An Education Information Pack to accompany the Arts Council Collection touring exhibition The Printed Line is now available to download (see link below).
This exhibition considers how artists have used a variety of printmaking techniques to exploit the potential of the printed line: from the thick, velvety lines of drypoint and intense cross-hatching of etching to delicate wood engravings and boldly-coloured screenprints.
Spanning the 20th century and up to the present day, the prints include Sickert’s masterly etching The Old Middlesex, Ben Nicholson’s rich drypoint Halse Town 1949, a bold etching by Eduardo Chillida and one of Matisse’s pared-down lithographs. The use of colour i s explored in screenprints by Bridget Riley and Kenneth Martin, as well as Simon Patterson’s witty lithograph reworking the lines of the London tube map.
The Arts Council Collection is primarily a collection of modern and contemporary British art, but early on in its history it also acquired prints by major 20th-century European artists alongside British artists, forming an outstanding collection of more than 1,500 printed works by over 500 artists.
Find out more about this touring exhibition here.