Printmaking Masters students spent four days working on lithographic and etching presses at the Sidney Nolan Trust on the Welsh border last month.
One of Australia’s leading artists of the 20th century, Sir Sidney Nolan was best known for his Ned Kelly paintings which were completed in the 1940s — gaining him iconic status across the contemporary art world.
During the 1980s, he settled at Rodd Farm on the England-Wales border. The farm now showcases his work, and offers printmaking facilities to visiting artists.
“We worked in a large barn with the Trust facilitating print workshops both through the lithographic and etching presses to progress the individual MA students’ ideas and work,” says MA Printmaking Programme Leader, Steve Mumberson .
Set in the border lands of England and Wales, the farm and Trust maintain Sir Sidney’s concern for the natural environment.
“We were highly influenced by the presence of the farm stock and particularly the dramatically beautiful landscape which gave a very different experience from our urban Hendon everyday existence. The whole experience was energizing and particularly worthwhile,” Steve commented.
“Throughout each day, we would look up from whatever we were making in the huge, cavernous barn that served as the main working space, to find a black bull eyeing us up from the field beyond the open doors,” added MA Printmaking student, Matt Denis.
Middlesex takes a highly practical approach to printmaking that enables students to explore their interests and enhance skills through experimentation, research and critical analysis.
The MA Printmaking course specifically equips students with the advanced skills, contemporary knowledge and industry insights needed to develop practice to a professional standard.