GREAT PRINT EXHIBITION 22 November 2019 - 8 March 2020 Rheged, Penrith The Great Print Exhibition is the largest exhibition of its kind in the North of England. With around 400 prints hanging on the wall as well as over 600 more to view in the browsers, the exhibition causes much excitement and is an excellent opportunity for visitors to learn about printmaking, and buy original artworks for the home. It is organised by the Gallery team at the Rheged Centre, an arts centre and tourism hub in the northern Lake District, which welcomes 450,000 visitors per year. The exhibition is housed in Rheged’s purpose built art gallery.
PLATFORM AND FUNCTION 18 January - 21 March 2020 Platform Gallery, Clitheroe PlatForm & Function exhibition celebrates makers by awarding the prize of a place in this exhibition. (18th January 2020-March). The makers have been carefully selected from the BCTF (British Craft Trade Fair, Prize Winners from the Platform Craft Open and the GNCCF (Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair) and The Northern Star exhibition. The aim is to introduce and support exciting makers in this two month showcase of work.
COLLAGRAPH GROUP PRINT EXHIBITION 29 February - 20 June 2020 Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds Exploring the printmaking technique of the collagraph, four established printmakers come together highlighting the versatility of this printmaking process. Estella Scholes, Clare Maria Wood, Suzie MacKenzie and Hester Cox create different textures on the plate which hold varying amounts of ink and therefore print different tones revealing some beautiful results.
THE VIEW FROM THE FELLS: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARIE HARTLEY 10 July - 4 November 2020 Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes From March 2019 - July 2020, Hester has had the pleasure of working with the Dales Countryside Museum on a project inspired by the life and work of Marie Hartley MBE. Hester was asked to make prints from the 127 wood engraving blocks bequeathed to the museum by its founder, Marie Hartley, who was an artist, writer and cultural historian. Many of the blocks were exquisite images created to illustrate the books that she co-wrote with Ella Pontefract in the 1930s and 1940s: Swaledale, Wensleydale and Wharfedale. Hester then spent a year researching Marie's life and work, visiting some of the places written about in the three books and creating prints inspired by the Yorkshire Dales landscape. This solo show is a culmination of that work and showcases collagraphs, monotypes and linocut prints. This is the first time that Hester has made such an extensive body of new work and the exhibition will coincide with talks, workshops and written articles.