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With Heart and Hand

With Heart and Hand
With Heart and Hand

With Heart and Hand

In spring 2021, Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive commissioned six artists from Seacourt Print Workshop in Bangor to make a creative response to With Heart and Hand, a UTV programme made in 1966 to commemorate the Battle of the Somme. For the programme, UTV recorded interviews with veterans who recalled their experiences in that famous battle, and throughout WW1. The footage also captures poignant stories from the home front during that time.

During the project, the artists viewed and discussed the footage and shared their thoughts and ideas with each other and they drew inspiration from this process for their own work.

The partnership project has resulted in a series of prints, where each of the artists has interpreted the rich source material in their own unique way.

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My Lockdown Sanctuary


My Lockdown Sanctuary

Seacourt Print Workshop is proud to present artwork by our members, inspired by the Covid-19 global pandemic.

 The pandemic has changed us all in various ways. For some, the last year has been catastrophic, for others it has been a break from the stresses of fast-paced modern life. Our members have used their experiences over the last year to compile a series of prints and excerpts to reflect how lockdown has made them feel and where they have found refuge. Our online exhibition features prints inspired by nature, nooks, local hidden gems and dreamscapes from life before the pandemic. 

 

Click here to view the exhibition.

 
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Board Favourites: Johanna Leech’s Picks

Board Member, Johanna Leech , Chooses Her Top Picks from Seacourt's International Mini Print Biennial 2020...

 

“Katie Armstrongs pieces are some of my favourites. The titles, ‘In the Stars’ and ‘In the Woods’ juxtaposes themes around day and night, it’s a lovely connection.”

“In the Stars”
Katie Armstrong’s piece is like a glimpse or view from a telescope.  A strong circle but with a gentle breach for a rabbit’s foot.   The circle in the square paper gives it prominence.   Gold stars jump out from the black along with two hares.  It makes me feel that I could be lying looking up at the stars and see what she sees.  Trying to draw spaces and connections in the stars, trying to see the rabbits.  It reminds me of the beautiful painted ceiling in central station New York, with stars, constellations and mythical creatures.

“In The Woods ” 
Like Katie’s other piece with the strong circle within the square.  It reminds me of the recent fashion trends for tattoo designs.  Now that foraging and going to Forrest parks are popular over the pandemic, this piece makes me think of that.  It looks like a sacred amulet or motif.  It captures that surprise you have when you spot a squirrel, a special encounter.  The joy of watching them and seeing their world.  The colours are quite striking, and I like the foliage that hugs the circle making it softer.  It reminds me of growing up reading classic illustrated Ladybird books.

To get a glimpse of our exhibition you can watch our video recording below. Or if you would like to see each piece individually, and in detail, you can view the rest of our exhibition by clicking the button below: 

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Online Printmaking Course

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Online Relief Printmaking Workshop

Tutor: Clinton Kirkpatrick 

Duration: 1hr

Cost: £35

Suitable For: Beginners

Access: Unlimited Access

Clinton brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to facilitate a pre-recorded Lino printing workshop, for you to partake in, from the comfort of your own home. 

Online Relief Printmaking Workshop AND Relief Printing Materials Box

Cost: £50 

Box Includes: 

  • Welcome Note.
  • 1 roller
  • 2 sheets of cartridge paper
  • 1 sheet of carbon paper
  • 2 sheets of easy cut lino
  • 1 registration sheet
  • 1 jar of ink
  • 2 pencils
  • Portable lino toolkit
  • Cardboard “gloves” for handling prints with inky fingers.
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Have a Seacourt Buy Local Christmas

Have a Seacourt BUY LOCAL Christmas

 

We would love to help you have a BUY LOCAL Christmas in 2020! When you buy prints, cards, products or experiences you are helping support local artists and it is so important in 2020.

 

Here are 6 ways you can help keep Artists working and also help keep Seacourt open:

  1. Come to our Annual Christmas Members’ Show on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December. Restrictions permitting we’ll have mulled wine and treats and an array of original artworks to suit every budget.

