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MA Printmaking students’ special access to Jim Dine prints

Written by
Sarah McLean
Published date
26 November 2015

On Wednesday 4 November Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Professor Paul Coldwell brought a group of students from Camberwell’s MA Printmaking course to the British Museum to work with their new collection of Jim Dine prints.

Prof. Coldwell said: “As a taster in advance of my conversation with the great American artist, Jim Dine which took place on Wednesday 25 November at Chelsea College of Arts, I arranged an informal seminar with ten students from MA Printmaking at Camberwell in the beautiful Prints & Drawings study rooms of the British Museum. Dine recently gifted over 200 prints to the British Museum in honour of his dealer, Alan Cristea.

Jim Dine, from A History of Communism, 2012. Image courtesy Jim Dine and Alan Cristea Gallery

Jim Dine, from A History of Communism, 2012. Image courtesy Jim Dine and Alan Cristea Gallery

Prof. Coldwell with MA Printmaking students at the British Museum.

Prof. Coldwell with MA Printmaking students at the British Museum.

“For anyone interested in contemporary printmaking, this is a rich resource not only to enable an indepth study of this remarkably printmaker, but also to see close up, the wide range of techniques that he has employed, and in some cases invented. There is no substitute for seeing prints ‘in the flesh’ and having such an open and rich resource makes studying in London so special.

After the British Museum, we walked to Alan Cristea Gallery in Cork Street to see the show of Cornelia Parker and by chance met with Alan Cristea himself, fresh from Jin Dines print retrospective in Essen so the day had a certain symmetry. ”

MA Printmaking students at the British Museum.

MA Printmaking students at the British Museum.

Students who took part in the day responded really positive to the opportunity to work so closely with such rare and beautiful works.  Isidora Papadouli said “It was a great opportunity to observe Jim Dine’s work and respond to his images and his printmaking techniques.” While Robert Marney wrote to Prof. Coldwell: “Thanks ever so much for showing the second year printmaking around the British Museum yesterday, the work was fantastic, It was greatly enjoyed by all. The work you selected of Jim Dine was superb!!”

Find out more about MA Printmaking at Camberwell on our course page.

Read more about Prof. Paul Coldwell’s research and teaching on his profile page.