26th July 2017
We’re very happy to be able to support and develop artistic talent in the region by working with local universities and art organisations to offer prizes to graduating students and practicing artists.
LPW and Open 28
This year, we selected one prizewinner at Leicester’s Open 28 exhibition. The LPW prize went to Jonathan Costall, whose charismatic linocut portrait of former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri caught our eye. Jonathan says: “Since finishing my MA at Wimbledon School of Art in 2005, I have gone through several different artist phases and I have recently returned to my first love, linocut printing. There is no CTRL Z to undo mistakes, no second chances. Linocut forces me to fully commit to each mark I make to the block. The process is one which is honest and unembellished, it strips away any unnecessary layers of affectation which I may have previously relied on and I believe that this current series of work is my best to date and my most authentic.
As a lifelong Leicester City fan, I was inspired by the team’s recent sporting success. I wanted to make a portrait of Claudio Ranieri which captured a moment of thoughtful contemplation by a master tactician during a game. Rather than the typical bluster and pumping clenched fists associated with sports portraiture. In the making of these portraits I have re-ignited my passion for printmaking and I am looking forward to seeing how my work develops further over the next year.”
Jonathan has been awarded with a voucher, which can be redeemed on LPW courses, membership or LPW SHOP items.
If you want to learn how to make linocuts, we are running a one day course at the LPW studio in October.
Our Director, Lucy Phillips was also on the selection panel for the Harley Open Exhibition this year, where we also awarded a LPW / Harley Gallery prize to photographer Holger Martin.
Supporting Student Talent
We are pleased to continue our support of graduating printmakers by offering a LPW prize to Fine Art students at Leicester DMU and Loughborough University.
This year, the Loughborough prize went to Rebecca Flitcroft. She has been awarded with one year’s LPW membership.
At DMU we awarded prizes to two students, Helen Gunn and Indre Rimselyte. Both were awarded with a one month residency, to begin in the Autumn.
Helen’s work is concerned with the environment: large sculptures drawing on ideas around ecology and sustainability. Indre’s work examines how the idea of being part of nature and other living creatures has drifted away from humankind. In particular, she is interested in similarities and communication between different species, which she explores in large scale oil paintings.
The two artists will undertake a one month residency at LPW, comprising printmaking lessons, free use of the studio and a materials budget.
In May, we awarded a Printmaking Prize to Leicester College student Tristan Angus at the LSA Little Selves exhibition. Tristan’s award winning print was a silkscreen print ‘selfie’. “I like the concept of the selfie because I see it as a celebration of self-love and positivity. I also think it’s a misunderstood art form. One of the key elements of screen printing that is particularly appealing to me is (the use of) process colours (CMYK) because, to me, they represent the origin of other colours. This is something I would like to explore further in my work. I’m very grateful to Leicester Print Workshop for the opportunity to develop and refine my techniques by learning from a professional print artist.”
If you are interested in learning to screenprint, we are running weekend courses on screenprinting onto paper and textiles in September. Visit our course pages to find out more.