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Printmaking Courses Spring 2022

Introduction to Printmaking

Seacourt Print Workshop offers a range of printmaking courses to everyone from beginners, intermediate and professional artists. We are excited to launch one of our first programme of courses in The Ulster Bank Building, Bangor, Northern Ireland! 

We are offering a range of courses, from a 2 hour CREATE print taster and one day workshops to a full introduction on a specific technique. Sign up to our newsletter to receive our ongoing programme, we drop courses every 6 weeks.

We can also design a workshop to suit your needs, whatever your celebration or project, we can build a creative session that you’ll enjoy together and you get to take home you own original artwork.

Have a browse or contact us for further information on planning a printmaking workshop around your needs.

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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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Seacourt Relocates To Bangor Town Centre

Seacourt Relocates To Bangor Town Centre
Seacourt Relocates To Bangor Town Centre
From left: Ken Sterrett (Chairperson), Margaret Arthur (Co-founder), Emma Drury (Director), Nathalie Caleyron (Member) and Clinton Kirkpatrick (Member).

SEACOURT RELOCATES TO BANGOR TOWN CENTRE!

SEACOURT COMES FULL CIRCLE WITH RELOCATION TO ICONIC BUILDING IN HEART OF TOWN CENTRE

Seacourt Print Workshop is delighted to be taking up residence in the Ulster Bank Building, on Bangor Main Street.

The building has stood unoccupied since 2017 following the closure of the bank but many of the banking idiosyncrasies remain, such as the beautiful, caged vault, pneumatic tube banking systems, and the iconic front elevation, which is Grade B1 listed.  The building was built in 1920 and in its 101st year we hope to bring it back to life, contributing to the regeneration of Bangor, and its revival as an arts and culture destination, locally and beyond.

As we celebrate our 40th anniversary we feel extremely fortunate to be moving into such a well-known premises, at the heart of our hometown, where it all began, in 1981. Seacourt is an open access printmaking studio which is utilised by people of all ages with fantastic resources, ranging from etching and letterpress to lithography and screen-printing. A town centre location has been a long-held ambition for our charity and we hope to play a part encouraging more people to Bangor’s town centre with a dedicated exhibition space and programme of high profile exhibitions.

Our 80 members are looking forward to welcoming people to exhibitions, events, and workshops later in the year as we celebrate our 40th anniversary in our unique new home. As early as next month, the public can expect to see a number of new courses on offer, such as ‘Print and Prosecco’, a new membership certification course, and lots of workshops and events in the pipeline for 2022.

As we have packed up our prints, our inks and equipment in our Balloo premises we have enjoyed rifling through our workshop uncovering lots of amazing equipment, interesting archive documents including a letter from Hilary Clinton to our co-founder Margaret Arthur, dating back to 1998, following her exhibition at the United States Capitol Rotunda, Washington DC.

Seacourt’s Director Emma Drury says, “We very much hope Seacourt’s new town centre location will place us back on local people’s radar. When we held our #bangorbythesea town centre pop-up event in 2019, we realised that many (local residents) didn’t know where we landed after we left the basement of the Carnegie Library.  We hope that being in close proximity to transportation links will help us open up our services to more people during what will be a pivotal time for our organisation’s development.”

What the motivations were for moving.

The Ulster Bank is Seacourt’s fifth and forever home. We look back fondly to our time at Seacourt Teacher’s Centre and in the basement of Carnegie Library where we were close to the centre of Bangor. In the early 1990’s we hoped to secure a town centre location and undertook a feasibility study and drew up some ambitious plans but we were unable to find premises that worked and we relocated to Balloo industrial estate. Our services grew again and we took a larger unit but whilst we had lots of space we lacked passing visitors and community.

As Bangor moves towards regeneration we wanted to locate our organisation in the centre of things and play our part in the changes that are ahead. We believe that our town centre needs cultural organisations to help rejuvenate and attract people to have experiences.

We will be working over time to renovate and redevelop the Ulster Bank Building ensuring the building is improved and does not stand empty and fall into disrepair. We are excited about the potential the building offers for creativity.

When will Seacourt be open again or hope to be open again.

Seacourt will be open to our members by the beginning of October and we will be offering exhibtions, courses and events over the coming months. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary and will be welcoming people in to a series of celebrations between October and December 2021.

What the benefits are of the new Seacourt HQ.

Our new building places us in a landmark building in the town centre where we can connect people to creativity. We hope this will allow us to grow our membership, increase the health and wellbeing driven services we offer and give our artists the opportunity to share their amazing work with greater numbers of people.

We will also bring imagination and entrepreneurship to the town centre. Working with partners like Open House and Boom Studios we want to help the cultural life of the town consolidate and grow, providing employment for artists and engaging people of all ages in creative activities.

Our new building is 5 minutes walk from the train station and the excellent public transport links will help us be more accessible.

