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By Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, East Sussex

Lucy

Lucy Jenner

Learning and outreach manager


  • £12,770Raised
  • 267Funders
  • Happening28 Mar 2016

Help us take a 12.5-tonne vintage steamroller on a printing tour, creating massive works of art with artists, students and young people.


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Big Steam Print tour dates

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 magic of printing is usually hidden in the sheds, workshops and studios of printers and designers. Help us to bring printing to the great outdoors – support the Big Steam Print! 

We want to turn a 12.5-tonne vintage steamroller into a massive printing press, and take it on a tour of museums and festivals in summer 2016 so that everyone can watch it in action. Students, community groups and acclaimed artists – including Angie Lewin, Rob Ryan and Anthony Burrill – will produce their biggest-ever prints in a heady haze of steam and ink. Prints which survive the pummelling of 12.5 tonnes of steel on tarmac will form the Big Steam Print exhibition at Phoenix Gallery in Brighton from 6 to 21 August 2016.

We can only make this happen with your help. Support the Big Steam Print and receive your choice of brilliant awards, including postcards, tote bags and limited editions designed by our artists.

Situated in the Sussex South Downs, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft focuses on the artists and craftspeople who made Ditchling a creative hub in the 20th century. The site was founded by sisters Hilary and Joanna Bourne in 1985 as a place to display their collection of local art, but in 2012 a £2.3m grant from HLF and other donors paved the way for a major renovation project. The museum was one of the finalists for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014.

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  • Full steam ahead!
  • 25 February 2016
  • By Lucy Jenner
  • The Big Steam Print is now fully funded. Thanks to you, thousands of people will enjoy a printing spectacle of steam and ink this summer.

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  • Interview with Anthony Burrill
  • 17 February 2016
  • By Lucy Jenner
  • Graphic designer Anthony Burrill created a letterpress print for our campaign inspired by our founders' motto that 'the most important things to learn in order to survive are how to grow things, how to make things and how to cook.' We talked to Anthony about his work.

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