West Yorkshire Print Workshop

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Based in Mirfield, the West Yorkshire Print Workshop is an open access printmaking facility and gallery.

We also run a regular programme of specialist printmaking courses and other related activities including arts and crafts activities and workshops for young people. We support artists and creative businesses by providing printmaking facilities, affordable studio spaces and exhibiting opportunities for members.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10.30am - 6.00pm
Saturday 10.30am - 3.00pm

Admission charges

Free

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Robert Tavener Linocuts

  • 8 August — 19 September 2015 *on now

Whether images of boats, guardsmen, cathedrals, or rolling landscapes Robert Tavener’s prints are varied, beautiful, bold and colourful
“My subject matter is a personal interpretation of the richness, variety, beauty, and underlying relationship with the past, of our landscape and building.” This exhibition at West Yorkshire Print Workshop will take an in-depth look at the way in which the highly-respected Hampstead-born printmaker and illustrator Tavener used linocut techniques to celebrate both English countryside and English architecture, astutely likening the process to ‘conducting a string quartet.’

Website

http://www.wypw.org/blog/robert-tavener-linocuts/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Linocut print of Salisbury Cathedral

Robert Tavener Linocuts The Print Process as ‘A String Quartet’

  • 8 August — 19 September 2015 *on now

In association with the Emma Mason Gallery

Whether images of boats, guardsmen, cathedrals, or rolling landscapes Robert Tavener’s prints are varied, beautiful, bold and colourful; “My subject matter is a personal interpretation of the richness, variety, beauty, and underlying relationship with the past, of our landscape and building.” This exhibition at West Yorkshire Print Workshop will take an in-depth look at the way in which the highly-respected Hampstead-born printmaker and illustrator Tavener used linocut techniques to celebrate both English countryside and English architecture, astutely likening the process to ‘conducting a string quartet.’

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wypw.org/blog/robert-tavener-linocuts/

First Steps in Etching – September

  • 19 — 20 September 2015 11am-5pm

This course will teach you all the basics of hard and soft ground etching, and aquatint, to enable you to create a wide variety of marks and effects.

You will experiment with etching onto zinc and aluminium plates using copper sulphate solution, a less-toxic alternative to traditional nitric acid. The course is led with a hands-on approach from the start, with the opportunity to produce a good number of prints to take away with you. You will also learn about paper, inking and registration techniques. This is a great course for beginners and those who need a refresher, and can act as a lead-in to membership of WYPW so that you can continue to use and develop the techniques you have learnt.

Kate Desforges is a practising artist who specialises in printmaking, and is also technician at WYPW.

Admission

£130.00

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/first-steps-in-etching-september/

Beginners Screen Printing – September

  • 19 — 20 September 2015 10am-4pm

Learn the processes involved in translating drawings and photographs into a screen print on paper.

The course will cover everything you need to get you started with screen printing, from preparing your artwork for print and getting your image onto a screen using the photo-stencil technique, to printing and registration, using water-based inks. Explore this diverse medium in a friendly learning environment using our excellent facilities. Clare Caulfield is a practising artist and long-standing member and keyholder at WYPW, and exhibits her work nationally.

Comments:

“Having never screen printed before, I now cannot wait to come again! I had a fantastic experience. Worth every penny! Clare was extremely knowledgable, helpful and inspiring. I learnt a great deal and will be recommending the WYPW to friends and family.”

Admission

£130.00

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/beginners-screen-printing-september-2/

Textile Screen Printing – Beginners – September

  • 26 — 27 September 2015 10am-4pm

Learn the basics of textile screen printing in our fully equipped workshop and take home t-shirts and bags and samples printed with your very own designs!

No experience necessary. The course covers making screens using the photo-exposure processes, and printing using water-based inks. 2 plain white t-shirts and 2 calico bags are included in the course cost, and extra are available to purchase on the day in a range of mens and womens sizes.

Karen Stansfield is a textile artist, studio holder and member at WYPW. Karen started her career in surface pattern design, specialising in printing onto cloth, embroidery and fashion garment construction. Over the past twenty five years she has worked in a wide variety of areas within the creative industries designing and making, which incorporated a period of time making costumes for television and theatre.

