Published: Monday, 22nd October 2018
Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair will return from 22 to 25 November to showcase the work of more than a dozen local artists alongside over 300 of the world’s finest printmakers.
Now in its third year, the Print Fair gives residents and art-lovers the chance to discover printmaking and buy beautiful affordable art. The event curates over 500 artworks from young emerging practitioners and acclaimed artists such as Tracey Emin, Gary Hume and Langlands & Bell.
"A landmark destination for the arts"
Cllr Miranda Williams, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Third Sector, said: "The Council is delighted to host the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair for the third year in a row, in one of the historic Arsenal buildings that will become the Woolwich Creative District – a landmark destination for the arts."
Local artists, such as William Jones from Woolwich, earned the chance to exhibit following an open call for entries. This attracted global interest, with submissions from Turkey, Iran, China and Canada. Over 200 artists were selected by a panel of industry experts with accomplished backgrounds working in stencil, lithography, intaglio and other printmaking techniques as well as prominent art journalists.
This year's Artist in Residence lives in Thamesmead
Highlights this year will include prints from Neil Bousfield's series responding to the poems of Wilfred Owen, commissioned by the Folio Society to mark the centenary of the Armistice in 1918, and new hand-printed etchings from Emily Crookshank who was selected as this year's Artist in Residence, and lives in Thamesmead.
"We want to give people a chance to discover the art of printmaking," says Lizzie Glenndinning, Head Curator of the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. "This is a chance to experience one of the world’s oldest art forms brought alive by some of the world’s finest living artists. You get to buy work from artists at the forefront of printmaking."
Tickets to the Print Fair include access to a programme of interactive demonstrations, workshops and talks, offering insights into new printing techniques and helping visitors to choose the perfect artwork. There are also activities and workshops dedicated to families and children over the weekend.
Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair sits at the heart of the new Woolwich Creative District on the bank of the Thames, a historic site being transformed into a new home for leading cultural organisations.
Thursday 22 November
11am to 5pm
Friday 23 November
10am to 6pm
6pm to 10pm (New Collectors Evening)
Saturday 24 November
10am to 6pm
Sunday 25 November
11am to 5pm