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John Angus

Previous AA2A artist

Location: Lancaster

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Email: johnangus12@gmail.com

Website: http://www.johnangusposters.com

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For over 20 years I designed posters for arts events around the UK.  I screen-printed most of these posters myself, but later I also used a commercial offset litho printer.

Commissioners included:  Arts Council England; Arts for Labour; Young Vic; WAC Arts and Media College, London; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra;  Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster; Ludus Dance; Lancaster LitFest; Welfare State International;  Polka Theatre, London;  Sherman Theatre, Cardiff; Crucible Theatre, Sheffield; Theatr Powys; Paines Plough;  Croydon Warehouse; and Lancaster University.

I had several exhibitions of these posters, including a North West regional tour by the Arts Council.  Examples are held in several collections, including the V&A.  A selection of my posters for rock concerts in the 1970/80s featured in a recent exhibition, “Was I there?”, at the Peter Scott Gallery at Lancaster University.   

In several commissions in the 2000s, I developed a series of images of plankton, entitled Just Drifting Around.  These works were produced as light projections on Morecambe promenade, web-based images for Fleetwood Museum, digital prints on translucent textile for a tour of Lancashire Museums, and digital prints on perspex for an exhibition at Oxford University Museum of Natural History in 2008. 

I was one of the group of artists who initiated Storey Gallery in Lancaster in 1991, and have managed its operation ever since, first as Co-ordinator, and then as Director. The Storey Gallery organisation has ceased to run a gallery space, and we are now working on a project about land-ownership, focussed on a plot on the edge of Lancaster known as Freeman’s Wood. 

I have not done any screen-printing for about 15 years. The AA2A placement is providing a most welcome opportunity to return to this activity.  Previously I have always used oil-based inks, so I have been improving my knowledge and skills on the use of water-based inks.  I am also trying both etching and digital printing.  

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