I am putting up 10 prints for auction to raise money for East African Playgrounds, a charity that provides playground equipment for disadvantaged communities and refugees in Uganda.
The project provides opportunities for young people to make a real change for children in East Africa and relies on volunteers to work with local people to improve their school facilities and encourage play for young children who are often required to work and have no opportunities to simply be children.
My daughter, currently studying at the University of York, is planning to go to Uganda later this year to take part in such a project and is raising funds by various methods, including a 10k sponsored run! All monies raised from the auction will go directly to this*.
The prints are all from my archive, some of which are the very last ones, never to be reprinted! The work is all my own and each piece is signed and numbered where appropriate. Many of them are prints that have been recorded in progress and featured on my blog.
The first print is a large(ish) screenprint and apart from my own copy, this is the very last one…
I am setting the starting bid for each print at £10 and hope to raise as much money as possible for this.
The auctions will all be on EBAY and will begin on Saturday 3rd March, with a different print launched each day. I will also be posting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – please spread the word!
Charity website: https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/
My daughters fundraising page: https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/fundraisers/playgrounds-for-uganda
*excluding postage and packaging
Smaller prints will be mailed flat between boards. Larger prints will be mailed in a cardboard tube.
With the ‘Flatlands’ exhibition opening on Saturday, its been all hands to the pumps, planning, prepping and hanging at Greyfiars Artspace this week, with a little more to do tomorrow. The vinyl lettering for the window was installed yesterday and looking good against the reflection of the Greyfriars Tower.
There has been much measuring, levelling, considering and squinting through half closed eyes going on in order to get everything just right, all accompanied by Nick’s amazing silent whistling – honestly!
Getting everything measured out, level and marked up really brought out my OCD!
While elsewhere, things were a little less organised!
And finally, in a blast from the past, I actually put some old Letraset to use! Ah the memories…
Our opening event is tomorrow between 4 and 6pm – pop along if you can make it!
Ladies and Gentlemen of the internet, and especially those in the East Anglian area of Britain, you are cordially invited to:
I am honoured to be exhibiting some of my work amongst well established artists at this fine independent gallery in King’s Lynn in a couple of weeks time. All the works are inspired by the title, and will feature printmaking, photography, sculpture and mixed media pieces.
The exhibition is a King’s Lynn Festival fringe event that runs for the entire duration of the festival, which is a long established cultural celebration that attracts big names and lots of visitors to the town each year.
Greyfriars Art Space is an independent artist led initiative that provides professional exhibition space and affordable studio workspace, directly opposite the Town’s iconic Greyfriars Tower. Please support your local arts spaces and galleries.
I’ll post a little more in the week before, but for now, put it in your diary!
Just a few teasers of more block in progress…
I completed cutting the first three lino blocks and decided to do a few test prints to check how things were looking. I was not totally happy with one or two areas and wanted to check that had nailed a few details too, and a couple of prints on a cold but bright afternoon seemed like a good idea.
Because these were test prints I rummaged around and gathered a handful of sheets of leftovers and cracked open the black ink.
I’m generally quite pleased with the results but need to do some refining and cleaning up. A good start though.
I mentioned last time that I had bought some new tools. These are actually woodcarving tools and are a little bigger than what I’m used to. The four on the left are from my new Gerstaecker set and the one one the right is my trusty Abig that I am still using as well. I rather fancy some of those nifty Pfiel tools, but the Yorkshireman in me still baulks at the price, but you never know…
More lino shenanigans as it occurs…
I’ve been cutting some new lino blocks today after making a batch of drawings over the weekend. These are intended for inclusion in an exhibition later this year, so I’m only going to show some works in progress and close-ups so that I don’t reveal too much for now!
I have another two blocks drawn up ready to cut and three more ready to transfer to lino – just waiting for a new lino delivery. I have already bought some new tools which I’ll share another time.
I love the smell of cut lino in the morning…