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The Bracknell News inspires an exhibition

Published: 7 Feb 2014 17:300 comments

A group of artists is hosting an exhibition inspired by an edition of the News.

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Members of the Print @ The Park group are staging their series of artwork incorporating linocut, lithograph and etching at South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, from Saturday.

They are local print makers who print at the studio, and for their next project they decided to take on a theme with a difference.

Sue Pither, one of the artists, explained the prints were based on articles, including picture stories, as well as advertisements, from the Bracknell News’s edition of Thursday, October 3, last year.

Explaining how the idea came about, she said: “At one exhibition someone was talking about all the things that are going on in the world, and here’s where the idea came from.

“We were talking about it, and decided to use a local paper for the local angle, and chose the Bracknell News. Everybody went off with their own newspaper to find some inspiration.

“We could use anything as long as it was from that issue, I chose the Sandhurst knitting club and made three prints based on it.

“I was going to pick something else, but when I was going through the paper again I suddenly spotted that snippet and decided to use that.

“We thought about what was a good time to look at, keeping in mind it would be a spring exhibition so something all about summer probably wouldn’t have fit, and we felt October suited and it gave enough time for the schools to be back.”

The Print @ The Park group comprises 14 male and female artists ranging from 40 to 80 years old.

Mrs Pither added they use a variety of methods, including print making etching, solar etching, lino cuts, lino etching, water and dry print.

They even use a rochat intaglio press, and have a machine dating back from the 1800s.

Mrs Pither added: “This is the first time we’ve used newspapers as inspiration for an exhibition, it was really interesting as a project.”

The free exhibition at The Print Galley at South Hill Park runs until Sunday, April 6.

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