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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.

In Other Words…Derek Michael Besant

  • 30 July — 5 September 2015 *on now

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.

Artist Talk: Derek Michael Besant

  • 1 August 2015 2-3pm *on now

Besant will introduce his concept for the exhibition at Edinburgh Printmakers and the public art facade integration for the Castle Mill Works building in Fountainbridge, along with four other related projects that draw from public collaboration in other cities.

He will show imagery form his artist's residency at the MMA Municipal Museum of Art in Gyor, Hungary 2008/ The 100 Metro subway Train Station installation for Contact 2012 in downtown Toronto Canada, his project The End of Language installed in the new Modem Museum of Modern Art for Debrecen Hungary 2013, plus the 200 site public art commission I Am The River, which posed members of the local area into the context of The Bow River which runs through the centre of Canada's most energetic city, Calagry Alberta.

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/artist_talks

Digital Print Introductory Classes

  • 8 August 2015 11am-4pm

Inspired by Derek Besant’s festival exhibition, this workshop will explore the digital working methods employed in creating his works, exploring Photography and Adobe Photoshop to create a digital print.

Admission

£65/£50 concession

Website

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

Lecture: Professor Nick Wade

  • 20 August 2015 6:30-7:30pm

To further explore the subject of Derek Michael Besant’s exhibition, human visual perception, Prof. Wade will present his research into representation of space and motion in human vision and the relationship between visual science and visual art.

Faces not only fascinate us but they also provide vital clues to our social interactions. It is not surprising, therefore, that artists have tried to capture this fascination since the dawn of depiction. Faces can be distinguished by their simple symmetry and orientation; arrangements of dots and lines can be recognised as faces even though the elements of the configuration are anything but face-like.

Artists have continued to explore the intricacies of facial representation, particularly in print. Photography and computer graphics are used increasingly by artists and many manipulations of facial features will be shown in my talk. Faces can also be combined with printed text so that written message can correspond to or compete with the characteristics of the portrayed person. The illustration shown (First folio Shakespeare) sets reading and recognition in conflict: in the first folio of Shakespeare’s plays, Ben Jonson’s poem faces Martin Droeschout’s engraving of William Shakespeare and I have combined them so that when the text is read the portrait cannot be seen but when the portrait is visible the text is illegible.

Ben Jonson’s entreaty to “looke Not on his Picture, but his Booke” is fulfilled! This is an example of what I call a ‘perceptual portrait’ and many more will be presented in the talk. The scientific study of faces was revolutionised by photography and it was applied to facial expressions before aspects of face recognition were investigated. Thus, Faces in Print combines the art and science of visual processes that are central to our social survival.

Website

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/events/category/artist_talks

Toyobo & Photopolymer

  • 29 — 30 August 2015 10am-5:30pm
  • 7 — 8 November 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.

Admission

£160 / £125 concession

Website

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

Photo Litho-Waterless

  • 5 September 2015 11am-5pm

Introducing waterless lithography. Starting with a photograph or drawing to enter the weird and wonderful world of waterless lithography.

Combining the versatile yet simple method of exposing images onto aluminium photo litho plates as a way of creating a printing plate. The plate is then siliconed so that the lithograph can be printed by rolling alone- no sponging!
(No previous experience required)

Admission

£75 / £55 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/introductory-classes/photo-litho-waterless

Japanese Water-Based Woodblock printing

  • 5 — 6 September 2015 10am-5:30pm
  • 14 — 15 November 2015 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)

Admission

£175 / £135 concession

Website

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

Photo-Plate Lithography

  • 12 — 13 September 2015 10am-5:30pm

Have all the painterly freedom and subtlety of a lithograph without grinding stones and with the minimum of processing. Explore layering images in colour to create painterly prints with a delicacy of mark and tone, characteristic to this medium. This course concentrates on using light sensitive aluminium photo plates. These plates can produce detailed marks such as painterly washes, linear drawings, photocopied images, photographs, digital images and text. Participants learn how to print their image in several coloured layers onto paper. Each layer of colour is printed individually, taking care to register each new layer of ink on top of previously printed colours. (No previous experience required)

Admission

£160 / £125 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/weekend-courses/photo-plate-lithography

Introduction to Etching

  • 12 — 13 September 2015 10am-5:30pm
  • 5 — 6 December 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)

Admission

£160 / £125 concession

Website

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

Water based screenprinting

  • 19 — 20 September 2015 10am-5:30pm
  • 24 — 25 October 2015 10am-5:30pm
  • 28 — 29 November 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.
(No previous experience required)

Admission

£160/ £125 concession

Website

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

Blue-Printing with Cyanotype

  • 26 September 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)

Admission

£65/£50 concession

Website

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

Relief printing evening

  • 1 October — 5 November 2015

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

Admission

£170 / £130 concession

Website

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

Monotype masterclass

  • 3 October 2015 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.

Admission

£75 / £55 concession

Website

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

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

Block Type

  • 4 October 2015 11am-4pm

Big bold wooden block type.

Bold posters. Snappy sentences.

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

Admission

£65/£50 concession

Website

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

Line Etching and Drypoint

  • 10 October 2015 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.

Admission

£65/£50 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/introductory-classes/line-drypoint-etching

Photo-Etching

  • 17 — 18 October 2015 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.

Admission

£160 / £125 concession

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/masterclass/photo-etching

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

Waterless Lithography

  • 21 October — 25 November 2015

Introducing waterless lithography. Starting with a photograph or drawing to explore CMYK full colour printing, and enter the weird and wonderful world of waterless lithography.

Combining the versatile yet simple method of exposing images onto aluminium photo litho plates as a way of creating a printing plate. The plate is then siliconed so that the lithograph can be printed by rolling alone- no sponging!
(No previous experience required)

6 Wednesday evenings 6 - 9pm

Admission

£170 / £130 concession

Website

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

Woodcut Linocut

  • 24 October 2015 11am-4pm
  • 12 December 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)

Admission

£65 / £50 concession

Website

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

Digital imaging and Photo Lithography

  • 31 October — 1 November 2015

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.

Admission

£160 / £125 concession

Website

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

Sugarlift & Aquatint

  • 31 October 2015 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.

Brush up on your etching, literally- bring your brushes.

Admission

£75/£55 concession

Website

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

Stone Lithography 2

  • 5 — 6 December 2015 10am-5:30pm

Layer those lithographs!
Explore how to use lithography as a painterly medium. Working in colour: printing blends, overprinting, reduction printing, and using tusche and soap wash.

If you have done a litho course recently and are tempted by those lovely stones, but feel you need some more practice, then this course is for you!

Admission

£160 / £125 concession.

Website

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/course/masterclass/stone-lithography-2

Collagraph

  • 12 December 2015 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.

Admission

£75/£55 concession

Website

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

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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