Hard Ground Printmakers Workshop was established in 1989 by artist/printmaker Jonathan Comerford in Cape Town South Africa to create an open-access facility in the city the making and promotion of Fine Art printmaking and diversity in the community. The workshop enabled practising artists irrespective of race, gender, culture or creed, to access an equipped print studio in order for them to produce their work, which was “new and different.” Hard Ground Printmakers was instrumental not only in providing open access, but active in the dynamics of the Cape Town art and cultural arena during the struggle years until the fall of apartheid and transition of South Africa into a democracy. In 2006 Jonathan Comerford closed the physical Hard Ground Printmakers studio in Cape Town when he moved back to the United Kingdom.
This retrospective of fine art prints by Jonathan Comerford & Hard Ground Printmakers in collaboration with the associated artists is a celebration of 30 years of collaborative printmaking from 1989 till 2019. The artworks on exhibition illustrate a creative diversity of unique technical inventiveness and imagery characteristic of the individual visual styles of each artist.
Exhibiting artists will include Jenny Parsons, Khanya Sineyile, Hardy Botha, Jan Vermeiren, David Kuijers, Mandla Vanyaza, Sophie Peters, Donavan Ward, Zolani Siphungelo, Richard Kilpert, Selvin November, Shakes Tembani and Gary Frier.