Karen devises and delivers workshops teaching printmaking and other art based skills to people of all ages and abilities within the Yorkshire region, working in both school and community settings. She also produces her own art work which she exhibits locally and nationally.

Admission

£130.00

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/textile-screen-printing-beginners-september/

Wood Engraving – October

  • 3 October 2015 10am-5pm

This course will provide a creative introduction to the art of fine line engraving using specialist tools on end-grain boxwood and lemon wood. The course will also include printing without a press and tool-sharpening made easy. The creative possibilities of collage using wood engraved prints and other unusual printed papers will also be explored.

Anne Desmet RA RE SWE specializes in wood engraving, linocut and collage. Her work has won over 30 awards and features in museum collections worldwide. She has had two major museum retrospectives to date and is only the third wood engraver ever elected a Royal Academician (RA). She was editor of Printmaking Today from 1998-2013, co-author of the bestselling book: Handmade Prints – an introduction to printmaking without a press, and author of Primary Prints – Creative Printmaking in the Classroom. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to benefit from her expertise!

This technique suits individuals who enjoy working on a very small scale with a high level of detail, and the price includes one 5x5cm lemonwood end grain engraving block per person.

Admission

£80

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/wood-engraving-october/

Introduction to Printmaking – October

  • 10 October 2015

Come and get your creativity flowing in a friendly, artistic environment!

Run over 3 Saturdays, the Introduction to Printmaking course will give you a taster of all the areas of printmaking offered at WYPW, including monoprint, collagraph, drypoint, etching, linocut and screen print. By experimenting with different techniques, you will get a feel for which best suits you and your style of working.

The course starts on the 10th October, and runs for three Saturdays (10th / 17th / 24th October 2015)

Admission

£135

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/draft-introduction-to-printmaking-october/

Drypoint – CREATE! Workshop – October

  • 18 October 2015 11am-3pm

Join WYPW member and printmaker Brian Hindmarch for an exciting day workshop , focusing on translating drawings into drypoint prints, using perspex and aluminium plates. Brian takes his plates out with him on walks and draws directly from nature, and there will be the option to go out into the surrounding area to do some sketches to work from, or you are welcome to bring your own source materials to work from.

This workshop is a great introduction to intaglio printing and would suit complete beginners, but would also be a useful refresher for anyone who’s done some intaglio printing before.

If you have a hectic life and have to squeeze your creative time into a tightly-packed schedule, then our CREATE! Workshops are for you! So you can have your weekend morning lie-in, learn a new skill and indulge your creativity, and get home in time for tea! All our workshops are suitable for beginners and are taught by expert tutors, and the price of the course includes all materials.

Admission

£37

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/drypoint-create-workshop-october/

Intaglio Inking in Colour – Printmaker’s Toolkit Session – October

  • 20 October 2015 10:30-11:30am

WYPW member Moira McTague’s etchings are based on intimate observations and responses to her surroundings. The colours in her delicate, intricate etchings on copper and zinc are acheived by inking her plates in multiple colours. Join Moira to see some examples of her beautiful etchings , and to watch her demonstrate how she colour inks and prints one of her copper etching plates, with plenty of opportunity for discussion as well.

These 1 hour morning sessions will focus on technique, practise and making, and will comprise of practical demonstrations and talks led by practising artists and printmakers. The sessions are intended to encourage, inspire, and generate ideas and conversation about printmaking, so don’t be afraid to ask questions! Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. If you are not a member, or indeed a printmaker, they can act as taster sessions to show you just what printmaking is all about. If you are a member, the sessions can offer valuable hints and tips to help further your printmaking practise, or introduce you to a new technique.

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/intaglio-inking-in-colour-printmakers-toolkit-session-october/

Photo-Plate Lithography – November

  • 7 November 2015 11am-5pm

A great alternative to traditional stone lithography. Transfer hand-drawn and photographic imagery onto inexpensive lithographic plates, and print using an etching press.

The photo-litho process will teach you how to transfer your images onto plates by exposing to UV light and then developing out, and how to take multiple prints from the plate. Photo-plate lithography can pick up an amazing amount of subtle tonal detail, and does not require any specialist lithography equipment.

