Monday 5th July  6pm 

Masters in Conversation: Cathy Wade

Each of our talks is conducted by a current MA student from the University of Wolverhampton and delves into important questions around art practices and the nature of creativity in the 21st Century. 

In this online talk we are delighted to welcome artist Cathy Wade.

Cathy Wade is an artist who works through collaboration, writing and research. She has exhibited extensively in both the UK and internationally working with galleries and projects including Werk, Vertigo Gallery, Vivid, Rope Press, Toomey Tourell Gallery, Ikon, Newlyn Art Gallery, Capsule, Clarke Gallery & A3 Project Space.

“My work is concerned with the ways in which art can be distributed and hosted, the mobility of practice, and the collaborative partnerships within which art can be manifested.

My work is performative, bendable, durational it seeks to understand the experience of the present and is undertaken with others. 

My practice is invested in the document, statements, conversations and their echoes. 

It thinks through, it is repartition, durcharbeitung, it asks to know more”.

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Thursday 8th July 5pm

HoPIN Webinar: Contrasts in Print

Artsfest Online is pleased to present Contrasts in Print, presentations by Dr Caroline Archer and Dr John Hinks.

This HoPIN webinar (The New History of the Printed Image Network) will be chaired by Dr Catherine Armstrong (Loughborough University).

Dr Caroline Archer (CPHC)
Michel Bouchaud (1902-65): Ritz: trente typogrammes

The Paris type-foundry, Deberny et Peignot was a twentieth-century trailblazer of both typeface creation and galvano stock-block production. Anxious to promote modernist aesthetics in all applications of design and to break away from the styles that had survived World War I, Deberny et Peignot allied itself with the artistic movements of the day and made connections with key exponents of the Deco and Modernist groups. It employed the talents of A. M. Cassandre and Marcel Jacno to produce free-spirited typefaces such as Acier and Bifur, Film and Scribe; and the foundry was equally liberated when it came to its galvano design. One of the designers commissioned to produced galavnos for the foundry was Michel Bouchaud (1902-65), an illustrator and commercial artist best known for his work for Studio, Monsieur and Vogue. This talk looks at his lesser-known designs: the galvanos he created for Deberny et Peignot in 1931. 

CAROLINE ARCHER is co-director of the Centre for Printing History & Culture, Chairman of the Baskerville Society, and Professor of Typography at Birmingham City University.

Dr John Hinks (Visiting Reader, CPHC)
Sir Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910) and the British etching revival

Despite his ‘amateur’ status (he was an eminent surgeon), Haden was celebrated in his lifetime as a leading maker of original etchings (as opposed to interpretations of other artists’ work), drypoints and mezzotints. He was at the heart of the Etching Revival in Britain, and collected etchings by Rembrandt, which influenced his own style. He was Whistler’s brother-in-law and they sometimes worked together until a spectacular falling-out. Haden wrote books about Rembrandt and about printmaking techniques, greatly encouraging other printmakers. He was the founder and first president of the Society of Painter-Etchers, which continues as the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Now largely overlooked, Haden should be recognised as a pioneer of original printmaking. 

JOHN HINKS is Visiting Reader in Printing History and Culture at Birmingham City University, Co-ordinator of the History of the Printed Image Network (HoPIN), and Chair of the National Printing Heritage Committee. He has tried his hand at most printmaking methods over the years at Leicester Print Workshop – though didn’t enjoy etching!

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