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Birmingham School of Art has a long history as a place of artistic inquiry. Central to the school is a thriving print community supporting students and staff whose practice concerns are explored through printmaking.
Our proposal is for a Group Artists Book including PG students, staff, and artists in residence. As an international community of printmakers, their work reflects a multiplicity of print techniques underpinned by diverse theoretical and philosophical interests. However, what ties them together is the language of the printed outcome in its mutable forms. Chance meetings occur as printmakers find themselves in the same space at the same time, yet in the midst of collective material encounters. All artists are members of the Material Encounters Research Cluster based at Birmingham School of Art.
Our original proposal was to produce and exhibit a physical collaborative artist book in an edition of 15. However, the pandemic has prevented that being made and as IMPACT 11 will be virtual, we will produce an electronic book to be presented and shared online.
The book will reflect the artists’ works that respond to global issues and theoretical discourses in creative practice at this point in a global crisis. The group will draw upon their developing and testing of modern applications such as laser engraving, photographic processes, digital and traditional print media including intaglio, litho, silk screen, wood and linocut. The proposal reflects the breadth of practice borne out of having met and worked in a single location, a place of learning, yet fundamentally a place of encounters that are instantaneously individual, creative and material in creating a legacy for others.
Full screen book: