Edinburgh Printmakers

Edinburgh Printmakers
23 Union Street
Edinburgh
Lothian
EH1 3LR
Scotland

Website

www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/

Telephone

0131 557 2479

Fax

0131 558 8418

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Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop and Gallery
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Edinburgh Printmakers’ mission is to support artistic excellence in the medium of print through inspiration, education, innovation and facilitation.

We work at the cutting edge of contemporary visual art, producing critically acclaimed and engaging artwork that is key to the cultural life of Scotland.

For over 45 years Edinburgh Printmakers has supported artists to expand the practice of fine art printmaking.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 1000-1800
Tues-Thurs open till 2100-Studio

Admission charges

Dependent on project or exhibition.

Collection details

Fine Art

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

Dark Matters

  • 21 March — 23 May 2015 *on now

Edinburgh Printmakers has commissioned artists, astronomers and space engineers to create art from space and create new public art installations that explore the nature of dark matter and dark energy. The project comprises of new temporary installations that will be presented in various sites across the city over a period of 12 months, and launched in conjunction with this year’s Science Festival theme of Light and Enlightenment.

Areas of research for this project include investigations into ancient astronomical almanacs, Einstein’s general theory of relativity, the creation of new constellations, seeing the invisible, transforming the Infrared and spectrometric data from distant galaxies and nebulae, and attempting to freeze and unfreeze sound waves.

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/exhibitions/DARK-MATTERS

In Other Words…Derek Michael Besant

  • 30 July — 5 September 2015

A solo exhibition by highly acclaimed Canadian artist Derek Michael Besant, presented by Edinburgh Printmakers as part of Edinburgh Art Festival.



Derek Michael Besant RCA is a Canadian multi-media artist who works in advanced and sometimes unorthodox technologies associated with the billboard industry. His exhibitions and large-scale public art installations have transformed the facades of buildings in Toronto, London, New York and Vienna.

In a new body of work created specifically for Edinburgh and Edinburgh Printmakers, Besant considers how the eye depends on the brain to assemble the data we observe to construct what we see. Through the process of developing the work for this exhibition, Besant researches the idea that one part of our brain “sees”, while another part "reads".

To construct this exhibition Besant photographed and surveyed members of the Edinburgh Printmakers community, creating a series of intimate images that allow the possibility of recognition, familiarity and identity by the audience.

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/exhibitions/edinburgh_printmakers_2015/

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.

Japanese Water-Based Woodblock printing

  • 25 — 26 April 2015 10am-5:30pm *on now

These workshops offer a rare insight into one of the most ancient and subtle print processes. Established artist Paul Furneaux, who studied in Japan and is well known for his evocative imagery and sumptuous colour harmonies, will explain this fascinating medium through demonstrations of printing and cutting techniques. Following that there will be ample opportunity to explore the medium, cutting blocks and printing in layers of colour. (No previous experience required)

Suitable for

Admission

£175 / £135 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/masterclass/japanese-water-based-woodblock-printing

Water based screenprinting

  • 25 — 26 April 2015 10am-5:30pm *on now
  • 20 — 21 June 2015 10am-5:30pm

This course concentrates on using light sensitive stencil screenprinting. This type of stencil can produce detailed marks such as painterly washes, linear drawings, photocopied images and text. Participants learn how to print their image in several coloured layers onto paper.

To print, the screen is attached to a printing press and acrylic based ink is pushed through the screen mesh onto paper using a squeegee blade. Each layer of colour is printed individually, taking care to register each new layer of ink on top of previously printed colours. This course uses waterbased inks on paper which are not suitable for printing on textiles.

Suitable for

Admission

£160/ £125 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/weekend-courses/water-based-screenprinting

Woodcut Linocut

  • 2 May 2015 11am-4pm

Explore ways of creating striking images with this simple yet powerful print medium process.

Cutting images into wood or linoleum and inking up with colour can produce bold dramatic effects.  (No previous experience required)

Suitable for

Admission

£65 / £50 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/introductory-classes/woodcut-linocut

Digital Imaging and Photo Lithography

  • 2 — 3 May 2015 10am-5:30pm

Combine digital imaging with printmaking. Learn to prepare images in Adobe Photoshop and print out acetates for a printmaking process.

Expose images onto light sensitive photo litho plates and print in transparent and opaque colours, exploring the subtle layering of colour lithography. Bring along photographs, a digital camera or drawings to scan and manipulate in the computer. See how the process of printmaking can extend and enrich your images.

Suitable for

Admission

£160 / £125 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/weekend-courses/digital-imaging-and-photo-lithography

Introduction to Etching

  • 9 — 10 May 2015 10am-5:30pm

This Etching weekend course provides the perfect inroduction to etching, introducing innovative techniques that encourage spontaneous and diverse methods of mark-making.

