There and Back to See How Far It Is is a retrospective of fine art prints by Jonathan Comerford and Hard Ground Printmakers in collaboration with associated artists. It is a celebration of 30 years of collaborative printmaking from 1989 until 2019. The artworks illustrate a creative diversity of unique technical inventiveness and imagery, characteristic of the individual visual styles of each artist.
Hard Ground Printmakers Workshop, established in 1989 by artist/printmaker Jonathan Comerford in Cape Town, closed in 2006. It enabled practising artists irrespective of race, gender, culture or creed, to access an equipped print studio in order for them to produce their work. Instrumental in providing open access, it was also active in the dynamics of the Cape Town art and cultural arena during the struggle years until the fall of apartheid and transition of South Africa into a democracy.
Exhibiting artists include Jenny Parsons, Khanya Sineyile, Hardy Botha, Jan Vermeiren, David Kuijers, Mandla Vanyaza, Sophie Peters, Donavan Ward, Zolani Siphungelo, Richard Kilpert, Selvin November, Shakes Tembani and Gary Frier.
This collaborative exhibition is presented by AVA, the Association for Visual Arts Gallery. With an initial aim of forming a permanent art gallery and art library for exhibiting and promoting art, AVA has since gone on to partner with Spier in 2001, which is now its major sponsor.
Those interested are invited to join in the opening on Thursday at 6pm.
Venue: AVA, 35 Church St, Cape Town
Time: Tue to Fri 10am to 5pm | Sat 10am to 1pm