Kate Desforges is technician at WYPW, and is has recently completed an internship learning Lithography at Leicester Print Workshop.

Admission

£63

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/draft-photo-plate-lithography-november/

Introduction to Letterpress – November

  • 21 — 22 November 2015 11am-5pm

Learn to print letterpress! This course will show you all the basics of setting and printing wood and lead type, to create posters, books and stationery.

After the course you then have the option of becoming a member of WYPW and continuing to use our letterpress facilities on an open-access basis, with technical support on-hand if you need it.

Nick Loaring is from The Print Project – a letterpress printing collective based at the world famous 1in12 Club in Bradford, West Yorkshire – keeping the skills and art of letterpress alive! They are committed to producing work which is incredible to read, feel and touch and to working on projects which are inspiring, responsible and thought provoking.

Admission

£130

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/introduction-to-letterpress-november/#!prettyPhoto

Beginners Screen Printing – November

  • 28 — 29 November 2015 10am-4pm

Learn the processes involved in translating drawings and photographs into a screen print on paper.

The course will cover everything you need to get you started with screen printing, from preparing your artwork for print and getting your image onto a screen using the photo-stencil technique, to printing and registration, using water-based inks. Explore this diverse medium in a friendly learning environment using our excellent facilities. Clare Caulfield is a practising artist and long-standing member and keyholder at WYPW, and exhibits her work nationally.

Admission

£130

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/beginners-screen-printing-november/

Screen Printing Christmas Cards – Drop-in Workshop – December

  • 5 December 2015 12-5pm

For a mere £5 per head you get to have a go at screen printing, and take away a set of 4 cards, printed by your very own hands, to send to friends and family.

This fun drop-in workshop will give you a very quick taster of the screen printing process, and runs alongside our winter exhibition – ‘Present’. We look forward to seeing you there!

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/screen-printing-christmas-cards-drop-in-workshop-december/

Textile Screen Printing – Beginners – December

  • 12 — 13 December 2015 10am-4pm

Learn the basics of textile screen printing in our fully equipped workshop and take home t-shirts and bags and samples printed with your very own designs!

No experience necessary. The course covers making screens using the photo-exposure processes, and printing using water-based inks. 2 plain white t-shirts and 2 calico bags are included in the course cost, and extra are available to purchase on the day in a range of mens and womens sizes.

Karen Stansfield is a textile artist, studio holder and member at WYPW. Karen started her career in surface pattern design, specialising in printing onto cloth, embroidery and fashion garment construction. Over the past twenty five years she has worked in a wide variety of areas within the creative industries designing and making, which incorporated a period of time making costumes for television and theatre.

Karen devises and delivers workshops teaching printmaking and other art based skills to people of all ages and abilities within the Yorkshire region, working in both school and community settings. She also produces her own art work which she exhibits locally and nationally.

Admission

£130

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/textile-screen-printing-beginners-december/

Creating Designs for Screen Print – Printmaker’s Toolkit Session – December

  • 15 December 2015 10:30-11:30am

Join WYPW member, illustrator and printmaker Lisa Stubbs for a demonstration of her working process. Lisa is a regular in the workshops here, and she’ll be sharing her secrets of how she generates and outputs her images and turns them into beautiful, hand-made screen prints. Lisa has also recently published her own children’s book, entitled ‘Lily and Bear’.

These 1 hour morning sessions will focus on technique, practise and making, and will comprise of practical demonstrations and talks led by practising artists and printmakers. The sessions are intended to encourage, inspire, and generate ideas and conversation about printmaking, so don’t be afraid to ask questions! Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. If you are not a member, or indeed a printmaker, they can act as taster sessions to show you just what printmaking is all about. If you are a member, the sessions can offer valuable hints and tips to help further your printmaking practise, or introduce you to a new technique.

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/creating-designs-for-screen-print/#!prettyPhoto

West Yorkshire Print Workshop
75A Huddersfield Road
Mirfield
West Yorkshire
WF14 8AT
England

Website

www.wypw.org

E-mail

info@wypw.org

Telephone

01924 497 646

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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