MAYOR Elisha McCallion has visited Derry’s fine art print workshop which is located in the Garden of Reflection at Pump Street.
Derry’s First Citizen dropped in to congratulate artists on being one of a group of local arts and crafts producers who have opened a new shop and gallery, “No. 19”, in the city’s Craft Village.
Derry Print Workshop was launched during the City of Culture 2013. Since then, it has steadily grown its membership base to 18 practising artists from across the region who now regularly use the specialist printing equipment in the workshop to produce hand-made limited edition fine art prints.
Master Printer, Andrew Hepburn, explained: “Participating in the opening of No 19, and being able to offer our member artists access to a retail outlet through which they can display and sell their work, is an important step in the development of our artists’ community in the city.”
Mayor McCallion added: “Derry Print Workshop has been established through the voluntary efforts of artists, and they are making such a positive contribution to the cultural life of the city.
“I am so impressed with the quality and range of the artwork being produced here, and also with the work artists are doing with community groups to educate people on the practice of fine art printing.”
Mayor McCallion said Derry Print Workshop was creating a real legacy for the visual arts locally.
“We have artists from across the North West coming here not only to produce their fine art prints, but also now to sell them in the Craft Village,” she said.
“I want to congratulate all those involved with the launch of No 19, and in particular the volunteers at Derry Print Workshop, for helping the arts and crafts sector flourish in the city centre.”
The Print Workshop presented the Mayor with a copy of “The Peace Bridge”, by award-nominated artist and workshop member Matthew Braithwaite.