Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is planning an ambitious project that will turn a 12.5 tonne 90 year old steamroller into a giant printing press and take it on tour so that 1000s of people can see this extraordinary spectacle. To make this slightly bonkers idea into a reality, the museum is crowdfunding aiming to raise £12,500 by 23 February through the Art Fund’s Art Happens website.
Over 30 artists are set ready to make their biggest ever prints including Rob Ryan, Angie Lewin, Anthony Burrill, Jonny Hannah, and many more from all over the country. Plus we are going to work with local schools in Ditchling, Brighton, Lewes and Amberley as well as Brighton University and London College of Communication, plus artists collectives including the Rocket Artist in Brighton; an inclusive arts groups working with artists with learning difficulties. Lots of really great people!
For set donations from £5 and up you get rewards like artist prints by Anthony Burrill, Thomas Mayo and Lucky Budgie Letterpress (which has been printed using the steamroller), super cool tote bags, postcards and experiences. The museum needs your help to make this brilliant project happen.
THE PRINTING TOUR:
28 March – Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre
23/24 April – London Transport Museum, Acton depot open weekend
22 May – Brighton on the Level, as part of Brighton Festival
18 June – Ditchling Village Fair
The Big Steam Print is one of many fantastic projects we are running this year and it falls under the umbrella project called The Village of Type:
The Village of Type
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Johnston Sans a sans-serif typeface designed for the London Underground by Edward Johnston which he designed when he lived in Ditchling. The (slightly adapted) typeface is still in use today making it one of the world’s longest-lasting examples of corporate branding. To celebrate the anniversary Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is planning an ambitious programme of events through the summer to champion Ditchling as ‘The Village of Type’.
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