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Q&As with Robert Lewis

What’s your background? Born in Hendon, London. I originally worked/trained in machine-shop engineering, following in the family tradition, but went on to study at art school (Canterbury/Maidstone) where I studied Fine Art and Illustration (achieving an honours degree). I have drifted into other creative practices over the years, such...

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The history and process of linocut print: from paupers to Picasso

  The Great North Art Show showcases artworks from a variety of different artists and using a variety of different mediums. The 2014 exhibition includes work by Northern etchers, engravers and printmakers. This is part two of a two-part blog series on these techniques. Read part one here: Printmaking,...

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Printmaking, etching and engraving: focus on Aquatint and Soft-ground techniques

Great North Art Show showcases artworks from a variety of different artists and using a variety of different mediums. The 2014 exhibition includes work by Northern etchers, engravers and printmakers. This is part one of a two-part blog series on three of techniques: Aquatint etching, soft ground etching and...

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From saints to selfies: Great North Art Show 2014 unveils a fascinating new portrait exhibition

Since the beginning of time, people have sought to create lasting images of the people and faces they see around them. From the Ancient Egyptian wall paintings of gods and pharaohs, right through to the modern day “selfie”, portraits have been used to convey not only physical form, but...

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How one of England’s most influential saints founded Ripon Cathedral, home to Great North Art Show

Since Great North Art Show began, it has been based in the spectacular setting of Ripon Cathedral. But as well as being a stunning example of almost every period of architecture from the 7th to the 16th centuries, Ripon Cathedral has a fascinating 1300-year history.   But how and...

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The history of Great North Art Show: what is it all about and how did it begin?

First held in 2002, Great North Art Show is an exhibition of contemporary art by Northern artists, held annually in Ripon Cathedral during early September. But what is the art show all about, and what makes it special? To discover this, we need to delve back in time to...

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