We are delighted to announce that the Printmakers Council has received £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund through their Sharing Heritage1 programme, for an exciting project,Telling the Story of the Printmakers Council. In the run up to our 50th Anniversary Celebrations, the project will catalogue and preserve our archives, digitise archive material for our new website and enhance a special exhibition at the Bankside Gallery in November 2015.
The project will preserve papers including those dating back to the earliest meetings and exhibitions from the 1960s. Once catalogued, the whole archive will be housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Some of the archive including the Printmakers Council’s newsletter will be digitised and made accessible on our new website.
The project will also contribute to an Anniversary Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery in November 2015. The exhibition will include loaned works by early members alongside current members’ work. The award will finance heritage interpretation boards and a publication about the history of the Printmakers Council available free of charge to the public. Free talks and workshops will be organised during the run of the exhibition.
The Printmakers Council is a national not for profit organisation founded in 1965 to promote and benefit artist printmaking. It does this through a continuous series of print exhibitions and educational outreach events uninterrupted from 1965 to the present day. The first committee included Michael Rothenstein, Anthony Gross, Merlyn Evans, Julian Trevelyan, Brigit Skiold, Stanley Jones, Alistair Grant and Gertrude Hermes. Immediately regarded as both important and prestigious, its membership at that time included Graham Sutherland and John Piper. Later artists who exhibited with PmC included David Hockney, Allan Jones and the young Tracey Emin.
Commenting on the award, Chairman Margaret Ashman said
“We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund so that our archive can be preserved in the V & A and made available to all online. The project will allow our exhibition at the Bankside Gallery to inform a wide audience about our rich heritage.”
Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said:
“Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that The Printmakers Council can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them.”