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Kelpra: Artists and Printmakers

Concepts - Conversations – Collaborations

A multi colour collage of different images and colours as part of Kelpra prints exhibition at ulster museum
Friday 27th October to September 2024
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Time: 10:00 to 17:00 

This exhibition is a selection of prints created at the innovative Kelpra Studio, London, taken from both the Ulster Museum collection and private collections with additional prints from Advanced Graphics and other print studios across Europe. 

Kelpra studio was set up by Chris and Rose (nee Kelly) Prater at their kitchen table in 1957. The studio went on to become one of the most pioneering print studios in history, combining the commercial techniques of screen printing with fine art practice. Kelpra was renowned for working in close collaboration with artists to produce daring and eye-catching original prints. 

The artists in this exhibition worked collaboratively with Kelpra and other print studios, expert printers and technical staff in the course of their careers. They were supported by highly skilled people who dealt with the complex processes involved in fine art printmaking and editioning. These prints are the results of the innovative technical and artistic expertise developed in the studios and the sensitive collaboration between individual artists and printmakers. 

Our 'Kelpra: Artists and Printers' exhibition includes works by Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993), Gordon House (1932-2004), R.B. Kitaj  (1932-2007), Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005), John Piper (1903-1992), Bridget Riley (born 1931), Joe Tilson (born 1928) and Gerd Winner (born 1936). 

This exhibition is in Gallery 4 of Ulster Museum. No booking needed. 

With thanks to Seacourt Print Workshop, Bangor, Edward & Isa Ferguson and the Nigel G Oxley Archive.

a painting of a brown horse on a white background


Hero image caption: BASH (Pink) (1971) Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005) Screenprint on paper © The Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS 2023 Collection of Edward & Isa Ferguson

Embedded image caption: Red Horse (1986) Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) etching with aquatint National Museums NI Collection: Ulster Museum BELUM.U2020.2.14 © The Elisabeth Frink Estate and Archive. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2023