New Release: Solitary Bee by Morag Colquhoun and Lisa Wilkens

Solitary Bee is a stone lithograph created in an edition of 10 by the artists Morag Colquhoun and Lisa Wilkens.


Taking the book The Country and the City by the socialist writer Raymond Williams as a starting point, Morag and Lisa shared their skills in the pursuit of art as a means of revealing underlying economies and ecologies.   While walking in the Black Mountains near Williams’ childhood home, they saw solitary mining bees flying into their burrows,  carrying pollen and nectar from fruit trees and hedgerows surrounding the common land.

Later, as Morag laboured to draw a bee’s burrow in greasy ink on smooth milled Bavarian limestone Williams’ idea of ‘the investment of nature’ came to mind: the thing you observe so closely becomes almost part of you.  Back in Lisa’s studio in Cambridge, the city where Williams spent the later years of his career, Morag and Lisa printed the stone on Lisa’s lithography press.

You can visit The Country and The City Blog documenting Morag and Lisa’s project here and the print Solitary Bee is available now in our shop.


New Release: Kitchen Foil Print Portfolio created at Wysing Arts Centre


Kitchen Foil Print Portfolio
Back in late 2015 ambergris editions held a series of print workshops led by Lisa Wilkens in the Window Room kitchen of Wysing Arts Centre.

9 artists and 1 curator learnt how to create using the lo-fi technique of Kitchen Lithography – a process using nothing more than kitchen foil, cola, ink, paper and an all important wooden spoon.

As part of the workshop, we invited each participant to make a print for the Kitchen Foil Print Portfolio which is available now in our shop priced at £25 each.


The Kitchen Foil Print Portfolio has been created in a varied edition of 20, of which each participant has a copy leaving just 10 complete portfolios available for sale.

All prints are signed and numbered and each of the Kitchen Foil Print Portfolios contain the following works:

Alexandra DrysdaleWalk along the river

Alison Gibbof Power

Bettina FurneeOhr!zon

Caroline WendlingLochnager Crater Stones

Josepa MunozOnwards

Lawrence EppsSpending

Lisa WilkensThe Architects

Lotte Juul PetersenLovecraft

Naomi HarwinFolded Form

Steve RuizProspect 2



ambergris editions will be at ‘Its a Book’ at the Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig on 19th March

ambergris editions is on its way to the It’s a Book publishing fair at the Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig on Saturday, 19th March!


We’re delighted to be presenting all of our current editions as well as works by our friends Egidija Ciricaite and George Cullen of Collective Investigations, Jenny Baese and a new video work by Alison Gibb.

Saturday will also see the launch of a new print portfolio from ambergris editions featuring works from 9 artists and 1 curator based at Wysing Arts Centre!

For more info about It’s a Book click here.

New Release: Sticks & Stones by Mella Shaw

The wait is over!  Mella Shaw’s varied ceramic edition from her wonderful installation Notes on a City is now complete.  30 sets of Sticks & Stones are available – and each consists of 3 unique sculptures handmade by Mella using body stained porcelain and glazed stoneware.

Mella Shaw - Sticks & Stones - ambergris editionsAs the artwork is so varied and unique we’re making 10 of the edition available at a time and the first 10 sets of these handsized ceramic sculptures can now be found over in our shop.  An oversized postcard format print signed and numbered by the artist accompanies each of the edition.

Notes on a City explores the emotional hinterland between nature and the built environment and was most recently exhibited at the 2015 British Ceramics Biennial.

You can also see Mella’s work in Force Majeure  at the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge until 1st April.

…….and did we mention Mella was selected by culture24 as one of the top ten artists you should be collecting right now?

An ambergris edition by Mella Shaw is on its way…

We are thrilled to announce that our next edition will be with the artist Mella Shaw whose installation Notes On A City was one of the highlights of this year’s British Ceramics Biennial.

Mella Shaw Notes On A City

Mella is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and has regularly exhibited in the UK as well as Sweden, and has recently been featured in Wallpaper* and Crafts Magazine.  With a practice exploring tipping points and transition we’re incredibly excited to be working with Mella.  More info to follow very soon.

2s From The Bottom Up by Marie Toseland with Sophie Mallett

As well as her stereoscopic account of desire, tedium and travel titled 7.2,  ambergris editions’ the very last time also includes Marie Toseland’s extraordinary story 2s From The Bottom Up. 

Click on the player below to hear a sound performance of this work by Marie and fellow Open School East Associate Sophie Mallett.  Headphones are recommended.

Marie and Sophie will also be performing this work live at Strategies for Regret and Revision on Wednesday 11th November as part of Agenda Salad.  One not to be missed and there’s more info over at Open School East.

Item, A Juell on The Antiques Roadshow with Geoffrey Munn

In his lyrical essay Item, A Juell from the very last time by Lawrence Epps and Holly Corfield Carr (eds), managing director of Wartski and keen mudlarker Geoffrey Munn OBE weighs the value, use and pedigree of a prized talisman from his personal collection.


