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The Printmaking Residency and Exchange Programme 2005/7.
Late 2005.
Artists: Pete Clarke, Neil Morris, Georg Gartz, Andreas Vietz and Jutta Vollmer,Andreas and Jutta.
Liverpool School of Art and Design, John Moores University, Liverpool, England. Graphikwerkstatt , Cologne, Germany.
Printmaking residency and exchange programme based at Liverpool John Moores University and Graphikwerkstatt.

Between Pete Clarke, Neil Morris, Senior Lecturer and Head of Printmaking at Liverpool Art School, JMU, Georg Gartz, Andreas Vietz and Jutta Vollmer at The Graphikwerkstatt in Köln. Andreas and Jutta were visiting artists in Fine Art at Uclan in 2000 as part of the ‘Eight days’ Project.
Discussions are being finalised to facilitate a residency exchange programme between Pete Clarke, Neil Morris, Senior Lecturer and Head of Printmaking at Liverpool Art School, JMU, Georg Gartz, Andreas Vietz and Jutta Vollmer at The Graphikwerkstatt in Koln.

Andreas and Jutta were visiting artists in Fine Art at Uclan in 2000 as part of the `Eight days' Project. The resultant work will be published with an ISBN number `Graphic Authorship' and exhibition in the UK, Graphikwerkstatt and Liverpool Biennial 2006.
The Printmaking Residency & Exchange programme between Pete Clarke, Neil Morris, Senior Lecturer and Head of Printmaking at Liverpool Art School, JMU, Georg Gartz, Andreas Vietz and Jutta Vollmer at The Graphikwerkstatt in Köln. Andreas and Jutta were visiting artists in Fine Art at Uclan in 2000 as part of the ‘Eight days’ Project.

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Insight into this project

Neal Morris invited participating Artist in a printmaking research project I am currently coordinating entitled `Injured Text'. It is my intention for a group of eminent practitioners to be resident printmakers at Liverpool School of Art and Design, for a period of time to be arranged at the convenience of all parties

As a research theme, the notion of autonomy of visual language and the resulting personal iconography, which is often very poetic and elegiac, has been hotly debated throughout the Twentieth Century, with many artists using text as part of a complex visual language to signify their intentions. The Injured Text project seeks to provide a platform and showcase for a group of artists of international standing to work alongside research teams from the department of Graphic Arts at Liverpool School of Art and Design, and to extensively explore this notion of autonomy and commonality of visual language by bringing their own content and personal themes to a body of collaborative work produced in the print studios at Liverpool School of Art and Design.
The intention is for the Printmaking Area to act as a publisher of the prints produced by these eminent practitioners during their stay, and for myself to be on hand, as a master printer, to help facilitate their visions and act as a research associate for the generation of our ideas. Liverpool School of Art and Design will retain 50% of the work produced during these residencies and this will be added to the already substantial archive held by the Printmaking Area.
The International Festival `Eight Days a Week: Liverpool/ Cologne a Cultural Exchange' has taken place annually for the past four years, with the Printmaking area within Graphic Arts at LSAD taking an active role in this important event. This has placed us in a unique position to be able to attract artists from the vibrant Cologne art scene to become research associates and work alongside research teams from the school.
Previous LSAD supported publications associated with the festival have included: • `Kolner Graphikwerkstatt at LAS', 68 Hope Street Gallery, 2001.
• `Hat der Teufel einen Sohn, an exhibition of new prints by Neil Morris and Paul Davidson', Kolner Graphikwerkstatt, Cologne, Germany, 2002.
• `Collaborators' LSAD Gallery, 68 Hope Street, 2002.
• `Interface' Galerie `K', Hagen, Germany, 2003.
• `Crash' VHS Galerie, Lindenthal, Cologne, Germany, 2004.
• `Malerei aus Liverpool', VHS Galerie, Nippes, Cologne, Germany, 2004, (catalogue).
• `Interface 2', 68 Hope Street Gallery, 2004, (catalogue).
• `Von Zufalligen Linien und Rotlichen Flecken', 68 Hope Street Gallery, 2004, (catalogue).

Sponsors for these various projects have included

Lufthansa, The Goethe Institute, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool School of Art Research Board, University of Central Lancashire, Kolner Graphikwerkstatt, PH Holt Trust, Liverpool, Galerie `K', Hagen, Northwest Arts Board, Kulturant Koln, Kolner Partnerstatte and Stadt Koln.

School Research Team

Paul Davidson, Artist/Printmaker, Technical Assistant, Liverpool School of Art and Design. Steve Hardstaff, Artist/Printmaker, Principal Lecturer, Graphic Arts, Liverpool School of Art and Design.
Neil Morris, Artist/Printmaker, Senior Lecturer, Head of Printmaking, Liverpool School of Art and Design.
(Project Manager and principal research associate).

Invited Artists

Georg Gartz, Artist and Curator, Cologne.
Andreas Vietz, Artist/Printmaker and founder member of Kolnergraphikwerkstatt, Cologne. Jutta Vollmer, Artist /Printmaker and founder member of Kolnergraphikwerkstatt, Cologne. Tine Wile, Artist, Cologne.

Visiting Practitioners

Bryan Biggs, Artist and Director of Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool.
Tracey Brown, Artist and Head of Art and Design, Liverpool Community College, Liverpool. Pete Clarke, Artist and Senior Lecturer/ Head of MA Programmes, UCLAN, Preston.
Ged Doyle, Designer and Creative Director, Plastic, Liverpool.

The theme is to be interpreted freely, but all prints are to be made on a constant paper size of 56cm x 76cm, and therefore all printed artwork will need to conform to this.

Work from the residency will be exhibited in 2006/7 in Barcelona, Cologne & Liverpool. Pete Clarke has also been invited in September 2005 by ‘Impact/Kontakt’ the International Printmaking Conference in Berlin and Poznan, Poland to make a presentation as the session panellist ‘Diverse, unequal, different…interconnected’, exploring concepts of cultural exchange.

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