40x40: A Celebration of Print

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

Our landmark exhibition runs at the Barbican Library until December 31 and marks our 40th anniversary with a showcase of 40cm x 40cm prints, most of which have been made specially for this event and will be on display for the first time.

Deciding the layout for some of the 40cm x 40cm prints at the hang

The 42 40cm x 40cm prints are on show alongside a selection of our other original prints. All of our current members are represented and we've invited some past members to submit pieces as well. Techniques range from screenprinting and etching to linocut, woodcut and monoprinting, among others. All of the prints are made by hand and one of the artists will be at the exhibition each day from 12pm-3pm to talk to visitors and answer any questions. Unframed prints are available in browsers and all of the work in the exhibition is for sale.


In 1979, a few friends borrowed a shop in Greenwich Market to exhibit their etchings. 40 years later, Greenwich Printmakers is still championing original prints and providing a community for its artist members. The gallery is a cooperative, jointly run by the artists, so members take it in turns to sit in the gallery and everyone has a job to do for the group.


To find out more about the history of the group, click here to read an interview with founder member Elaine Marshall and see a timeline with pictures.


40x40: A Celebration of Print runs from December 3-31 at the Barbican Library, Level 2, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS. Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am-5.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am-7.30pm, Saturday 9.30am-4pm, closed Sundays and December 24-26. Admission is free.


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