“We are thrilled to return to Bangor’s town centre and we will play an active role in rebuilding the Main Street and in the broader regeneration of the town. We think there is huge potential in the town and hope we can work with others to see it grown and develop.”

We have just launched a modest selection of courses for the Autumn based in our new premises. We have been carrying out some essential maintenance to the interior of the building to get it ready for our members to return and invite you all to visit our new home in due course. We will also be exhibiting Joanne Fitzpatrick’s ‘Reconstruct’ exhibition once we open, on the lead up to our annual members’ Christmas Exhibition. 

You can travel to Seacourt by car, bus or train and there is plentiful, reasonably priced parking throughout the town including at the rear of Bingham Mall, the Seafront and the Vennel.

 

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Seacourt is moving!

Empty Balloo Premises

SEACOURT ARE MOVING!

Empty Balloo Premises

Four relocations later, Seacourt Print Workshop is moving again, for what will hopefully be the last time. We have been busy packing up our workshop, uncovering lots of historic artefacts and reminiscing about how far Seacourt has come over the past 40 years.

We found a number of interesting things in the workshop whilst we rummaged through, such as this letter from Hilary Clinton, addressed to our co-founder Margaret Arthur following her Exhibition at the US Capitol Hall Rotunda, Washington DC 1998 (below). This is a very exciting time for Seacourt as we move into what will hopefully be our permanent home. 

We have moved!

We have been very busy as we have had a mere 6 weeks to vacate our Balloo premises, and have had some huge logistics to compete with, such as how to relocate (safely) 40 years worth of printmaking materials, presses, furniture, artefacts, exhibitions and artefacts to our their new home. Our members have come across a few gems from the archive during the packing up, including an etching of Seacourt’s first home, by the late Jean Duncan, gifted to Emma Drury on her appointment as Director of Seacourt Print Workshop in 2018. Jean was one of Seacourt’s co-founders, alongside Margaret Arthur, as they set about to create a print workshop close to their home town of Bangor back in 1981. 

Seacourt Building We look forward to sharing our new location soon as we focus now on some essential maintenance and getting our presses sitting comfortably in our new home, which could not be more perfect for our artists and artistic community.

We are ambitiously working towards our Autumn programme of printmaking courses that will be released next week. Stay tuned as I am sure you will all want the opportunity to create in our beautiful new forever home!

See you on the other side! 

Creative Peninsula 2022

Seacourt are hosting several events as part of creative peninsula 2022, including; family printmaking workshops, cyanotype, letterpress and much more..

Printmaking Courses Spring 2022

Join Seacourt Print Workshop this Spring for a full programme of printmaking courses including screen printing, salt etch, traditional etching, mono printing and many more…

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.

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Creative Peninsula at Seacourt Print Workshop

 

We have a number of events planned for this year’s Creative Peninsula, including our 2 exhibitions, a market stall and daily artist demos and talks. 

Congratulations to our very own Steph Harrison, who was chosen as this year’s Creative Peninsula artist, who’s work is featured in the promotional material for the festival circulating nationwide. 

Now in its 20th year, this thriving annual event is back for 2021! 

The 2021 programme sees a slightly reduced offering of in-person activity and the introduction of additional virtual opportunities.

You will find annual favourites including Creative Peninsula in the Square on Friday 30 July, Open Studios, Exhibitions, Workshops and Demonstrations all taking place throughout the beautiful and picturesque Ards and North Down Borough.

The region is well known for its abundance of artists and makers and during the Creative Peninsula event visitors have the opportunity to view work, purchase or commission a unique piece of art or try their hand in one of the many workshops.

 

Dates for your diary: 

Friday 30th July: Seacourt will have a stall at Creative Peninsula in the Square. We will be selling a range of original prints, cyanotype kits and more. Come on down to Ards Square between 11am-3pm for a browse. 

Saturday 31st July: For the first time this year, we are inviting you all down to Seacourt for 2 exhibition launches. Featuring work by Joanne Fitzpatrick and Nathalie Caleyron, the exhibition opening kicks off at 2pm and will offer refreshments, and an opportunity to meet Joanne and ask her any questions about her work. 

Monday 2nd August: Joanne Fitzpatrick Artist Talk and Demo, 2pm at Seacourt Print Workshop. 

Tuesday 3rd August: Rosy Ennis Artist Talk and Demo, 2pm at Seacourt Print Workshop. 

Wednesday 4th August: Steph Harrison Artist Talk and Demo, 2pm at Seacourt Print Workshop. 

Thursday 5th August: Clinton Kirkpatrick Artist Talk and Demo, 2pm at Seacourt Print Workshop. 

Friday 6th August: Nathalie Caleyron Artist Talk and Demo, 2pm at Seacourt Print Workshop. 

 

You can view the whole programme on the official Creative Peninsula website linked here

Creative Peninsula 2022

Seacourt are hosting several events as part of creative peninsula 2022, including; family printmaking workshops, cyanotype, letterpress and much more..

