Omega Printmakers 2017


Omega Printmakers exhibition of original limited edition prints at Portsmouth Cathedral from 26th August until 6th September 2017

Preview and opportunity to meet the artists on Saturday 26th from 6-8pm.

Portsmouth Cathedral
St Thomas’s Street


Exhibition of limited edition prints at cathedral.

Exhibition Poster

Exhibition Poster

Omega Printmakers will again be exhibiting a selection of original art works in Portsmouth. Based at The Omega Centre in Somerstown, this lively group of enthusiastic artists are busy throughout the year creating artworks using a variety of printmaking techniques. The exhibition will include examples of screen printing, woodblock, lino cut and monoprint, as well as various forms of etching. Explanations of different methods will be available during the exhibition and the work of twenty artists will be on show.

Omega Printmakers is a voluntarily run, non profit making organisation which was founded in 2008 in order to enable printmakers to have access to the traditional printing presses at The Omega Centre. Open Access is available as well as weekly classes, details of which can be found at The exhibition takes place at Portsmouth cathedral PO1 2HA and runs from July 4th to 19th, 10 – 4.30 unless there is a service.

Print Exhibitions at Pallant House

Barbara Rae, Harbour Night, 2005, Etching and collagraph, © Barbara Rae

Barbara Rae, Harbour Night, 2005, Etching and collagraph,
© Barbara Rae

There are two new print exhibitions at Pallant House – one of Barbara Rae’s prints and one with new acquisitions of works by Royal Academicians including Eileen Cooper, Anne Desmet, Humphrey Ocean and Emma Stibbon.

Look out at the RA Summer Exhibition for local printmaker Sadie Tierney’s beautiful lithograph made by the Coke and Kitchen Roll method.

Garrick Palmer Tricorn Exhibition

Garrick Palmer, one of our members who met several of you through his wood engraving workshop at Omega Printmakers, has some of his terrific photographs of the Tricorn in a fascinating exhibition at the City Museum, designed and produced by another member, Deborah Richards. Some of Garrick’s signed photos are for sale, as are nine digital artists’ prints, originally made by silkscreen or etching, promoted by Strong Island. One of these was made by Eloise Parrack, who you may remember from some of our workshops. Strong Island is planning a weekend of Art events connected with the exhibition during May and there should also be some talks.

Here are the exhibition details:

15th March 2014 – 29th June 2014
Tricorn – Love It or Hate It?
Portsmouth City Museum

Ten years on, the Tricorn still inspires passionate reactions. This exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum explores its story and the people who used it. The exhibition seeks to present a rounded picture of this controversial building, the good points as well as its failings.  It includes not only architectural drawings, photographs and pieces of Tricorn concrete, but also oral history recordings of local people involved in the building as builders, planners and its users, together with works of art inspired by it.  Contemporary fashion, material on other local buildings and on Brutalist structures elsewhere in Britain help to give the Tricorn its context. A significant number of local people have been involved by lending artefacts for the exhibition or contributing their memories.

Artist’s Bookmaking Workshop

Sarah Tunaley’s workshop was a great success. She came with lots of beautiful book samples, mostly hers, but a few from her collection of works by other artists and a fabulous array of papers, prints, materials, books and tools. She demonstrated how to make various types of books, with instructions and templates to take away for further practice. Her enthusiasm, humour, exemplary planning and clear guidance made the workshop enjoyable and productive. The results were really impressive and we were all pleased to find a creative use for the old prints and rejects that printmakers accumulate. Everyone was keen to continue and we are planning to buy a basic set of tools and materials so that OP members can make artists books in open access sessions.

Garrick Palmer at Eighty

Garrick Palmer at 80

Garrick Palmer at 80

A celebration of the work of wood engraver Garrick Palmer
19th September – 12th October 2013
At the Emma Mason Gallery, Eastbourne

Artist and wood engraver, Garrick Palmer celebrates his 80th birthday this autumn and to mark the occasion the Emma Mason Gallery are holding an exhibition of his work.

On show will be a range of wood engravings spanning Garrick’s long and successful career. We are also delighted to be able to show some of his original printing blocks and tools. Over the years Garrick has also produced many beautiful book illustrations for publishers such as the Folio Society and we will have copies of these books on display. This will include a copy of “Land” published by the Old Stile Press which features many of Garrick Palmer’s early wood engravings of landscapes. Garrick Palmer, was born in Portsmouth in 1933. He studied at Portsmouth College of Art and Design (1951-55) and then at the Royal Academy (1955-59). He taught at Winchester School of Art from 1958-86 and became Head of the Foundation Department. In 2011 a retrospective exhibition of Garrick Palmer’s work was held at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. His work is held in many private and public collections.

The Emma Mason Gallery: 3 Cornfield Terrace, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4NN,


Omega Printmakers Exhibition 2013

Omega Printmakers 2013 Exhibition

Omega Printmakers 2013 Exhibition

Omega Printmakers will hold their annual exhibition of limited edition prints at Portsmouth Cathedral from July 2nd to the 14th.  On Saturday 6th July there is a preview and meet the artists event, running from 2-4pm.

The Cathedral is open from 10am to 4:40pm daily unless there is an event taking place.

Portsmouth Cathedral
St Thomas’s Street

Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf - Master Bookmark

Off the Shelf

Omega Printmaker Sarah Tunaley is showing in a group exhibition this summer in the Southsea Library Gallery on Palmerston Road. The exhibition called ‘Off the Shelf’ features the work of 4 Portsmouth artists who all use the book as inspiration, albeit in very different ways. The exhibition is open every day from 30th July until 25th August. There is an opportunity to meet the artists on Saturday 4th August at 12-3pm, and you are all very welcome to attend. Click on the image for details of free bookmaking workshops.

The Omega Printmakers Exhibition 2012 Opens

The 2012 Omega Printmakers exhibition opened last Saturday (7th July) with an extremely well-attended  Meet the Artists event.  The crowds were treated to a stunning exhibition of original works hung in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral nave and over £1200 worth of artworks were sold in the opening weekend.

The exhibition, which continues until the 17th July, contains a huge variety of work from many local artists and printmakers.  The whole gamut of printing techniques are on display.

The photos were taken by Garrick Palmer, who was himself exhibiting in the show.  More of Garrick’s work can be seen on his website at

Omega Printmakers Exhibition 2012

Portsmouth Cathedral Exhibition 7-17 July

Portsmouth Cathedral Exhibition 7-17 July

This year’s annual Omega Printmakers’ show will be held in Portsmouth Cathedral. The group of thirty or so artists taking part are regular users of some very well equipped studios, which are an excellent community resource in the city’s Omega Centre.

With prints submitted by such a large group the whole range of printmaking techniques will be demonstrated, incorporated in a wide variety of subjects and genres. Works on show will be both framed and unframed and most will be for sale.

On 7 July there will be an opportunity to meet the artists over a glass of wine between 2 and 4pm. The exhibition will be open daily from at least 10 am-4 30 pm, unless there is an event or service taking place. Further information will be available on the Cathedral notice board or website.


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