Work directly onto metal plates, developing images through various hand applied techniques. Using new safer acid resists makes etching a much healthier process, using neither dangerous acids nor solvents. (No previous experience required)

Suitable for

Admission

£160 / £125 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/weekend-courses/etching-weekend

Blue-Printing with Cyanotype

  • 16 May 2015 11am-4pm

The Cyanotype or ‘blue print’ is one of photography’s oldest printing methods. Reminiscent of the alchemists of yesteryear you can use a negative image on acetate, a drawing on tracing paper, or even real objects, to create a stunning image without a camera. (No previous experience required)

Suitable for

Admission

£65/£50 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/introductory-classes/Blue-Printing_with_Cyanotype

Block Type

  • 6 June 2015 11am-4pm

Big bold wooden block type.

Bold posters. Snappy sentences.

Block it up, roll it up, print it up. Lovely!

Suitable for

Admission

£65/£50 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/introductory-classes/block_type

Toyobo & Photopolymer

  • 13 — 14 June 2015 10am-5:30pm

Produce truly stunning results with light sensitive plates: fast, safe and simple.

Photopolymer is a revolutionary etching process as plates no longer need to be bitten in acid and images can be created from a wide variety of sources, from hand-drawn artwork or using photographic and digital techniques. This weekend course will explore a number of alternative "non-etch" intaglio processes, introducing both photopolymer film and Toyobo techniques. Toyobo (or photopolymer gravure) is an innovative new printmaking process that uses remarkable water-washable photopolymer plates which are both fast and safe, producing results similar to 19th century process of photogravure.

Although the course will be of interest to all artists, it is particularly suitable for those working with photographic and digital imaging who wish to produce high quality original prints.

Suitable for

Admission

£160 / £125 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/weekend-courses/Toyobo

Screenprinting

  • 4 July 2015 11am-4pm

Explore printing images in layers of colours, this direct immediate process can give you a wide range of results and is a lot of fun to work with! Bring along photographs or drawings and learn how to make them into a screenprint. (No previous experience required)

Suitable for

Admission

£65/£50 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/introductory-classes/screenprinting

Japanese Woodblock Printing Summer School

  • 13 — 16 July 2015

Japanese Woodblock Printing offers a rare insight into one of the most ancient and subtle print processes. and explains this fascinating medium through demonstrations of printing and cutting techniques. Through the week there will be ample opportunity to explore the medium, cutting blocks and printing in layers of colour.

Suitable for

Admission

£360 per week / £290 concession. Discounts are available when attending more than 1 week

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/summer-schools/japanese-woodblock-printing

Stone Lithography Summer School

  • 20 — 23 July 2015

This masterclass will explore the fascinating mark-making and layering possibilities of stone lithography. Working directly on the stones’ surface allows a direct approach to making marks and images.

Explore drawing and transfer techniques including crayon and tusche washes. Find out how to prepare stones for printing and experiment with this wonderful medium.

This course gives a comprehensive introduction to Stone Lithography and is suitable either for those without previous lithography experience or for those wishing to refresh their skills. During the course each person will produce prints exploring the unique mark-making opportunities offered by the medium and learn the practicalities of preparing and printing lithographs by hand.

Suitable for

Admission

£360 per week / £290 concession. Discounts are available when attending more than 1 week

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/summer-schools/stone-lithography-summer-school

Alternative Etching Summer School

  • 20 — 23 July 2015

In Alternative Etching, alternative etching grounds, plate making methods and photo-polymer/ photo-etching process will be covered allowing for full experimentation with the wide range of possibilities offered by these new methods as used at Edinburgh Printmakers.

Suitable for

Admission

£360 per week / £290 concession. Discounts are available when attending more than 1 week

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/summer-schools/alternative-etching

Digital Imaging and Screenprinting Summer School

  • 27 — 30 July 2015

Digital imaging and Screenprinting will explore the fusion of old and new. Initially exploring ways of using Adobe Photoshop software to manipulate and prepare images for output to acetate.

The course will concentrate on the practicalities of creating work digitally with a view to printing acetate separations for screenprinting. The acetates will then be exposed to screens and used to explore the images further using traditional hands-on printmaking techniques. There will be some exploration of combining layers made digitally with hand drawn (autographic) separations and ample opportunity for people to spend time with either digital manipulation or printmaking.

Previous experience: some basic experience of Adobe Photoshop and working with Apple Macs is required.

Suitable for

Admission

£360 per week / £290 concession. Discounts are available when attending more than 1 week

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/summer-schools/digital-imaging-and-screenprinting

Stone Lithography 1

  • 3 — 4 October 2015 10am-5:30pm

Drawing directly onto a prepared stone's surface allows a spontaneous approach to mark-making. This course gives a comprehensive introduction to Stone Lithography and is suitable either for those without previous lithography experience or for those wishing to refresh their skills.

Suitable for

Admission

£160 / £125 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/weekend-courses/stone-lithography-1

Etching Evening Class

  • 20 October — 24 November 2015

The Etching evening classpromotes an experimental approach to etching, introducing innovative techniques that encourage spontaneous and diverse methods of mark-making.

Work directly onto metal plates, developing images through various hand applied techniques. Using new safer acid resists makes etching a much healthier process, using neither dangerous acids nor solvents. (No previous experience required)

Runs over the course of 6 Tuesday evenings.

Suitable for

Admission

£170/ £130 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/evening-classes/etching-evening

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