Edinburgh Printmakers has made available online ‘the largest contemporary art print archive in Scotland’ – hundreds of editions available to collectors and the public to view and buy, representing over fifty years of printmaking. Edinburgh Printmakers is Britain’s oldest open access printmaking studio, and has made the archive searchable by artist and artwork, printmaking type and collection. The launch exhibition, Spotlight, highlights a small selection of these works from twenty artists including Alan Davie, Hanna Tuulikki, Kate Downie, Alasdair Gray, Sandy Moffat, Kirsty Whiten, and Graeme Todd (work pictured).
Work on digitising the archive and making it available began in March 2020, by a dedicated team painstakingly cataloguing, scanning and researching the entire archive, with over 600 editions by more than 200 artists so far added online. One of the oldest such archives in Europe, it looks back to Edinburgh Printmakers’ relatively humble beginnings above a shop in the city’s Victoria Street and forward to the state-of-the-art printmaking facility and creative hub at Castle Mills, Fountainbridge, opened in April 2019.
The result is a vast variety of artists’ work now available to view and purchase online via a new web shop, featuring meticulously-scanned, quality images with accurate colours to assist the prospective purchaser make decisions, allowing visitors to view the print at scale on the wall in a domestic setting. Prices start from £95. Purchasers can choose to take advantage of the Own Art interest-free purchase scheme.