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Pre-Impress 09 at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum

Saturday 13th December 2008 - Sunday 15th February 2009 Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum. Twenty artists from the Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-operative present a range of new and innovative work in this exciting group show.

Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-operativeOrganised as a preview to the Impress' 09 National Printmaking Festival , which will be held in the Stroud Valleys in the Cotswolds in March 2009, Pre-Impress 09 offers the opportunity to view screenprints, monoprints, etchings, woodcuts and artists books. The images celebrate a wealth of talent across Gloucestershire and the Co-operative's growing role in supporting printmaking in the area. Visitors will have the chance to buy prints, books and cards  The Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-operative (GPC) was founded in 2005. It is the only print-making co-operative in Gloucestershire and its key aim is to promote Fine Art Printmaking and to encourage artists engaged in this medium.  GPC provides facilities for etching, lithography, screen print and relief print in two well equipped studios in Thrupp, near Stroud. The Impress' 09 National Printmaking Festival will be the first month-long Festival of its kind in Britain. The aims of the Festival are:    - to promote contemporary printmaking    - to encourage and increase public awareness of fine art printmaking    - to use exhibitions, discussions, talks, debates, demonstrations and workshops to engage with a wide range of       people Source: Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-operative Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3JT Telephone 01242 237431 From November to March the Museum is open daily 10.00 - 16.00. Admission is free. Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-operative Unit 16c Griffin Mill, London Road, Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 2AZ Telephone 01453 885100

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