/ Cyanotypes at the Badger Press

With an early summer truly upon us, we’re getting set for this year’s Cyanotype courses at the Badger Press ~ running on the 9th of June & 11th of August (2018). Always a studio favourite; the cyanotype process is simple in principle, but coupled with a bit of ‘know how’, the right set-up and an explorative mind, rich and refined visual outcomes can be developed.


/ A welcome addition

In March 2017 we had the exciting and very welcome opportunity to introduce our first intern to the Badger Press studio. With support from the Excel internship programme – run by the University of Southampton, we were able to take on Piers Inkpen, a final year fine art student, studying at Winchester School of Art.

Piers spent a busy month with us in the studio. Along with assisting our technician’s broad spectrum of studio duties, Piers was tasked with helping us to produce website content, assisting with 2 ongoing research projects as well as using his own work to help develop studio processes and engage with our 2017 studio exhibition.

A welcome addition to the studio with fantastic application to the role; as well as the obligatory (and very much appreciated) ‘extra pair of hands’, Piers bought plenty of insight and challenging thought to the studio. Now graduated, Piers is finding his feet in the art world, exploring his unique and crafted combination of image and written word. We’re sure to see Piers back in the studio soon as he continues his experiments in printmaking. Our extended thanks to the Excel Southampton Internship Programme for enabling us to engage with this valuable opportunity.

/ Intersections Exhibition

Join us on the 24th & 25th of June (2017), when we’ll be opening the doors of our wonderful studio in Bishops Waltham to welcome visitors as we host Intersections, our first studio exhibition of 2017. Showcasing the work of Badger Press printmakers in response to the theme Intersections, the exhibition will be open daily from 10am to 4pm.

A title set to inspire involvement from Badger Press studio users across printmaking mediums. With printmakers from all backgrounds and levels encouraged to be a part of this exhibition; expect to see responses from the literal to the abstract, simple to complex. From the physical, where lines, surfaces, or solids cross; divisions, transitions and conflict in the man-made and natural landscape. The ethereal; capturing a moment of change or the crossing of light to dark to the engagement, connections and exchanges of the social realm.

/ National Original Print Exhibition

Don’t miss out, make sure your work is submitted for this years National Original Print Exhibition 2017; submissions deadline, Tuesday the 20th of June. An annual exhibition established by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, the National Original Print Exhibition aims to promote the best of printmaking to a wider audience. Bankside Gallery on London’s southbank will host the exhibition of selected works from 20th of September to the 1st of October 2017.

Following the success of our involvement with the exhibition in previous years Badger Press will again be sponsoring with our ‘Badger Press studio award’.

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday the 20th of June 2017. All forms of original printmaking are eligible for entry – selection will be made from digital submissions. For more information and detail about entering visit the National Original Print Exhibition website.

/ Intersections Submissions

Submissions for this years Badger Press studio exhibition, Intersections, will take place on Sunday the 4th of June, we’ll be in the studio from 10am – 4pm on the 4th for you to drop in with your work for the exhibition. If you’ll be dropping work off at the studio on the 4th please send us an email so we know to expect you and your work. Ahead of submitting we ask that you download, print and fill in a submissions form and bring it along to the studio with your work. Download your submissions form here.

If you can’t make Sunday the 4th and your in or around the studio in days surrounding the 4th then send us an email with your preferred drop off day/ time and we’ll work with you to make alternative arrangements.

/ The American Dream/ Pop to the Present

Back in April we took time out of the studio to pay a much awaited visit to the British Museum to see The American Dream: Pop to the Present.

Encompassing 6 decades of contemporary American prints from the museum’s collection; this exhibition packs plenty of inspiration, presenting printmaking as a diverse and innovative discipline loaded with potential.

An exhibition of riches, with works from Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Dine and Ed Rusha; our highlight was Richard Serra. Commonly known for his large steel sculptures; here, Serra is featured as a draughtsman, combining drawing with printmaking. Large – though not comparable to the extremity of his sculpture – Serra’s heavily layered, strong, black, paintstik marks have been applied over drawings through the mesh of a silk screen, forming intense, opaque monochromes.

Running until the 18th of June The American Dream: Pop to the Present is one not to miss! For more information about the exhibition visit the British Museum’s website.

/ Studio Exhibition/ Intersections

We are pleased to announce the title for our first studio exhibition of 2017. Badger Press printmakers are invited to produce and submit work for Intersections, an open exhibition to be held at the Badger Press studio on the 24th & 25th of June 2017 ~ submissions on or before the 4th of June.

A title to inspire involvement from all Badger Press studio users across printmaking mediums. We encourage printmakers from all backgrounds and levels to be a part of this exhibition. Your take on the title can be as literal or as abstract, simple or as complex as you wish. From the physical, where lines, surfaces, or solids cross each other; divisions, transitions and conflict in the man-made and natural landscape. The ethereal; capturing a moment of change or the crossing of light to dark. To the engagement, connections and exchanges of the social realm. Take the title where you wish.

Download the full brief here or email us for more information at info@badgerpress.org

/ ArtSway/ Painterly Sites

Showcasing the work of two former senior academics from Arts University Bournemouth. Painterly Sites brings together the work of Michael Griffiths and Jim Hunter, exploring the common ground to be seen within their individual creative work. This exhibition at ArtSway runs from the 3rd to the 17th of September and includes a collection of large screen prints produced at the Badger Press.

Many of you close to the Badger Press will, recognise Mike’s name; founder of the Badger Press (setting up the studio in 1982), Michael Griffiths studied painting and printmaking at Brighton in the 1970s. Since then he has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including many international print biennales. He is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. We’re pleased to report Mike is still a very active printmaker making regular use of the Badger Press studio.

Painterly Sites is part of ArtSway’s summer 2016 exhibition programme as ArtSway regenerates its role as a leading venue for contemporary visual arts in the region.

/ An award winning visit

In July 2016 we were thrilled to welcome to the studio Debbie Lee; winner of the 2015 National Original Print Exhibition, Badger Press award. Taking her prize in the form of supervised access Debbie spent 4 days with us in the studio developing and proofing her new copper plate etching with aquatint.

An experienced printmaker, with a CV embellished with an envious list of achievements and studio practices; Debbie’s work tells a haunting illustrated narrative of childhood and character interplay coupled with unnerving symbolism.  (more…)

/ Coastlines/ Kate Watkins

Badger Press printmaker Kate Watkins’ exhibition Coastlines at Southampton City Art Gallery runs until the 3rd of September. An ongoing body of work inspired by coastlines, beaches and coastal structures; featuring work made in the Badger Press studio over the last 12 months, this solo exhibition features a host of printmaking processes including etching, drypoint, monoprint, gocco and silkscreen methods alongside newer digital printmaking.

More information can be found in the exhibitions section of the Southampton City Art Gallery website along with Kate’s website.


/ Drawn From Life/ People on Paper

Make a visit to Winchester Discovery Centre before the 21st of August to see this fantastic exhibition. Drawn From Life/ People on Paper brings together some of the finest drawings in the Arts Council Collection, with work on display from Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, L.S. Lowry and David Hockney. Beginning in the early twentieth century with Gwen John and the intricate patterns of Harold Gilman and brought up to the present with the imaginary figures of Charles Avery and Mimei Thompson. Some truly wonderful work on display, this exhibition is a real must see!

/ K6 Gallery/ Disorder

Make time in Southampton to visit the latest Exhibition from K6 Gallery. Disorder runs from July 10th to October 2nd with the galleries two phone boxes taken over by two Isle of Wight based artists Laura Hathaway & Joanne Hummel-Newell. Find out more about the gallery and this exhibition on the K6 Gallery website.