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Printmakers scrum down

An imminent world record for the longest lino print

Northern Print, the Newcastle centre for original printmaking, led the attempt to set a new world record for the longest linocut print ever created earlier this month. 

The design was created by artist and illustrator Sara Ogilvie and made by enlisting the support of over 1,000 participants. Three metre sections were sent to print studios in the eleven cities hosting Rugby World Cup matches. Each studio set about deciding how they would draw and cut their section. Some worked with local schools and community groups, others went to cinemas, rugby festivals and to the streets where people could add their own designs. 

revealing the trophy print

These sections were combined to create a linocut measuring 33 metres. This was then printed on 11 October in Newcastle upon Tyne using a heavy rolling machine used for rugby scrum practice with local club players providing the muscle. The print entitled ‘Scrum Down, Print Forward’ is longer than the previous record of 23.5m but has yet to be officially verified by Guinness Book of Records. 

The world-record setting lino print is now on show at the World Rugby Museum in Twickenham. 

The project was supported by Arts Council England and NewcastleGateshead Initiative’s Conversion Festival as part of the programme of Rugby World Cup events in Newcastle upon Tyne.