Society of Wood Engravers at Bovey Tracey

MAKE SouthWest at the Riverside Gallery at Bovey Tracey hosts the 84th annual exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers, until 14th May.

Founded in 1920, the SWE has built up an international reputation for excellence. The annual exhibition, stringently selected from an open submission, visits several venues each year, showing the best of current work from Britain and other countries.

The society was founded by a group of artists that included Robert Gibbings, Lucien Pissaro, Gwen Raverat and Eric Gill.

Wood engraving is at once the simplest and one of the most exquisite forms of printmaking. The print is made, first, by engraving the reversed design or picture to be printed into the mirror-smooth surface of a block of end grain wood. The Society of Wood Engraving (SWE) exists to promote wood engraving.

Current SWE members include Howard Phipps, Hilary Paynter and Angie Lewin.

Pictured: St Geniez de Bertrand by Robin Wilson; Beetle by Anne Desmet.