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


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

Small Print International

  • 18 February — 15 April 2017 *on now

In partnership with Leicester Print Workshop, a touring exhibition of contemporary fine art mini-prints by local and international printmakers.

The panel made up of curators and printmakers received 631 prints from artists across the world and selected 150 images that measure no more than 100 square cm. Works on display include etching, lithography, letterpress, relief, screen-printing and digital prints.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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small figure with large dog

Screen Printed Textiles- Printmaker's Toolkit Session

  • 4 April 2017 From 10:30am

Tutor: Clare Grace

"Join artist Clare Grace in the first Toolkit session (demo) of our spring/summer course programme!"

Clare is a printed textile designer who has just moved into a WYPW studio. Over the last 33 years Clare Grace has taught at various Art Schools in Yorkshire and Lancashire, including Leeds College of Art, Wakefield College and Batley School of Art, as well as working as a freelance designer.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£10- Morning talk/demo



reclining figure, abstract

Life Drawing and Printmaking

  • 6 April — 11 May 2017

Tutor: Andrew Hambleton

"A course which encompasses the challenge of drawing and the excitement of print!"

With a focus on the human figure, the aim of this course is improving life drawing skills and developing a spontaneous, confident approach to printmaking. Complete beginners or those with some prior experience are equally welcome. With guidance and support from the tutor, by the end of the course each student will have achieved the following outcomes:

- Developed skills in observational drawing
- Increased confidence in drawing using a variety of materials
- Knowledge of monoprinting and drypoint printmaking techniques and equipment,
- and the work of other artists
-Completion of a set of drawings and prints

Suitable for

  • 18+


£140 - 6 week evening class



Plant, abstract image

Solar Plate Printmaking

  • 8 — 9 April 2017 10am-4pm

Tutor: Susie Turner

"Use found materials, hand drawn imagery and photos to create intricate prints from sunlight/UV light!"

This weekend course will introduce you to a new form of printmaking for artists that is simple, safe, time-effective and versatile! Printmaking with solar plates (or photopolymer plates), describes the process of printing with light-sensitive plates that have been exposed to sunlight or an artificial source of UV light and then developed in tap water. The surface of the plate offers fine detail and a wide tonal range using photographic imagery, hand-drawn originals and the direct use of found material.

During the workshop participants will learn how to make solar plates suitable for relief, blind emboss and intaglio printing. Participants will expose plates using sunlight or natural daylight, weather permitting, and using a UV exposure unit.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£135 - Weekend course



Rock form, etching

Etching Weekend

  • 29 — 30 April 2017 11am-5pm

Tutor: Kate Desforges

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

Hard ground produces crisp, clean lines, while soft ground can create softer, textured, crayon-like lines and impressions. Aquatint is way of creating tone on an etching plate. All these techniques can be used in conjunction to create unique, atmospheric prints.

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.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£135 - Weekend course



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






01924 497 646

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