Every year I take part in exhibitions and print fairs in the Manchester area and across the North West.
Since 2011, I’ve taken part in the ’20:20 print exchange’ and its touring exhibitions. The 20:20 is an annual event, organised by Hot Bed Press. Over 40 UK and international print workshops and more than 500 artists are involved. The full collection of artwork is online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/hot_bed_press
This year did not turn out as anyone expected. Many venues were closed, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, so I was particularly fortunate to have 3 pieces of work on show at Towneley Hall in Burnley, as part of the Impressions exhibition.
My latest panopticon series of linocuts were featured on Longitude Gallery’s website and their new Easel site. I also contributed to the Twitter Art Exhibition and 20:20 print exchange again.
My work in Longitude Gallery was part of the ‘ArtWalk Clitheroe’ trail on Sunday 10 March. ‘Halo’ was on show at Bury Art Museum as part of the ‘Land’ exhibition from May to July.
From February Cate Gibson and I ran a successful series of linocut workshops at the Old Parsonage in Didsbury. The highlight of the summer was the arrival of my new Hawthorn press in August.
I took part in the Twitter Art Exhibition and my linocut ‘Above Ullswater’ was selected as a ‘Board’s Choice’.
This year was a busy one! Until the end of February I had work in Chorlton’s World Peace Café. I completed my first commission, a large linocut called ‘Serenity’ for Macmillan’s Cancer Support Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital.
I took part in the Twitter Art Exhibition and sold my work to raise money for their 2018 charity.
My linocut of Haslingden Halo was on show at The Whitaker in Rawtenstall, as part of Prospect Printmakers’ Pennine exhibition until 17 June. The same exhibition moved to Longitude Gallery in Clitheroe, from 1 December.
I returned to exhibit at Didsbury’s Old Parsonage with our second ‘Spectrum’ exhibition (7 October to 11 November) and exhibited in the Lake District, as part of a group exhibition at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick (10 October to 11 November). I also had work on the Hot Bed Press stand at the Manchester Art Fair.
In September I ran a linocut workshop for Macmillan’s Craft & Chat group at Wythenshawe Hospital.
For the first time, I’m at the North Wales Print Fair in Llandudno (November 10-11).
I had my work in the Warrington Contemporary Open and the Stockport Open art exhibitions, Bury Art Museum and Clitheroe’s Longitude Gallery. A new exhibition of my work opened in the World Peace Café in Chorlton, Manchester on 1 December and ran until 28 February 2018. I exhibited with fellow artist and printmaker Cate Gibson.
My work was at the Manchester Print Fair in Manchester Cathedral in July. A highlight of the year however was having my ‘Barn Owl’ linocut in a book of printmakers’ owls called ‘The Elegant Fowl’.
In February I exhibited at The Old Parsonage in Didsbury as part of the ‘Spectrum’ show with fellow artists Anne Mackinnon, Malcolm Allum and Janet Higgins.
2014 and earlier exhibitions
Bury Art Gallery’s show ‘Prospect Prints’ in February 2014 and November 2013 both included my work. In 2013, I had 2 original prints in Stockport Art Gallery’s Open Contemporary Exhibition in the summer: Hideaway and Bridgewater Canal. Also 5 pieces of my work went up to Scotland for An Talla Solais gallery’s ‘Lasting Impressions’ exhibition of contemporary printmaking in Ullapool in March / April 2013.
I took part in the Didsbury Arts Festival in September 2011 with the Craft Café at the Northern Tennis Club and ‘Art over the Counter’. I was delighted to have my work in the window of Didsbury’s fantastic Cheese Hamlet, alongside work by fellow artist Cathy Ferns. My ‘Scottish Sheep’ original linocut was on show at the Stockport Art Gallery Open Contemporary exhibition in 2011. And in 2012 I had 2 original prints accepted.