Pushing Print is a not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and raise awareness of traditional and contemporary printmaking.
Our aims are to:
The majority of events we organise take place in Margate.
Margate has a long association with print and printmaking.
Turner was an accomplished printmaker. During the production of his famous print series Liber Studorium 1809 – 1819 he produced an etching entitled ‘Margate, Kent’.
Tracey Emin, also renowned as a printmaker, has produced a vast catalogue of prints.
In the commercial print world, Margate has played host to one of the oldest print houses in the UK – Eyre and Spottiswoode and has one of the oldest local newspapers still operating.
Pushing Print is run by the following people:
Dawn was the founder of Pushing Print and works from her studio in Birchington, Kent. Pushing Print was an idea Dawn had many years ago to raise the profile of printmaking locally and to connect people with a passion for print. Dawn specialises in solar plate and lino etch techniques and exhibits widely throughout the UK. She was invited to be one of the artists representing the UK at the 6th International Kyoto Hanga 2012 International Print Exhibition in Japan.
Letitia trained both as a graphic designer and a teacher and has worked for a variety of publishing houses as an art director designing book jackets and as an art teacher. She now concentrates on her own work as a printmaker and teaches printmaking from her studio as well as visiting colleges and schools to run workshops. Letitia is also area co-ordinator for South East Open Studios.
Janet is the Pushing Print Treasurer. She also helps to organise the festival and provides space for the exhibition. Janet owns and runs Margate Gallery and manages her creative enterprise – Pie Factory Margate – that offers artist studios, a gallery and pop up shop for hire. Having been a volunteer on local arts projects and seeing how powerful arts are in the process of regeneration for Margate it gives Janet great joy to see Margate coming alive and starting to thrive once again.
Anne-Marie works on the PR for Pushing Print, funding and general organisation, helping support the group in the community. Having helped out with Pushing Print from the start she has seen the whole process develop and get more and more recognition. Anne-Marie runs Qing Art in Margate Old Town. She is passionate about showing the ‘made, not mass produced’ from designers in Beijing. She works with interior designers, selling furniture and home furnishings, ceramics and lighting.
Nick puts together the Pushing Print festival publication – a small ‘newspaper’ which contains features on the talks and workshops, images by the selected exhibition artists and a festival programme. Nick also helps to promote Pushing Print through twitter and facebook. Nick moved to Margate in 2011 and has a studio at Pie Factory where he works as an artist and illustrator. He also writes a blog about linocut under the name Linocutboy.
Helen is a key Pushing Print member who is more than happy to lend a helping hand in all things practical. Helen is an artist and printmaker based in Broadstairs. Any spare moments that are available are being used wisely towards the completion of a studio at the end of her garden.
Emma is the intern for this year’s Pushing Print festival. She is currently living in London and working on her own practice. Emma’s art work is mainly but not exclusively performance art. She also works with photography, print, video and installation, but generally in conjunction with performance.