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Our Story

Bristol Print Atelier was born during 2020; a year like no other. We all met on the MA in multidisciplinary Printmaking at UWE. During lockdown we remained in contact with one another and began to realise we shared similar studio aspirations. We wanted a bigger space, a place for ideas to be shared and skills to be swapped. Discussions were had and Bristol Print Atelier began.

Our studio is primarily a space for us to develop and create our own work for commissions and exhibitions. However, we all share a passion for teaching and continuing on the traditions of various printmaking processes. Join us on one of our courses or workshops that bring people together to experience the enigma of the printed mark. 

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Who We Are

Jemma Gunning

Jemma's practice documents our fading industrial heritage. She specialises in intaglio and lithographic processes, resonating with the subjects she comes to find herself responding to. She is a member of the Royal Society of the  Painter Printmakers, a Queen Elizabeth Scholar and a member of people of print. Alongside her practice she works part time as a lithographic technical instructor at UWE.

www.jemmagunning.com 

@jemma_gunning_printmaker 

Theadora Ballantyne-Way

Theadora is a surrealist visionary artist, specialising in photographic intaglio processes. Her work explores the transformation of the overlooked and the disregarded. Mundane utensils become monumental industrial components, megaliths on our surroundings. Probing at our sense of perception, she uses textures and antiquated processes of traditional printmaking to produce a false sense of legitimacy. Her works serve as a reminder that everything we see has been curated, distorted or manipulated in some way and that every image should be treated with at least a wry suspicion. She has an MA in Multi-disciplinary print has exhibited internationally and has recently been awarded a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship.

www.tbway.co.uk

@theadora_ballantyne_way

Virginia Bridge

Virginia came to printmaking quite late in life, following a long career in education.  Her work is an exploration of the human experience of geometric form, combined with a focus on material and surface.  She is interested in how we are subconsciously affected by visual images and our perception of our visual environment.  Her source material is derived from architectural structures, such as the monumental and experimental Brutalist buildings of the mid 20th century.  In some works, Virginia pares down the geometric form to the absolute minimum, enabling a concentrated study of form.  In others, there is a closer reference to the source material.

 

Virginia is represented by Agora Contemporary.

www.virginiabridge.org/2020

@virginiabridge

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