Marcus Oakley and Risotto are just two out of 30 artists contributing to Glasgow Print Fair this year

Artists such as Saskia Pomeroy, Chris Bryant, Ruan van Vliet, Risotto, Max Machen, Ollie Silvester, William Luz, Jayde Perkin, Kristyna Baczynski and Laura Slater contribute to this year’s nature-themed celebration of print.

26 June 2020
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30 artists from across Europe have created prints based on the theme of nature for this year’s Glasgow Print Fair. Taking place from 27 June to 31 July 2020, print fans will be able to browse and purchase the works online, and all proceeds will go directly to the artists. Many of which will also be donating their proceeds straight to worthy charities including the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and The Black Curriculum among several others supporting the important Black Lives Matter movement.

Artists contributing to the nature-themed collection include the likes of Marcus Oakley, Lesley Barnes, Luke Drozd, design studio Yuk Fun, Lizzie Lomax, Risotto, The Printed Peanut, Kristina Chan and the duo We are Out of Office, just to name a few. Prints start at £15 up to £200, hoping to add a little greenery into your home. Founded by Kaye Symington and Jane McDevitt, the Glasgow Print Fair was launched in 2019 at Glasgow’s The Lighthouse as a means of promoting print in Scotland.

Kaye tells It’s Nice That of the fair: “Jane and I were overwhelmed by its success. There’s not really anything like it in Scotland and we had over 2000 people through the doors in one day.” Providing “wonderful and crazy” excitement, this year the event took a different turn due to the current pandemic. Kaye and Jane had hoped to grow the festival, planning to take over two floors of the Glaswegian arts venue, as well as hosting an exhibition.

When lockdown hit however, the founders went back to the drawing board. In turn, establishing a simple yet fun way to make this year’s print fair happen. Asking artists to create something during lockdown, the print fair’s brief tasked creatives to use whatever there was at hand to make something new. Saskia Pomeroy for instance, made her prints using only things she had around the house, whereas Christina Riley gathered materials from her daily walk on the beach. “These were the kinds of stories we knew we wanted to share, and we all need a bit of nature right now,” adds Kaye.

To purchase prints and view the full list of participants, see Glasgow Print Fair’s website here.

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Jyni Ong

Jyni became a staff writer in March 2019 having previously joined the team as an editorial assistant in August 2018. She graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Communication Design in 2017 and her previous roles include Glasgow Women’s Library designer in residence and The Glasgow School of Art’s Graduate Illustrator.

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