A few weeks ago, I started my new job as Programming Director at a major art centre in Bangkok, Thailand, all thanks to a chance encounter at SGCI San Francisco in 2013. Waiting for the conference bus outside one of the venues, I struck up a conversation with a group of printmakers from the Eastern Hemisphere –Australia and Thailand. As we continued to talk, I learned that one of them ran an incredible publishing studio in Chiang Mai. Over the next few years we kept in touch and continued to collaborate on different events, from exhibitions to print exchanges. Earlier this year I got a call saying that an art centre in Bangkok was looking for a new director and my friend had thrown my hat in the ring. Fast forward 6 months, a global pandemic, yards of red tape, and 2 weeks in quarantine and I am writing to you from my new home in a country whose contemporary art scene I have long wanted to be a part of. SGCI conferences remain, by my estimation, the most incredible way to meet passionate and dedicated people in our field of printmaking.
Miranda Metcalf, Director, Curator, and Founder
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