For the bicentenary year of the death of Thomas Paine, Paddock Printmakers are producing a book of images of places in Lewes associated with his life. This will include prints of the Bull House, St Michael’s Church and Westgate Chapel, The White Hart, the Old Town Hall and Market and the present Market Tower, the Old Quaker Meeting House and the New, the Bowling Green; and other sites representing his work as an Excise Officer and participation in the Headstrong Club.
Paddock Printmakers are a group of artists, all-comers, who meet and work at the Paddock Studios in Lewes with Carolyn Trant, a Book Artist. They produce limited editions of hand-printed lino-cuts, woodcuts and engravings, drypoints and collagraphs, and every two years, make these into a small edition of digitally printed hand-bound books, previously to sell in the annual Artwave Festival – this year to exhibit and sell as part of the Tom Paine Festival in July.
Pelham House, Lewes, has kindly offered the foyer of the Hotel as exhibition space for this project throughout July and August. The original prints themselves will be on sale, as well as copies of the book. Previous books and prints have been very popular and sold fast. Previous books included ‘High Street’ and ‘Cliffe High Street’ – images of Lewes’s individual shops; and ‘Public House’ – which included all 21 pubs in the town, and text about those now gone. The Tom Paine Book will include a brief history of Tom’s life in Lewes. It will again be bound by local book-binder Rachel Ward-Sale at the Star Brewery, and will be an ideal souvenir of the Festival.
Exhibition dates: Sunday 5th July – Tuesday 25th August
Venue: Pelham House, St Andrew’s Lane, Lewes