Exhibition: Small Print International

What: Touring exhibition by international printmakers
When: 6th May – 10th July (see notes, some works finish earlier)
Where: Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester

Maria Heed, ‘Jag Mig Mitt (I Me Mine)’

The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre is delighted to be hosting four
exhibitions by local and international artists, in their new award winning gallery
spaces at a free preview evening on Friday 6 May.

Small Print International, in partnership with Leicester Print Workshop, is a touring
exhibition of contemporary fine art miniprints by local and international printmakers.

The panel made up of curators and printmakers received 631 prints from artists across the world and selected 150 images that measure no more than 100 square centimetres, including etching, lithography, letterpress, relief, screenprinting and digital prints.

Peter Rapp, ‘Sunken Treasure’

Lucy Phillips, Director of Leicester Print Workshop, said: “Small Print International
will bring the best in fine art printmaking from around the world, to Leicester. It is a
great way to celebrate our 30th birthday year and a great opportunity for us to work
with Attenborough Arts Centre in their splendid new venue”.

Whilst in Leicester, Small Print International will be accompanied by a programme of
exhibitions and events at Leicester Print Workshop, Phoenix, De Montfort University.
In addition to Small Print International, Attenborough Arts Centre presents three new
solo exhibitions. In Gallery 2 Idols and Monsters by Nottingham-based artist Nick
Mobbs, in Gallery 3 The Reliquary Project by artist Jo Dacombe and in the Balcony
Gallery Leicester Linocuts by Leicester-based artist Sarah Kirby.

Nick Mobbs’ Idols and Monsters is an investigation into the act of concealing oneself
from the gaze of others. These scenes are deliberately ambiguous; leaving us
uncertain of the nature of what confronts us. Other works are based on ‘found’
Googled photographs of celebrities and criminals covering themselves.

Sumiko Eadon, ‘Spring Beach’

Nick Mobbs commented: “It is my first exhibition in Leicester for nearly a decade and
I am excited to be showing within AAC’s new contemporary art spaces. I will be showing a group of works I have made over the last few years based on hiding figures.”

The Reliquary Project by Jo Dacombe was realised as part of a residency within the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. Through the residency she has explored ideas through making, including large and small scale sculptures, drawings, photographs, mechanical devices, scans and x-rays.

Jo Dacombe said: “I’ve been tremendously excited about the new gallery at Attenborough Arts Centre and what it means for artists in Leicester.”

The FREE preview evening is open to everyone and will take place on Friday 6 May, 5.30pm – 8pm and is a chance to meet the artists and see the artwork for the first time.

Small Print International (Gallery 1) will continue until Sunday 10 July. Idols and Monsters (Gallery 2) and The Reliquary Project (Gallery 3) will continue until Sunday 3 July. Leicester Linocuts will continue until Sunday 5 June. All exhibitions at Attenborough Arts Centre are free to attend.


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