Print Festival Scotland
Scotland has a rich, diverse and unique heritage in printmaking. All the major cities and many of the more rural towns have public access print studios, which have for decades provided their communities with world class facilities and expertise in printmaking as a medium of creative expression, education and social inclusion. Scotland’s universities and art and design schools have also maintained first class print departments, allowing generations of arts undergraduates students, and academic staff to enhance their artist development and practice though the diverse discipline of print.
In 2013 the city of Dundee hosted the ‘Impact 8 – International Printmaking Conference’, bringing over four hundred and fifty delegates from over thirty one countries together to discuss, and celebrate their knowledge and practice in printmaking. Previous conferences have been hosted in cities such as Bristol, Helsinki, Johannesburg, Berlin and Melbourne and is considered to be the largest academic print conference in the world. Impact 8 provided the platform to launch Print Festival Scotland, which seeks to celebrate and showcase Scotland’s printmaking heritage.
This summer sees Print Festival Scotland return for the third time in four years, coordinated by Dundee Contemporary Arts and DJCAD -University of Dundee. There will be once again exhibitions, events and projects in venues across Dundee and also other Scottish cities and locations as the print festival’s programme expands.
Top image: There Will Be New Rules Next Week – Sister Corita, Dundee Contemporary Arts – 2013
Wee Printathon – 2013
Crawl Inclusive: Catrin Jeans & participating artists– 2013
Rack Space: Joanna Robson, Dundee Contemporary Arts – 2015
Oak: David Faithfull, Pig Rock Bothy / National Galleries – 2015