In 1965 a group of artists including Julian Trevelyan, Michael Rothenstein, Anthony Gross, Stanley Jones and Agatha Sorel saw the need for a society that would promote new developments within printmaking and formed the Printmakers Council. Since then it has consistently promoted the place of printmaking in the visual arts.
Read more about the history of the Printmakers Council here
In recent years, the Printmakers Council has organized exhibitions in London at the Bankside Gallery, Barbican Library, The National Theatre, The Mall Galleries and the Natural History Museum and throughout the UK inc Scarborough, Rye, Margate, Newcastle, Stockport and Weymouth. Internationally there have been exhibitions in Paris and exchanges with Landau, Germany and the Printmakers of Western Australia.
The Printmakers Council is an artist run, non-profit making organization the objectives of which are to promote the use of both traditional and innovative printmaking techniques by:
- Providing information on prints and printmaking to both its membership and the public
- Encouraging co-operation and exchanges between members, other associations and individuals
- Holding exhibitions of prints
The selection process for exhibitions is carried out by a panel made up from varying members of the committee. The membership is invited to submit up to three images in the form of slides or digitally printed photographs for selection. This usually occurs about four times a year. Selected work can be delivered to the PmC office or directly to the venue by arrangement.
Office deliveries can usually be made on Wednesdays after 2.00pm and before 6.00pm and on designated Saturdays. Galleries have varying hanging procedures and exhibitors are asked to carefully follow framing instructions. Hanging can be carried out by the gallery but is usually performed by volunteer members.
Exhibition costs will include a small submission fee, transport fee when applicable, hanging fee and a variable commission on sales. These should be taken into consideration when pricing your work.
The office is situated in Bermondsey at 23 Blue Anchor Lane, SE16. There is free roadside parking within the vicinity. Members are advised to first make contact by telephone on Wednesdays between 2.00pm and 6.00pm.