Cash boost will help local artists

Northern Print's director Anna Wilkinson with studio user Meg Held. Picture by Jill Tate
Northern Print's director Anna Wilkinson with studio user Meg Held. Picture by Jill Tate
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Artists and art lovers are set to benefit from a cash boost to a local organisation.

Schools, community groups and students across the north east are among those in line for a boost after £200,000 was awarded to Northern Print, the region’s centre for original printmaking.

The development comes as Northern Print – which moved from North Shields Fish Quay to Ouseburn in Newcastle in 2006 – celebrates its 21st anniversary.

The past few years has seen a rise in printmaking techniques which embrace new technologies and the funding will enable Northern Print to offer affordable and free access to digital equipment such as a large format digital printer and a laser cutter and as well as offering expert tuition.

Northern Print’s director Anna Wilkinson said: “We are excited that we will be able to give more people an experience of printmaking with an incredible breadth of equipment and techniques on offer, from our Albion printing press from 1897 for printing woodblocks to our state of the art laser cutter.

“It also offers some really interesting opportunities for exploring the ability for these types of processes to be combined in truly unique ways.”

North east-based artist Rachael Clewlow said: “Northern Print is an invaluable resource for me as an artist.

“To have such great facilities, embracing both old and new technologies, beautiful gallery and highly skilled technicians on hand is something to be highly valued.

“This is an important North Eastern institution.”