London Printworks Trust has launched an imaginative initiative to raise vital funds. The campaign, called Counter Feat, was launched at an event at their Brixton base on Tuesday November 29. The Trust is currently threatened with closure if funding cannot be raised in time – to fill the huge gap left following the shock withdrawal of Arts Council funding earlier this year.
The idea was conceived by Lorna Dallas-Conte, LPT’s Executive Director, who told us, “We are addressing this crisis by literally printing our own money and we have been excited by the enthusiastic response from eager art collectors. The art notes are set to be a run-away success, not only artistically but in saving a unique specialist textile resource that is vital to the creative ecology and many printmakers working in London. We hope art notes might even become an annual event in the future.”
Launched in time to make a perfect Christmas present for your creative family and friends, the art notes are available as a limited edition, all hand printed at LPT. You can invest in the full impressive set – or simply choose a favourite from one of the great designs by ten distinguished artistic friends of the Trust. Fashion designers Eley Kishimoto, Jonathan Saunders, Holly Fulton, Heikki Salonen and Zandra Rhodes, have joined forces with sculptor Bill Woodrow, illustrator Will Broome, artist and textile designer Pat Albeck, textile designer Sarah Campbell, and Hemmingway Design. This outstanding line-up have all donated their time and talent to support the initiative. Spread the word and snap them up now while you can!
London Printworks Trust was established in 1992. Their specialist facilities have recently been upgraded and offer a fantastic spacious working environment that is available with on-site industry assistance if required. The Trust offers internships and bursaries and is a vital support for emerging talent in print. RCA MA graduate and one of Texprint’s 24 of 2011, Lauren Bowker is currently based there. Lauren can’t yet afford to set up her own studio, so the opportunity she has been given at the Trust has been a lifeline. As well as supporting emerging designers, the Trust runs an exciting programme of events, courses and exhibitions and has a vital community outreach remit, including programmes for adults with learning difficulties and a 14-16 engagement scheme.
The Arts Council recognised the value of the Trust in its recent statement: “London Printworks Trust has a strong role in providing unique expertise and production facilities for artists and designers. In light of the limited resources available, it was with regret that Arts Council England decided not to fund the organisation’s application through its national portfolio.”
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