Visitors can enjoy a variety of printmaking experiences over the coming months, including workshops, demonstrations, a symposium, and the chance to win £1,000 in the RBSA Print Prize exhibition courtesy of the GMC Trust.
The Festival, which launches on Monday 15 August, begins with a series of print workshops led by renowned printmakers suitable for everyone from beginners with an interest in learning a new skill to advanced printmakers looking to refresh their technique.
On 23 October and 6 November, children and families are invited to try their hand at printmaking with two family-friendly workshops. Make a stencil, use ink and handle a squeegee to print your very own trick-or-treat tote bag, or learn how to transform a humble pizza base into another world using a multitude of skills, including printing, drawing and adding 3D buildings!
On Sunday 30 October, both aspiring and practising printmakers are invited to the RSBA Printmaking Festival Symposium. This will explore both contemporary and historic printmaking through talks by print studio owner Simon Burder, printmaker Tracy Hill, and local academic Dr Kate Nichols.
Dr Marie Considine, Gallery Director at the RSBA Gallery said: “We’re excited to launch Birmingham’s first ever Printmaking Festival and hope that it will encourage more people to engage with this historic, hands-on art form. Birmingham has such a rich printmaking heritage, with many artists still practising the technique in the city today. The festival offers people of all ages and abilities the chance to learn something new, whilst introducing both the art form and the RBSA to a wider audience.”