Printers’ Symphony was formed in 2013 of four artists: Dana Ariel, Julia McKinlay, Eleanor Morgan and Georgina Tate. As individual artists, they each work in different areas: photography, sculpture, performance, video, and drawing. Printmaking is the process that brings them together. In 2014 they were awarded a collaborative artists’ bursary award from a-n The Artists’ Information Company to convert four army bags into portable print studios. This enables them to take printmaking out of the workshop into the world.
Printers’ Symphony work with museums, galleries and institutions to reveal the hidden marks of printmaking: the fingerprints of visitors, the sounds of the etching press and the detritus of exhibitions. Their projects are about the performance of printmaking as much as the prints themselves. Their work has been exhibited at the Artist’s Book Market BALTIC; Newcastle University; The Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham; The Royal Institute of British Architects, London and UCL Art Museum.
During the residency Printers’ Symphony will be working on a new project: Polyphonic Print, which will be investigating the hidden sounds within printmaking. Using their portable print studio they will be experimenting in and around Chalkwell Hall and recording the sounds of their print activities. They will be working with local sound artist Stuart Bowditch during the residency.