Printmaking Courses Spring 2022

Join Seacourt Print Workshop this Spring for a full programme of printmaking courses including screen printing, salt etch, traditional etching, mono printing and many more…

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.

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Nathalie Caleyron at Seacourt Members’ Gallery

Nathalie Caleyron at Seacourt Print Workshop
Nathalie Caleyron at Seacourt Print Workshop

Alongside Joanne Fitzpatrick’s show, Nathalie Caleyron will be exhibiting in our members’ gallery. 

Nathalie’s most recent work reflects her experience of spending lots of time encapsulated at home during lockdown. Putting aside the destruction and tragedy of the past year, Nathalie chooses to find the euphoria within the mundane, through this body of work. 

Nathalie primarily works with Linocut printmaking technique as she explores the relationship she has with her surroundings and the beauty in the ephemeral domesticity of everyday life. 

To view this exhibition online click here

You can also visit Seacourt anytime Monday to Friday, between 9am to 5pm. 

You can also hear more about Nathalie’s inspiration over the last year via her interview with Arts&Business NI last month, linked below:

Creative Peninsula 2022

Seacourt are hosting several events as part of creative peninsula 2022, including; family printmaking workshops, cyanotype, letterpress and much more..

Printmaking Courses Spring 2022

Join Seacourt Print Workshop this Spring for a full programme of printmaking courses including screen printing, salt etch, traditional etching, mono printing and many more…

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.

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Exhibition Opening: Saturday 31st July, 2pm

Joanne Fitzpatrick Reconstruct Exhibition at Seacourt Print Workshop

EXHIBITION OPENING : SATURDAY 31st JULY

Joanne Fitzpatrick Reconstruct Exhibition at Seacourt Print Workshop

RECONSTRUCT 

Joanne Fitzpatrick

Seacourt Print Workshop 

Exhibition Opening: 

Saturday 31st July at 2pm

Join us on Saturday 31st July at 2pm for the launch of Joanne Fitzpatrick’s Reconstruct exhibition.Refreshments will be provided and there will be the chance to meet the artists and purchase work. 

Joanne Fitzpatrick is a visual artist based in Belfast, her work explores the northern Irish landscape through the mediums of printmaking, Photography, and painting.

Her current solo exhibition ‘Reconstruct’ follows on from where her recent solo show ‘into the blue’ left off. The show included a selection of cyanotype prints and photographic works which depicted northern Irish landmarks from alternative viewpoints.

‘Reconstruct’ uses this work to create new and exciting experimental pieces using screen printing, painting, and restructuring techniques that aim to develop and explore the work in a different way.

This body of work encompasses elements of recycling, renewing, and reusing abandoned prints in a range of different ways. Colour, composition, line and shape are important and are achieved using layering and collage to create energy, interest and context.

The process allows the work to become less representational and more abstract in nature which helps to examine and interpret the landscape on a looser level. This encourages rigorous editing, reviewing and allows for a greater sense of depth and freedom within the work.  

Creative Peninsula 2022

Seacourt are hosting several events as part of creative peninsula 2022, including; family printmaking workshops, cyanotype, letterpress and much more..

Printmaking Courses Spring 2022

Join Seacourt Print Workshop this Spring for a full programme of printmaking courses including screen printing, salt etch, traditional etching, mono printing and many more…

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.

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Join Our Board of Directors

Seacourt Print Workshop

BECOME A BOARD MEMBER

We are seeking a board member who can bring a fresh, enthusiastic and active approach to voluntary work with a small well-respected charity. 

Founded in 1981, Seacourt operates an open access printmaking studio, the printmaking family includes master printmakers, multidisciplinary artists, visiting artists, amateurs who experiment with art making, children and young people exploring creativity, those with mental health and disability who print to improve their wellbeing.

We are seeking an external Board member to take on the role of Honorary Treasurer so that we can continue to enrich and enhance our Board as we work to meet the challenges of ensuring good governance. 

If you have a background in Finance, Accountancy or Audit and an interest in supporting the arts and promoting wellbeing we would like you to consider applying to join Seacourt’s Board of Directors.

Please download the application pack here:

For more information or to arrange to speak with our Director, Emma Drury please email emmadrury@seacourt-ni.org.uk or visit www.seacourt-ni.org.uk

The deadline for applications has been extended to Monday 19th April at 5pm.

Our Board of Directors is made up of members who want to play a role in Seacourt’s growth and development. They come from a range of backgrounds including law and education. 

If you would like to read some background information about our current board of directors, please click the link below: 

Creative Peninsula 2022

Seacourt are hosting several events as part of creative peninsula 2022, including; family printmaking workshops, cyanotype, letterpress and much more..

Printmaking Courses Spring 2022

Join Seacourt Print Workshop this Spring for a full programme of printmaking courses including screen printing, salt etch, traditional etching, mono printing and many more…

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.

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER: