Since 2013 artist Adam Shield has been co-running Long Distance Press (LDP) with artist Thomas Whittle. Working between Glasgow, Newcastle, London and Edinburgh, LDP started as a postal art project that quickly turned into collaborative works, publications and exhibitions. Through these Shield and Whittle continue to explore research, drawing and works on paper that often live at the unseen edges of an artists’ practice. LDP works closely with artists to produce new artworks, artist books and editions employing a range of processes, paper stocks and binding methods to produce printed ephemera that is tactile, intentionally lo-fi and inky to touch. They have also shaped and delivered collaborative workshops for students at The University of Sunderland, The Bartlett School of Architecture – UCL, Fettes College, Edinburgh and Goldsmiths, University of London.
In 2024 LDP will develop a new public artwork with The Showroom as part of the programme of public art commissions at Paddington Square. The programme sees the creation of a new series of collaborative murals at Tanner Lane, situated between Paddington Square and St Mary’s Hospital. These commissioned murals will each be in-situ for one year at a time, providing a rotational site for temporary public artworks, each responding to the overarching theme of the politics of care. Artist Kathrin Böhm launches the series in 2022-23, followed by Long Distance Press (Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle) in 2023-24 and Rhea Dillon in 2024-25. Created through collaborative processes, the cycle of public commissions creates a new context for The Showroom’s programme in Paddington, allowing a wide audience of visitors, workers and local residents to enjoy and engage with contemporary art practice.
Shield's exhibition Amp Envelope will open at The Showroom on 19 July 2022, and will continue until 17 September 2022. Amp Envelope is the artist's first solo exhibition in London.
The exhibition will incorporate a new body of work and a public programme building on the radical histories of print workshops in The Showroom neighbourhood and the third iteration of The Showroom Mural Commission (2022-2023).