Impressions showcases the work of Sian Wright, Rachael Crozier, Alison Williams and Dionne Kitching, four artists who have participated in the inaugural Printmaking Fellowship scheme at The University of Northampton which took place over the last academic year.
The scheme offers a ‘bridging’ opportunity for recent graduates, enabling them to hone their skills through access to the specialist facilities of the University’s print workshop in exchange for the technical and creative guidance they can in turn provide to current students. This year’s Fellows were selected through competitive application and interview and have contributed their time, expertise and skills-based knowledge to students across Fine Art, Graphics & Illustration and Foundation courses.
Central to the Fellowship is the graduates’ professional development and the continuing pursuit and progress of their own art practice. To this end, the exhibition Impressions is an important milestone for them. It functions as a culmination of their valued commitment to the University, while it also acts a springboard to a new chapter in their fledgling careers as arts professionals.
Catriona Leahy, Lecturer in Printmaking, explains more about the work on show in the exhibition:
What is presented here is a culmination of the Fellows’ on-going enquiry of their respective practices through the medium of print. Some have chosen the immediate and direct approach of mono or screen print, coupled with print’s capacity for the multiple and repetition. Others have chosen to exemplify the fine line that can exist between photography and printmaking. Distinctly individual, their work is united by a shared interest in the materiality and surface of print, its transferability and the combined urge to leave their mark, their imprint or ‘impression’ as evidence.
Impressions will be open to the public from 21st September – 9th October. Avenue Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, and is located in the University’s Avenue Campus near the main reception on St. George’s Avenue. For more information about the exhibition, contact the gallery on 01604 893050, firstname.lastname@example.org, or look for Avenue Gallery on Facebook.