Peter Reddick, founder of the print studio over 30 years ago died on Tuesday 28 September. He was a founder member of Bristol Artspace and actively campaigned to establish it in Spike Island – a model for other groups to follow in the city. He was key to establishing our current studio and in the early days, spent much time physically building equipment. His prime motivation was to promote print for everyone in particular for those who had just left college and did not have access to any print facilities. Until recently he was Chair of our Management Committee. He continued to teach wood engraving here until 2 years ago. Many of you will have been taught and influenced by him. We held a very successful retrospective exhibition of his work at the studio in 2007 which showed how broad his appeal was with young and old keen to buy his prints.
Peter was one of the country’s leading wood engravers and printmakers and illustrated a number of books for the Folio Society particularly the work of Thomas Hardy and Anthony Trollope, the Limited Editions Club, New York, The Readers Digest amongst other publishers. He particularly loved rural landscapes and many of you will be familiar with his reflections of incredible landscapes of the English countryside and the Dorset coastline. These are just small examples of huge achievements in his long life.
We send our condolences to his family and will hold a memorial exhibition to celebrate Peter’s life and contribution to the arts.