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Short Print Collective

Short Print Collective
Written by Leeds College of Art  23/10/2014
Emma Morris from Leeds College of Art tells us about the ideas behind Short Print Collective.
"Leeds College Of Art printmakers have formed a Short Print Collective which includes people who teach and contribute to the short course print programme at the College. The Collective aims to establish a platform to share ideas and expertise in a wide variety of printmaking processes.
Image: Kirsty Williams
Their first brief is an exciting one; they are taking part in this year’s 20:20 print exchange run by Hot Bed Press in Manchester. 20:20 print exchange is a large scale touring print exhibition showcasing the print work of over 600 artists participating this year, from 45 print workshops making a grand total of 15,000 prints! The Short Print Collective has just submitted their prints for the exchange.  They have been working under the theme of ‘short’ using a wide range of print processes.
Image: Sue Carter
The idea of the print exchange is that every artist is asked to produce a new edition of 25 prints on paper size 20cm x 20cm, (paper size). In return each artist receives a box set of 20 randomly selected prints, (including their own print and 19 others). One print from every participant is kept by Hot Bed Press to exhibit and tour nationally. The Hot Bed Press prints are currently touring the UK and have so far toured from West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Gloucestershire Print Co-op, The Art House; Wakefield, The Print Shed; Hereford, and moves up to Hope House Prints in Leeds and the finally The Bluecoat in Liverpool.
Image : Laura Thompson
 “Forming the Short Print Collective has been a great way for staff to share ideas and get stuck into a project. Entering the 20:20 Print Exchange is an exciting opportunity to receive prints from other makers and have our work exhibited on a touring exhibition in the UK. We hope to continue developing the collective and work towards new projects and exhibitions in the future.”  Kirstie Williams, Print Workshop Technician at Leeds College of Art.
The Short Print Collective is made up of the following people:- Kirstie Williams, Sharon Bainbridge, Mick Welbourn, Alex Gaites, Andy Huggett, Wendy Bannister, Laura Thompson, Claire Curtin, Pete Blagg, Sue Carter, Gareth Wadkin. "
You can keep up to date with the Short Print Collective at https://www.facebook.com/shortprint
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