For many artists the fine art print occupies an important place in their work, both as an integral part of their practice and as an independent art form. This exhibition explores the role played by established and newly elected Royal Academicians including Norman Ackroyd, Basil Beattie, Ann Christopher, Maurice Cockrill, Eileen Cooper, Richard Deacon, Anne Desmet, Peter Freeth, David Hockney, Tess Jaray, Humphrey Ocean, and Emma Stibbon. Whether recognised as specialist printmakers or working primarily as painters and sculptors, these artists have extended the possibilities of the medium through their interpretation of the methods of intaglio (such as etching, engraving and drypoint) and relief printing (such as woodcuts, linocuts and wood engraving).

The exhibition centres upon twelve prints recently acquired for the Gallery’s collection through the Golder-Thompson Gift with the assistance of the Rabley Drawing Centre, and will also feature works acquired throughout a decade-long period of generous giving by Mark Golder and Brian Thompson.