Bianca Cork, Falmouth School of Art technician, international artist and alumna of Falmouth University, has recently been selected for the Macao Printmaking Triennial and has received an Honour Award for her innovative print designs.
Established in 2012, the third Macao Printmaking Triennial takes place in Macau, an autonomous region on the south coast of China and is organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau. The Triennial is an internationally acclaimed event, celebrating excellent printmaking.
The Triennial promotes the development of the printmaking artform, providing a platform for international exchange within the industry. This year it received over 1,000 submissions. Only 175 submissions were selected, and nine of them were awarded prizes by the Jury.
Bianca was awarded a prize for her piece The Flow, which she created in response to her time in Shanghai, where she took part in a 6-month residency in 2016/17 with Swatch at The Swatch Art Peace Hotel. It was inspired by the industrial landscape.
Bianca told us: “As an award winner I was invited to the opening ceremony and the celebration dinner. I flew out to Hong Kong and spent time exploring the city and neighbouring islands before travelling by boat to Macau for the exhibition. The event in Macau was a celebration of technical print ability and innovative ideas within print. I gained plenty of inspiration to inform my teaching and creative practice.”
A print technician in the Printmaking Centre at Falmouth, Bianca teaches students the technical aspects of printmaking.
Bianca explained: “We facilitate processes such as Screen Printing, Lithography, Etching and Relief Printing. We have an amazing resource at Falmouth which I am proud to be a part of.”
In her spare time, Bianca works on her own artwork. She told us: “This helps me stay relevant and enthused within my role. I also believe exhibiting my work internationally is an important opportunity to represent printmaking in the UK, to promote my artwork, and to connect internationally with other artists, exhibition organisers, and curators.”