Malaspina Printmakers (on Granville Island) in Vancouver is 40 years old. It’s an artist-run centre whose mandate is to support the development of printmaking as a contemporary art form and promotes and preserves traditional print practice.
Their current show, And they thought, where do we go from here? features works from the seven founding members.
In 1975, Gary Bowden, Chris Brady, Bob Evermon, Monique Fouquet, Michael Joliffe, Deborah Koenker and Renee Van Halm were all associated with the Vancouver School of Art, which is now the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Malaspina Printmakers came out of their desire to apply for funds for an international print exhibition. They took the initiative to found the structure of the non-profit, including the incorporation, purposes and bylaws.
Forty years later, many of these people have moved on from Malaspina Printmakers, but the centre continues to support the fine art of printmaking.