Multi Matrix - Print Symposium

March 13th, 2020. The MAC Belfast

Belfast Print Workshop, in partnership with Ulster University and Seacourt Print Workshop are pleased to present; Multi Matrix - a symposium on the possibilities for print across creative practice in Northern Ireland. 

Supported by funding from Belfast City Council and with invited international speakers from a variety of backgrounds this one-day event is designed to create dialogue between printmakers, educators and the creative industries, and to inspire opportunities for collaboration, learning and professional advancement within printmaking practice. 

Guest speakers include;

  • Tracy Hill 
    Artist Tracy Hill is currently a research associate and co-leader of Artlab Contemporary Print Studios at the University of Central Lancashire. Hill’s practice investigates and reconsiders the relationship between our developing digital capabilities and the aesthetics of the traditional hand created mark. 

  • Malgorzata Warlikowska ET BER 
    Artist working in printmaking (linocut, silkscreen, silkscreen on ceramics), sculpture, ceramics and painting. Since 1997 she has been a faculty member at the Academy of Fine Art in Wroclaw, Poland where she is currently she is a Head of Graphic Expansion. She presented her works in approximately 50 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 100 group exhibitions and competitions. Malgorzata will be leading a Print for Sculpture Demostration on using screenprint to create your own decales that can be applied to glass or ceramics.

  • Sumi Perera 
    Interdisciplinary artist, academic and curator who makes interactive print installations, using electroconductive and thermochromic inks, to generate sound to mutate in colour, exploiting her background as a doctor and scientist. Born in Sri Lanka, she now lives and works in the UK. Sumi will be leading an experimental masterclass on March 14th and 15th in conjunction with the symposium. This event is ticketed separately. For tickets and more information, visit the course page. 

  • Andrew Folan
    Artist specialising in print and conceptual photography with a fascination for how these two subjects offer distinct possibilities while sharing a common ground. He is interested in the potential to alter and mutate that printing plate (matrix) as a means to create dynamic time-based prints through multiple and transitional iterations. Andrew studied at National College of Art and Design, Dublin (NCAD) and at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. He is the head of Print at NCAD.

As part of a Print Isn't Dead Project, Seacourt Print Workshop is exploring the use of film to start conversations, that are continued through print in a method of socially engaged practice. Director of Seacourt, Emma Drury and Ann Donnelly, Engagement and Outreach Officer, Digital Film Archive, who are a project partner, will discuss the pilot, talk about future plans and test the approach with symposium attendees.

panel discussion form various local practitioners working with print across differnt practices including graphics, painting and textiles will also feature and locate the conversation on what opportunities and challenges exist for printmaking here in Northern Ireland.

After the symposium we're hosting a showcase of print from across Northern Ireland! Join us from 5pm-8pm in the Gallery Space downstairs in Cotton Court for a reception, some informal networking, and post-symposium drinks and snacks! Anyone doing print in Northern ireland is welcome to bring work to be displayed in the showcase, even if you don't have a ticket to the symposium. If you would like to submit, please get your work to Belfast Print Workshop by the afternoon of March 6th, or the morning of March 9th at the very latest. This showcase is open to everyone!

Book tickets through our Get Invited page.


The common definition of matrix is ‘the cultural, social, or political environment in which something develops’. In printmaking ‘matrix’ refers to the source - plate, stone, screen.. from which the image originates - each process lends unique characteristics to the final product. Increasingly, the environment for art-making is cross disciplinary, combining mediums, techniques and influences. There is a need for artists, arts organisations and educational institutions alike to utilise a range of skills and services to remain sustainable and diversify income sources. The symposium will respond to this need by offering: 

  • Fresh perspectives for approaching print from other areas of artist practice

  • Inspiration for applying print within education and well-being

  • Sharing of ‘best practice’ experience for finding a market for artwork and related skills 

Who’s it for?

This symposium has been designed to re-connect our community of artists and makers from established professionals to passionate amateurs.  So if you love any of the following; art, print, drawing, graphics, paper, imagery, design, materials or processes - this is for you!

Expect a full day of inspiring talks, discussion and opportunities to get to know your print community.  Lunch is provided. The symposium is an opportunity to progress the dialogue about ‘how can we bring printmaking skills to a wider community within education, the arts and creative industries?’


Ticket Prices and Booking Instructions

Full Price - £35 

Members Ticket - £25 

*Members of any of the Print Network Ireland Studio Groups can avail of the Discounted Members ticket, as can Registered Students. Print Studio Members should provide the name of their studio group and students will be asked to provide an image of their Student ID. 

If online booking is not for you, it's possible to pay by Cash, Card or Cheque at the BPW studio.