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By: The Regional Print Centre at Yale Wrexham
Le Chéile has been a collaboration between artists from the Regional Print Centre,Wrexham,Wales and the Leinster Printmaking studio,Clane, Co. Kildare.
After initial contacts in 2004,artist 'twins' or working groups were established and themes of land/language/place/ were decided on as a starting point for the work.
Following successful exhibitions in the Irish Republic the project evolved beyond its' original remit to include new artists and fresh collaborations. The project finally finished at the end of 2011
# 71 [9 February 2012]
All good things must come to an end, and le Chéile is one such. It has far outlived its' intended lifespan, and has evolved to accommodate new members and new ideas. There have been high profile exhibitions in Eire and in Wales, and the project has been featured in the Gaelic- and Welsh-speaking media.
Participants in le Chéile have forged professional and personal friendships, and have learned much about printmaking and about each others' cultural heritage.
The "list of credits" is long, but without Steffan Jones-Hughes (previously of the Regional Print Centre, Wrexham) and Margaret Becker of Leinster Printmaking Studio, le Chéile would never have happened. Lucina Russell, Arts Officer, County Kildare facilitated the initial contacts; Monica de Báth co-ordinated the Irish side of the first phase of the project; Pamela de Brí took over from her and saw things through to their final conclusion. Alison Craig assisted Steffan at the beginning and later took over the organisation of the Wales-based artists. Veronica Calarco worked tirelessly in Australia with great results. Geraldine O'Reilly (Eire) and Jim Creed (Wales) acted as curators at various times.
(And, of course, thanks to all our sponsors, and apologies to anyone I've missed)
A changing cast of artists took part - "without whom" etc....... - more about them on http://lecheileprintproject.blogspot.com
and the Print Studios on:
Thanks very much to everyone for so much hard work.
# 70 [2 November 2011]
Alison, Tara and Frances ran a children's draw and print workshop at Oriel Ynys Mon. This was part of the Big Draw project. After a slow start it was a great success with 13 children in the morning and 12 in the afternoon. We used the portable press from The Yale Printcentre which they loved. They drew from the work in the gallery and made a print based on that drawing.
Children's gallery at https://picasaweb.google.com/stiwdiopenrallt/BigDr...
# 69 [26 September 2011]
Our new exhibition opened on Saturday 24th with a "meet and greet" between 12 & 2 p.m. - no speeches, just lots of people taking a serious look at the prints and other artworks. The show provides an excellent overview of work from the beginning of the project up to the present. (continues until Novemeber 6th. The venue is well signposted from the A55 on Anglesey.)
More images to follow (we hope)
# 68 [20 September 2011]
A good day's work in Oriel Ynys Mon, sorting out work for the exhibition on Saturday.
Jim Creed, our curator, has selected a representative body of work, which will look really good on the walls.
Diolch yn fawr iawn i bawb.
# 67 [5 September 2011]
Le Chéile at Oriel Ynys Môn
Our next exhibition opens on Saturday, 24th. September in the main gallery at Oriel Ynys Môn, Llangefni, Anglesey. The gallery is holding a “Meet and Greet” between 12midday and 2p.m. on the Saturday – all welcome. The exhibition runs until November 6th.
# 66 [1 August 2011]
An exhibition of 12 artists from the Le Chéile Project opened in Urban Retreat Gallery (at Hanover Quay, Dublin 2) on Tuesday, 12th July. The exhibition, entitled "Printmakers in Residence, Le Chéile at Cill Rialaig", was opened by His Excellency Mr. Julian King, British Ambassador to Ireland. A huge crowd celebrated the opening hosted by Noelle Campbell-Sharpe, the owner of the gallery. The exhibition continues until 12th August after which the gallery will close for a fortnight's holiday. It will then re-open in September for a further two weeks.
Participating artists: Veronica Calarco, Linda Davies, Sylvia Hemmingway, Pamela de Brí, Margaret Becker, Don Braisby, Eileen Keane, Alison Craig, Diana Williams, Deirdre Shanley, Bethan Hodgson and Rebecca Homfray.
# 65 [8 July 2011]
Neither dead nor resting.....
We have been preparing for our exhibition at Urban Retreat in Dublin.
Riding on the wave of interest generated by the Queen's visit to Ireland, and a serendipitous purchase of one of Veronica Calarco's prints by himself, the British Ambassador has agreed to open the exhibition.
The show continues until August 12th.
# 64 [13 April 2011]
Field Trip to Oriel Mon (Anglesey)
Tara, Linda and Alison visited Oriel Mon to get a feel of the main gallery. This was a good move, as we had become a bit intimidated by the idea of the big space: it certainly is big, but it's not intimidating. At a guess, it's probably about 50% larger than the gallery space at Rhyl Arts Centre. We can fill it....
It was very helpful to meet Nicola Gibson, who is no longer just a voice on the phone, or a signature to an email. She was reassuring, and full of good ideas. We will have cabinets for 3D work and artists' books, and there's space to hang 3D stuff away from the walls, subject to negotiation.
Our exhibition (24th. September to November 6th.) coincides with the Big Draw, so it seems like a good idea to run a Big Print/Small Print event in the gallery at the same time. This would be an excellent chance to work with professional printmakers and to bring printmaking to the wider public. A lot of preparation to do: what medium/media to use? where to source l a r g e pieces of paper? who will sponsor us? etc. etc. etc.
# 63 [29 March 2011]
A fruitful meeting yesterday at the Open Access session in the Regional Print Centre - prints shared and re-worked using a variety of technique, including some very experimental screen printing!
# 62 [18 February 2011]
Le Chéile in Wales
- some installation shots of our exhibition in Llyfrgell Bae Colwyn/Colwyn Bay Library. The work on show has been selected from the core touring exhibition by Sian Hughes, Conwy County Arts Officer.
The exhibition runs intil March 5th. Colwyn Bay Library is an Edwardian building, with a pleasant foyer - complete with elaborate tiles - which doubles as exhibition space. More details on the web page http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=6579&doc=24085
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The Regional Print Centre at Yale College in Wrexham is a joint partnership project between Yale College and the Arts Council of Wales. We provide open access printmaking facilities to artists and designers from across Wales and beyond. This project forms part of our unique professional printmaking diploma programme.