Her Prints supports women artists by commissioning new work
Through commissioning new work, Her Prints enables artists to train in a new area, expand their practice, experiment and take risks. The project encourages the development of artists’ careers by providing visibility, sales and support. Her Prints works exclusively with female artists in order to address the gender imbalance still prevalent in the contemporary art world. All the artists in this initial group are based in London and the South East of England.
An important aim of the project is to grow the number of works by female artists currently in contemporary collections. Her Prints aims to enable access to quality contemporary prints as an entry point to collecting contemporary art, to increase awareness and appreciation of contemporary art and bring more original art into people's homes. Purchases of artists’ prints will directly support their careers.
Her Prints launched with an exhibition at Koppel Project Central on 6 June 2019, and prints are now available to buy from herprints.com.
About the curator
Her Prints is run by Kate Neave, a curator and art writer based in London. Kate curates exhibitions independently including most recently ‘Poem of the Pillow’ and ‘Rose Tinted Rupture’ and has assisted in the curating of large international exhibitions and collections such as Manifesta 11 and the Soho House collection. Kate has written extensively on contemporary art for publications including Dazed, Twin and Good Trouble.
You can read more about Kate here.
I am launching Her Prints in June 2019 as a way to take positive action to bring attention and encouragement to female artists. As a writer and curator I find myself drawn to the work of female artists which often speaks directly to my interests and concerns. At the same time I continue to be surprised and saddened by the inequalities which perpetuate in the contemporary art world.
A 2018 report from the Freelands Foundation revealed that despite some progress, there are currently significant areas of decline in art world equality. Most notably the Foundation found a recent decline in the number of solo shows by female artists at major public institutions in London (at just 22% in 2017) and in the number of female artists represented by London's major commercial galleries (at just 28% in 2017). Both percentages represent a fall since 2016.
Until there is gender equality, I believe women-only projects will continue to be necessary to bring visibility and support to female artists.
Risograph machines originated in Japan in the 1980s. They use a stencil and ink system to print one layer at a time similar to screen printing. Risograph printing is environmentally friendly, energy efficient and cost effective. It only takes a single print for the screen to be inked and ready to print multiple copies. The machines use soy ink which is low in chemical compounds normally found in petroleum based ink that cause air pollution, therefore reducing waste. Risograph prints have a distinct colourful charm and they are easy to produce.
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