392 artists swopping 9800 prints!

etching by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

There was a parcel in the post this morning, a box with 20 different prints in it, handmade prints from 20 different print workshops, some from Ireland, some from England and some from Scotland.  That was a nice parcel to receive – but I suppose you need an explanation?

20:20 Print Exchange started in England in 2009 as a project between two print workshops (Hot Bed Press in Salford and Red Hot Press in Southampton) but it has now spread to about 30 more workshops in Britain and here in Ireland.  The idea was that artists from different workshops would produce an edition of 25 prints on paper, size 20cm x 20cm, and donate them to the project and in return, each artist would receive a box set of 20 randomly selected prints, (including their own print and 19 others).  In 2012 the exchange involved 392 artists (including me, that’s my print above, produced during my residency in Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc in Co. Donegal)

One print from every participant is kept back by Hot Bed Press to exhibit. The touring exhibition of prints began in December 2012 in Salford and travels to Bolton, Liverpool, Hereford, Wakefield and Edinburgh during 2013.  I’m not sure if it will be seen in Ireland this year although seven of the workshops taking part are located in Ireland.

For more information,see: http://www.hotbedpress.org/ and www.clo.ie

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