Gestetner 140 call for entries
MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking student Gin Saunders is organising this celebratory exhibition / competition:
Before photocopiers took over copy-making, messier, cheaper simpler duplicators ruled the world. Patented in 1881- the Gestetner revolutionised the office making printing easy, cheap and widely accessible. Its simplicity and economy put it at the heart of the community where schools, clubs and organisations churned out reams of pamphlets, weekly bulletins and newsletters.
But behind closed doors the Gestetner sat just as solidly at the epicentre of counter culture as a DIY tool for fanzine writers, beat poets, anarchists and agitators. Hovering in the hazy world between counter culture and the truly clandestine, it helped to foster freedom and express the shock of the new.
2021 marks the 140th Anniversary of the Gestetner Duplicator and to celebrate, artists, printmakers, musicians and producers are invited to come together and create a virtual gallery of sounds and images.
Deadline for all submissions: 15th April 2021
Pop-up gallery opens 19th April 2021
Winners announced: 15th May 2021
More information and submission details can be found at: http://www.gestetner140.com
This competition is supported by the Centre for Fine Print Research.