The 1st of December marked the launch of Edinburgh Printmakers members’ Kinship exhibition, which will run until the 23rd of December at their Castle Mills venue on Dundee St. This is their second members’ exhibition, last year’s Solace being the first.
There are 64 printmakers represented and 112 works on display in the exhibition. All these works are available to buy, the proceeds going towards artists, art practice and art education. Kinship celebrates ‘the building of community and feelings of belonging relating to the world around us’. Edinburgh Printmakers – a creative hub for printmaking – has developed such a community, and the exhibition is a celebration of the work that goes on day in and day out at the studios. The array of printmaking techniques showcased also attests Castle Mills’ ambition to break printmaking from convention.
Alongside the members’ exhibition is a retrospective exhibition of selected works by Alastair Clark, the Head of Editions, who entered his 30th year working for Edinburgh Printmakers in 2022. This exhibition includes highlights form Clark’s career such as his 1992 work Edinburgh Rock. In his position at Edinburgh Printmakers, Clark works closely with the other artists using the studio, editioning their work as part of the Edinburgh Printmakers print publishing programme. During his speech at the opening night, Clark described the ‘magic moment’ of revealing a print and how this can be shared by all those using the studios.
Edinburgh Printmakers’ 2023 workshops are already available to book via their website, offering the chance to get involved in their creative community and the printmaking practice.
This weekend (Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th December), Edinburgh Printmakers will also be hosting a Christmas Market from 11am – 5pm at the Castle Mills venue. If you miss the opportunity to go to this, their shop sells beautiful prints and other unique gifts. The shop supports the Own Art finance scheme, which makes purchasing works more affordable by spreading the cost over 10 months at 0% interest.
With thanks to Amy Miles for attending the exhibition for this review.