A few weeks ago WPG President Martha Oatway wrote about the Keith Brown artist talk she saw at ArtLab. The following post is the start of our new series, Postcards from the UK, written by Martha during her sojourn in the UK.
I am half way through a two year stint in Preston, UK. Preston is in the Northwest of England, east of Blackpool and south of the Lake District. The city is home to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) which has a student body of over 32,000. I discovered Artlab which is part of the university’s printmaking department and have had the opportunity to spend a year making friends and making prints.
ArtLab Contemporary Print Studio provides access to the print workshop for 4 hours on a Wednesday evening from the start of the university fall semester through to the summer break.
Artlab member artists are from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. For some printmaking is the core of their artistic development and for others the print studio enhances their practice in a different discipline.
The ArtLab Contemporary Print Studio is run by Tracy Griffin Hill and Magda Starwarska-Beavan. They provide guidance and technical advice on all aspects of printmaking. Artlab has a wide range of facilities for etching, relief, lithography, silkscreen and digital.
During the next months I’ll write more about Artlab, the individual artists and their work along with some of the non-toxic etching techniques Tracy Hill practices.