Surface Challenge

An event exploring 'Surface' for members of Printmaker's Council at the Barbican Library. SDC member and printmaker Sheila de Rosa is one of the artists exhibiting.

Event details


Printmaker's Council is an artist's run, non-profit making organisation that promotes the use of both traditional and innovative printmaking techniques. In this exhibition, its members have been given an open brief, the idea of 'Surface', to interpret in their own way.

Sheila de Rosa said 'My print 'Swimming to the Surface' will be on show in this much anticipated show. It was influenced by a place near my studio where a 15C tower stands, isolated, in a graveyard at the end of a cul-de-sac. Discovering that this was the place where the last witch in England was drowned, explained its otherworldly atmosphere to me. Drowning witches was sometimes called ‘Witch Swimming’, hence the title of the work. This event was yet another way women have been wronged over the years, and it felt important to mark the life of this woman, Ruth Osborne, with a tribute that re-establishes her innocence.

As a printmaker, making marks and layering are important ways to impart a narrative; here I have juxtaposed two different Intaglio Etching plates in contrasting colours and created surface texture and tonal interest with a monoprint collage.'


The Barbican Library
Barbican Centre
London, EC2Y 8DS


2 Feb 2024 to 27 Feb 2024

Opening Times

Mon 9.30 - 17.30, Tue 9.30- 19.30, Wed 9.30 - 17.30, Thu 9.30 - 19:30, Fri 9.30 - 17.30, Sat 9.30 - 16.00. Closed Sundays and bank holidays


Free Admission