'imPRESSions' is the first and is the longest running National Open Print Exhibition in Ireland. For more than twenty-five years it has maintained its excellent record for producing high quality print exhibitions and has become a landmark show in the Irish arts calendar. It runs every other year and work is selected by an invited adjudicator.
The objective of the 'imPRESSions' committee is to stimulate and engage a wide audience in Printmaking and to create a greater awareness of the historical and cultural specifics of this medium. We aim to highlight the intrinsic aspects of printmaking, such as multiplicity and accessibility and to stimulate new ways of thinking about and working with the process as well as to promote emerging and established print makers.
In the years between the ‘Open’ exhibition the committee undertake to organize print related exhibitions such as the Book Arts exhibition in 2016. In 2018 the focus was on large format and alternate presentation of prints and 16 invited artists presented work in- 'imPRESSions -Printmaking beyond the Frame'.
Impressions is a not-for-profit organisation and is run by a team of volunteers motivated by their passion and excitement about print as a medium for making art.
The board members of imPRESSions are
Artist and Lecturer in Printmaking at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, GMIT, Galway.
Dr. David Ferry RE
President of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, London. Emeritus Professor of Printmaking, Cardiff University.
Curator, Luan Gallery, Athlone
Artist and founding member of imPRESSions
Writer and Lecturer in Anglo Irish Literature.
Sioban Piercy ARE
Artist, Former Head of Fine Art Printmaking, Centre Creative Arts and Media, GMIT, Galway.
Founding member of imPRESSions.