New chapter for London Printworks Trust

As Chair, I'm pleased to announce that London Printworks Trust are in a process of transformation. Since our Arts Council core funding was withdrawn this time last year we have worked very hard to come up with an alternative form of organisation to ensure a viable future. 

On behalf of the Trustees I would like to thank Lorna Dallas-Conte and every member of the team for an exceptional year of work since the devasting news of our funding cut and am hugely proud of everything they've done, especially COUNTERFEAT - you can still buy notes now which will continue to support the new organisation. The Victoria Beckham notes will be withdrawn from the online shop at the end of June - so if you'd like a £50 cat note buy now!

Thank you to departing Trustees: Judy Hague, Carole Collet, Kate Hinds and James Barrett and welcome new Trustees, Liz O'Sullivan, Daniel Gayle and Michael Armstrong joining Andy Rothery who remains our Treasurer.

By following LPT blog you'll be kept up to date with news and information.


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Craft NI making it Belfast

After our making it seminar at Down Arts Centre and visit to the studio of goldsmith Diane Lyness I was lucky enough to spend time in Belfast, including going to the opening of the new Titanic Museum, a walk past Alison Lowry's studio at the University of Ulster and to Ulster Museum where wildlife photograper Matthew Maran found some animals that didn't move when he pointed his camera!


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Craft Northern Ireland Making It

The second session for Craft Northern Ireland's Making It series is developing ranges and exploring markets. It follows up the initial business planning session which took place in January.

I will be joined by Matthew Maran wildlife photographer and we will outline how we have worked together since 2006 using the techniques described in the seminars. Matt's work has focused on Vancouver Island and culminated in a book published in 2011. 

There are still places available to book and the session will take place at Down Arts Centre on 29th March so book and see you there.

The session on 14th June will feature guest, Holly Berry, weaver to share techniques used when working with me as her mentor on the Crafts Council Hothouse scheme.

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Craft Northern Ireland Making It Group 2012-2013

The 2012-2013 Making it group (from left to right) taken at Ulster University Belfast.

Michelle Stephens - textile

Eamonn Higgins - metal

Alison Lowry - glass

Katie Brown - textile

Catherine Keenan - glass

Diane Lyness - goldsmith

Look forward to seeing what we can achieve together over the next two years!

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British Museum adds to collection

Fundraising for London Printworks Trust through has led to notes being added to the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum. The Curator of Modern Money, British Museum said,

"The Department of Coins and Medals strives to collect objects and ephemera which relate to all aspects of monetary exchange, and the notes produced by the London Printworks Trust neatly reflect the link between art and finance. In this interpretation they are historically reminiscent of the George Cruitkshank engraved notes and Bank Restriction skit notes of the early 1800s. Like these earlier notes, the notes produced by London Printworks are not only artistically interesting, but they strike a resonant chord in a time of financial uncertainty, and we are pleased to be able to include them in our own collection."


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Craft Northern Ireland Making It - session one business planning

The first session in the Making It series will take place on 20th January 2012 at the University of Ulster on the topic of business planning. Makers and designers are welcome to attend and can book through Craft Northern Ireland. 



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