Scrum Down Print Forward

Making the world's longest linocut for the Rugby World Cup


Sun 11th October 2015: 9:00am

On Sunday 11 October 2015 a determined group of printmakers and rugby players gathered together in Newcastle upon Tyne's Grey Street in order to attempt to break the world record for the longest single linocut print ever created.

The project was conceived to celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2015 and formed part of NewcastleGateshead's conversion festival. Printing took place using a heavy roller used for rugby scrum practice and the design by artist Sara Ogilvie had been cut into the lino and embelished by eleven print studios and arts organisations representing the world cup host nations. A further twenty rugby ball shaped panels were created by artists, students and rugby players representing the competing nations.

Go the Wallabies! a collaboration between between Aboriginal artist Paul Bong, a Yidinyji man from North Queensland, and  Margaret Genever was Australia's representative. The decorative elements in the image are based on rainforest shield designs of Paul’s clan group which inform his work currently.


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