Pupils print!

In June, Alan Birch worked with the entire pupil population of Christ Church Primary School in Chadderton. All pupils worked on the theme of “Patterns in Our World”, cutting shapes from patterned wallpaper prior to his visit to the school. A printing studio was created where all pupils experienced the joy and magic of printing. With […]

Secondary Prints

During the months of June and July, Alan Birch worked with over 400 secondary pupils in a number of schools within Tameside, Manchester , Bolton and Salford. Pupils explored a wide range of print techniques, including drypoint, chine colle, collage, chine collie, relief printing and mono printing. Themes explored were self, identity, mexico day of the dead […]

Working with Wellbeing

As part of the Working for Wellbeing Conference held in Preston in July, Alan Birch ran a short printing session for attended by a host of representatives from the health and gallery sectors. The conference featured inspirational and informative inputs from Mike White, Sue Hacking and Emma Varman. In the short printing session artists created […]

Pendle Print Fest

Alan Birch and Jill Randall will be exhibiting their work at the Pendle print Fest in Barrowford on the weekend of 1st and 2nd of September 2012. The Festival will run in conjunction with a print exhibition by Paula Rego at Colne Library. The print exhibition on the theme of the Pendle Witches is not […]

Saints today!

I am currently working on a new body of work , exploring the subject of Saints and Martyrs. The starting point for the series was hearing that Roberto Mancini had been to church on the final day of the season, which seemed to have been successful. The first monoprint was Saint Last Minute, followed by […]

Stockport Open 2012

Congratulations to class members Jo Beggs, Carolyn Murphy, Neil Robinson and Pete Marsh for being selected for this North West open exhibition. The exhibition runs for a couple of weeks yet.

Monster Fund Raiser

On Wednesday the 30th of May, Castlefield Art Gallery  will be hosting a fund raising auction. The auction featuring 60+ original artworks from nationally and internationally acclaimed artists/curators many of whom have worked with Castlefield Gallery before such as Pavel Büchler (Northern Art Prize 2009 winner), Leo Fitzmaurice (Northern Ar…See More. Alan Birch has donated […]

Prints at Tate.

In June Alan Birch will be holding a series of drop in printing sessions for families at the Tate, Liverpool. The sessions from 1.30-4.oo in the half term week of 4th to 9th June and Friday evening 18th May, will use the works in the permanent collection, focussing  on work from their modern collection. It […]

London visit

In May Alan Birch visited London together with Wendy Gallagher ( Whitworth Art Gallery ) and Lucy Burscough ( artist ) as part of a research and development project linked to the Culture Shots programme organised by the Manchester Galleries and Museums and Manchester Hospitals. As part of the visit I visited the exhibition on […]

Printmakers in Germany.

Printmakers from Prospect Studio showed a selection of their work, As part of the Bocholt Art Market in Germany. Artist Andrew Holland kindly took a selection of works from Rossendale artists to Germany . This followed up a show in Bocholt by 12 artists from the valley, which was well received. No doubt the people of […]

Anansi project.

During April ,artist Alan Birch has been working with the African Caribbean Carers Group and Andrea Winn at Manchester Museum. Centre users have been using printmaking to illustrate the Anansi story told by  group member , Grace .Relief printing, collograph and drypoint techniques were employed to tell the sort of Anansi flying between Bird Cherry […]

Gordon Cheung prints.

Families explored the work of Gordon Cheung in a printmaking workshop at Touchstones during the Easter holidays. The mixed media, large scale paintings often using pages of the Financial Times as an integral part of the painting surface, fascinated adults and children alike. Artists drew from the paintings and later incorporated collage into their prints, […]

African images!

Year 10 Pupils from Ladybridge High School visited the Whitworth, spent the day working with artists Elizabeth Scott-Cousins and Alan Birch at Whitworth Art Gallery, using the Global Threads show as inspiration.Working with Alan pupils worked from the paintings inspired by African Textiles painted by Lubiana Himid. Pupils produced dry points combined with relief shapes. […]

Day of Dead!

Year 10 pupils at Oulder Hill Community College, spent the day working with printmaker Alan Birch, producing prints on the theme of Day of the Dead.  The colourful Mexican Festival provided rich subject matter as pupils were shown a slide show of festivities and craft objects. Pupils depicted themselves as skeleton ( calveras ) carrying […]

Miro at YSP!

The new exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park features sculptures and large prints by Joan Miro. For anyone who has not been to the Sculpture Park I would highly recommend it. The galleries feature etchings, aquatints , lithographs and carborundum prints by the Spanish maestro.