Multi Matrix – Weekend Workshop with Sumi Perera – 14 and 15 Mar

Weekend Workshop, March 14th & 15th, led by our MULTI MATRIX symposium guest.

This course runs alongside Belfast Print Workshop’s symposium MULTI MATRIX.

Guest artist Sumi stresses that her best works have always been those generated by not thinking too much, and allowing organic, random, seemingly non-related ideas that then suddenly fuse together.

In this experimental, two-day master-class learners will focus on combining multiple plates to generate numerous permutations of image from the same set of plates. Perera uses hybrid printmaking techniques (etching, aquatint, collagraph, monoprint, chine colle & embossing etc.) to produce modular 2D & 3D structures that are often reversible. She often uses the same plates to generate different permutations, variations of the theme to produce a variety of artist book formats and interactive installations.


To develop multiple plates [12x15cm format] to either superimpose, realign, swap, use with pre-existent plates (these need not be the same size, they could be smaller or bigger).

Techniques Covered

  • Hard ground & soft ground etching
  • Drypoint on plastic/aluminium/card
  • Collagraph

Weekend Workshop, Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th March 2020, 10am – 4pm daily.

About the Workshop leader

Sumi Perera is an interdisciplinary artist who generates mixed media installations, usually bearing the narrative of a bookform. Sumi has undertaken many residencies: a teaching residency at CAFA, Beijing (2007), the AIR for the National Open Art (2016) and is the first recipient of the RE Guest Artist Full Fellowship & Solo exhibition at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice (2017). She taught on the MA Printmaking course at the Middlesex University, London and runs workshops and masterclasses for many print collectives. Her work has won several international prizes, medals & awards, and is held in many public & private collections including the V&A (10 works), Tate Britain (8 works), Yale Centre for British Art (2 works), the Ashmolean etc.

She is senior fellow of the RE, a fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, a full member of the Society of Graphic Fine Arts-the Drawing Society and the 62 Group of International Textile Artists. She uses these skills in ceramics, metalsmithing, glass, stitch & drawing to devise composite interactive installations. She combines her background working as as a doctor & scientist to incorporate CNC methods (laser/sandblasting) to introduce another strand to the work. More recent works are a series of sound installations using electroconductive inks to generate sound upon touch.


Our class sizes are limited and only payment secures your place – if online booking is not for you please don’t worry – you can still book and pay for classes by cash or cheque in person at the workshop, contact us prior to visiting, by email to: or telephone 02890 231 323.

Belfast Print Workshop
30-42 Waring Street
Belfast BT1 2ED

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