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As part of the Dalziel Project, contemporary printmakers have been collaborating with researchers, exploring the archive in the British Museum (see more here). This has generated new work in dialogue with the Dalziels. Bethan Stevens recently wrote about this in Printmaking Today, focusing on the recent Dalziel-related work of Neil Bousfield, Louise Hayward, Chris Pig and Peter S. Smith: you can read the full piece on the Printmaking Today website, and here we take the opportunity to showcase the new work, alongside the archival images.

Louise Hayward often begins a print by re-working photographs, printing them on tracing paper and scoring lines through onto a block; her engagement with the Dalziel Archive responds to the Dalziel Brothers’ use of photographic transfers onto woodblocks in the latter half of the nineteenth century. This technique was particularly useful for architectural images, for depicting buildings and playing with scale, re-imagining monumentally scaled buildings as tiny objects. Hayward comments on how this has impacted her practice: ‘I recently started to make some smaller work which is quite exciting as I’ve not worked on such a small scale for some time and I feel this may be a different phase of work for me.’ An example of this in Hayward’s work-in-progress Tustin Estate can be viewed in the gallery above.

You can read a report of our artists’ workshop by Simon Brett in Multiples (May 2017), which details contributions by all the attendees: Hugo Chapman, Sheila O’Connell and Isabel Seligman (British Museum); George Mind (University of Sussex); and printmakers Alex Binnie, Simon Brett, Peter Lawrence, Keith Pettitt, Maggie Storm and Jazmin Velasco.