3 October — 6 October 2011

Print and Production was a four day residential retreat in October 2011 that was an experimental look at publishing as a space for making, presenting and documenting artists' research and working process. During the retreat, artists and curators contributed to the first Escalator publication under the theme of Production through workshops that discussed design, editing, printing and distribution.


Escalator Retreat 9

Each retreat participant was asked to bring material for their own project for the book - and to contribute towards the editing, layout and final presentation of material from participants involved in previous Escalator retreats. Documentation from this group process was also included.

The project was led by Unrealised Projects and Publish and Be Damned, and included sessions with publishers, artists and curators to give feedback on individual's work and discuss approaches to print and online publishing. The retreat was curated by MA lecturer Kit Hammonds and Escalator Curator Gareth Bell-Jones and was attended by the first work-based Inspire programme RCA Curating students Sunny Cheung, Asana Greenstreet, Ruth Lie, Christina Millare, Lena Mohamed, Melanie Pocock, Paul Reynolds, Karen Roswell, Sacha Waldron, Mariam Zulfiqar.

The participants were: Katie Barrington, Owen Chapman and Christian Tilt, Jackie Chettur, Samantha Epps, Louisa Martin, Charlotte Morgan, Lucy Pawlak, Anna Pickering and Aymee Smith.


The invited speakers were: An Endless Supply (Harry Blackett and Robin Kirkham designers, artists), Arnaud Desjardin (artist, publisher), John Phillips (director London Print Studio), Simon Grant (writer and art historian, editor of Tate Etc magazine and PICPUS), Publish and be Damned (Kit Hammonds, curator), Unrealised Projects (Sam Ely & Lynn Harris, artists), Eleanor Vonne Brown (director X Marks the Bökship)