A first for thegallery@360°
In return for all commission from sales of their work being donated to Children’s Hospice South West’s, Little Bridge House, the 360° Trust has for the first time made its gallery space available to allow students of the art of printmaking to showcase their work and the new skills they have learnt in the last year.
The students have all studied printmaking with Helen Tranckle, a long time resident artist at the 360° Trust and who started her printmaking classes for artists of all abilities in March of this year.
The show features select works from the newly created portfolios of some of those students including David Ames, Gill Jones, Allie Garrity, Jane Willis and Helen Allcock.
Helen who has has been inspired by her students says, “The pleasure in teaching invariably ends up as a two way relationship which benefits both student and tutor…it can be very illuminating seeing how each student interprets a particular subject so differently”. It’s also thrilling to watch people develop from tentatively printing off their first image to seeing a drying rack full of prints in a very short space time’.
The exhibition is a celebration for students and teacher alike and is a fitting end to the first year of these popular classes featuring work that explores the many varied techniques and materials available to the printmaker and the stunning results that can be achieved with the benefit of an experienced and dedicated teacher with access to the facilities of her professional printmaking studio.
The show will include woodcuts, linocuts, dry point etching, lino etching and mono printing which express an insight into the personal journey and style of each artist. The nature of print can be viewed traditionally as purely a graphic image but in the exhibition it is clear that fine art has been a clear and incisive part of printmaking.
During the exhibition, there will also be two open studio days providing an opportunity for those inspired by the exhibition and interested in taking up printmaking for themselves to explore Helen’s studio, watch demonstrations and maybe give it a try themselves.