Printmaking at Bradford School of Art
A fortunate ABC: Art School, Biennale, Community
24 February to 8 April 2020
This exhibition looks back at the work that has been produced by the printmaking courses at Bradford School of Art. It is open to the public at the Dye House Gallery and is free of charge. Open Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm
How to find us
Dye House Gallery, Lister Building, Carlton Street, Bradford BD7 1AY.
More about the exhibition
"Historically, Bradford Regional College of Art taught the applied arts, notably textiles, technical drawing and printing for the needs of industry. But a printmaking Diploma made print also an option for painters and fine art experiment; from the earliest printed books the pleasures of decoration were often taken.
In the late 1960s the College set up a Community Arts course and added ‘Community’ to its name. One important teacher and author (‘The language of television’) was Albert Hunt, who taught theatre using video. The other technology being used for its ease and contemporary relevance was photo-silkscreen. Lecturers Ian Colverson and Alan Marks were also making significant photo-etching work. Ian taught summer schools for several years at UCLA and brought ideas back to Bradford. A community printshop was set up next door to the department, putting causes on the city’s walls. Meanwhile the city’s International Print Biennale continued to grow in importance. The third one in 1972 had attracted 3,360 entries. Ian was one of the advisers and the International Jury included Michael Rothenstein and Pontus Hulten. Alan designed the poster for the fifth Biennale. So, some very productive relationships.
In 1993 an MA in printmaking was established. With lecturers Simon Ford and Manya Donaque it expanded to include photography and fine art; all of this offering an engagement in critical debate, not least around postmodernism. A project to emerge from this was ‘Hibrida’, a series of exchanges with printmakers including art schools in the Czech Republic and Poland. ‘Hibrida’: the offspring of a master and a slave, of a tame sow and a wild boar. The term for us was positive, crossing hierarchies; a plural approach to the notion and function of a print/multiple."