Monday, 3 December 2012



Sat 8th & Sun 9th December 11am - 4pm
Other times are possible by appointment

Oast House Gallery Open Studio, Last June

Pound House, Udimore, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6BA 01424 882 942
Small and large, framed and unframed unique paintings and prints, 
hand-made cards, only available at the Open Studio, 
50% off selected works

A selection of works on show this year.  I have been doing mainly my embossed watercolours this year, but will have a large selection of imited edition collagraphs and etchings available to buy


Blue Wind I, Embossed watercolour

Rainbow Storm III embossed watercolour,33x43cm

Nightland X, embossed watercolour 12x18cm

Lightening VI, embossed watercolour, 56x58cm

Blue Structure I, embossed watercolour

Blue Layer I, mixed-media Collage.  Just back from Italy
Prize winner Chiaciano  International Art Exhibition, at the Art Museum

Greenflow I, embossed watercolour 20x12cm


My new DVD, Collagraph and mixed-media printmaking: selling for 29.99 - packed with all sorts of info about making collagraphs, plaster prints, carborundum, gold and silver leaf, and my special printing method called "the rubs" For more details see my website

I have had some very encouraging feedback from all over the world. 

I recently purchased your wonderful DVD series. I must say I have truly enjoyed watching them. II hope it is a great success for you and I hope it will not be your last! I want to watch them again and look forward to producing some nice prints using your methods. I wanted to say "Thank you" for sharing your process with others. It's nice to know there are artists that will share a few of their secrets.
Thank you Brenda. Your printers Dawn and Nicola are awesome!!
Phil Bivins, North Carolina USA

I am just watching it now and I am so mesmerized. Your work is amazing and I am beginning to understand how the plates are made. Thank you again for putting all this information out there for all to learn by.
Roberta Warshaw, Brookline, MA USA

The DVDs have arrived and I've watched them several times.  As a relative newcomer to printmaking I found the DVDs very easy to listen to and understand the methods explained. I also found the discussion about your creative process was equally interesting and insightful.  One of the main messages from the DVDs for me is to get out into the studio and start experimenting to develop my own creative language and style.  Thanks for imparting your expertise Brenda. 
Ellen Bennett, Mudgee, Australia

I’ve received your DVDs and must congratulate you on a thoroughly well thought out and well done job. Thank you so much for revealing how you do what you do (and do so well, I might add!). Your years
of trial and error with materials and methods have been handed to us on a platter and I must say that
it is very generous of you and much appreciated.
Caryl Peters, publisher Frog Hollow Press

Have just watched your DVD for 2nd time and I love it.  It is so generous of you to do this and I shall refer to it time and time again.  
Gerry McLoughlin, Norbury, Staffs UK

Bravo! For producing a wonderful DVD set which I received this week. Have already watched a couple of times. Thank you for your continued generosity as I am transported back to Udimore every time I watch it. There is a lovely ambiance in the DVD which is added to by the presence of Nicola and Dawn in the studio of course.
Jen Nieuwenhof Australia.

Thanks to all those artists who took the trouble to give me feedback!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

DVD now available




After a long silence, for which I apologise (again) I would like to announce 
that my long-promised DVD is finally published. 

When I started this project, I was blown away by how much detailed information could be
imparted by my amazing high definition panasonic movie camera.  With no special lighting 
the camera was able to go in very close on plates being inked up, prints being pulled, and 
demonstrations of platemaking, showing every detail. 

All the filming was done in the studio, either by me or my then assistants Nicola Jackson and 
Dawn Cole,(Dawn has now left to go on to do more of her own thing).  The great advantage 
of doing it ourselves, was that when something interesting was happening, we didn't have to 
book a film crew, but simply whipped out the camera,and of course we could keep the cost 
under control.  I won't win any prizes for smooth presenting, but I do feel that the DVD goes 
a long way to showing how I approach my work, how to make collagraph plates, 
and print them

I have spent the last 4 years compiling the DVD which contains
16 short films and a slideshow of selected available prints, and which give an insight into the 
processes which I employ to create my sculptural print works: collagraph, etching and 

The construction and printing of collagraph and etching projects, interviews, courses, a 
catalogue of selected available works, as well as practical studio demos, and print-making 
tips, make this series of films of interest to the art lover, print collector, student, teacher 
& printmaker.

Towards the end I was lucky to find Kevin Law of Klaw Productions who helped me 
brilliantly to pull it all together, levelling the sound, adjusting the music, and adding images 
and text to make it more interesting and understandable.  He also insisted I redo all my many 
voice-overs, because of the background hiss made by recording directly into the computer!!

If you would like to order the DVD please email

3 1/2 hour DVD on 2 disks: Launch price £29.99
I send post free in the UK, just send a cheque made out Brenda Hartill
with your mailing address to:

Brenda Hartill
Pound House
Udimore, Rye,
East Sussex, TN31 6BA

For overseas customers, please email asking  for a paypal request, telling me your 
address, and I will calculate the postage, and send you the request.  
I will then mail out the DVD shortly after I receive the payment

Collagraph, and Mixed-Media Printmaking, a book  published by A&C Black
and a new Pure book What's the Story - artists talking about original printmaking
in which I feature along with other selected artists, 
 Both these books are available on Amazon

Monday, 30 April 2012

Apologies for long delay in publishing on this blog - too much happening in my life. I will try to do better.  Should be uploading a new video shortly.

