Empty shop houses Cardiff Print Workshop exhibition

Thursday 12 August 2010, 11:40

Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

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Following their first successful exhibition at the 2010 National Eisteddfod, the Cardiff Print Workshop have turned an empty retail unit in one of Cardiff's famed shopping arcades into an exhibition space.

Untitled, etching by Georgina Brownlow

Untitled, etching by Georgina Brownlow

Cardiff Print Workshop, a not-for-profit organisation, has been based in the Welsh capital for 20 years. The workshop comprises 20 artists who aim to inform and inspire people about this less well-known art form and the exciting techniques and methods used to create unique pieces of art.

The voluntarily-run workshop at the Howardian Centre specialises in the more traditional methods of printmaking, such as etching and stone lithography, mono printing and engraving.

Hozuki, etching and chine colle by Jane Marchesi

Hozuki, etching and chine colle by Jane Marchesi

Having successfully obtained a grant from the Arts Council of Wales to enable an exhibition in the National Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale earlier this month, Cardiff Print Workshop wanted to bring the successful show back to Cardiff.

They have rented out an empty shop space, unit 12-14, in Cardiff's High Street Arcade for two weeks, with the exhibition set to run until 21 August.

Green Haze, etching by Lauren Burgess

Green Haze, etching by Lauren Burgess

Lauren Burgess of the Cardiff Print Workshop commented: "This is a wonderful opportunity for us and also for the people in Cardiff to learn and appreciate the methods of printmaking."

The exhibition will finish with an Art Print Market on Saturday 21 August, where people will be able to purchase original prints at lower prices.

For further information on the Cardiff Print Workshop visit their website. You can also listen to an interview with Lauren Burgess and Catherine Ade from the CPW on the Guardian Cardiff website.

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