40 years of BPW

Archive Articles

To celebrate BPW's 40th anniversary in 2017 we had an open-call to writers to respond to works featured in our extensive print archive.

The Belfast Print Workshop Archive is a vibrant collection of fine art prints which includes artists who were working Belfast in the 1970's right up to the present day - a wide range of techniques and styles are represented in the rich collection of over 1000 prints. As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations in 2017 we put out an open call to writers to respond to archive pieces of their own selection, in their own creative style. We’re very pleased to introduce you to the 3 selected writers; Stephanie Conn, Dan Brown and our own BPW member, Marcus Patton.   

Dan Brown is a Belfast-based writer and editor inspired by our shared storytelling tradition and punk heritage.

Stephanie Conn is a former primary school teacher and graduate of the MA programme at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Stephanie won the Yeovil Poetry Prize, Funeral Service NI prize and the inaugural Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing. Her first collection, ‘The Woman on the Other Side’ is published by Doire Press and was shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for best first collection. Her next collection is due to be published in May 2018.

Marcus Patton was born in Enniskillen and studied architecture at Queen’s University. His work ranges from pen-and-ink drawings to watercolours and silkscreen prints. He has drawn buildings in every county of Ireland and many parts of England, Scotland and Wales, and abroad as far as Australia. Much of his other work concerns music and includes some four hundred silk screened posters for concerts and operas. He has illustrated books on topography, music, architecture and fiction, and contributed illustrations to a wide variety of magazines. He was awarded the OBE in 1995. Marcus has been a BPW member since 1979 and is also a former BPW trustee.