SNAP 2015 – 3rd International Printmaking Symposium
Kunstraum Druckgrafik: Printmaking in Other Forms of Art
3rd International Printmaking Symposium in Bentlage, Rheine, Germany
November 12–15, 2015
SNAP 2015, the 3rd International Printmaking Symposium, organized by Knut Willich, will be held from November 12–15 in Bentlage, Rheine, Germany. The theme of the symposium, which will be conducted in English, is “Kunstraum Druckgrafik: Printmaking in Other Forms of Art.” The symposium will address how various modes of expression in contemporary printmaking combine or overlap with other art disciplines such as sculpture, painting, installation, film, paper art, and laser cut. It will also illustrate the increasing significance of the interaction of printmaking with other areas of art in fine art educational institutions in Europe and elsewhere. From a historical viewpoint, printmaking has always been a hybrid medium that has adapted to current technology.
Printing was and remains a means of spreading ideas and information, and a catalyst for social change. The symposium will consist of lectures, panel discussions, demonstration workshops, and exhibitions, as well as excursions to museums and an art academy in Enschede, Holland, and the newly reopened LWL State Museum of Art and Cultural History in Münster, Germany.
The setting of the symposium is Kloster Bentlage, an 800-year-old former Kreuzherren (Crosier) monastery, today an important cultural center in the region. It is situated in an idyllic spot in the woods, surrounded by a beautiful cultivated landscape directly on the Ems River. The monastery building has two museums, exhibition spaces, and a café and beer garden. Other buildings on the grounds include two gatehouses with guest accommodations, a Westphalian farmhouse, and a barn that now serves as an additional exhibition space. The farmhouse houses accommodation as well as the print studios of the Print Association (Druckvereinigung) Bentlage, making it possible for artists to stay and work under one roof.
The Print Association was founded in 1997 by Knut Willich with the aim of preserving and fostering printmaking and book arts in Westphalia. This location is a place of quiet contemplation, and is designed in every respect for calm creative work. It also provides excellent facilities in beautiful surroundings for events such as the upcoming symposium. In order for everyone to enjoy the privileges of this setting, the symposium will be limited to 200 attendees.
For further information about the symposium such as the program, travel advice, and registration, please visit www.snap2015.de. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register as soon as possible.