We were delighted to see to see Geoffrey and his object also finding their way onto episode 8 of the current series of The Antiques Roadshow at Broughton Castle.

The Shadow of an Unseen Power Launch at Sluice Art Fair

LisaWilkensSluice2Many thanks to all those who made it to Sluice and Lisa Wilkens in conversation with Reece Jones to mark the launch of The Shadow of an Unseen Power.

LisaWilkensSluice1It was a pleasure to see so many there to hear the discussions ranging from the fallout of life in an activist household, protest rallies at primary school, studio visits on the anniversary of the attack on Hiroshima and the practicalities of sourcing ever dwindling reserves of vintage GDR paper.

The Shadow of an Unseen Power is available from our online shop.

Lisa Wilkens – The Shadow of an Unseen Power launch event on Saturday 17th October


ambergris editions’ second publication created to accompany Lisa Wilkens‘ exhibition at Paper Gallery The Shadow of an Unseen Power  launches on Saturday 17th October at Sluice Art Fair.

This large format book include 12 images of drawings by Wilkens with a focus on the potential of images as catalyst for discourse and change together with an essay The Half Life of Messages by Reece Jones and an untitled essay by Elise Routeledge.

Please join us at 4.50pm when Lisa Wilkens will be in conversation with Reece Jones to discuss The Shadow of an Unseen Power and highly obsessive making as well as a fascinating biography and particular relationship with nuclear proliferation.

Photography and design is by Jenny Baese with printing by DDZ, Berlin.

Published in an edition of 150 and available now from the ambergris editions shop.


Holly Corfield Carr wins Frieze writers prize!

We are absolutely thrilled to learn that Holly Corfield Carr has won the Frieze Writers Prize!

You can read Holly’s award winning review of Katrina Palmer’s installation The Loss Adjusters (part three of her Artangel project End Matter) here.

Holly edited our first ambergris editions publication the very last time with Lawrence Epps and we’re looking forward to reading Holly’s next review in Frieze!



the very last time moves to the 2015 British Ceramics Biennial

ambergris editions’ the very last time together with Lawrence Epps’ installation AGAIN are now on their way to Stoke-on-Trent for the 2015 British Ceramics Biennial which features work by Mella Shaw, James Rigler, Bruce McLean and many many more.


This years Biennial opens on 26th September with a preview party on 25th September at 6.30pm.  If you’d like to join us for the party please contact us.

Once again the show is being held in the extraordinary and cavernous abandoned Spode Factory and runs until 8th November.



the very last time is now available

Many thanks to all those who came along to launch of the very last time which is now available in a first edition and special edition at Firstsite and in our shop……


……and extra special thanks to contributors Joey Connolly, Esther Leslie, Tamarin Norwood and Marie Toseland who read from the book together with Holly Corfield Carr and Lawrence Epps.








Lawrence Epps and Holly Corfield Carr book launch at Firstsite on 12th September

Saturday 12th September sees the launch of ambergris editions #1 the very last time edited by Lawrence Epps and Holly Corfield Carr at Firstsite, Colchester from 2pm together with a preview of Epps’ new installation AGAIN.


AGAIN is an installation involving a hexagonal 6 player arcade coin pusher stocked with thousands of porcelain, terracotta and gold coins which the viewer can win and take away – or gamble and enter into a wager with the artwork.

the very last time is a new artist’s book responding to AGAIN. It includes a new translation one of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s most poignant letters as well as contributions from poets, artists, academics, an archaeologist, a psychoanalyst, a valuation expert, a bookmaker and a mudlarker.  In turn each contribution to the book has inspired a coin design which can be won in AGAIN.

We’re delighted to be able to confirm contributions from:

Fyodor Dostoevsky, writer, pleads with his wife for forgiveness in a letter home written in the final days of their honeymoon in a new translation by Anna Gunin

Joey Connolly, poet, asks how the bookmaker feels about the dogs

Dr Richard Kelleher, Assistant Keeper of Coins at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge talks coins that sweat and currency that forgets

Geoffrey Munn, Managing Director of Wartski, jewellers by appointment to the Queen, and Antiques Roadshow expert examines a valuable ball of whale bile

Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck, finds Walter Benjamin in the video arcade

Viktor Mazin, psychoanalyst and curator of the Freud Dream Museum, tosses the non-Euclidean coin

Tamarin Norwood, artist and scholar, writes to the last word of casino design: PERCEPTION BEATS REALITY

Marie Toseland, artist and Open School East associate, measures the elastic horizon of desire

Please do join us for the launch of AGAIN and the very last time at Firstsite. Coins will be falling from 2pm and there will be readings and performances from our contributors once you have lost all you have won on AGAIN. For more information on the launch event and how to get to Firstsite, please see the gallery’s listings.

This project is supported by Arts Council England and the Firstsite Associate Artist Bursary Programme.