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Northumberland National Park invites budding artists to print the view


May 16, 2017

This June, Northumberland National Park is inviting aspiring artists to join an outdoor printing workshop with a difference.

As part of the events programme preceding the opening of The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre at Hadrian’s Wall later this summer, the Park has invited local artist, Lindsay Duncanson to host a cyanotype printing workshop titled ‘Print the View’.

Acclaimed artist Lindsay, who has worked previously with Northumberland National Park on a number of textiles projects as part of the Val Stoddart Fellowship, specialises in mixed-media print making and uses a lot of traditional and digital printing methods in her portfolio work.

Cyanotype printing is a type of photographic printing process that uses a combination of chemicals and controlled light exposure to produce a rich, cyan-blue tinted negative photogram print, commonly used for creating architects’ blueprints.

The workshop, which is taking place on Sunday 4 June 2017 between 10am and 4pm at Greenlee Lough will see participants drawing inspiration from the landscape and using plant life and objects found around them to create unique cyanotype prints that they can take home with them.

Lindsay Duncanson, artist, said:

“Cyanotype printing is a very simple, very effective way of capturing the shapes and patterns provided by nature.

“The process, which can be used for printing onto either paper or fabric, uses the sun’s light to expose the prints so participants will be able to see their artwork forming in real-time as the chemicals react to the light, which in itself is quite magical.

“I have always enjoyed working within the Northumberland National Park so I am thoroughly looking forward to sharing the experience with other budding artists.”

A hidden haven for wildlife that can only be reached by a boardwalk, Greenlee Lough is a rich wetland habitat located in the South of the Park near Housesteads Roman Fort that is home to a wide variety of species of flora and fauna.

Mandy Roberts, engagement officer at Northumberland National Park, said:

“Greenlee Lough is a beautiful area of the National Park which is home to lots of fascinating species of bird and plant life.

“The Print the View workshop is a great opportunity for aspiring artists to learn a valuable printing skill from a professional artist in the unique surroundings of the Northumberland National Park.”

Tickets for the Print the View workshop are available to purchase online now through the Northumberland National Park website or direct from Eventbrite. Priced at £40.00 per person, tickets include lunch, transport to Greenlee Lough from the Twice Brewed Inn at Bardon Mill and all of the art materials needed to make the cyanotype prints.

For more information or to book your tickets, visit: http://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/events/print-the-view.

By Emily