About

Janet at Bury Museum with Vertical Inequities 2019
A Catalyst for Social Change, Bury Museum and Art Gallery 2019

Janet Sang ARE is an artist-printmaker based in Brighton who specialises in screenprinting. Since 2016 she has made prints at Volcanic Editions, under the guidance of Ian Brown. Her work embodies layers of ideas, and is driven by an engagement with social injustice and inequality. She constructs allegorical settings, often anchored in specific events or places. She uses autographic and digitally-mediated imagery, combining them through radical juxtaposition, cryptic clues and metaphor.

Janet says of her work:

I think of my approach as collagist, and enjoy how screenprinting in particular allows me to assemble and re-assemble images from different sources. I can layer marks and colours, and play with perception. My prints typically have more than twenty layers of ink, and I work on heavy paper to support them, making small editions and printing to the edge of the paper so that the finished pieces really feel like physical objects. Some prints begin with hand-drawn positives, whereas for others I use Photoshop to map out compositions. The process is very revealing and every print is an adventure. I adjust my plans throughout to explore what emerges in the form of hidden information and the character of particular visual signatures. I want to draw people in and engage their attention at as many levels as possible, challenging them to tease out possible meanings for themselves.

Printing at Volcanic Editions 2021
Screenprinting at Volcanic Editions, Brighton.
Janet studied art education at Bristol (1973) and at the University of Sussex (1987), then Fine Art at Northbrook College (2005). She earned her living as a teacher and lecturer in state education, as an artist-educator and as a welfare-rights adviser. In 2018 her prints were included in the International Print Triennial in Krakow. She is a member of the Printmakers Council and the LOOP Artists in Print collective with whom she exhibits regularly. In 2022 she was elected an Associate member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Her print Exchange Control was chosen in 2021 for the PMC archive at Scarborough Museum, and in 2022 the RE selected Disposals to become part of their Diploma archive at the Ashmolean Museum. In 2023 This was Tomorrow and Exchange Control were selected for the V&A Print Collection.

Recent Group Exhibitions:

2023/4

Mini Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, Thames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street SE1 9JH. 8 December - 1 February

2023/4

Miniature Print, Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich CT. 9 November – 4 January

2023

LOOP2023 Artists in Print, Bankside Gallery, Thames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street SE1 9JH. 12 -17 September

2023

Summer Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, Thames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street SE1 9JH. 11 August – 10 September

2023

Miniature Print, Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk CT. 4 June- 20 August

2023

Miniprint Kazanlak, Kazanlak Art Gallery, Bulgaria. 1 – 30 June

2023

RE Original Prints, Bankside Gallery, Thames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street SE1 9JH. 5 May – 2 June

2023

London Original Print Fair, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA. 30 March - 2 April

2023

9th International Miniature Print Biennale, Ottowa School of Art, J W Stellick Gallery, 35 George Street, Ottowa, Canada. 30 March – 14 May

2023

Thinking for Printing, Printmakers Council Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, Thames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street SE1 9JH. 31 January – 5 February

2022/3

Mini-Picture Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, Thames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street, SE1 9JH 9 December - 29 January

2022

Surface and Depth, Printmakers Council Exhibition, Mandell’s Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich NR3 1HN 29 October - 19 November

2022

International Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery,Thames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street SE1 9JH, 22 September - 2 October

2022

LOOP2022 Artists in Print, Bankside Gallery,Thames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street SE1 9JH, 13 - 18 September

2022

Summer at Bankside Gallery, Thames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street SE1 9JH, 5 August - 11 September

2022

Derby Print Open, Banks Mills Studios 1 - 30 June

2022

Miniprint Kazanlak, Kazanlak Art Gallery, Bulgaria, June

2021

Press and Play, Phoenix Art Gallery, Brighton (with Volcanic Editions)

2021

Printmakers Council: Ecologies of Change, ROSL, London

2019

Print International, Tŷ Pawb Gallery, Wrexham, Wales

2019

National Original Printmaking Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London

2019

Bath Open Art Prize show, 44AD Gallery

2019

Print: A Catalyst for Social Change Bury Museum and Art Gallery

2018

SMTG Krakow International Print Triennial, (Main exhibition: Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Krakow, Poland)


Collections:

Victoria and Albert Museum Print Collection.

Asmolean Museum, RE Diploma Collection.

Printmakers Council collection, Scarborough Art Gallery.

SMTG Krakow

My work is also on show on Instagram.