This exhibition presents the work of eight contemporary printmakers working in letterpress. The printmakers have re-presented the words and imagery of six poems by contemporary poets inspired by Northumberland’s Northern Poetry Library.
Letterpress is one of the oldest methods of transferring the printed word onto paper and one of the most important inventions in history. The development of letterpress, by Johannes Gutenberg around 1450, was instrumental in enabling ordinary people access to the printed word and brought about the earliest form of mass communication of information and ideas. In today’s terms, this is comparable to the introduction and impact of the internet.
Discover the story of the Northern Poetry Library, and the connections between poetry and life, by visiting our exhibition Storehouse of Words upstairs in the museum. Entrance is free but there is a carpark charge of £3.50 per car to enter the museum.
Letterpress – A Lasting Impression is a project developed and led by Northern Print in Newcastle upon Tyne and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. The exhibition is part of the 2016 International Print Biennale, the largest and most prestigious event for printmaking in the UK, organised by Northern Print. For further information and the full programme visit www.internationalprintbiennale.org.uk