Print show splendour

SOME of the best printmakers in the UK have their work on show in Sudbury this week as part of a three-month long exhibition at Gainsborough’s House, the museum birthplace of artist Thomas Gainsborough which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The exhibition started on Saturday and runs until December 20, with hundreds of framed and unframed works on show, representing 165 members of the Gainsborough’s House printmakers workshop, which was established in the 1970s.

Rosemary Woodward, from the Gainsborough Street museum, said: “It’s a splendid selection of work, so diverse and stunning.

“We have about 60 framed works on display, but there’s a huge selection of unframed work and all of it is for sale. Framed work ranges in price from £66 to £500, and unframed from £20 to £300 so there’s something to suit everyone.”

Works have been selected by a panel of art professionals, including printmaker Stanley Jones, from the Curwen Gallery in London, Colin Wilkin, artist and curator of the Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden, and Juliet Bowmaker, from the Gainsborough’s House exhibition committee.

Printmakers are giving free gallery talks and demonstrations every Thursday at 2.30pm from today until December 15, and museum patron Maggi Hambling is holding a question and answer evening on Friday, October 14.