and staff.

The exhibition embraces work from printmakers who were, have become or have continued to be fine artists, designers, illustrators, filmmakers and multimedia practitioners. Exhibitors include Tracey Emin CBE RA, David Hockney RA, Fred Cuming RA, Albert Irvin OBE RA and three former subject leaders in printmaking, Joan Williams RE RWS, Mike Birchnell and Randal Cooke.

"The exhibition reflects engagement with printmaking by former students and staff, and articulates the influence it has exerted on their subsequent practice and careers," said Mike Addison, Head of the School of Further Education and curator of IMPRESSIONS. "Much of the work emerged from a period when art education was arguably less structured, certainly less regulated but evidently no more speculative than today. The pieces on display document the cultural fortunes and technological journey that printmaking and art education has taken during the last 42 years."

Where possible, the exhibition shows an example of each artist's work from their period of engagement with the college, and a piece from their more recent practice.

Alongside the IMPRESSIONS will be an 'inkblot' printmaking project. Exhibitor, printmaker and alumna Jennifer Price will be working with students from UCA Canterbury to create collaborative and individual images that transcribe structures into surface through print.

The exhibition closes on 20 March. For more information, please contact UCA Canterbury on 01227 817302.

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