  2. Buy an experience for a loved one. Mindfulness and Mono printing combines reducing stress and being creative, perfect for lifting the mood in winter.

  3. Buy a mini print from our online exhibition. You can view the prints online and they are for sale until the end of 2020.

  4. Buy a Seacourt Apron. Perfect for printmakers but stylish for bakers too.

  5. Send a limited edition Seacourt Christmas Card. Merve Jones has created the amazing original artwork “Fear Not” to adorn our A5 Christmas Cards. A great message for 2020. Packs of 5 for £10 or 10 for £15.

  6. Give a GIFT TOKEN towards an original print or a future course or workshop.

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Board Member Ryan Young picks his top prints

Board Members' Biennial picks. Ryan Young chooses first....

Over the next few weeks our Board members are sharing some of their favourite work from the Biennial.

First up is Ryan Young, an Art Director and Designer who works as a Creative Director of advertising agency ASG & Partners. 

Ryan comments “It’s great to see so many entries and such variety in theme & diversity in technique in this years Mini Print Biennial. Choosing a favourite has not been easy!”

“The intrigue & subtle beauty of Polish artist Anna Trojanowska’s “Forma Adaotacji_05”; the clever use of colour in Merve Jone’s linocut piece “Back Home” and the tranquil beauty of Joanne Fitzpatrick’s cyanotype “Boat House” all caught my eye”.

“But my personal favourite is “Venice in a Dream” by Irish artist Meadhbh McIlgorm. This screen print really appealed to me. I love it’s graphic nature, the otherworldly texture and mystic depth. The ethereal feel of it really drew me in. Top work.”

Take a virtual visit to choose your favourite print and click here for a piece by piece look at the exhibition.

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One to One Printmaking Tuition

One to One Printmaking Tuition

Tutor: TBC
On a date that works for you
10am to 4pm
ONE DAY £150

We can offer a bespoke one to one session to introduce you to a technique of your choice or if you know the basics to refresh your skills or help you develop them. We’ll cover everything that we’d cover in our weekly intro or advanced course depending on your specific needs. One to One sessions are great if you want to explore a particular project and perfect if you want to build your confidence on the track to membership.

Please allow a a few weeks notice and we’ll schedule your session.

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Mindfulness & Mono printing with Plants – October

Mindfulness and Monoprinting with Plants at Seacourt Print Workshop

 

SWITCH OFF SUNDAYS FOR WELLBEING

 

Mindfulness & Mono printing with Plants – October

Tutor: Jill McKeown 
4th October
2pm – 4.30pm
3 places £45
Suitable for: Beginners

Take some ‘time out’ to decompress with us at Seacourt. This session begins with a relaxing twenty minute guided mindfulness meditation on nature. You’ll be guided through mono printing processes using plants and botanicals to create unique prints.

This method of direct printing improves wellbeing while harnessing your creativity to lift your mood. The magic comes when the blankets on the press are pulled back and you see the results!

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Mindfulness & Mono printing with Plants – November

Mindfulness and Monoprinting with Plants at Seacourt Print Workshop
Mindfulness and Monoprinting with Plants

SWITCH OFF SUNDAYS FOR WELLBEING

 

Mindfulness & Mono printing with Plants – November 

Tutor: Jill McKeown 
8th November
2pm – 4.30pm
3 places £45
Suitable for: Beginners

Take some ‘time out’ to decompress with us at Seacourt. This session begins with a relaxing twenty minute guided mindfulness meditation on nature.

You’ll be guided through mono printing processes using plants and botanicals to create unique prints.

This method of direct printing improves wellbeing while harnessing your creativity to lift your mood. 

The magic comes when the blankets on the press are pulled back and you see the results!

 

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One to One Letterpress

One to One Letterpress

Tutor: Jessica Hollywood
On a date that works for you
10am to 4pm
£150

We can offer a bespoke one to one session to introduce you to letterpress or if you know the basics to refresh your skills or help you develop them. Jessica will share examples of her work, discuss layout and scale and teach you the processes of set up, printing, layering and printing.