Double Elephant is an open access community based printmaking studio available to anyone, professional printmakers, artists and beginners alike. We aim to offer resources, equipment and tuition to the highest professional standards. We encourage creativity and artistic personal development through a friendly approach and a focus on the artistic integrity of your printmaking.
Redefining Printmaking - And they’re Off!
Redefining Print is the name for Double Elephant’s new 2 year project, which will examine and explore the nature of printmaking today. We LOVE printmaking and we want it to be used and explored by all artists, not just those who are trained and practiced in printmaking. Printmaking has huge life and character and we know there’s massive potential for how printmaking is perceived and utilised.
It’s common that those artists who go to art school, learn something of printmaking there. It’s also common that after art school, without the access to the presses and other equipment, that printmaking fails to remain a viable part of their artist’s practice. Without access to technical support and equipment, it is difficult for contemporary artists to have printmaking as a potential resource for exploration.
Contemporary artists ask questions about the world we live in. They do this through the work they make, both the way they make it (known as ‘process’) and what they make (the ‘output’). Both the process and the output have boundless, limitless possibilities.
So, to explore how we could redefine print, Double Elephant will collaborate with contemporary artists to explore what they think about printmaking, and all of its characteristics including, the community, the customs, the sensory environment (smells, touch etc.)
And.. Da Ta! Our commissioned artists are: Mary Leahy, Bryony Gillard, Clare Thornton and Katy Connor. (Welcome! We can’t wait to meet you!) Alongside these 4 artists we have commissioned a writer, Carolyn Black and a film from artist Volkhardt Mueller.
These six artists are the foundations. Their close questioning and exploration will lead the way. Come and join the journey.
A day in the Life of Double Elephant - WEEK 6
Martha Harris, 3rd year undergraduate at Exeter University is shadowing some of the Directors, Tutors and the Outreach & Education Coordinator at Double Elephant. Here is some of her news…
This week has been a week of variety.
On Monday Catherine and I ambled down to Taunton to take down the brilliant exhibition of Double Elephant prints on show at the Brewhouse Arts Centre. Whilst making sure the prints were all removed and stowed away safely was relatively simple, it was nice for me to have followed this exhibition from start to finish; from curating, to hanging, to removal at the end.
On Tuesday Catherine and I started the day by visiting ISCA College of Media Arts, where we met with the deputy head teacher to discuss a project that Double Elephant would take part in in league with the Local Area Base Provision Fund. This fund allows children who are struggling for some reason in school, perhaps due to disrupted home lives, to take part in a one day a week one term project centring around the arts – in this case, printmaking.
Catherine discussed the possibility of elements such as day trips to galleries to help inspire the children, and the hope that the project should culminate in an exhibition to which the children can invite friends and family. This sounds like a brilliant project to be involved in, allowing the kids to take a day out to focus on the therapeutic process of printmaking, which would then hopefully help them to restore their attention to their school work.
We then popped in to the Guildhall in Exeter to say hello to some staff members of S.A.F.E. www.safe-services.org.uk/ who were setting up their own exhibition for their AGM, including the prints they had developed with Double Elephant during an arts & creative writing project at the refuge. Whilst we couldn’t really be of much help, it was nice to talk to the staff members further about their thoughts on the print project, and to hear how much they both enjoyed and found the process beneficial.
Finally, on Wednesday I went into the Double Elephant office to help their business manager Claire with some of the more technical aspects that go in to the running of the print workshop. For example, I spent most of the morning helping Claire update and format the new, soon to be up and running Double Elephant website, something I had never encountered before and found really interesting! It was great to be involved in something I would have previously thought to be too dauntingly technical, allowing me to brush up on my computer skills and learn a new process at the same time.
Note from Double Elephant.. Big Thank you to Martha who has been a star helping out this term. Thank you.
Contemporary Artists Explore Printmaking - Bursary Scheme
- Statement of how this opportunity will benefit you and your practice with a proposal for your intended activity (max.800 words)
- Artist Statement
- 5-8 images of your work
- The four selected artists will each be required to deliver a talk about their practice and their experience for Double Elephant members.
- Material costs are not included and will vary depending on the processes used and the paper chosen.
- Selected artists must commit to all six sessions.
- Double Elephant will retain a proof of all prints made.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.