West Yorkshire Print Workshop is delighted to be hosting the 20:20 Print Exchange during February. The 20:20 Print Exchange started in 2009 as a project between Hot Bed Press in Salford and Red Hot Press in Southampton, and has grown each year as other print workshops have been invited to take part. Over 50,000 prints have been created and exchanged in the past 6 years.
Every participating artist (in 2015 there were 583) is asked to produce a new edition of 25 prints on paper size 20cm x 20cm. In return each artist receives a box set of 20 randomly selected prints (including their own print and 19 others).
Each workshop also receives one set of randomly selected prints and one ‘twinned’ set whereby workshops are randomly matched to another print workshop, each receiving a set of 10 of their own members’ prints and one set of the ‘twinning partner workshop’. This year there are 43 workshops taking part and Islensk Grafik from Iceland as a guest international print studio.
One print from every participant is kept by Hot Bed Press to exhibit nationally. In 2015 the tour started at Hot Bed Press and went on to Neo:Gallery in Bolton. The exhibition at WYPW is the third venue on its tour during 2016.
Viewers to the exhibition will see a snap shot of printmaking practice from across the UK – a rich variety of print processes and techniques; and a wealth of visual styles and content.
“This year we expanded the boundaries to allow 4 university print departments to take part from Salford, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool. It’s good to see students embracing this, getting into printmaking and editioning, and finding out about the network of print workshops around the UK” says Sean Rorke, Creative Director of Hot Bed Press.