Festival of Print 2016 is a celebration of the work of East London Printmakers and their successful move to a new, spacious, and well equipped studio in Tower Hamlets. This exciting event includes an exhibition at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park and an Open Studio at ELP’s new studio nearby.

The Festival of Print exhibition features a wide range of work by over 90 artist printmakers hailing from some 17 countries and includes work by award-winning members. 

These talents are showcased in the exhibition of affordable limited edition prints at the Art Pavilion, the Open Studio event at ELP studios in Copperfield Road, and workshops, demonstrations over two weekends at both venues.

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PRIVATE VIEW

The Art Pavilion

Clinton Road, Mile End, London E3 4QY 

Thursday 1st December 6pm - 9pm (all welcome)  

 

The Art Pavillion

EXHIBITION

The Art Pavilion

Clinton Road, Mile End, London E3 4QY

December 2nd - December 11th. Opening times: 11am - 6pm daily.

 

 

Come and visit the studio

OPEN STUDIO 

East London Printmakers Studio.

42 Copperfield Road, Mile End, E3 4RR.

December 4th. Opening times: 12pm - 4pm

Print Sale, Stalls, Demonstrations, and fun things!

Be tempted by our ever popular Print Sale! 

Browse through our stalls selling hand printed cards and other seasonal goodies!

Try your hand at printing, with hands-on demonstrations!

Join us to celebrate Festive Season and our new Print Studio with a glass of wine and a mince pie! 

 

 

 

 

 

THE STORY OF EAST LONDON PRINTMAKERS

“Like so many good ideas, East London Printmakers began in a pub.

Founder member Ann Norfield reminisces on East London Printmakers’ eighteen year journey.

In 1998 Rory Brooke, recently arrived from Birmingham where he had run an open access print studio, hatched a fledgling East London Printmakers. Monthly meetings of likeminded artist printmakers were held in Hackney's Pub on the Park, where the idea of setting up a shared studio took root. The new group got involved in local events such as Hidden Art of Hackney, showcasing work in fantastically atmospheric ramshackle buildings in Broadway Market, a street scarcely visited by non-residents, and where tumbleweed was a more probable sight than estate agents boards - a different era!

Then in 2000 the newly formed cooperative was offered a sublet of a Bow Arts studio. The heavily padlocked room at the top of a staircase was filled with a huge, hydraulically operated etching press. Big enough for an elephant to sleep on, there was little room for more than two small workbenches squeezed in around the edges of the room. A screen printing bed had be fitted into the corridor – more space was needed! In 2002 ELP took on a large room on the ground floor of an old factory building near London Fields, leased by Space and renamed 'The Triangle', after the strangely shaped street corner on which it sat. Extra printmakers were found to help share the rent and the studio was constructed between themselves. Proper etching facilities were introduced along with more screenbeds and a fabric table. The new studio opened in the summer of 2003 for members and general public open access. After initial help from EU funds it became, as now, entirely self-funded, receiving no sponsorship, grants or loans.

For many years all studio activities were covered voluntarily, but as time went on, the cooperative expanded into another room and invested in more presses. ELP key holders started to teach introductory and advanced level courses in all aspects of printmaking and an administrator and technician were necessarily recruited for a few paid hours each week.

However, as we all know, East London is changing fast. Increasing demand for housing, a surge in retail outlets, an upgraded overground rail system, the ‘Olympic effect’, have all caused land prices to soar, commercial rents to rise and stay high. After thirteen years in the Triangle studio came the shock of an impending 250% rent hike - time to look for a viable, more sustainable studio space! Was it even possible to stay in East London?

ELP's hunt began in May 2016, and fortuitously ACME Studios were able to offer half of a recently vacated gallery space in a building owned by themselves, provided the move could be accomplished by the end of September. The time scale looked tight- was it doable? From the keyholders' vote in favour of the move to the deadline there was just fourteen weeks.

A wall was moved and a floor poured, cubicles and work benches built, everywhere decorated, twelve presses, thirteen plans chests and endless boxes of small equipment were moved on time, thanks to huge efforts by keyholders and members. The doors opened for open access in a beautiful new space on October 1st 2016. In an era of austerity and scything cuts in arts funding, East London Printmakers is a remarkable thing: an affordable, professional, exciting and self-supporting arts facility based on the cooperation of its members. It has not just survived but thrived in the face of adversity. This 2016 Festival of Print showcases just the tip of the iceberg of talents ELP has within its ranks of dedicated artist printmakers.”