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"3rd Impact International Printmaking Conference"
2003-08-18 until 2003-09-12
Iziko Museums at the Castle of Good
Cape Town, ,
ZA South Africa
An exhibition of graphic work Prints from the Artists' Press Archive will be
shown by Iziko Museums at the Castle of Good Hope from 18 August to 12
September 2003. It forms part of the prestigious '3rd Impact International
Printmaking Conference', hosted by UCT Michaelis School of Fine Art, in
collaboration with Rhodes University. More than forty works will reveal the
diversity of talent that has been engaged in the collaborative productions
of these vibrant fine art prints.
Artists' Press founder, Mark Attwood, has worked in the printing field since
1981, initially an apprentice in The Broederstroom Press, his father's
printshop, and later trained in handprinting at Lowick House Print Workshop
in the United Kingdom. Mark became the first African to complete the
Professional Printer Programme at the renowned Tamarind Institute in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, and is at present the only Tamarind Master
Printer in Africa. On returning home from the United States he decided in
1991 to set up a lithography studio in Johannesburg, the Artists' Press, to
provide artists in southern Africa with a workshop, dedicated to the
production of limited edition hand printed lithographs. The Artists' Press
was the first professional collaborative print workshop set up in the
region. Since its inception it has grown from strength to strength and today
offers a variety of print media to artists as well as publishing lithographs
and selling prints and artists' books. It is internationally recognised for
its role in developing the culture of printmaking in Africa.
The Artists' Press has worked with many well known South African artists,
emerging talent and artists from abroad. Published artists include Sam
Nhlengethwa, Penny Siopis, Dumisani Mabaso, Kim Berman, Chris Diedericks,
Flip Hattingh, Kendell Geers, Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, David
Koloane, Patrick Mautloa, Tommy Motswai, Dianne Victor, Nhlanhla Xaba, and
in a different vein even former president Nelson Mandela.
This exhibition is a tribute through a series of artists' prints to the
important influence of the Artists' Press on South African printmaking.