The Derby Print Open is an exhibition open to all, showcasing contemporary printmaking from artists based in the UK. A total of 82 printmakers submitted their work, and over 200 prints have been shortlisted to be exhibited.
This year, the Derby Print Open will be hosted within Banks Mill and across four additional supporting venues, encompassing a Print Trail for members of the public to follow. The Print Trail negotiates its way across the City Centre, with the aim to celebrate Derbyshire’s vibrant and creative community, promoting local independent businesses alongside artists.
First stop on the trail is The Smallprint Company; Derby’s unique letterpress studio currently situated deep within the heart of Friar Gate, on Friary Street. We then have The Squashed Tomato cafe in The Strand, Derby’s upmarket shopping quarter, then followed swiftly by Elements Tea and Coffee House, located right in the city centre on Victoria Street and - finally - concluding at Bear, located in Derby’s iconic Cathedral Quarter.
Awards have been generously donated by businesses within the cultural and creative industries. Participating selected printmakers will be presented with awards, such as exhibition and residency opportunities, art materials and creative workshops during the launch evening at Banks Mill Studios on Friday 7th June (5pm - 8pm).
Anna Johnson, Creative Director of Green Door Printmaking Studio commented, “We are delighted by the quality and quantity of submissions that we have received for our second Derby Print Open. We also wish to thank our award givers and venues for their support and we hope that everyone in Derby enjoys all the work exhibited throughout June, as well as each location on our Print Trail!”
The primary exhibition will be shown at:
Banks Mill Studios, 71 Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3LB, open 10am-3pm (closed Tues & Sun)
Additional venues are:
7 Iron Gate, Derby, DE1 3FJ, open Mon-Wed 8am-9pm; Thurs-Sat 8am-11pm; Sun 9am-5pm
Elements Tea and Coffee House
6 Royal Buildings, Victoria Street, Derby, DE1 1ES, open Mon-Thurs 8.30am-4pm; Fri-Sat 8.30am-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm
The Smallprint Company
Friary Villas, 2-3 Friary Street, Derby, DE1 1JF, open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm (closed Fri & Sun)
The Squashed Tomato
16 The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BE, open, Mon-Fri 9am-3pm; Sat 9.30am-3pm (closed Sun)
To view a list of all artists taking part, venue details etc visit the Derby Print Open website
Green Door Printmaking Studio is Derbyshire’s only open access artist studio dedicated to the art and craft of innovative and environmentally sound printmaking. They strive to raise the profile of printmaking as a primary art form with a long and distinguished history. Green Door also host and organise the International Print Exchange, now in its eleventh year.