Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale 2018


Following the acclaimed second show held in 2016, the third Cambridge Original Printmakers exhibition will once again be held at the Pitt Building in Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RP, from Friday 21 September until Saturday 29 September 2018.

Cambridge Original Printmakers is a wonderful, independent event that aims to celebrate, educate and promote hand-made original printmaking within the Cambridgeshire area. The 2018 exhibition will have individual printmakers who specialise in hand-pulled, original work; MA students from Anglia Ruskin University; printmakers from Gainsborough House; and The Curwen Print Study Centre, an educational charity will also be exhibiting. Exciting keynote talks will be taking place throughout the weekend given by prominent printmakers including Serena Smith, Bronwen Sleigh, Paul Catherall, Jane Human and Louise Stebbing.

Workshops will be held during the week, along with print demonstrations, providing information about the many printmaking techniques, including the latest technology available from Polaroid on 3D printers. The Cambridge Original Printmakers team are also working on a new project that supports the educational aspect of printmaking. Sixth form print students from three local colleges will be offered the opportunity to exhibit selected prints at the Biennale.

At this unique event you will be able to meet the printmakers and buy limited edition original prints from the amazing talent that lies within Cambridge. So those dates once again for your diary are 21 to 29 September 2018.

About the founders: Anthony Hopkinson, Sue Jones, Jo Tunmer

Anthony was a painter throughout his career in the Armed Forces. In his retirement he had time to concentrate on his passion for printmaking. In 2000, Anthony started experimenting with screen-printing, honing his skills and knowledge whilst attending workshops run by the two master printmakers from Cambridge, Kip Gresham and James Hill. After an inspired conversation on his doorstep in 2012, Anthony joined Jo Tunmer in founding the Cambridge Original Printmakers. Renowned printmaker Sue Jones was approached to play a key role in the team, and the rest is history. They spent eighteen months organising the Cambridge Original Printmakers Exhibition. The inaugural event was held in the Pitt Building in September 2014. Anthony prints in his garden, and creates small editions of screen-prints. His inspiration comes from his travels and travel posters from the 1930’s with their bold, simple designs. He has worked with lino and drypoint, but the graphic element of screen-printing with its flat areas of strong colours and crisp outline gives him the results he wants. Anthony is now in his eighties, but there’s no question of him giving up, “as long as my eye is keen and my hand firm, the excitement of printmaking will keeps me going. The Studio is a great place to escape to.” Sadly, Anthony decided to step down from organising Cambridge Original Printmaking Biennale and plans to spend more time in his studio. He will be missed for his excellent organisational skills, great sense of humor and for being a true gentleman. For more information

Sue is an experienced printmaker, with a passion for the subject. She studied Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, and for an MA in Children’s Book Illustration in 2001. In 2000 Sue studied lithography with Stanley Jones MBE at the Curwen Studio, and worked as Lead Tutor and Studio Manager with the Print Study Centre for 17 years, where she developed and led the Certificate in Printmaking skills. Sue has devised and developed workshops tailored for specific briefs such as the British Museum Revolutions on Paper; John Piper at Blenheim Palace; the Fry Gallery Edward Bawden exhibition 2015, Kettles Yard Lino Minochi; The Fitzwilliam Museum; Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology and many more. Sue has worked with many different age groups from primary school to master class, and her skills include Artist in Residence and Printmaking Consultant. Sue is currently delivering printmaking workshops at the ACE Foundation Stapleford Granary and Gainsborough House in Sudbury. She recently opened Stoneman Press, her own studio in Wimbish, Saffron Walden and is running workshops alongside producing a new portfolio of work. Exhibitions include Cambridge Contemporary Artists, Byard Art, The Market Cross Gallery in Bury St Edmunds, The Babylon Gallery in Ely, Espacio Gallery in London, Church Street Gallery in Saffron Walden, Cambridge University Clare College 'Surface', to name a few. Sue is also a member of the Printmakers Council. Sue is one of the founders of the Cambridge Original Printmakers along with Jo Tunmer and Anthony Hopkinson, who came together in 2012 to organise their inaugural exhibition, which launched in 2014. Sue is currently working with the core team on the Cambridge Original Biennale 2018. For more information please visit

Jo is one of the three founders, and the catalyst, in forging the innovative printmaking exhibition known as the Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale. Jo is a professional visual artist who has founded, created and organised several collaborative shows during the last ten years. Her professionalism, unique style and attention to detail are memorable, and her events are always worth visiting. Initially a landscape oil painter, Jo extended her portfolio in 2012 by completing the advanced certificate in printmaking from the Curwen Print Study Centre. Her oil paintings are now by commission only and printmaking has become her main focus. Jo specialises in polymer etching and photolithography. Anthony Hopkinson, a fellow printmaker and friend, captured Jo’s entrepreneurial spirit and imagination with an idea to create an exclusive printmaking exhibition within the heart of Cambridge. Jo immediately invited Sue Jones, a friend and renowned print tutor, to join them and 18 months later the inaugural Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale exhibition was held in the Pitt Building in September 2014. During the second Biennale exhibition in 2016, Jo began studying for an MA in Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University. She is also an Artist Facilitator at Kettles Yard in Cambridge, and she regularly works with corporate or private clients who are looking to participate in alternative art workshops. Jo also mentors GCSE and A-level students as well as new artists. Jo stepped down from her role as an organiser of the Biennale exhibition in 2017, but is always on-hand to offer advice for the new team of organisers. Jo’s work can be purchased from Cambridge Contemporary Art and she regularly participates in national and international exhibitions. For more information:


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