The Printed Word: An exhibition celebrating the Bristol print industry, letterpress printing in industry and art. Bristol central Library, College Green, January – February 2017
This project is by MAMDP Alumna Charlotte Biszewski.
The Bristol Set in Print Project has spent 2016 working with retirees from the print industry, researching their stories and connecting them with current practitioners in a series of unique inter-generational skill sharing activities. These have culminated in the printing of a large map, documenting and celebrating a few of the key print houses from our City. Through the production of this hand-printed art, using traditional letterpress techniques, the skills of this ancient craft have been passed into the hands of a new generation of printers. A practice which is in danger of becoming lost, were it not for a scarce few still keeping the spirit of print alive today.
The Library foyer will come alive with the printed word. Displaying a limited edition Triptych print of the work created during the project, a collection of recorded interviews from printers, their memories and stories from the industry.
Upstairs, an exhibition of Letterpress, then and now. Those who worked in the trade are invited to participate by contributing their memories from the industry. Their photos, printed pieces and memorabilia will be displayed alongside a historical addition from the Bristol Central Lending Library.
Running in Tandem to this will be an exhibition of those who are still practicing today, photos and pieces of work from contemporary Bristol printers.
Thursday 2nd February,
Opening night celebration, from 5 – 8pm.
A film screening of the Bristol Set in Print film, drinks and a chance to bid on your own print at our silent auction.
Sunday 11th February
Print workshop, brought to you by Tandem Print and Unit 10.
Suitable for adults and children, come print your own linocut and letter print.