The North East of England is hosting one of the largest printmaking festivals in the UK, with more than 23 print makers from around the world and 15 galleries involved.
The Queen’s Hall, Hexham is the Northumberland gallery participating in the International Print Biennale. There you can see works by Thomas Bewick, a wood engraver born in Ovingham in 1753. A selection of his woodcuts can also be seen at Newcastle City Library.
At the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, are posters of exhibitions from the 1950s and 1960s, when artists including Richard Hamilton, Victor Pasmore and Eduardo Paolozzi helped make Newcastle University a centre of the new arts movement.
Other venues taking part in the Print Biennale include the Durham Art Gallery which is showing works from the Tamarind Institute of Lithography, and Northern Print, Newcastle, organisers of the International Print Biennale.
At Northern Print visitors can view work by the winner of the V&A Purchase Prize, Dawn Cole. Northern Print International Residency Award artist, Marta Lech, is also exhibiting. She will return to Newcastle in 2012.