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International Print Biennale 2014. 27 June - 9 August 2014

Released: Tuesday 29th April 2014 at 10:29

National Glass Centre announce International Print Biennale 2014 residency

Julie Roch-Cuerrier has been announced as the first prizewinner in this years’ International Print Biennale and takes up a ten-day residency at National Glass Centre this week. Her residency with National Glass Centre will provide an opportunity to explore the potential of printing on glass.

Julie Roch-Cuerrier is an emerging Montreal-based artist working in the field of printmaking.  Recently graduated from London’s Sotheby’s Institute of Art where she studied Art Business, she also completed her Fine Arts Bachelor at Concordia University. She now lives in London and studies at the Royal College of Art for her Fine Arts Master’s degree in Printmaking.  

The 2014 International Print Awards are the centrepiece of the International Print Biennale. The Awards are an open submission opportunity for British and international artists and are open to all artists whose work encounters print.

The National Glass Centre Residency offers an opportunity for an artist to develop and expand their practice by exploring techniques in glass and print supported by specialist staff using National Glass Centre’s extensive production facilities (i.e. screenprinting, kiln-forming, waterjet cutting, vinyl cutting and sandblasting). The residency takes place between 29 April and 9 May 2013. This prize includes travel within the UK, accommodation, a materials allowance and an exhibition at National Glass Centre of work made during the residency.

Julie Roch-Cuerrier’s residency will develop work that will be exhibited at National Glass Centre as part of the International Print Biennale. Her exhibition at National Glass Centre opens on 21 June 2014.

Julie notes that she is looking forward to starting her residency: “A lot of my works have come to develop signatures in time; in the sense that I would have never produced them in other circumstances. In those moments when you operate out of your comfort zone, when you push your work into new territories, that is when you create the most interesting things. That is why I am really looking forward to come to National Glass Centre and learn something completely new.”

“Over the last year, I have been working on a research project on the impression of world maps. I have been sanding off maps of old atlases and researching ways to create ink incorporating the collected world dust. I am interested in the potential and the implications behind the material. There is something beautiful about the subtleties of those colours and what they mean; historical and metaphysical ideas are retained in this dust. I thought it would be interesting to bridge the weight and the saturation embedded in this material with the seemingly flawless and pure quality of the glass.”

Julia Stephenson, Head of Arts, National Glass Centre adds: “We are really excited about the International Print Biennale residency and the work it will produce. National Glass Centre has state of the art facilities for working in glass. The relationship between the two processes of glass and print is an interesting one with historic connections to etching – etching glass and etching metal places to print form. Beyond this there are opportunities to work with laser-cutting and digital printing. Both are areas of creative expression which rely upon traditional and new processes and offer interesting areas of exploration for artists. We are confident Julie’s resulting work will create a unique and engaging exhibition for all our visitors.”

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