The Journeyman´s Walk project is a mobile artproject based on advanced knowledge production in printmaking/artefactual artmaking & communication. It´s actions are directed towards professional artists & the general public with an educational core in the practice based artwork. Our network, www.endegra.org holds a lot of expertise: from ancient printing techniques, methods & materials to their comtemporary cooperations with the latest digital possibilities. It will increase international potentials, to share & develop an advanced knowledge production within the field of printmaking. The workshops are there, fully equipped. Artists can travel & be both masters & aprentices & each locality has their outgoing audience approach; the education thus concerns both artists & audience. This is due to a lack of visual art education on all levels. It has long left an unjustifiable big part of material based artistic knowledge production aside in favor of text as the main material to create meaning in art. We are not hostile to textual creating of meaning but still oppose this approach for being too narrow-minded & underestimating today´s vast visual communication. There is no effortless understanding in art & a ”knowledge society” must show great diversity, also in art. Without training there will be no audiences. The time we live in is preoccupied with text & analytic reflection, the creation of meaning is not. It is activated in many more ways. We advocate a pluralistic attitude to involve the whole spectrum of what is really going on in the arts & to widen it further – to reach outside of the traditional art sector – the project also includes development of new digitalized audience possibilities that highlights the important role that printmaking has had & still has to a participating identity & how it today relates to the digital media that opens for an artistic pluralism needed to support a sustainable, pluralist, open & democratic society.
Grafik i Väst
Gallery & printmaking association est. 1991 in Gothenburg, Sweden.- Grafik i Väst
Gallery & printmaking association est. 1991 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Grafik i Väst (GiV) is a non-profit association for print makers. It came about in a growing need for a centre, complementing the institutional infrastructure of the fine arts & now houses an impressive bank of some 4000 edition prints. The original group of 50 local members does now hold 270 nationally & internationally based artists. We get co-funding through an assignment concerning cultural strategies for Region Västra Götal&. Together with our administrator/gallery host in the centre we organize internal & external exhibitions, artist presentations, collaborative workshops, lectures, regular updated membership catalogues, an annual print scholarship for student printmakers. Grafik i Väst is also a member of the European Network ENDEGRA: www.endegra.org. To improve the public´s access to member´s works; visually, pedagogically & commercially, we now digitalize all the prints to use the contemporary IT communication.
Grafikwerkstatt Dresden , Germany
Grafikwerkstatt Dresden – a fine Art Printshop – for fine art printmaking at a professional level. It is possible to do & to learn the printmaking yourself or to have work carried out by highly trained printers. The workshop has been a meetingplace & a workplace; a municipal workshop that has promotes art & artists in Dresden since over 50 years. 600 m2 with historical presses that delivers highest possible quality in the prints – cared for in connection to their history & from fascination with the irreplacable ways & means in the old methods, they are established for contemporary applications and complemented with modern technology. Grafikwerkstatt Dresden is organized by professional printers with a vast circle of contacts in both fine art & press trade. It is a supported meeting place for contemporary artists and a sphere from which fruitful artistic collaborations & meetings with the general public can take form.
The Funen Printmaking Workshop – Fyns Grafiske
Funen Printmaking Workshop – Fyns Grafiske Værksted
The Funen Printmaking Workshop is an independent Institution based on association-terms. The Vision of The Funen Printmaking Workshop is to be a supporting factor in the Art scene, especially in the printing arts. We encourage printing artists to develop their ability and skills through out their live.
In the early 70’ties a little active group of artists created a workshop for professional printers. On February the 1st 1976 The Funen Printmaking Workshop was inaugurated in Hans Jensens Stræde 18, in Odense in a building that was provided by the City of Odense. The Funen Printmaking Workshop has 300 professional working artists from 21 nations as members. We have 12 exhibitions a year in the gallery and exhibitions abroad, guided tours and artist talks.
The gallery consists of over 5000 original prints. We hold 6 to 8 courses a year in printmaking both traditional and new techniques.
The Funen Printmaking Workshop is supported by the County of Odense.
Cooperating studios and institutions
Comments, as perceived by Björn Therkelson, made i in Marbodal Center , Tidaholm, Sweden, on
the Journeyman’s Walk (JW) talk 15th of August 2014
during the 6th Endegra Meeting.
What was commented on, was the ideas of the Journeyman’s Walk project as described by the working group. The purpose of the talk was to ensure a qualified and representative application for funding from EU with deadline 1st of October 2014. A number of workshops and their capacities must be briefly described in the application.
An answer from EU can be expected in Dec. -14 or Jan -15 and the actual exchange might, in case of a favorable outcome, begin in May-Dec 2015.
My summing up: The ideas of the working group were endorsed with acclaim by the present assembly. There were subordinate points of discussion about the ensuing implementation.
Assessing authorities within the EU require a verbal substructure, something we, as pictorial artists , consider useful but not fundamental. Our times are overloaded with texts and analysis.
However, as so many nowadays have difficulties reading imagery, we find it necessary to introduce a development of education on seeing and reading pictures, just as we already learn reading and writing verbal expressions. Visual perception is in humans neurologically connected to learning languages. Imagery, and graphic arts, is communication.
At least three countries are to cooperate. Grafik i Väst in Gothenburg, Sweden, Fyns Grafiske Verkstæd in Odense, Denmark and Grafikwerkstatt Dresden in Dresden, Germany, constitute the project board for planning and decisions. They are also the ones to sign the application. A long line of workshops are associated coproducers and then there are the Journeypersons.
We are creating a system which can send a paid graphic artists 1-3 weeks to a workshop and economically compensate also a person to receive and handle the visit. One such event makes up a JW module.
Minimum requirements for a module could be:
1 working place
3 maybe an accommodation. This point was questioned on the ground that boarding should not be our task, we must focus on knowledge development and art making.
The modules should be flexible and not standardized, so that different needs about i.e. preexisting experience and length of stay can be met.
The workshops decide about whom to send.
The result of the process will be:
1.High quality prints
2.Knowledge feedback to sending as well as receiving workshop concerning printing techniques and concerning the workshops, preferably in the form of written reviews, diaries or blogs. A line of such reports could form a database. Exchange of knowledge was stressed. The traveling artists must not only learn but also teach or otherwise render knowledge.
3.Certificates, stating what has taken place. This point was however questioned, due to the dissimilar conditions of the workshops and to the need for criteria for such certificates.
The JW project aims at development of knowledge, not of economy in the first place.
60% of a module are to be financed by EU and 40% must be financed otherwise. EU can give maximum € 200k each second or each fourth year. Grafik i Väst is suggested to handle the monetary flow, to redistribute funds. A cost for administration should be budgeted.
Questions were raised about what kind and what size of workshops should be counted in, how open the process should be (Can only members of a workshop be journeymen, does the possibility apply to all kinds of artists and to artisans as well?), what kind of teaching and what kind of science (?) should be adapted. Are younger artists due to lack of experience in a position to teach or do their need of being taught dominate?
Which workshops should come in question? The importance of supporting small workshops was stressed. The representatives of Ålgården, the artists workshops and gallery, were introduced. KKV-Gbg (Artists’ Collective Workshop of Gothenburg) wish, according to a decision of their board, to participate.
Descriptions of workshops:
We need a pattern, a template for descriptions of the workshops and their respective resources in order to be able to choose between them. This should be done before the month of May 2015 when the actual traveling might begin. It was suggested that each workshop submit a Letter of Intent (LoF) with 3-4, max. 5 points.
In he US a similar system to JW already exists. We must avoid being subjected to rules governing schools. We must remember to distinguish ourselves from the AIR (Artist in Residence) concept