Published: Tuesday, 17th May 2022

Residents can create their own hand-printed T-shirts and carve out and print their own artworks at the Medway Print Festival next month.

More than 40 events and activities will take place at 11 venues across Medway as part of the festival which runs between Saturday, 4 June and Sunday, 19 June.

Residents are now able to book their place on a range of exciting workshops including linocut, collograph, monoprinting, etching and screen printing sessions.

The Medway Print Festival, which is now in its seventh year, also features eight free exhibitions including Entangled Realms by Jane Furst at Rochester Art Gallery, Nick Morley’s Linocuts at INTRA, Connor Arnold, Andy Ewan and Kate Neame at the Halpern Pop, as well as the popular Hazelnut Press members exhibition.

As well as contemporary printmaking, the festival also features some fascinating unseen historic prints from the Medway Archives Centre in Strood and early 19th Century etchings by acclaimed printmaker Joseph Webb will be on display at Sun Pier House in Chatham.

Curious visitors can also explore the Medway Art Box, an old red phone box in Rochester High Street, next to The Guildhall Museum, which will be taken over by the festival throughout June to showcase mini prints.

Showcasing Medway's fantastic creatives

Cllr Howard Doe, Deputy Leader of Medway Council and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I am pleased that we are supporting the Medway Print Festival once again. The festival showcases Medway’s fantastic creatives and encourages residents, and visitors, to learn new skills and discover the fascinating history of printmaking. A host of activities are on offer for the whole family to enjoy and I would encourage residents to find out more about the Medway Print Festival.”

Something for everything

Medway Print Festival organiser, Allison Young, said: “We are delighted to offer such a great programme for MPF22. We are very grateful to Medway Council’s Culture Team for their continued support and all the printmakers and venues that have yet again made the event possible. There’s something for everyone this year including activities for families and young people as well as some stand out exhibitions and lots of free things too.”

The Medway Print Festival supports our aspiration to make Medway even more child-friendly.

The talented printmakers and organisations taking part in the Medway Print Festival this year include iPrintedThat, INTRA, Nucleus Arts, the Halpern Pop, Hazelnut Press, Rochester Art Gallery, Sun Pier house, Medway Archives and Medway Adult Education.

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