Events to look out for below:

Talk at Ochre Print Studios
Thursday 3 May 7pm - tickets £10, please book
This talk will cover the range of techniques 
Brenda uses to create her etchings and collagraphs, as well as the use of 
print in painting, collage,mixed-media and encaustic works
Ochre Print Studio Lockwood Day Centre, Westfield Rd,
Skyfield Industrial Estate, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1RR
tel: 07988 229 763

Group Exhibition
Brenda Hartill Michael Clarke and Anthony Murphy 
15 may - 7 June
private view Monday 14 May
6.30 - 8.30

Ardquin Fine Arts
15 Junction Place,

There will be an Open Studio in 
June  this year, 
as part of the South East Open Studios
June 9 & 10, 2012
June 15, 16, 2012
Demonstration of printing from 1.00pm on Sunday10th June, 
and video demos throughout the two weekends

More information:01424882942,


Deadline 4 June - apply online

In order to promote the best in contemporary printmaking, and to spotlight new talent, the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE) is launching a brand new printmaking exhibition: the RE OPEN. Designed as a showcase for excellence in printmaking, the exhibition will also provide a fascinating forum for consideration of current trends and new directions in this ever evolving and extraordinarily creative art form.

Selected by a distinguished group of artists, academics, curators, print dealers and collectors, the exhibition will reflect the discerning judgment of the panel and will be hung so that viewers can clearly identify the particular selections of individual panel members.

Prof. David Ferry RE
Artist and Head of Printmaking, Cardiff School of Art & Design

Mark Hampson
Artist and Head of Material Processes, Royal Academy Schools

Colin Harrison
Assistant Keeper of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum

Elizabeth Harvey-Lee Hon RE
Print Dealer

John Purcell Hon RE
Paper Merchant

Deborah Roslund Hon RE
Print Collector

Dr. Bren Unwin PRE
Artist and RE President


Following an open submission selection, approximately 200 works will be selected for an exhibition at Bankside Gallery, situated next door to Tate Modern, at the heart of the UKʼs thriving art scene, August 2012.

17 August - 2 September 2012
Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers
Bankside Gallery
(next door to Tate Modern)
48 Hopton Street
London SE1 9JH

All exhibiting artists will be invited to a Private View of the exhibition, during which the Prizes will be awarded.


A wide range of significant prizes will be awarded, including:

Brangwyn Memorial Prize
A prize of £1000 for an outstanding print

Printmaking Today Prize
An editorial feature in Printmaking Today

RIS Purchase Prize
A purchase prize of £500

John Purcell Paper Award
Materials to the value of £150

T N Lawrence Printmaking Award
Materials to the value of £150

R K Burt Exhibition Award
A solo show in the RKB Gallery, Union Street, London, SE1. The gallery offers 90 square meters of wall hanging space over 2 floors. The winning artist would be required to hang and invigilate the gallery space for the duration of the 2 week show and to bear the cost of any expenses incurred.

RE Guest Membership Award
Free guest membership of the RE for one year

Intaglio Prize
Materials to the value of £150


Entry is by online submission. ENTER ONLINE NOW.

Artists unable to enter online should contact Ed Parsons Brown at Bankside Gallery for further details on postal entry:

Tel: 020 7928 7521


Entry is £25 per artist for up to six works. Student entries receive a 50% discount on this fee.



4 June: Deadline for entry 5pm.

6 July: Artists notified of results.

13 August
: Hand in of selected works, 1-7pm, Bankside Gallery.

16 August
: Exhibition Private View and Prize Giving, 6-8pm

17 August - 2nd September
: Exhibition opens to the public.

3 September
: Collection of unsold work, 12 noon -7pm.   

4 September
: All uncollected works removed from gallery to store. Collection then at artists' expense.

The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) is Britain's longest established elected body of professional artists who make prints. Its on-going purpose is to promote and encourage the highest standards of creative and technical excellence in printmaking in all its diverse forms. Founded in 1880 by Sir Francis Seymour Haden, it was originally titled the Society of Painter Etchers and established to counter the Royal Academy of Artsʼ refusal, at that time, to recognise printmaking as a creative rather than reproductive art.

The RE holds regular exhibitions of Membersʼ prints at Bankside Gallery, London and other venues, showing traditional skills - etching, lithography, wood engraving and mezzotint - alongside the latest digital, photographic and mixed media techniques. Its 200-strong membership includes artists from all over the world including the USA, Japan, Argentina and Europe.


Artist & Illustrator Magazine (A&I) have kindly offered to send all RE OPEN 2012 entrants access to a free copy of their online magazine. If you do not wish to receive this free offer, please ensure you choose the appropriate option on the application review page when asked 'I wish to receive further details about:'