Autism Friendly Session.

Early morning visitors were invited to the museum for an autism friendly session at Manchester Museum. Alan Birch brought his portable press in and families drew from museum objects before transforming these into relief and intaglio prints. Participants made great use of having the museum to themselves, and produced some great work.

The Lost Words

Families coming to the Manchester Museum over half term were given the opportunity to print with artist Alan Birch. Over 3 afternoon sessions over 200 prints were produced as part of the activity week.Artist Alan Birch used  his portable press to print detailed illustrations. Working from the theme of  The Lost Words By Robert MacFarlane […]

Arabian Nights printing.

Year 4 Pupils from Leyland Community Primary School spent a creative day working with printmaker Alan Birch. Working in conjunction with the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh , Alan introduced pupils to engraving and some relief prints. Pupils initially produced drawings on the theme of the stories of the Arabian Nights which were then transformed into […]

Helmshore Summer Craft Fair

Prospect Printmakers showed their work at Helmshore Textile Museum in late June, showcasing the work of over 10 members work. The prints on display included etchings, drypoints, lino cuts , mono prints and collographs complimented by a range of cards. The day was bust with Stacksteads band entertaining visitors.

Waterfoot Wakes Art Trail

As part of the Waterfoot wakes weekend celebrations this weekend, members of Prospect studios will be displaying their prints in local shops. This informal exhibition involves over 13 shops and features the work of 15 artists, some of whom live in Waterfoot. The event organised by the Boo! coincides with  parades, talks, there and a […]

Silent Auction and Talk

Printmakers Chris and Loraine Waites will be discussing their practice at Bury Art Gallery this Saturday 6th July. They have attending classes for over 25 years and have their own studio in their garden. They have organised a silent auction with sales going towards local charities. See below for details.


As part of the Afrojam Festival, artist Alan Birch joined the team from Manchester Museum in Whitworth Park. Adults and children were given the opportunity to print posters based on African images. Using woodblocks, wallpaper and text blocks a whole range of bold posters were made. Members of the Manchester Museum team showed visitors objects […]

Community Day at Manchester Museum.

Despite the inclement weather , over 100  prints were produced as part of the Community Day at Manchester University in June. Artist Alan Birch was base with the team from Manchester Museum , using his portable press to print detailed illustrations. Working from the theme of  The Lost Words By Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris […]

Holcolmbe Brook print.

Year 3 pupils from Holcombe Brook Primary School visited the Whitaker  Museum in Rawtenstall , working from the museum collection and producing prints with Alan Birch. Pupils were shown around the collection producing drawings and engravings of the objects in the collection. Pupils also managed to experiment with relief prints based on plants in the […]

GCSE Printmaking

Over 70 GCSE and A level  students from Ambrose Barlow RC HIGH School in Salford spent a day producing engravings and relief prints to enhance their coursework. Working with tutor Bernadette Furey and printmaker Alan Birch the students used a variety of techniques including chine colle to hopefully improve their grades.

Saintly prints.

Alan Birch worked with asylum seekers at Manchester Museum, introducing them to the world of printmaking. The group who have been following a course at the museum, with the intention of finding employment, produced some excellent work based on Alans work of contemporary saints.

Ramsbottom Relief prints

Alan Birch ran a relief printing course for Bury Adult Education at Ramsbottom Library. The artists , many who had not printed for many years if at all , produced some excellent work. Hopefully other workshops will take place in the summer term. Watch out for details.

New prints at Prospect.

Artists have been busy for the past few months preparing prints for an exhibition at Bury Art Gallery in May. Many artists have been exhibiting their work in numerous venues. Hopefully Peter Cave will be showing in Germany, Cate Ferns showing as part of Green Walk in Whalley Range, Mark Whyatt showing work as part […]

Mezzotint at Prospect Studio

Printmaker Stuart Brocklehurst was guest artist at Prospect Studio , showing regular printmakers the art of Mezzotint. Printmakers spent a weekend developing plates and printing proofs at various stages. The layout intensive process produces sumptuous tonal prints . The plan is for Stuart to visit again later in year. Anyone interested contact Alan.

Plymouth Grove prints

Year 2 and 3 pupils from Plymouth Grove primary School, spent 4 mornings working with artist Alan Birch. The pupils who have been investigating the world of print as part of their coursework based their work on shapes from the wallpaper collection currently on show. Shapes found in the wallpaper of Nikki St Phalle and […]