Caitlin Akers (Manchester, UK) is an artist working with print.
Akers’ is a graduate of MA Book Arts at Camberwell College of Art (2018). She has recently created commissioned work for Kingsgate Project Space, London and Manchester International Festival.
For b-side festival 2022
AJ Leibling famously wrote “The freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one”
For b-side 2022 a radical art printing press is coming to Portland. The press is a special Japanese Risograph printer from the 1980s – cheap to run and environmentally friendly, with low energy costs and vegetable-based inks.
A series of workshops over the festival period will offer b-side festival goers the opportunity to take part in the art of activism and learn how to print their own posters, banners and zines.
What do Portlanders want to protest about? Hospital closures? Climate change? Socks with sandals? Kimberlins?
I am obsessed with print, particularly commercial print methods and the look of printed advertisements. I am also excited by the intersections between traditional print, poetry, digital technology and the language of the internet. Within my work I explore working class history, identity and rhythms and patterns in speech