A Liverpool Bestiary 2018

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A Liverpool Bestiary Since the year 2000 the printmaking area at Liverpool John Moores University has been host to over 30 printmakers in residence. Participating artists were primarily painters, sculptors, designers and those working in media other than printmaking. It was never the agenda to focus on any one style, movement or intellectual context but rather to follow the concept of a collaborative workshop philosophy in supporting our visitors, and as a result allow us simply to do some meaningful work that brought artists and students of diverse cultures and backgrounds together to share and collaborate. It was the intention to open up the institutional opportunities afforded by a metropolitan art school to a broad range of the international art community, and as a result act as a point at which cultural currents converge and diverse collaboration can be realised. The most recent iteration of this tradition is the Liverpool Bestiary project. A Bestiary is a medieval collection of stories providing physical and allegorical descriptions of real or imaginary animals along with an interpretation of the moral significance each animal was thought to embody. Although it dealt with the natural world it was never meant to be a scientific text. Some observations may be quite accurate but they are given the same weight as totally fabulous accounts. A great deal of its charm comes from the humor and imagination of the illustrations, painted partly for pleasure but justified as a didactic tool ‘to improve the minds of ordinary people, in such a way that the soul will at least perceive physically things which it has difficulty grasping mentally: that what they have difficulty comprehending with their ears, they will perceive with their eyes’ All participants shown in this catalogue have been asked to respond to these descriptions and produce a series of prints as part of a suite of work.

Neil Morris Reader in Contemporary Printmaking Liverpool John Moores University August 2018

John Hyatt

Craig Tattersall and Lizzie King

Marta Espana

Oihane Mcguinness Armendariz

Ines Larrinaga Zamora

Andoni Miguez

Itziar Lopez Sola

Nahai Ruiz Albizuri

Mikele Sotil Etxabe

Miren Barrena

Maider Azurmendi

Sandra Cadenas Sesma

Susana Jodra

Guillermo de Foucault

Javier Pereda

Patrick Thomas

Cristina Pelaez Navarrete

Antonio de Padua Canete Gonzales

Salvador Haro

Rocio Sacristan Cuadron

Inocente Soto Calzado

Jesus Marin Clavijo

Hannah Fray

Hannah Booth

Steve Hardstaff

Wuon – Gean Ho

Martin Kochany

Veronica Calarco

Koichi Yamamoto

Sigurรฐur Atli Sigurรฐsson

Karen Kunc

Carlos Santos Barea

Paul Davidson

Anna Houghton

Kostas Zochios and Lorna Fellas

David Armes

Lucy May Schofield

Angelica Vanasse

Andrew Smith

Tamara Sala Ablameiko

Patricia Hernandez Rondan

Blanca Garcia Castro

Irene Perez Ariza

Claudia Isabel Calvo Romero

Rio Sakai

Katie Jackson

Neil Morris

Emma Gregory

Dan Kelly

Patricia Guzman

Andrew Wilson

Takayuki Isomi


We would like to thank all participants for contributing towards this project. Special thanks to Liverpool John Moores University and John Hyatt for continued support with this project. To Steve Hardstaff for designing the cover image and to Carlos Santos Barea for photographing all of the work and for creating this catalogue, and Milos Simpraga for technical assistance.

If you would like more information about this project please email Neil Morris or Hannah Fray: n.morris@ljmu.ac.uk h.r.fray@ljmu.ac.uk

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