Multi Matrix - Print Symposium
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.
International guest speakers include;
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 ET BER Warlikowska
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
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.
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.
A 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.
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
*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.