Enjoy art made from printmakers’ skills

In today’s digital age, the term ‘print’ conjures up images of commercial mass production, such as books or newspapers. However, for contemporary printmakers, the medium of print-making is a vital tool for artistic expression.

Print-making is an art form in which artists skilfully transfer original designs, carved into materials such linoleum, cardboard or wood, then inked and pressed onto paper. Unlike a digital copy, a print is an original hand-produced article, each unique within their limited editions. Different printing methods are used, each adding distinctive characteristics to the finished artwork. Artists express their uniqueness with different techniques, choosing methods to best express their individual styles and subjects.

Island Printmakers, a collective of five local artists, have come together to present a new exhibition at Quarr Abbey gallery.

Showcasing diversity in style and theme, the exhibition promises an array of affordable hand-made prints and colourful homewares, making original art accessible to everybody.

Beyond the gallery, Quarr Abbey offers tranquil walks and inspiring surrounds. You can soak up the serenity of the Abbey, feed the pigs and visit the well-stocked farm shop then relax with coffee and cake in the cafe.

From Thursday (April 4), until next Tuesday, the gallery doors will be open from 10am to 4pm. A special preview evening is being held on Wednesday from 5.30pm, when visitors can chat to the artists, learn about the endless artistic possibilities of print-making and enjoy the exhibition.