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Reveal Open Studio and the Whittaker

Alan Birch will be showing his work as part of the Reveal on the weekend of 7th and 8th of October 2017 in Waterfoot , Rossendale, Lancs. He will be showing new work inspired by a recent trip to Australia and a selection of Contemporary Saints, a series of 80 prints to be shown in […]

Bury Print

For the first time at Prospect Studios the entire class consisted of creatives from Bury. Artists usually travel from all over the northwest, but this was a first. Some great work was produced including GCSE work by one of the class. Some members are part of Bury Collective and are showing at the Whittaker in […]

Large drypoints

Artists from the printmaking classes at Prospect Studios were able too use the facilities at Clark Holme Studios in Waterfoot to print large drypooint prints. Artists created the large perspex plates at Prospect then venture up Burnley Road East to print on full sheets of Fabriano paper using the large press in the studio. Artists […]

Handmade Prints

Creative and enthusiastic artists have been busy working with artist Alan Birch at the Whitworth over the last three weeks. Using the current collections at The Whitworth, artists produced drawings which were later used to create prints. The Barbara Brown prints were used to create 3 colour lino cuts and the Raqib Shaw works created […]

St Create

  Alan Birch is currently working on a banner to be used in a protest march at the Tory Party Conference in October. The banner will feature in a protest against cruel cuts to school budgets. More pics after the event.          

Bury prints

Artists new to print , were shown intaglio techniques by artist Alan Birch at Bury Art Gallery over the Bank Holiday weekend. Artists engraved added texture and collage to their prints as they explored the creative opportunities offered by the process. Some excellent prints were produced some of which will be shown in local galleries.

Beyond Dementia

Families took part in a printmaking workshop led by Alan Birch at The Whitworth during the summer holidays. The activity linked with the Beyond Dementia exhibition at the gallery proved very popular with over 6o people taking part. Artists were asked to take their inspiration from  images and shapes in the show where people living […]

Insects and forms.

Year 10-pupil from Wellington School worked with artists at the Whitworth producing some great drawings, paintings and prints. Pupils working with Alan Birch, worked on chine colle engravings on the theme of natural forms and insects. IMages were taken from work on display in the Whitworth Art Gallery and images brought into the session were […]

Huddersfield prints

Alan Birch spent a productive day working with Year 10 pupils at Salindine Nook Academy High School in Huddersfield. Pupils explored techniques of mono print, relief, intaglio and collograph during the day and produced some vibrant work to enhance their GCSe coursework. “Thank you so much for Friday, We all really enjoyed it! ” Rachel […]

Beyond Dementia

Work produced by the Dementia Friends opened at the Whitworth at the end of August. This brilliant and innovative exhibition is the result of a creative collaboration between Arts for Health,  the Whitworth and the Fabulously Forgetful Friends , a group of people living with dementia runs until September. Creative work produced earlier in the […]

Local prints by local children.

Artist Alan Birch spent two days working with talented and creative pupils at Waterfoot Primary School. Working on the theme of transformation, Alan showed some images of Mexican folk objects and the work of Max Ernst and Hannah Hoch. Children then created their own individual creatures from collages before drawing, engraving and printing their own prints. […]

Primary Printing morning.

Artist Alan Birch, spent the morning in St Elizabeths Primary School in Wythenshawe on behalf of the Whitworth Art Gallery. Pupils from Year 4 , 5 and 6 explored a range of printmaking media. Relief prints, drypoints and polystyrene prints were produced during the morning and the pupils really engaged with the subject. The vibrant […]

Lucienne Day Inspiration

Year 10 pupils from Wellington High School spent the morning with printmaker Alan Birch at The Whitworth in Manchester. Using the work of Lucienne Day as inspiration, pupils make studies in pencil before engraving their forms into drypoint plates. These they later inked and printed, later adding chine collie, natural forms and relief shapes into […]

Ramsbottom prints on show!

The talented artists of Ramsbottom and the surrounding area, were shown as part of the Reignite Exhibition at Ramsbottom Library. The show to promote Adult Learning in Bury saw work by a host of courses, celebrating the creative talent of the creative classes. The prints of class members taught by Alan Birch was excellent. Vibrant […]

GCSE printing

25 Year 9 pupils at Blessed Trinity Rc College,Burnley spent a day with printmaker Alan Birch, extending their work into a whole range of printing techniques. Drypoint, Chine colle, relief, collograph and mixed media pieces were explored and some great work was produced. The work produced should enhance their coursework in advance of their embarking […]