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EVENT04.04.202406.04.2024
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Printmaking Studio: Karen McLean

Karen McLean presents a Printmaking Studio as part of Ikon’s exhibition Start the Press! (9 February – 21 April 2024).

McLean is one of eight printmakers who operate an antique, working flatbed printing press from Wolverhampton School of Art: establishing a functioning printmaking workshop, producing original prints and filling the gallery walls as artwork is made in real time. Full schedule available here.

This exhibition is supported by Freelands FoundationJerwood FoundationThe Saintbury TrustUniversity of Birmingham and University of Wolverhampton.

Start the Press! is presented as part of Ikon’s 60th anniversary year.

About the artist

Karen McLean is a Birmingham-based artist who grew up in Trinidad. Her artistic practice continues to be informed by the history, culture and folklore of the Caribbean and its interconnections with the UK. McLean has worked with sound, moving image and installations that incorporate a wide variety of evocative and symbolic materials such as sugar, blue soap, wood, beading, wallpaper and hessian bags.

FREE

Event Dates

Thursday 04.04.2024 / 11.00am5.00pm
Friday 05.04.2024 / 11.00am5.00pm
Saturday 06.04.2024 / 11.00am5.00pm

Event Details

Free entry, donations welcome

No need to book, just drop in

First Floor

Suitable for all ages. Seating available

Information on Ikon Gallery’s accessibility is available here

For additional access enquiries please contact education@ikon-gallery.org

This event is being photographed and filmed. Please speak to the photographer or filmmaker if you prefer not to be included.

VENUE

Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS

Image Credits
1. Karen McLean. Photo by Tracey Thorne 2. Karen McLean, Nanny of the Maroons (2022. Screenprint on paper. Image courtesy the artist 3. Karen McLean, Part of a quilt named ‘Long to breathe’ (2023). Screenprint on cotton with embroidery. Image courtesy the artist
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The centrepiece of Start the Press! is a vintage, flatbed printing press from Wolverhampton School of Art, taking its position in the gallery as a form of protest or occupation in the tradition of the student art-school sit-ins of the 1960s, and in response to the current challenging economic landscape. A cohort of West Midlands printmakers will operate the press, producing original prints and filling the gallery walls as work is made in real time.
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