Prospect Printing.

Keen printmakers braved the freezing temperatures and the threat of snow to complete some excellent prints this weekend. Newcomers produced some great etchings and regulars continued their fine work. Cora a complete beginner showed what can be done in two days working on a theme. She managed etchings, chine collie, aquatints , drypoints, three colour […]

Salford students print.

Alan Birch gave a lecture to degree students at Salford University as part of their printmaking module. Students and staff have been given access to the print collection at Manchester Art Gallery , viewing a series of 100 prints. Artists are to choose a work from the gallery and make their own personal response to […]

Folio Development Day.

Students from Xavarian College spent an insightful day at the Whitworth , being tutored by printmaker Alan Birch, and being advised by degree students on how to apply to degree courses. Top tips were taken on board and some excellent work was produced by the enthusiastic group. Pupils were able to look at there range […]

Christmas card prints

Health workers, nurses and carers spent a day at the Whitworth as part of the Dementia Awareness day. They spent the day listening to speakers and engaging in creative workshops. The day also saw the launch of a Dementia Awareness book published by the Whitworth. As part of the day nurses spent short sessions with […]

Mexico visit. Mexico City.

As part of the project,Alan visited the University of Mexico City and was shown around the amazing print  facilities , including the press of Diego Rivera. The work produced by staff and students was of exceptional quality, and he hopes to make links for future projects. it was also Day of the Dead time and […]

Mexico visit. Real del Monte.

Alan Birch visited Mexico City  and Real del Monte during October and November as part of a research project. Over the last two years Alan has been working with sculptor Jill Randall, producing a series of prints, based on the mineworkings  found in Cornwall. This culminated in an exhibition of prints at Geevor Tin Mine […]

The Boo Christmas Fair.

Artists Alan Birch and Jill Randall showed their prints at the Boo in Waterfoot as part of their Christmas Fair. They also sold a range of mexican craft objects brought back from their recent research trip to Mexico City and Real del Monte. Printmakers from the printing classes at the studio also sold their work […]

Teachers prints.

Teachers from the Greater Manchester area attended a printing masterclass with artist Alan birch at the Whitworth in Manchester in December. Nursery, primary and secondary teachers were introduced to techniques , ranging from relief prints which could be printed by hand to engraving using a portable printing press. Some threat work was produced and some […]

Preston Prints.

Photography students at Cardinal Newman College in Preston, spent a creative day with printmaker Alan Birch In November. Using ideas from their coursework, students explored a vast range of print techniques including engraving, chine collie and relief printing. The quality of their prints taken from perspex plates was exceptional and they completely engaged with the […]

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.