Deep in the dark corners of the M-shed store lies a large quantity of Lithographic Stones. These relics, discovered in the demolished building of the once mammoth printing company; Mardon, Son and Hall. It was this company which made its name printing the iconic images of W.D & H. O. Wills tobacco products. Notable even in the health-conscious world of today, names such as ‘Golden Virginia’ and ‘Players, Navy Cut’ which will no-doubt invoke clear images in the mind.
‘Why the history lesson?’ ‘History is for nerds, why do you think I went to Art-school in the first place?’ Well it was these images which helped to construct our city. These which still span this globalised world through the beauty of this capitalist driven industry. Today, our city is reputed for its arts movement, being known a creative hub replaces the previous industrial hub.
As one of these contemporary creatives of the city, (don’t Blush) you are invited to partake in this multi-faceted, multi-generational exhibition. We are looking for artists to take these iconic images, and create something new, something which better represents the city today. You will receive the images in either an acetate print or Lithographic plate of the image in its colour separation form. Do with it what you will, it is not just a question of reproducing a print, but using it as a start, taking it to new forms.
Use your own practice, please do, the aim of the exhibition is to celebrate the city today alongside its past.
Please refer to the 'Set In Stone' Page for examples of the Prints so far