Exchange Project, for Journeys festival
During July and August, Leicester Print Workshop has been working in partnership with ArtReach on a project that celebrates art by and about people from the Refugee and Asylum Seeking communities.
Journeys Festival International is organised annually by ArtReach, 2017 sees the second year of collaboration between LPW and ArtReach, following last year’s Container Project. The Exchange Project aims to create stronger communities through opportunities for people from different cultural backgrounds to come together to learn from and interact with each other, particularly focusing on engagement with refugees and asylum seekers in the city.
Three LPW artists, Kate Da’Casto, Theo Miller and Serena Smith have been working with small groups of participants during a series of workshops at Leicester Print Workshop, designing and printing silkscreen posters, inspired by the themes of Journeys Festival. These posters are now on display at the LCB Depot Café and Print Room, as well as the LPW Project Space. The three artists have each made their own poster works in response to the project.
In her silkscreen posters, Kate Da’Casto has explored not only geographical, but emotional, social and temporal journeys which have led to where and who she is now. Titled 19, this reflects the number of homes inhabited / set up or been forced to live in, and a nod to all the people the artist has been in these places. ‘The project has produced some lovely work – direct, personal and explorative. The best part has been the delight and surprise on the face of the participants as they pull the screen up and see their work!’
Theo Miller has created a set of two silkscreen posters, which began as writing; an ambiguous collection of statements describing journeys made by the artist. The first poster is printed onto sections of survival blankets, the second is a response to the first. ‘Journeys project has been a joy right from the outset, it is incredible what is achievable through communication, collaboration and the shared joy of ‘things’‘
Serena Smith has produced a poster book work, using offset letterpress, lithography and silkscreen. Footfall is both a map work that alludes to the intrinsic mobility of humankind; and a collection of visual references that hint at the geographical and historical determinants that shape our individual journeys. ‘It has been wonderful to celebrate our shared creativity with the Journeys Festival artists through the simple joy of making prints.’
Look Up Leicester 2017
For the second year running we are working with ArtReach as part of Look Up. LPW’s large first floor office window is one of a series of venues in the city that will this year showcase art by British Journal of Photography’s International Photographer of the Year 2017 Daniel Castro Garcia, from his Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015 – 2016 series of prints.