Edinburgh Printmakers

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.
Self-Printing Book

History Machines by Donovan & Siegel

  • 29 July — 22 October 2016 *on now

Matt Donovan and Hallie Siegel, known collectively as Donovan & Siegel, are an artistic duo hailing from Toronto, Canada. Their work often interrogates the notion of language – the different forms it has taken, and the way in which it has developed throughout the course of human civilisation.

In History Machines, Donovan & Siegel explore the status of printed text in the contemporary world, examining the issues that arise when printed words are translated into digital domains. In the print Alias, for example, they showcase the impossibility of accurately rendering a curve on a pixilated screen. They accomplish this by magnifying the edge of seemingly curved digital letters, revealing each letter’s jagged, pixilated border. In so doing, History Machines makes explicit many of the truths underlying our everyday encounters with digital text – truths that might ordinarily be overlooked.

In addition to new prints commissioned and published by Edinburgh Printmakers for this UK premiere exhibition, History Machines features a variety of pieces that merge sculpture, graphic design, poetry and storytelling. Haikube, for example, stands as a kind of ‘poetry-generation machine’. Modelled on a Rubik’s Cube, Haikube is carved with Haiku-inspired syllabic fragments, such that every twist of the cube generates a new three-line poem. Another piece, Self-Printing Book, is a weighty tome rendered impressively in brass. Each left-hand page is a printing mould for the text of its right-hand counterpart, so the book almost appears to print itself as the pages are turned. The piece can also be considered a ‘sculptural edition’ of Vannevar Bush’s 1945 essay As We May Think, commonly cited as a harbinger of the digital era and the first printed description of what we now know as personal computers, hypertext and the internet.

In works such as Haikube and Self-Printing Book, Donovan & Siegel examine how texts can be reinvented during the act of reading, and how reading often demands a degree of creative input. As a whole, the exhibition stands starkly as a contemporary commentary on the status of print in the digital age, and the subtle interplay between text and reader.

This exhibition is presented in association with Rust Garden, an ambitious site-specific artwork, commissioned by Edinburgh Printmakers and funded by the Heritage Lottery fund. This installation is part of a programme of temporary artworks commissioned to celebrate the heritage of the Castle Mill Works building which was once the headquarters of the North British Rubber Company. Rust Garden has been commissioned and produced In partnership with The Grove Community Garden and HERE + NOW.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/exhibitions/donovan-and-siegel

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.

Introduction to Etching

  • 3 — 4 December 2016 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

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£160 / £125 concession

Website

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

Stone Lithography

  • 8 — 9 October 2016 10am-5:30pm
  • 3 — 4 December 2016 10am-5:30pm

Stone Lithography, the original (and best) type of lithography is still favoured by many artists. Find out why.

Drawing directly onto a prepared limestone surface gives opportunity for a spontaneous approach to mark-making. Find out how artists with wide ranging styles from MC Escher, Picasso, Jasper Johns and Kathe Kolwitz have delighted in the subtleties of the stone.This course gives a comprehensive introduction to Stone Lithography and is suitable for people without previous lithography experience or for those wishing to refresh their skills.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£160 / £125 concession

Website

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

Monotype masterclass

  • 8 October 2016 11am-5pm

As a process, Monotype enables practitioners the ability to create rapid, seductive imagery and provides an ideal method for testing new ideas.

This one day course provides you with a practical introduction to making monoprints as an expansive and exploratory medium. The aim of this workshop is for you to experience a method of producing exciting and ambitious original prints to a professional standard, through direct workshop experience. Practical demonstrations are used as the starting point for an intensive workshop experience. The workshop will explore monoprint with an etching press and will include the use of multi-layered opaque and transparent rollups, stencils for positive and negative impressions and direct positive and negative mark making. The workshop is open to both experienced practitioners and beginners.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£75 / £60 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/courses/introductory-classes

Toyobo & Photopolymer

  • 26 — 27 November 2016 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

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£160 / £125 concession

Website

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

Japanese Water-Based Woodblock printing

  • 12 November 2016 10am-5:30pm

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

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£175 / £135 concession

Website

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

Line Etching and Drypoint

  • 1 October 2016 11am-4pm

Explore the beautiful line. Hard or soft, sharp,fuzzy thin, fat, grey, black.....Drawing on etching plates, create different depths and tones of line by adjusting the biting time and add a bit of drypoint for effect. Simple!

The most immediate drawing process in etching. Good enough for Rembrandt, see what it can do for you.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£65/£55 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/courses/introductory-classes

Screenprinting

  • 2 October 2016 11am-4pm
  • 11 December 2016 11am-4pm

This short course will introduce you to the versatile, fast and fun process of screenprinting, in which an image is built from layers of colour. Participants can bring along photographs or sketchbooks to work from, or make stencils directly in the course. Together we will create a 2-colour screenprint. (No previous experience required.)

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£65/£55 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/courses/introductory-classes

Relief printing evening

  • 6 October 2016 6-9pm

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. This course will explore the diverse range of ways which artists use this direct process, looking at the practicalities of reduction printing and multiple block printing. (No previous experience required)

6 Thursday evenings 6 - 9pm

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£170 / £130 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/courses/introductory-classes

Relief printing evening

  • 6 October 2016 6-9pm

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. This course will explore the diverse range of ways which artists use this direct process, looking at the practicalities of reduction printing and multiple block printing. (No previous experience required)

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

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£170 / £130 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/courses/evening-classes

Photo-Etching

  • 15 — 16 October 2016 10am-5:30pm

This course covers the use of Photec as an acid resist. Photec is a photopolymer film that can be adhered to a metal plate, exposed to a positive artwork on acetate, and developed in such a way that it can produce accurate photographic acid resist. This then allows a photographic image to be etched into a copper plate. The real advantage of this is that the photographic image, once bitten into the surface of the plate can be further worked into using other etching techniques. For this reason, previous etching experience is helpful but not compulsory.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£160 / £125 concession

Website

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

Etching Evening class

  • 18 October 2016 6-9pm

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)

6 Tuesday evenings 6 - 9pm

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£170 / £130 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/courses/evening-classes

Sugarlift & Aquatint

  • 29 October 2016 11am-5pm

Brush up on your etching.. er quite literally- bring your brushes!

For those of you who thought etching was all about drawing, think again. Find out how to work with etching in a painterly way, painting directly with sugar lift and adding tone with aquatint and stop-out.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£75 / £60 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/courses/introductory-classes

Digital imaging and Photo Lithography

  • 5 — 6 November 2016 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

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£160 / £125 concession

Website

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

Collagraph

  • 10 December 2016 11am-5pm

A collagraph is a print taken from a collaged plate. This course will explore making plates using different types of materials such as wallpaper, feathers, leaves, string, etc and sticking them down onto a piece of card which is then varnished.

When ready, the ‘plate’ is then inked up and printed onto paper creating rich textures and an embossed surface.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£75 / £60 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/courses/introductory-classes

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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