1. Liverpool Biennial: Peter Wachtler print
A real highlight of this year’s Liverpool Biennial were the animated films of the German artist Peter Wachtler. Also featured in the main Biennial show, A Needle Walks Into a Haystack, were a series of watercolours by Wachtler depicting bourgeois domesticity and featuring an ever-present butler witnessing intimate and unsavoury goings on. For this limited edition print (£120, edition of 100, pictured above), the butler is back – and up to no good…
2. House of Voltaire: Ella Kruglyanskaya beach towel
Studio Voltaire’s biennial Christmas shopping extravaganza returns to London this year at 39 to 40 Albenarle Street, Mayfair, and the gallery and artists’ studios’ store also has a fantastic selection of limited edition prints, tote bags and even tea towels (by Peter Saville, no less) for sale online. We particularly like this 100% cotton terry beach towel (£60, edition of 80) by the New York-based Latvian artist Ella Kruglyanskaya – perfect for marking your spot by the pool when the summer sun returns.
3. S1 Artspace: General Store Tote Bag
Sheffield’s artist-led studios and gallery S1 Artspace is offering a variety of limited edition artists’ prints (Melissa Gordon, Simon Bill, Jessica Warboys, etc). But at just £5, we think this keenly designed tote bag is just the thing as a practical stocking filler that also supports the work of artists. They do a nice General Store mug, too.
4. Glasgow Print Studio: Sue Tompkins print
The Glasgow Print Studio (GPS) is a venerable Glasgow institution that’s widely used by Glasgow artists and others from much further afield. This typically clever, witty, happy/sad text piece by Glasgow artist Sue Tompkins (£360, edition of 40) is a digital print and was commissioned for GPS’s 40th anniversary show last year. And as the studio is in the Own Art scheme, the cost can be spread over 10 months at no extra cost.
5. Manchester Modernist Society: Preston Bus Station t-shirt
Available in international orange and grey (of course!), this celebration of the Grade II listed architectural gem that is Preston Bus Station is a must for every brutalist this Christmas. Showing a section of the 1969 bus interchange – soon to be featured in a Nathaniel Mellors film for Preston’s Harris Museum – the 100% preshrunk cotton t-shirts are a snip at £15 and come in XL, L, M and S sizes. Sure beats a jumper with reindeer on it…
6. Chisenhale Gallery: Celine Condorelli print
It’s Christmas time and at Chisenhale Gallery that means 10% off the cost of all its limited edition prints, from artists such as Mark Leckey, Corin Sworn, Hilary Lloyd and many more. We particularly like the look of Celine Condorelli’s 2014 piece, Neoplastic (to David Bussel) (£135, edition of 50), a six-colour offset print with a distinctly architectural feel.
7. DISCORDIA: Artists’ limited edition t-shirts
Produced by Patricia Fleming Projects for Generation, the Scotland-wide celebration of the last 25 years of Scottish art, DISCORDIA is a collection of limited edition artists t-shirts with designs from, amongst others, Martin Boyce, Duncan Campbell, Jacqueline Donachie, Michael Fullerton and Ross Sinclair. All priced at £25 each, the go-getting, geometric call to action of Danny Saunders’ design (pictured above) is a bit of a favourite, while Kevin Hutcheson’s ‘People on the dole’ Kappa design made us smile…
8. Banner Repeater: Critical Hand Gestures tea-towel
Every kitchen needs one – a tea-towel featuring a glossary of nine ‘critical hand gestures’, as observed by artists Jasmine Johnson and Alice May Williams. And artist-led reading room and project space Banner Repeater is the place to get one. Priced at £17, it says here that the tea-towel is ‘machine washable at 40 degrees’ – not that you’ll actually use it to dry the dishes, right?
9. Art Across the City: Bob & Roberta Smith print
With its ‘Art makes children powerful’ slogan, this limited edition print for Swansea’s international public programme, Art Across the City, is classic Bob & Roberta Smith. Bold and brightly coloured and sticking two metaphorical fingers up at the Tories’ education priorities, it is also a bit of a bargain at £100 for one of an edition of 10.
10. Drawing Room: Peter Liversidge print
This limited edition print (£250, edition of 50) was created to mark the opening of the Outset Study at Drawing Room. Its 15 roughly-typed rules are drawn from real library rules as well as those for travelling the Panama Canal, the thoughts of the 1960s garage band The Monks, and a guide to pool-side etiquette: ‘No smoking, no drinking, no horse play’ says number 14. Readers take note – a library is for life, not just for Christmas.
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