Participating artists at Northern Print
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Ellen Heck
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Marcelle Hanselaar
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Trevor Banthorpe
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Julie Roch-Cuerrier
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Print Award Winners 2014

1 July 2014

The winners of the third International Print Biennale Print Awards have been announced. This prestigious Award attracted artists from all over the world – many of whom travelled to the Preview and Print Awards Announcement on 27 June. The Awards were announced by Stephen Chambers RA

Summary of winners:

Bob and Roberta Smith - The Bryan Robertson Trust Award of £6000

Ellen Heck - Northern Print International Residency Prize open to non-UK based artists.

Ellen Heck - V&A Print Prize. The winning print will be included in the V&A's collection and featured on the V&A's website with text about the print by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator (Prints)

Marcelle Hanselaar-†Clifford Chance Purchase Prize†including an opportunity for the selected artist to show a wider selection of their work at Clifford Chance's London offices at Canary Wharf.

Julie Roch-Cuerrier - National Glass Centre Residency Prize †An opportunity for the artist to explore techniques in glass and print.

Trevor Banthorpe - Northern Print Collaborative Prize - An opportunity for the artist to work with master printmaker, Kip Gresham (The Print Studio, Cambridge) to develop skills and create new work.

Three further artists have also been invited to exhibit their work as part of the Biennale with each selector nominating one artist each - Jane Kent, Keith Coventry and Bedwyr Williams. Williams recently represented Wales at the Venice Biennale and for the Print Awards 2014 he has produced a new series of prints to accompany his film, ‘Echt’.

In addition to the Print Awards showcasing at Northern Print and Hatton Gallery over 25 venues will be hosting print-related exhibitions and events to celebrate the history of printmaking and the role of printmaking in contemporary artists’ practice through the Biennale.

International Print Biennale Director, Anna Wilkinson says:

“We are delighted to see the increasing importance of the International Print Biennale and the Print Awards as a prestigious event for printmaking . The winners this year are a reflection of the eloquent and diverse print work being created by artists all over the world and to be able to showcase that work in the UK and specifically across the North East is a privilege.”

Artist Bob and Roberta Smith commenting on his first ever Award for his work noted: “It’s amazing to win this prize! I want to thank Paupers Press for commissioning me and editioning the prints. I want to thank also the subjects of the prints. In different ways they have shared who I am. I was brought up by a very strong mother and two elder sisters. Feminism is hugely humanistic and a deeply humanitarian approach to life. The depth of human expression in the work of these ten feminist icons is a huge gift to us all, men and women.”

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