Medium:Photography - Artshot International June 2009
Zacron in conversation with Fiona Alpa in her home and art collection at Chilford Hall.
Fiona Alpa the owner of the Curwen Press a part of the Chilford Hall Vineyard estate near Cambridge is continuing the great work of her late husband Sam Alper who brought Curwen to Chilford Hall Estate.
Sam Alper built up a business making Sprite caravans by cleverly adapting surplace military materials in the post-war years, he also had interests in Little Chef resturants.
In 1982 Alper transferred his entrepreneurial energy to Chilford Hall, founded a conference center and vineyard and in 1982 founded Chilford Hall Press, a fine-art silkscreen printing studio similar to the Curwen and Kelpra Studios.
Curwen was invited to move to Chilford and the major sharholding was sold to Sam Alper. The center became a unique teaching facility during the time when Art Schools suffered a decline in printmaking. Sam Alper died in 2002 and left a vital legacy that helped artists in a spirit of generosity that still exists today.
Prunella Clough, R.B. Kitaj, John Hoyland, Paul Hogarth, Patric Heron, Paula Rego, Anthony Green, Gerald Scarfe, David Hockney, Man Ray, Terry Frost, Victor Pasmore, Philip Sutton, Lynn Chadwick, Graham Sutherland, Elizebeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, John Piper, Alan Davie, Ceri Richards, Patrick Heron, Sandra Blow are some of the renowned artists that have produced prints at the Curwen Studios.
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