Approved: 29.09.2023

Amanda Hancock

Artist, Digital designer, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 29.09.2023

Hello! I am an artist printmaker with a focus on intaglio techniques, where an incised or textured plate is inked, wiped and printed on damp paper under the pressure of an etching press. However, a curiosity in the qualities produced by different print processes has led to an experimental approach, pilfering and cross-purposing techniques as a means of describing ‘our’ marks and interventions within the landscape and challenging perceptions of the familiar and mundane. Although process underpin my prints, an understated narrative also informs the work; place, mood or a moment re-imagined.

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Artist Statement

Hello! I am an artist printmaker with a focus on intaglio techniques, where an incised or textured plate is inked, wiped and printed on damp paper under the pressure of an etching press. However, a curiosity in the qualities produced by different print processes has led to an experimental approach, pilfering and cross-purposing techniques as a means of describing ‘our’ marks and interventions within the landscape and challenging perceptions of the familiar and mundane. Although process underpin my prints, an understated narrative also informs the work; place, mood or a moment re-imagined.

Discovering an incongruous object or a particular colour, registering an emerging pattern or texture can trigger unexpected connections and I often find myself working on a series of images that relate to each other, irrespective of process. As a result, some prints within a collection can be unique or variable monotypes whilst others are created as limited editions.

I embarked on a print fellowship at Artlab in Preston just before xmas 2023 running through to the end of the academic year in June 24 and am determined to make the most of this wonderful opportunity. Part of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Artlab is described as ‘a hub for incubating ideas and methods, developing innovative thinking about printmaking as a fine art discipline’.

Before a switch in career from ‘design for print’, in 2015 I made a conscious decision to explore traditional printmaking techniques on the three-year Complete Printmaker Course at Hot Bed Press in Salford, where I remain a member. I’m also a member of the Regional Print Centre in Wrexham, North Wales, both of which provide access to amazing facilities and the camaraderie of fellow printmakers!

CV & Education

Education

2023/24: Artlab Print Residency at UCLan, Preston
2019/2020: Years two and three of the Complete Printmaker Programme Hot Bed Press.
2015: Year one of the Complete Printmaker Programme Hot Bed Press, Salford
1982: BA (Hons) Art and Design at Manchester School of Art (Mcr Metopolitan University)

Memberships

Member: Hot Bed Press Printmakers' Studio in Salford
Member: Regional Print Centre in Wrexham
Associate member: Castlefield Gallery

Exhibitions

2023 August: Fusion Gallery, Jackfield in Ironbridge 'Printmakers Fair'.
A Group show with over 180 works on display by 18 printmakers

2022 May 6th - June 6th: ‘Watch this Space’, 285 Deansgate, Manchester.
‘Tracing the path to new horizons’ Collaborative installation together with artist Grace Collins (@onethousandprinces) in part resulting from our postal interactions during lockdown.

2022 January: Manchester Open at HOME MCR.
Printers Pairs etching selected for the second Manchester Open

2021 October 14-17th: Hot Bed Press Gallery, Salford. Installation of ‘Tracing The Path’. Comprising a series of free hanging prints paired with trace collages and 4.5m trace hanging as part of ‘Where were at’ a group show by INGO Collective.

2020 February 6-19th: Bean and Brush Art Café, Sale Manchester ‘Two Red Walls’.
Paired artists – part of an INGO Collective rolling group show.

2020 January: Inaugural Manchester Open at HOME MCR.
Two screenprints of the Welsh hills near Moel Fammau

Press

Pressing Matters – Print selected in the blue and yellow challenge spring 23 Issue 23
Printmaking Today – Article about Lockdown Collaborations the summer 2022 issue.