To Absent Friends

Date: 1 - 7 November 2016

Time: 9am-8pm

Price: Free

St Columba’s Hospice, 15 Boswall Road, Edinburgh, EH5 3RW, 9am – 8pm, fully accessible, please use main Hospice reception.

Edinburgh Printmakers is delighted to be collaborating with St Columba’s Hospice and to celebrate To Absent Friends festival, a celebration of life and those we love.

Staff, patients and families at St Columba’s Hospice have been facilitated by Edinburgh Printmakers to curate a suite of works that explore ideas and emotions raised during To Absent Friends week: memory, stories, and reminiscence. People who use and work in the Hospice have selected all the work on display from Edinburgh Printmakers archive. Prints were chosen that were found to be most pertinent to the theme, interesting, beautiful and relatable.

Edinburgh Printmakers’ archive has been developed over the last four decades and is currently unseen by the public. It houses our expanding collection of published works, contract print editions, print folios and educational archive of prints and plates, with over 8000 editions in our care. A 6 month long programme of events and exhibitions exploring and showcasing the archive will mark Edinburgh Printmakers’ 50th Anniversary next year, in 2017. Plans for Edinburgh Printmakers’ future home at Castle Mill Works include a new facility for the public to view and use the print archive as an educational, artistic reference resource.

St Columba’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for patients and support for their loved ones from across Edinburgh and the Lothians. As well as the care provided for patients and families, the Hospice has a dedicated Centre for Education & Research where they run an education programme training specialist and non-specialist doctors, nurses, health and social care professionals from across Scotland and beyond. Their aim is to improve the lives of people with terminal illness, working to allow people to live as actively as possible. 

To Absent Friends Festival gives people across Scotland a platform to remember, to tell stories, to celebrate and to reminisce about people we love who have died. It is a people's festival of storytelling and remembrance that provides an opportunity to revive and preserve Scottish traditions relating to the expression of loss and remembrance that have faded over time.