The Fishwick Papers: East London’s printmakers

Ferha Farooqui, 'Under the Umbra'

Ferha Farooqui's Under the Umbra is one of 50 original works in the exhibition

The Fishwick Papers is an exhibition of 50 original works that speaks to the commercial print and industrial tradition that once dominated Hackney Wick and Fish Island.

The show was put together by printers of an altogether different sort: a collective of artists called East London Printmakers that now thrives in the area where many of London’s industrial printmakers have downsized or moved out to more economic locations.

The idea behind The Fishwick Papers was conceived just earlier this year by gallerist William Chamberlain and curator Katja Rosenberg – herself a member of the East London Printmakers.

Katja briefed her fellow artists to go and take inspiration from the area, their experience of it at this moment, its past and future, the many lives of people unknown.

Go out they did and Katja has been delighted by the response. “I am always surprised, when I curate a show, how each artist will come back with things I would never even imagined,” she says.

“For this exhibition, I have loved how much they took a wholehearted interest in the area and community. It was very immediate and so varied – one contacted remaining printers, another took out photographic paper and held it against ships, railings and ropes along the canal, others have taken inspiration from Fish Island.”

The result is a collection of works which will appeal to the widest range of tastes. You will see Dickensian-style etchings reminiscent of old London; compositions of walkers strolling in the Olympic Park; striking shellfish, intricately etched; abstract images pressed quite literally against objects along the canal side.

The resulting exhibition is a fitting tribute to the creative and industrial heritage that inspired it.

The Fishwick Papers
1 September – 2 October 2011
Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery
Stour Road, E3 2NT



Real news stories don't come cheap.

The Hackney Citizen is the borough’s only independent newspaper, and is now in its tenth year.

Our hard-hitting journalism has uncovered fire safety failures in tower blocks, revealed plans to criminalise rough sleepers, exposed dodgy letting agents and reported on many other issues of public concern.

We’ve always been totally free in print and online, but advertising revenues are falling.

That’s why we’re asking for your help.

Hackney Citizen’s high quality journalism is produced by a small team on a shoestring budget, so we’re asking you to make a monthly contribution to fund our work, enabling the paper to survive and thrive.

Support the Hackney Citizen from as little as £2 per month.

Can you spare £4 a month or more? Get the paper delivered direct to your door each month! (UK only)