Steve Millington (Dry British) // Screen print collaboration
We were back down at Peddler Night Market this October launching a brand-new screen print collaboration with Steve Millington aka Dry British. Millington is the featured artist in this month’s Mess Magazine, a publication by Sheffield’s Dust Collective and Peddler Night Market, bringing you exciting features on food and art in Sheffield. Millington himself is an internationally known illustrator whose distinctive scratchy pen and ink style is instantly recognisable. Aside from working with us this month, he has also just completed illustrating an advertising campaign for Fortnum & Masons of London, which can be seen in current editions of the Sunday Times Magazine.
Up There, a new exhibition at APG Works Gallery brings together our latest collaborations with a diverse group of over 20 artists who will each create a new screenprint design. These designs will be completed at the APG Works studio as original screenprints in limited editions of 30, for APG’s Summer Exhibition.
Artists from a variety of disciplines including photography, graphics and textile design have responded to the call. An intriguing aspect of the show will be the diversity of each artist’s approach to the task.
We set out to engage artists who share the growing excitement about print-making in Sheffield and want to participate. With their multi-disciplined approach to our favourite medium of screen printing, this will be an exciting and innovative exhibition that will pull together a group of artists that wouldn’t usually exhibit together.
Jim Spendlove // Rob Lee // It Snipped my Heart // Zena Parker // Marc Smith // Amy Hodkin // Lisa Maltby // Kate Edge Mellor // Jack Royle // Holly Brumby // Kim Hubball // Victoria Green // Josephine Dellow // Alex Ekins // Willustration // Jim McElvaney // Anca Paraon // Lee Mason // Grace Goodwin // Alex Szabo-Haslam // Neil Carribine
£30.00 each unframed Framed print price starting from £65.00 Paper // Fedrigoni Free Life Vellum 280gsm Size // 35 x 50cm Editions of 30 Signed and numbered by the artist Embossed with APG Works chop
Head to the shop page to check out all 20 screen prints by 20 great artsits...
We have been commissioned by Made North to produce editions of prints from the original 1965 British road signs by Margaret Calvert. Proud to know that these are going out there with her signature. Here are the first two and there's three more to follow...
For the next two months, we’ll be exhibiting a selection of our screen prints at City of Makers Gallery, Sheffield, a showcase space set up in conjunction with Year of Making 2016. The gallery presents shows by local creatives, celebrating the great diversity of Sheffield making.
Moore St. Electricity Substation - Original Architectural Perspectives
August 20th - September 19th 2015, Monday - Saturday 11.00am - 4.00pm
Our current show is a new series of prints featuring the Electricity Substation at Moore St., Sheffield. The works are based on the first architectural perspectives of the building, by Sheffield artist Kenneth Steel, drawn in about 1965. These original drawings are also in the show, and show a remarkable confidence in mark-making with heavy conté crayon, which exactly evokes the rough concrete of the building’s exterior. As artist’s impressions pre-construction, they show great sensitivity to the structure's eventual form and texture. The new screen prints have been derived from these drawings by the printmaking studio at APG.
The building is a well-known Sheffield landmark. Completed in 1968 to a design by the late Bryan Jefferson, a leading modernist architect and former president of the RIBA, it exemplifies the bold style that came to be known as Brutalism. Although still controversial it is increasingly admired and was Grade 2 listed in 2010.
Kenneth Steel (RBA, SGA 1906-1970) was a very talented Sheffield artist who after studying at Sheffield College of Art achieved a prolific output of artwork for the railways, including travel posters for LNER and BR; he was also much in demand by architects and engineering consultants for his architectural perspectives. This exhibition also features modern prints of some of his well-known travel posters and a small selection of other original drawings. Looking around the show on our opening last Thursday Malcolm Camp, who owns one of the 2 original perspective drawings, made the observation that Kenneth Steel is really a very under-rated Sheffield artist. His paintings for the travel posters have great fluidity and an assured evocation of place. His output was of its time, but serenely untouched by the major movements in the art world of the period. He seems to have produced work only on demand and the only surviving works are actually completed commissions. He left instructions for all his sketchbooks and unseen paintings to be destroyed after his death, which judging by the facility with he worked in various media - conté, pencil, watercolour and oils - was a great loss.
The show is open Monday -Saturday from 11.00 am - 4.00 pm until September 19th
The editions have been produced with the authorisation of the Hignett family of Tauranga, New Zealand, representing the artist’s estate.
We are grateful to Mr Edward Yardley, the author of a forthcoming biography of the artist Kenneth Steel, for assistance and information provided, as well as the loan of a number of pieces in the show.
Thanks also to Malcolm Camp, who also loaned a piece and first notified of the existence of this work.
Mr Tom Jones of Jefferson Sheard gave us valuable information about the architect and his work, and through him we met Mr Jefferson and had the opportunity to tell him about this project.