The bookbinding class is on holiday for four weeks. When I attend that, Michael has to have a carer in to look after him and he (Michael) persuaded me that I should not discontinue this Wednesday afternoon out practise. So the question was `What to do with my first afternoon out?' There is nothing on at my usual round of local museums and galleries and I only had three hours so could not go as far as (say) Oxford. Michael suggested going shopping in Cheltenham but I was not keen on that. I decided to visit the Courtyard at Hereford where they held the Six Structured exhibition before Christmas.
Hence the Aberystwyth Printmakers - who were astonishingly good. How on earth Aberystwyth manages to have 50 printmakers nearby I cannot imagine but they own a workshop with lots of equipment. They are going to hold an exhbiiton in Banchory and Tarland from 4th November to 9th December this year. Take note, all of you Scots.
All sorts of methods were used including 'cork print' which I assume is like linocuts but has the texture of cork showing. That's what it looked like. I was taken with the linocuts. I don't think I have seen so many together ever. The artist I liked was Ali Greeley who printed in black. Very strong pictures of making marmalade and paint brushes in pots. Ian Phillips , Stuart Evans and Christine Clinch were other linocut artists, printing in colour. Every artist had two or more pictures on show so there was a lot to see. If you get the chance, see them. This exhibition is on at the Courtyard until 24 April.
The Courtyard is a very modern theatre in Hereford. Very light and airy with plenty of natural light. The exhibition was hung on the first and second floor foyers. And a good cafe!