• Date: Friday 25 May 2018 – Friday 1 June 2018
  • Time: 10:00 – 16:00
  • Location: Avenue Gallery
  • Cost: Free

W11 art poster

‘W11’  brings together a collection of work by this year’s Printmaking Fellows Elaine Elcoat, Charlotte Richards, Jack Whitney and Juliet Bankes.


Private Viewing: Thursday 24 May 5-8pm

Exhibition Dates: 25 May – 1 June 2018, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm (closed weekends and Bank Holidays)

Contact: 01604 893050 or gallery@northampton.ac.uk


Now in its fourth year, the Fellowship offers recent graduates the opportunity to hone their skills whilst contributing to the complex running of an open access workshop.  The Fellows’ professional development and the continuing pursuit of their own art practice is central to the scheme, and the exhibition ‘W11’ is an important milestone for them. It functions as a culmination of their valued commitment to the University and acts as a springboard to a new chapter in their careers as arts professionals.

‘W11’ is named after the official location of the University’s Printmaking workshop, The work on show represents a diverse and eclectic range of printmaking practice. however these four artists demonstrate that while printmaking may often take place within the Print Room or through ‘traditional’ printmaking processes, it can extend far beyond simple and familiar definitions of printmaking. Through these artists we are able to see printmaking in a broader and expanded context, this may be through a questioning of the formal boundaries of printmaking or through engaging with broader social issues as in the work of Jack who explores issues of sexuality and gender stereotyping with a mixture of humour and intelligence.

In contrast Elaine deals with the actual space of the Print Room, coating every surface with a layer of latex or silicone to take beautiful impressions of her surroundings. She uses printmaking as a record of what is already left through the imprint or trace of human activity and presence.

Charlotte breaks traditional printmaking rules, producing large-scale folded screenprints, using hand held scanner imagery. This combines a concept of print becoming a sculptural hybrid and at the same time begins to involve contemporary forms of digital image generation.

Meanwhile Juliet’s work explores the invisible world of digital signals that surround us and has been inspired by the sound in the Print Room; radio, WiFi routers and satellites inform her work. Again here we have an engagement with digital information and contemporary culture. However, in this work the information is sonic in nature and is translated back to the visual via printmaking.