Edinburgh Printmakers Members’ Show is the first such exhibition to take place at its Castle Mills base, after its move there in 2019. The title, Solace, refers to the experience that members of Edinburgh Printmakers have found in the arts over the past eighteen months, celebrating ‘the beauty of a form which provides deep satisfaction and joy for both makers and audiences’. The pandemic dominated this period, making it difficult or impossible for artforms such as printmaking, which rely on studio-based processes. However some members have produced work at home, and others returned to the Printmakers’ studio when it reopened after lockdown.
The work on display includes print on paper, textiles and ceramics, and in all marks a triumphant climax to this year, celebrating the resilience of the members, and the return of the building’s studio to operation. Sixty members’ work is on show, and displayed to emphasise the shared themes that emerge from the work, such as window views, close contemplations of domestic interiors, walks outdoors; also the prominence of the colour blue, and the escapism of abstract experimentation, alongside an evident kinship in colour palettes and forms of mark-making.