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Artists will create some fresh prints for politics show

By This is Devon  |  Posted: June 30, 2010

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ARTISTS have been commissioned to create works inspired by politics and based on the Devon archives.

Exeter print workshop Double Elephant is encouraging contemporary artists to use printmaking in their work inspired by the wealth of information at the Devon Records Office.

Any medium can be used as long as printmaking is included.

The selected artists receive £150 per artist or group, and up to £250 worth of printmaking tuition provided by Double Elephant.

Seven artists have been chosen from 47 applicants and those commissioned are Lucy Brett, from London; Volkhardt Müller, Steven Paige, Gary Powell, James Unsworth, Jonathan Velardi and a collaboration between Catherine Cartwright and Nicci Wonnacott.

The winning entries will be shown at The Politics in Print exhibition that will take place over the first weekend of September at The X Centre on Exeter Quay.

The exhibition has been timed to coincide and be part of Devon Open Studios, a region-wide project taking place over three weeks in September.

Exeter printmaker Catherine Cartwright and Nicci Wonnacott, a Devon performance artist, have already chosen the inspiration for their commission which will be in the form of a film.

They have been inspired by an event that happened on Whitsun in 1909 when three suffragettes travelled down from London wearing the daring colours of female emancipation — white, purple and green.

Their aim was to form a protest in front of the prime minister Lord Asquith, who was entertaining friends at his son's home in Clovelly.

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