Screen print archive inspires exhibition by Manchester design studios and students

Tuesday 29 January 2013
‘Happy Cat’ by Kip Gresham, a screen print from the University of Salford’s art collection
‘Happy Cat’ by Kip Gresham, a screen print from the University of Salford’s art collection
An archive of screen prints held in the University of Salford’s art collection has inspired students and some of Manchester’s most innovative illustrators and designers to create an exhibition of limited edition prints, paintings, postcards and other works in a disused space in Manchester city centre.

Edition involves the DR.ME and SAVWO studios, which have come together for a two-week period of creativity, producing limited print runs of new art with the help of design and illustration students from the University of Salford. Students have been working with the designers through a range of workshops, focusing on developing and enhancing skills such as screen printing, still life drawing and painting.

Using screen prints produced in the 1970s and 1980s by the Manchester Print Workshop as a key influence, the results of the workshops will be exhibited at a new temporary gallery at Piccadilly Place, Manchester, on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 February.

DR.ME is a creative studio based in Manchester city centre formed by Ryan Doyle and Mark Edwards in 2011. Ryan and Mark have worked on a variety of projects ranging from large scale wall murals, record sleeve cover art, magazine illustration, poster art, t-shirt design and short films. Their clients include Umbro, Bloomberg Businessweek, Manchester International Festival, and Contact Theatre.

SAVWO, otherwise known as screen printer and illustrator John Powell-Jones, creates art that pays homage to a wide range of influences, from 1950s horror comics to Tintin. He has worked for many bands and music industry clients, including Mogwai, Ben Folds Five and Dutch Uncles, and works in his studio alongside artists and graphic designers to make bespoke screen-printed editions of their work.

Kit Turner, Edition curator and University Events Officer, said: “It’s great that Edition brings a new perspective on the collection of screen prints held at the University, and the collaboration between young Manchester designers and students has produced some amazing work.”

The Edition exhibition will be open on Saturday 2 February from 11.00am-7.00pm and Sunday 3 February from 11.00am-7.00pm at 4B, Four Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN. A preview event will be held at the space on Friday 1 February from 6.00pm-9.00pm. Admission to the preview and the exhibition is free.

For the latest updates on Edition visit or search for the hashtag #EditionStudio on Twitter.