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New prints at Prospect

Printers have been busy at Prospect Studios, producing new work for exhibitions. Etchings, aquatints and Relief prints have been created as Artists prepare for their show ay Longitude Gallery in Clitheroe. New members have been printing in a series of workshops held during the week.

Young Prospect Printers.

As part of the Open audio in 2018, Alan Birch invited children into the studio to  try their hand at printmaking. The children worked with their parents and produced some excellent work, Bright colour and vivid, they and their parents loved the work. No doubt it is now on the wall at home! Future sessions […]

Touchstones Madness.

A crazy afternoon was spent at Touchstones, Rochdale over half term . Various activities took place including printing, slime making and storytelling which pre-emptied the arrival of Halloween. Unbelievably 0ver 500 people came into the gallery. It was a crazily productive session. Over 140 prints were made by children and parents. A success for the […]

William Hulme Print!

Year 10 pupils from William Hulme Grammar School spent the day printing with artist Alan Birch. Alan took his portable press, water based inks and all materials into school and pupils were able to create engravings, relief prints and collage prints. Some excellent prints were produced and these will be used to enhance GCSE coursework. […]

20 20 prints

Members of Prospect Studio took part in the annual 2020 print exchange organised by Hot Bed Press in Manchester. 10 artists produced editions of  25 prints on paper 2o cm x 20 cm. These prints ranging from lino cuts to etchings and drypoints  will be sent around the world. In exchange participants will each receive […]

Inspired by Goya.

Year 9 pupils from Chorton High School South spent the day at the Whitworth looking at the etchings and aquatints of Goya. They were amazed by the creativity and imagination in the work, and based their sketches on his work. Their drawings were used to produce drypoint engravings, which were inked and printed by the […]

Third Age Printers

Members of the University of the Third Age from the North west visited the Whitworth during October, to view the collections,  be given a behind the scenes tour and try their hand at printmaking. Using the outstanding work of William Kentridge as a starting point, members produced drawings which were transformed into engravings and printed. […]

Night in the museum.

International students newly arrived in Manchester were welcomed into  Manchester Museum to discover the collections, meet fellow students and try their hand at printing. Students were given small drypoint plates and made engravings based on objects in the museum. For many this was their first attempt at printing, and others re-acquainted themselves with the technique. […]

Printing Pots

During August, artist Alan Birch spent two weeks working with families producing prints inspired by the ceramics found in the Mediterranean galleries. Parents and children alike made drawings, cut out wallpaper and produced multi- coloured relief prints. The children really enjoyed inking their own plates and during the residency over 1000 people made a range […]

Coffee, Cake and Culture

Artists from Stockport and Manchester spent 2 sessions with artist Alan Birch at the Whitworth in September. Using the embroidered images by the artist William Kentridge as a starting point, artists made engravings and relief prints incorporating collage into their prints. The rich visual images reflected the textured works of Kentridge. The show is on […]

Hen Party Printing.

Alan Birch spent a creative morning working with a hen party from London. Artists came armed with photographs and images on a sea and coast theme, places and objects loved by the bride. Each artists produced two relief prints and two drypoints , one of each which will be signed and bound in a book […]

Turnpike Prints on show.

Work done by 2 primary schools, 2 secondary school and the art club from the Turnpike Art Gallery in Leigh were exhibited at the Turnpike a alongside the work of Dave Pearson. The prints inspired by Dave’s prints of Customs and Festivals, were produced over 5 days and were curated by Hannah Gaunt, Learning and […]

Coffee, Cake and Culture.

Members of arts groups and  health support groups met at the Whitworth in Manchester to explore new printmaking techniques. Participants were introduced to the technique of relief printing, which they will later pass onto their members.

Prints at the Whitaker.

Pupils from Crawshawbooth Primary School spent warm summer days at the Whitaker in Rawtenstall, working with the printmaker Alan Birch. Pupils spent time in the museum, looking at objects from the local history and natural history collection and hearing about the stories behind the objects. Working with Alan, pupils produced a series of drawings before […]

Age Friendly Prints

Members of age friendly arts programme at the Whitworth Art Gallery, were introduced to a variety of printmaking techniques,during a 3 week residency programme. in the first session,  artists produced a range of relief and monoprints inspired the work of Gillian Ayres and the Whitworth garden. During the second week . reduction lino cuts, inspired […]