West Yorkshire Print Workshop
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.
Gallery, Artist studio or collective
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10.30am - 6.00pm
Saturday 10.30am - 3.00pm
Big Linocuts – August
- 22 — 23 August 2015 11am-4pm
Taking inspiration from Robert Taverner’s beautiful linocut prints which will be on display in our gallery, this course will show you how to make big, bold, colourful linocuts using one A3-size lino block, some simple tools and our large hand-printing press. You will be shown how to make the most of printing from one block, using stencils, masks and blends to build up layers of colour.
Miriam Trent is a surface pattern designer and printmaker living Leeds, West Yorkshire. After graduating in 2010 with an honours degree in Graphic Arts from Leeds Met University she started her own printed products and surface pattern design company Mintprint. In 2011 she won the WYPW Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking. Miriam makes striking, bold monoprints and linocut, and loves to spread the printmaking bug around!
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
West Yorkshire Print Workshop
75A Huddersfield Road
01924 497 646