Big Steam Print Comes to Ditchling

The magic of printing is usually hidden in the sheds, workshops and studios of printers and designers. The Big Steam Print brings the secret into the open air for everyone to witness as artists and students from across the country come together for the opportunity to print on a giant scale with our vintage steam roller. Join the excitement as the steamroller makes its final outing on Saturday 18 June at the Ditchling Village Fair, with renowned artists including Angie Lewin, Rob Ryan and Anthony Burrill producing their biggest ever prints in a heady haze of steam and printing ink.

The action takes place in Church Lane behind the museum between 10am – 6pm, during which time the museum will be open to visitors as usual (10.30am – 5pm) and will offer half price admission. Ditchling High Street will be closed between 8am – 2pm, and we are advising visitors to arrive via public transport.

The Big Steam Print came about through a crowdfunding project via Art Happens. Three previous successful events at Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, the London Transport Museum Acton Depot and The Level in Brighton, have seen other print luminaries such as Mark Hearld and Jonny Hannah creating giant works of art. Prints from all events which survive the pummelling of tons of steel on tarmac will form the Big Steam Print exhibition at Phoenix Gallery in Brighton: 6– 21 August.

Here’s the timetable in full:

10 – 11am
Big Steam Print donor prints

11 – 11.30am
David Browne

11 – 11.30am
Downlands Secondary School

11.30am – 12pm
Great Walstead School
Ditchling Primary School

12am – 12.30pm
Ruth Gaskell

12.30 – 1pm
GF Smith

1 – 1.30pm
Anthony Burrill

2 – 2.50pm
Pat Randell
Thomas Mayo

2.50 – 3.40pm
Edward Tuckwell

2.50 – 3.40pm
Rob Ryan

3.40 – 4.30pm
Ben Coode-Adams

4.30 – 5.20pm
Freddie Robins
Angie Lewin

5.20 – 6.10pm
Print Wagon – Aidan
Jo Sweeting

6.10 – 7pm
Jeremy Radvan
Caroline Dunning