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Illustrate & Print – A Big Draw Event

The Mercury Mall
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Illustrate & Print – A Big Draw Event

On Wednesday 4th April and Thursday 5th April between 3pm – 5pm, The Mercury will be holding a screen printing workshop programme to celebrate women in art and illustrated print and we would love for you to join us. The workshop will be led by local award winning print artist Jenny Bell and will explore the means of how Beatrix Potter, the famous Peter Rabbit artist ignored gender stereotypes to become the first female published lithographic print artist at the turn of the 20th Century.

You must attend both workshops to be involved and the recommended age group is between 12 -18 years.

There are limited places on the two day workshop and priority will be given to those in the correct age group and on a first come first serve basis. Please contact natalie@themercurymall.co.uk to book.

What will you be doing in the workshop?

Day 1- Paper
• Block shape printing
• Drawing into prints
• Print collage repeat Patterns

Day 2- Paper and fabric
• Screen Printing multiple layers
• Explore printing a repeat of layer 1 or 2 / Collage and drawing with printed results
• Final designs printed onto bags

Where will we meet?
Level 3 of The Mercury at The Management Suite for registration. This is near the level 3 car park entrance, on the same level as Premiere Cinema. Buses arrive at Mercury gardens and include: 174, 165, 498, 370

More about Jenny Bell:
Jenny is an artist lecturer who works collaboratively with others to explore the boundaries of shared knowledge and skill. She uses and make objects, experiences and sight specific works to explore the concepts of 'otherness'. Printmaking has been part of her practice since completing an MA at Camberwell College of Art in 2010, where she received a printmaking award from Jealous Gallery, London. The work generated with Jealous toured the major print fairs in 2011 and is now held in the Victoria & Albert Museum's permanent print collection. She currently runs the Textiles Foundation course at Morley college, where she teaches drawing and screen printing for surface design, and portfolio development. Over the last year she has also worked with Inky Cuttlefish studios, the Hackney Museum and Eastside Education to explore art and design within a community setting.

More about The Big Draw:
Founded in 2000, The Big Draw (formally The Campaign for Drawing) is an arts education charity that promotes visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. The charity leads a diversified programme encompassing advocacy, empowerment and engagement, and is the driving force behind the The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing.
The charity supports professional and emerging artists through The John Ruskin Prize and exhibition, and regular events, awards and competitions create platforms for each and everyone who wants to draw. Throughout the year, The Big Draw manages collaborative research projects, campaigns and educational conferences on visual literacy, digital technology and STEAM. Working with cultural and educational organisations, policymakers and businesses The Big Draw demonstrates the social, economic and health benefits that drawing can bring and provides opportunities for everyone to access them.