The Lumen Print Collection Champions North East Talent

18 September 2020

The Lumen Print collection, curated by Northern Print, the North East’s centre for original printmaking, celebrates talent from across the UK on a theme of ‘light’. 

The Lumen Print collection, curated by Northern Print, the North East’s centre for original printmaking, celebrates talent from across the UK on a theme of ‘light’. 

Three of the six selected artists are based in the North East. Anja Percival and Eunice Routledge both have studios in County Durham and Newcastle University graduate Rachael Clewlow, is based at Cobalt Studios in Newcastle’s cultural quarter of Ouseburn.

Northern Print has worked with Rachael Clewlow a number of times since her 2013 exhibition ‘Orders of Scale’ alongside Alex Charrington and Nick Kennedy. Her process of depicting transferring details of the journeys she makes from painstakingly neat diaries to graphic form is methodical to the point of becoming almost scientific in nature.  

A short film created for The Lumen by Newcastle based filmmaker, Alan Fentiman, documents Clewlow’s rigorous process from conception to realisation. It is part of a series of films made to launch The Lumen Print Collection.

Reflecting upon Clewlow’s work, Northern Print’s Director Anna Wilkinson said:

“We really value being able to support the region’s graduates as they develop their professional practice. Part of this is about getting to know each artist and understanding their work and interests over a longer timeframe. This means we can match artists to projects and shape opportunities to be even more valuable. 

The idea of a commission relating to Joseph Swann and the connection to the city seemed really suited to Rachael’s way of working and avoided perhaps more obvious responses to the theme. We hope that the commission opened up new ideas for Rachael in her work as well as showcasing the quality of printmaking in the city”.

At a time when working in the cultural sector is proving to be challenging, The Lumen Print Collection project has been a very positive collaboration between the creative industries and private sector. 

The series of artist films by Alan Fentiman will continue to be released throughout September and October.

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