‘Print REbels: Haden, Palmer, Whistler & the Origins of the RE’, School of Art Gallery, 18 February – 3 May 2019

PrintREbelsPoster_webIn the Spring of 2018, the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (the RE) marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder and its first President Sir Francis Seymour Haden, with Print REbels an exhibition which reflects on its past and present members, the history, and the legacy of the Society. The exhibition brings together a prestigious collection of prints by Haden and those who inspired him such as Rembrandt and Dürer and his contemporaries, including Samuel Palmer and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

The central narrative of Print REbels is the legacy of Haden and successive RE Presidents. Haden founded the Society of Painter-Etchers in 1880 which gained Royal status in 1888. His tireless campaigning to promote original, creative works in the medium of etching ultimately made him a revered establishment figure, earning him a knighthood in 1893.

Print REbels is the brainchild of Edward Twohig ARE, printmaker, collector, and Head of Art at Marlborough College. Twohig recognized the fact that printmakers such as Haden, Whistler and Palmer were rebelling against the prevailing notion in the mid-Victorian art world and in institutions such as the Royal Academy, that printmaking was merely a means of reproducing paintings and not a creative medium in its own right. Their work paved the way for the Etching Revival in Britain for the next 75 years.

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The Sleeping Shepherd, Samuel Palmer, 1857, etching

Part of this exhibition includes the Print REbels Portfolio which comprises new works by current RE Members, made specifically in response to the Society’s heritage. Twenty-five of these works have been selected by Jenny Ramkalawon, Assistant Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum for a Print REbels boxset.

A large, fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. RE Members Anne Desmet and Joe Winkelman have compiled a detailed timeline of Sir Francis Seymour Haden’s life and its intertwining with the development of the RE. The catalogue features essays on Haden and his legacy by Elizabeth Harvey-Lee (Hon RE) and on the RE and 20th century printmaking by Aberystwyth University School of Art’s own Professor Robert Meyrick (Hon RE).

Pre-19th, 19th and 20th Century artists include: Seymour Haden, Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt, JMW Turner, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Samuel Palmer, James Tissot, Claire Leighton, Paul Cezanne, Georges Braque and William Russell Flint.

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Sunset in Ireland, Sir Francis Seymour Haden, 1863, drypoint

Follow-up 6. German Talk

Hello all,

thank you very much for attending yesterday’s talk about David Ferry’s exhibition. I hope you enjoyed our little trip into his surreal world, in which exotic fish invade ancestral homes and the great British landscape meets ‘The Great British Bake Off’.

As usual, please find below the exercise sheets which are free to download for everybody who is keen on brushing up on his or her German. Images are under copyright, and it is forbidden to distribute them any further and/or use them for any commercial purposes.

All the best and bis bald,

Karen

6. German Talk November 2018

PS: Anyone who would like to be added to the mailing list for German & French Talk-updates can email me on: kaw25@aber.ac.uk

3. French Talk Follow-up

Hello all,

thank you very much for attending last night. We hope you enjoyed the talk and the exhibition.

Please find the exercise sheet below to print off for free to practice your French. As usual, please be aware of copyright and don’t use anything for commercial purposes.

The date for the next talk will be published on social media, in the EGO Magazine (if decided on before their submission deadline) and distributed via the mailing list.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list, which includes the information for both our German and French Talks, please email Karen: kaw25@aber.ac.uk

3. French Talk – Travelling Through – November 2018

Best wishes,

Marie and Karen

Holden Holcombe’s ‘This Is How It Feels’ – PhD exhibition, School of Art, 22/11/2018 – 08/02/2019

HOLDENH_webThis Is How It Feels explores the intimate stories of eighteen transgender men and their journeys of transition from female-to-male. Holcombe uses new media art techniques, including augmented reality, to give audience members a glimpse of the FTM transgender experience through their own perspective. The exhibition features manipulated QR (quick-response) codes that explore the relationship between the lived experiences of the transgender man and the fabricated world of social media. These codes, in turn, ask audience members to participate in a new context of social media, both inside and out of the gallery space.

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6. German Talk, School of Art, 7/11/2018

DavidFerryPosterWhen: 7th November 2018

Time: 5pm – 6pm

Where: School of Art, Gallery 1 & 2

Topic(s): David Ferry – The Ruin of Picturesque Britain – exhibition and vocabulary that might help during road trips in Germany

For more information about the German Talks and how to find us:

6. German Talk David Ferry Flyer November 2018