Arctic prints

Year 2 pupils from St Kentigerns School , spent a creative day at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester. Their day included working from the works in the art gallery and working with printmaker Alan Birch. Alan showed the pupils his work and demonstrated the many forms of printing, Pupils then went to look at the […]

Studio nights

Teachers from Greater Manchester and beyond spent a creative evening after school at the Whitworth creating a range of prints. Referencing the exhibition of works by  Cezanne and the works in the wallpaper gallery artists worked on relief prints, engravings and collages. Working with Alan Birch, artists were shown his work and were given many […]

Primary prints

Year 3 and 4 pupils from St Paul’s Primary School in Rawtenstall explored the natural history collection of the Whittaker in Rawtenstall to produce wonderful drawings and engravings over 2 days. The works will be used on their school topic of Charles Darwin. In the afternoon relief prints were produced using the work of  William […]

Graphic prints

Graphic students from Cardinal Newman College in Preston were introduced to the world of print by artist Alan Birch in January. Over 60 students took part in the workshops really pushing the limits of printmaking, engraving, collaging, cutting and overprinting to produce over 350 prints. The work produced was excellent and certainly maintained the creative […]

Reaching the Heights!

Year 10 pupils from Marsden Heights Community College in Nelson spent the day working with printer Alan Birch, producing prints to enhance their GCSE coursework. A large variety of prints were produced by 2 classes during the day working on themes of natural forms, sweets and artists work. Tonal engravings, relief prints and the occasional mixed […]

Dave Pearson prints

Alan Birch spent a few days inking up the etching plates of artist Dave Pearson in Valley Studios. Using their large printing press Alan was able to print the large plates on Fabriano paper. The prints printed for the Dave Pearson Trust in Haslingden will be exhibited around the country and some have already found […]

Whittaker Christmas

Visitors to the Whittaker in Rawtenstall were able to create their own Christmas cards during a workshop with printmaker Alan Birch. A very creative afternoon resulted in some excellent cards being produced. Imagery ranged from traditional images such as candles, with other prints featuring more contemporary themes such as MP Jeremy Hunt.  Techniques such as […]

Coffee, cake and culture.

Artist Alan Birch worked with visitors from  the education department of Knowsley Safari Park and Manchester hospitals as part of the coffee cake and culture programme at the Whitworth  during November and December. Visitors explored relief printing  with wallpaper and relief printing using the wallpaper show as research. The visitors from Knowsley intend to use […]

20 20 Vision

In the autumn, artist Alan Birch worked with the Young Creative group at the Turnpike in Leigh as part of their 20 20 Vision programme. The project which sees creative practitioners working across Wigan and Leigh enables young people to involve themselves fully in the activities. Looking at the future the group which meets after […]

Penmon prints

Artists from Prospect Studio spent an enjoyable ay at Penmon Point inspired by the setting of the lighthouse and Puffin Island. Some great prints were produced by the group, including drypoints, relief prints and chine college works. The prints perfectly captured the atmosphere of this beautiful spot.    

20 20 Print exchange

Members of Prospect Studio have been busy printing their editions of prints for the 20 20 print exchange organised by Hot Bed Press. Prospect Studio has taken part in the exchange for over 10 years and members have swapped prints with artists from Russia, Iceland , Europe and many studios throughout the UK.


Members of the Hand Made group from the Whitworth Art Gallery have been busy working on drawings   during the early weeks in November to coincide with the Big Draw . The works which involved artists using a variety of media to explore the themes of natural forms and patterns in design, certainly  reflect the […]

Prospect printers

Members of Prospect Printmakers have been busy working on new prints over the last few weeks , with many members showing their work throughout the north west and beyond in galleries and print fairs  and beyond. Members have also been taking part in the 20 20 print exchange organised by Hot Bed Press and preparing […]

Brittania printmakers.

Year 3 pupils from Brittania Primary School spent a creative day working with printmaker Alan Birch at The Whittaker in Rawtenstall. Pupils produced some excellent drawings working from the collection before turning these into engravings which they printed on Alan’s portable press.  In the afternoon pupils explored the world of relief printing using textured wallpapers […]

Coffee, Cake and Culture

Alan Birch Worked with the Coffee, Cake And Culture group at The Whitworth in Manchester, producing colourful and vibrant  relief prints and monoprints.  Participants worked from the wallpaper exhibition currently on display.The sessions  are aimed at making culture accessible for anyone living with a physical or mental health need, and their families  and support systems.