Guanlan China

May 2015
One afternoon in early April I checked my emails and read the totally unexpected and startling news that a paper-and-print work of mine had gained for me the Guanlan China International Print Prize. As a consequence I was invited to attend the opening events of the 5th Guanlan International Print Biennale and, together with ten other artist prize winners, enjoy travel and accommodation, courtesy of my hosts. Apart from the excitement of winning the prize, worth about £2,400, it was a pleasure to meet the other artists from USA, Germany, Poland, Japan, Thailand and four from other regions of China. I was able to visit the new Guanlan China Museum of Printmaking. We were astonished by the scale of the building and even the fact of its existence. How many other museums of printmaking exist?