Two of the men behind the Arts Lab’s amazing 70s output of screen-printed posters will talk about their work then and now.
Right from the early years the print workshop was an integral part of Birmingham Arts Lab, turning out an incredible array of multi-hued silkscreen posters advertising different aspects of the programme. Often the product of ingenious bodges and improvisation, this work has since been recognised as pioneering and influential - so it's a real privilege to welcome two of the people that made it happen.
Bob Linney joined the Lab in the early 70s, having developed with fellow science student Ken Meharg an interest in screenprinting posters for student sit-ins and dances. They quickly went about expanding the existing set-up by scavenging whatever came to hand, and their self-taught wizardry with inks and screens created dazzling effects. Bob is now based in Suffolk ad continues to work as a graphic designer. boblinney.com
Ernie Hudson is Birmingham born and bred and joined the Lab around the same time as Bob and Ken, bringing with him a litho press. After a couple of years he left to set up his own studio, while continuing to produce screen-printed posters for the Lab, and later moved into education. Ernie has continued to paint throughout his career, and after this evening's Q&A he'll be heading up the road to A3 Project Space to launch a new exhibition of his recent painting: Post 2000: New Works by Ernie Hudson