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


Summer 2017 Courses

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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 Some of Garrick’s signed photos are for sale, as are nine digital artists’ prints, originally made by silkscreen or etching, promoted by Strong Island.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

New Courses

Omega Printmakers offer a variety of courses suitable for both beginners and improvers. Autumn classes will start in September. More information at



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