Northern Print, the Ouseburn-based centre for contemporary printmaking, has selected the first eight artists to benefit from an Arts Council funded bursary scheme to develop new bodies of work using print.
In addition to using Northern Print's studio, which includes a new editioning studio, artists will also learn from experienced staff who will provide training and technical support.
Several of the artists chosen from 50 applications currently work in forms other than print, so the bursaries will help them investigate how well ideas transfer into this medium.
The printmakers who have been awarded bursaries will be able to see how far they can take their work with this added investment of time and resources.
Several of the successful bursary applicants are recent graduates, reflecting Northern Print's commitment to ensuring that the artistic talent developed by our universities stays in the region by supporting them.
Recipients include Newcastle-based Adinda van't Klooster, who is exploring how sound can be interpreted visually through imaging software and printing techniques. Berwick upon Tweed resident Graham Patterson's plans to make large screenprinted images of his seascape photography.
A part-time lecturer at Northumbria University, Dan Civico intends to use his time at Northern Print to work on screenprints which he will show at his exhibition at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art later this year.
Chris Jones of Haydon Bridge has an exhibition at Northern Print in May 2007, so plans to focus his bursary on developing a print dimension to a project inspired by the changing skyline of the Japanese city Kyoto, combining the processes of photoetching and screenprinting.
Along with Lauren Healey of Darlington, three other Newcastle based artists, Pete Hindle, Maggie Walker and Mark D'Emidio have received bursaries.
Their work will be shown at an exhibition at Northern Print in May.
Today Artist Eunice Routledge is holding a one-off open studio day which will enable members of the public to watch her at work. Durham-born Eunice will be creating monoprints in Northern Print's new editioning studio with people welcome to drop in and observe and discuss the creative process between 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.
Northern Print is currently showing Eunice's latest body of work, Shore, which is inspired by the rugged North-East coastline. Contact Northern Print on (0191) 261-7000.