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  • Tutor: Shealagh Pope
  • Duration: 1 day 10 – 4pm
  • Participants: 8
  • Cost: 30 euro per participant

Workshop Lino Print Demo

Come spend a day exploring what it takes to make large prints and print installations. Is bigger better? Is it harder? Is it different? Shealagh Pope will walk you through a presentation of some of her larger-scale linocut and woodcut works, as well as prints by other artists who work big, discussing planning, materials, set up, and printing. Using a printing plate carved from linoleum flooring, you will learn about printing by hand versus on a press, Japanese versus traditional rag papers, inks and rollers. And, most importantly, she will stress the need to love your image and your concept - as working big takes time and persistence. If you have an idea - or even a glimmer of an idea - for a bigger work you have always wanted to tackle, bring your images, sketches, or concepts, and come learn how you could bring them to life on a larger scale.

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Shealagh Pope was born in Montreal, Canada and now lives in Ottawa, Canada. She studied design, ecology, and conservation biology at Carleton University, working on environmental science issues for most of her career. Seven years focused on Arctic science fueled a passion for using art to communicate the vast changes that the North is experiencing under climate change. In 2018, she shifted full-time to printmaking, establishing her own print studio in 2020. She studied print primarily at the Ottawa School of Art, but also through workshops and residencies in the US and Italy. Her prints have been exhibited in Japan, Australia, USA, and Canada. Her print installation “About terns” was juried into the 2023 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, a leading print exhibition.

Pope’s art often begins with research and analysis, identifying the key facts and issues. Scientific findings or data appear in many of her prints (e.g. Chine collé done with scientific reports; graphs or maps included as visual elements). Increasingly she is exploring installations in order to take prints out from behind glass and engage audiences through different presentation formats. Currently she is co-leading a collaborative print exchange between the Ottawa-Gatineau Printmakers Connective and the Manorhamilton Print Group in Ireland.

Member: Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (Ontario), Arts Network Ottawa, Ottawa-Gatineau Printmakers Connective