Begin Selling Out with Artquest

Now, it’s not often London Printworks asks creative people to sell themselves or their work out, but we are pleased to say that Artquest have found a way that keeps the dignity and integrity intact.

We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Artquest, londonprintstudio and Four Corners on the Selling Out project to provide talks and subsidised studio access, which will equip artists with the knowledge they need to sustain their practice.  It provides a practical project to test out ideas which can generate income through sales of editioned artworks.  Aimed at artists and makers at any stage in their careers that already have the necessary practical skills to create their own work – in printmaking and photography – but are looking for ways to develop new editions. Artists and makers in London are under increasing financial pressure, but many remain unaware of the more ingenious ways in which they can support themselves through their art practice.

There will be three stages of the project:

  1. Phase one: during June-July 2011 a series of three introductory talks by artists who make money to support their practice through editions of textiles, printmaking and photography, with tours of workshop facilities
  2. Phase two: a manufacturing period from July-October 2011, where artists and makers can use workshop facilities to create new limited-edition artworks.  Ongoing support from Artquest and workshop advisors is available during this phase manufacturing period.
  3. Phase three: selected editions will be sold at a specialist market-place.
    Artquest will also grant 3 Development Awards of £200 each, to help three selected artists or makers to develop their multiples further.

The series of talks taking place through June and July will begin the process of helping makers develop their own financial support systems by using their own work.

London Printworks’ talk will be on Tuesday 12 July 2011 featuring talk by printmaker Linda Florence, who teaches on LPT’s repeat course and is known for her use of traditional silk screen, laser etching and flocking to make a variety of wallpapers, textiles and limited edition works. There will also be a tour and talk on London Printworks’ facilities and 20 year history.

This would be a great opportunity for paper and textile printmakers to develop their practice within a specialist workshop and discover a wealth of possibilities.

To find out more and to book a place on our Selling Out talk, click here.

image: copyright of Linda Florence.

About London Printworks Trust

London Printworks Trust is the centre of excellence for textile print. Our passion has continued for twenty years since establishing ourselves as a charity to encourage professional artists, designers and emerging talent to learn, to share ideas, to produce new work and to fulfil their creative potential. Through our specialist hand printing equipment and workshop facilities we support and nurture creativity in people from the local community of Brixton, and across London. We are developing a new programme of residency places, courses, talks and new open access in response to the changes to funding. We appreciate and thank the support from our Board, Volunteers and Freelancers, without whom we would not have survived the changes to our funding. Continued support from The Leverhulme Trust and Lambeth also helps us to make a difference.
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