Baker to Bartlett Exhibition
Baker to Bartlett: The Changing Face of RBSA Printmaking was a successful exhibition which took place from 17th October – 12 November 2016.The artworks chosen exemplified the RBSA’s printmaking evolution and were carefully chosen from the RBSA Collection, works owned by living artists and works from our Member’s collections. The curators for this exhibition, with the difficult choice of which works to include, were RBSA Member David White and Carol White. Both are retired Archive Officers of the RBSA, and therefore have invaluable knowledge about the RBSA Collection and the variety of print maker’s styles within the Society.
In an interview with Carol and David they explained that their inspiration behind picking printmaking as their theme was driven by their own practical experience making prints and also their pre-existing passion for the medium within their own collection of artworks. Their process of researching and selecting the works for the exhibit was very successful. They expressed particular gratitude to the nine Members who kindly agreed to lend additional examples of their work to the exhibition, resulting in twelve outstanding examples of what the RBSA Members and Associates produced in various stages of their careers. An example of the prints lent by artists includes those by the exhibitions title artist Paul Bartlett. In particular my favourite was the complex visual experience when viewing No Entry, (or Still Knocking at the Door), 2007. The wonderful addition of works such as this also allowed the opportunity for living artists to write their own exhibition and catalogue labels, therefore giving a direct insight to the artist’s creative process from the conception of the idea to their technical execution.
As a member of the RBSA Archive Team, I was able to work closely with Carol and David and help to research the prints by deceased artists using the RBSA archive files and MODES database. This gave me a great opportunity to research in-depth the broad scope of Members and Associates that exhibited a variety of print-making techniques. This was a side to the RBSA which I had previously left unexplored. This exhibition showcased works spanning almost 200 years and demonstrates the RBSA’s contribution towards printmaking and changing attitudes to representation of subjects ranging from the topography of the local area to science fiction imaginings. I was very proud to have contributed to this exhibition and to have documented its success and progress in films such as those available to view on the RBSA Vimeo page:
David and Carol discussing works that were featured in the exhibition:
Our Most Ambitious Film Yet
As a result of funding provided by West Midlands Museum Development, the RBSA were recently able to produce our most ambitious online film yet. Having already shared seven short films about the history, volunteers and Members at the RBSA on our Vimeo page, we were fuelled with interest in how to learn more and develop our skills in this medium of promoting the Gallery and Society.
One of the most important aspects of the RBSA Gallery is the public who come each day to view, purchase and admire artworks as well as learn about the Society. Therefore this video will hopefully act as a way for a wider range of people to learn about how to travel to the Gallery and what they can expect upon their arrival. Our team of RBSA archive volunteers as well as Friends and Members of the Society all donated their time to help film, act and edit this video and we all hope it will be of use to anyone thinking about coming to the Gallery.
The video covers topics such as how to travel to the Gallery via train, tram, car, bus and walking on foot. Two actors in the film also provide a guide to what is exhibited on the different floors of the Gallery, and the access for any disabled visitors; providing information on our facilities, such as using the lift, disabled toilets and cafe area. It also gives a brief overview of the Society’s history and ways in which you can support the Society through donations and purchasing artworks, as well as the wide range of workshops and demonstrations we run throughout the year.
Most excitingly, the entire film has become accessible to deaf visitors thanks to Danielle Hansbury, a British Sign language interpreter, who accompanies the film throughout. In the near future there will also be a video without sign language providing the same information. This addition provided a new technical challenge for our volunteers in charge of filming and editing, but we are positive about applying these skills in access awareness to our future films to ensure that they are accessible for as many visitors as possible.
Please do go and view the films on our Vimeo page
Our newest film can be found Here
We hope to see you at the Gallery soon!
Issy Frostick, RBSA Archive Volunteer