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Unearthing rare print treasures from the archive

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and for many us the lockdown has allowed us to get even more familiar with our surroundings. Here at Castle Mills we’ve taken the opportunity to properly explore our archives amassed over more than 50 years and full of hidden treasures. 

 

As part of Edinburgh Printmakers’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have curated a selection of prints spotlighting internationally renowned artists. Created in collaboration with our studio team, the prints selected span our 50 years + of printmaking history and offer an opportunity to view and purchase rare works whilst supporting some of Scotland’s best-known artists.

 

You can support the work of living artists through Own Art, spreading your payments across a longer period so Callum Innes CMW1 could be yours for just ten monthly payments of £47.50 over 10 months interest free (see the Own Art sections on the website for more information about how you can support the work of some of Scotland’s greatest living artists.)

 

Callum Innes is one of EP’s Artist Patrons, and a leading artist living and working in Scotland. His practice spans printmaking and painting. He first exhibited in the mid-to-late 1980’s, and is commonly accepted as one of Scotland’s most significant abstract painters. For EP’s inaugural exhibition in Gallery 2, Callum presented a major retrospective of his work in print, Prints 2005 – 2019.

 

Our Viewing Room features work by EP alumni dating back to 1967, all artists who’ve worked alongside our printmaking team to develop their professional practice and produce prints in close collaboration with our technicians.

 

We publish original fine art prints in limited editions. In addition to being signed by the artist, each print in an edition is given an edition number, written as a fraction. The number to the right of the slash indicates the edition size, while the figure to the left is the individual print’s number. We emboss EPW in the paper to mark that an edition was printed at EP, reinforcing the print's authenticity.

 

It’s been a real privilege to spend time selecting the work for this viewing room and looking back on our phenomenal collection of work through the years. Among our favourites is Rachel Maclean’s The Lion (£475). In 2018, Maclean became one of EP’s Artist Patrons and kindly donated limited edition prints to our Capital Fundraising campaign, to support the restoration of our new home in Castle Mills. This print was one of the donated works produced specially for this campaign.

Maclean is a multi-media artist living and working in Glasgow. EP has supported Maclean since her graduation from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. Rachel Maclean was commissioned by EP to create a site-specific installation at Traquair House in the Scottish Borders, Reflective Histories. Maclean had her first solo show I HEART SCOTLAND with Edinburgh Printmakers in the lead up to the Scottish referendum 2014. 

Our selection also includes Bronwen Sleigh’s Jattavagen (£600). Bronwen was etching technician and collaborating printer with EP, and left to focus on her own artistic practice. She exhibited at EP in Bronwen Sleigh 2010, Construct 2013, and Abstraction from Architecture 2015, which she also curated.

We’ve tried to make sure there’s something for every taste and every pocket – with prints from £220 upwards. We hope you’ll love the work we’ve chosen, and we will be adding more selections from our current artists’ repertoire over the coming months.

There’s never been a more important time to support artists and their work – and whether you’re an established collector or buying your first print we hope you’ll enjoy exploring the works we’ve chosen and take the opportunity to discover artworks by artists we have enjoyed collaborating with. Whether buying for your own home or as a gift these limited edition prints are a rare opportunity to make an investment in Scottish art and artists.

The Viewing Room has been made possible through the support of the National Heritage Lottery’s Emergency Fund awarded to EP and support from the William Sysons Foundation.