Group print is a fast paced low tech way of doing art that captures the experiences and perspectives of a place based community. The approach values the importance of everyone’s involvement, and combines a community icon with emotive key words. Group print co-produces pieces about places that matter to people, celebrates diversity and highlights the potential of things we can make together in groups.
Live well York – Commission created for City of York councils ‘Live Well York’ website. Using a group print approach people were asked to nominate local venues and spaces to create a ‘York Community Skyline’. See here for more.
World Turned Upside Down 2020 #haiflu edition – Working with Explore York, we got people to share haiku poems and doodles about life during lockdown in York, which I then hand printed a limited edition ‘chapbook’ with letterpress type on a reclaimed Adana 8×5 desktop printing machine. See more here.
‘Discover Fluorescent Batman Coffee’ – York Explore Group Print (1/91), March 2018. Celebrating the 90th year of the Library this ‘group print’ was made by 90 visitors to the Explore York’s central library. Participants chose, at random, a paper sheet with a coloured rectangle on which they printed an image of the library and a word about what the library means to them using an alphabet print set made from samples of hand writing from people visiting and working in the library. This was then repeated onto a corresponding coloured square on the bigger piece. Participants kept the single piece, and the collective piece is on display in the library.
Joyful Connections Group Print – Created with the Joyful Connections group who meet at St Luke’s Church in Burton Stone Lane. Together we created the above lino cut portrait ‘group print’ piece. See more here
‘What do you hope for the future said the Reindeer?’ (2019) Created with children from Park Grove Academy Class 7 and 9 who painted and assembled parts of the reindeer, printing a word on each in response to the question ‘what do you hope for the future?’. The children gave responses that are both thoughtful and hopeful. They then read and audio recorded these words, which can be heard in random order at the press of the red button. The piece was made as part of some regeneration work happening in the Groves area.