Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Record-Breaking Print Attempt FORWORLD Cup

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Record-Breaking Print Attempt FORWORLD Cup

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter

NORTHERN Print in Newcastle has its work cut out as it launches an international bid to create an epic record-breaking artwork celebrating the coming Rugby World Cup.

The Ouseburn-based print studio is out to make the world's longest single linocut print - and to get the world involved.

The hugely ambitious idea sees it enlist the help of artists, children, rugby teams and community groups as well as print studios in all 11 of the UK's cities hosting this year's rugby tournament and artists from all the 20 participating nations - from Canada to Tonga.

And, with the rapid approach of Newcastle's turn to play host to World Cup matches, the first stage is already under way.

Rugby ball-shaped lino panels are being distributed to artists from here to Japan which are to slot into the main rugby-theme design.

And more than 1,000 people across all 11 host cities will be simultaneously drawing and cutting a series of three-metre lino sections to be eventually connected in Newcastle to create a whopping 33-metre artwork in time for the first weekend of the city's three matches.

The project, called Scrum Down Print Forward, was inspired by the top sport event's logo Too Big to Miss and sees Northern Print work in partnership with Newcastle-Gateshead Initiative and Newcastle Falcons Community Foundation.

Award-winning artist Sara Ogilvie was commissioned to come up with the main design which will be cut into lino sections with other images and details added by local communities over the coming weeks. It will be printed outdoors and organisers say that instead of a printing press "a heavy roller or scrum practice and team of rugby players" will be used to apply the pressure.

Andy Buist, from Newcastle Falcons Community Foundation, said: "Producing a large piece of art by scrummaging a scrum machine over paint and paper is a fantastic visual activity which will allow all sorts of people to get involved. …

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