We’ve been taking part in a special project, working alongside Bedford Creative Arts and 11 other visual arts organisations from around the East of England, known collectively as the Eastern Pavilions. Last year, each organisation commissioned a piece of artwork to build a portfolio of local prints.
The Eastern Pavilions Print Portfolio was created to promote local up-and-coming artists from around the East of England. All the pieces have now been turned into 144 boxed sets of 12 limited edition artists’ prints and are on sale at £1,000 each, providing buyers with a fantastic investment.
Last year we sponsored a print commission from Bedfordshire artist Andy Holden, www.andyholdenartist.com as part of the collection. His contribution to the portfolio is called ‘Untitled, Screenprint with Googly Eye.’
Andy makes objects, images, films and lectures that explore memory, duration, and our attachment to objects. He trained at Goldsmiths and is based in Bedford. Some of the Bonfire team were privileged enough to visit Andy’s studio to see his work.
On Friday 29th July, we were presented with the artist’s proofs at a special reception at Rock City Art Gallery in Bedford. Dawn Giles from Bedford Creative Arts introduced short talks from Andy Holden about his work, and a representative from Collectors’ Collective, who shared his views on buying and collecting contemporary art from both the artist’s and the collector’s perspectives.
Other artists in the portfolio include Ryan Gander, Colin Self, Coco Crampton, and 2012 Turner Prize nominee Elizabeth Price. To find out more about the project, or to find out how to buy your own Eastern Pavilions Print Portfolio, visit www.easternpavilions.org.