Review of Artlab at the Albert Dock July 26 – 29 2007
Written by Louise Janvier
Photo of Peter Cunliffe work by Tony Knox
Artlab is a group of 60 artists based in the North west, showing an eclectic mixture of contemporary printmaking. The recent exhibition at Albert Dock, Liverpool is in the second stage of a touring show.
The strength of Artlab is to give professional artists the opportunity to use the printmaking facilities located at the University of Central Lancashire. The members consist of pure printmakers and some artists who have multi-disciplinary practices involving performance, time based media and site specific based work.
The exhibition encompassed only a small selection of the printmakers work and although some printmakers live in or near Liverpool such as Patricia Mac Donald, Tony Knox and Louise Janvier, the work appeals to a broad spectrum of the population. Visitors comments include ‘You couldn’t ask for anywhere better,’ ‘More art and less shops’ ‘I came in because I liked the words Print Making.’ I liked Patricia Mac Donald’s work as ‘I like busy things,’ and ‘I think I would look at Magda Stawarska-Beavan’s work the longest.’ Other people liked Janet Monogue work ‘small things in a series with the etching plate, so I can see what she has done.’ Rosie Ebeling liked Marcia Alcock’s work because of the detail and everyone was drawn to Peter Cunliffe’s colourful ‘attention grabbing’ screen prints.
Artlab is run by the experienced printmakers Tracy Griffen, Magda Stawarska-Beavan and Sarah Robinson RA, who also exhibit regularly with Artlab and can be contacted at 01772 893193.
Artlab is funded by the European Union and uclan.