RA Entries!

Alan Birch and Jill Randall drop off works by six artists from Prospect Studio, at the Royal Academy in London. Prints by Lynne Kirkley, David Norris, John Hamilton, Karen Lester, Lucy Gell and Alan Birch were submitted and the artists must wait until May to discover if they are successful. Who knows you may see […]

The Hajj

Explore the Hajj experience Saturday 31st March, 1pm-4pm. Look at Idris Khan: The Devil’s Wall and Ahmed Mater: Magnetism, and take part in artist led workshops. Free!Explore the Hajj experience in various spaces around the gallery. Look at our exhibitions, Idris Khan: The Devil’s Wall and Ahmed Mater: Magnetism, and take part in artist led […]

A whole host of creative activities took place in Manchester Hospitals as part of Museums and Galleries Week in February 2012. Artists and curators worked with patients, nurses and visitors , delivering over 70 workshops , lectures and drop in sessions over 5 hospitals. Alan Birch delivered a colourful printing session at the Manchester children’s […]

Global Threads.

Over the half term break nearly 400 children and their parents worked with printmaker alan Birch, transforming their drawings into exquisite five colour relief prints. Basing their drawings on the recently opened exhibition Global Threads, participants cut shapes from a range of embossed wallpapers, which were then printed by Alan and his team. The work […]

Coursework and Print.

  In the run up to the February half term alan has been working in a number of schools , introducing pupils to the creative world of print. Most recent schools have been Stockport School and Accrington Academy, where over 50 pupils developed their work into three print techniques. Over 200 proofs were taken as […]

Waterside Open.

Congratulations to artists who have had prints selected for the Waterside Open 2012 exhibition. Jo Beggs, Pete Marsh, Karen Lester, Lucy Gell. The show at Waterside Art Centre in Sale runs from 11th February  to 21st of April, will feature prints, paintings, sculpture and photography.

Global Threads!

Alan Birch will be running fabric printing workshops inspired by the upcoming show at the Whitworth Art Gallery  “Global Threads” . The exhibition from 11th of February to 13th of May 2012 tells the compelling story about the production, consumption and global trade in cotton.  The workshops are free and will take place on 14th-17th […]

Paisley & Mehndi

The combination of Paisley pattern and Mehndi imagery were combined to brilliant effect by Year 4 pupils from Cavendish Primary School at the Whitworth Art Gallery. Pupils worked from sketchbook studies and gathered  visual sources to draw and cut out a range of shapes and patterns. These were later inked and printed, the ink bringing […]

Inspired by Morris

Children from St Cuthberts Primary School in Withington worked with artist Alan Birch at the Witworth Art Gallery, to produce a body of vibrant prints. The prints based on a combination of  the textile designs of William Morris and natural forms were transformed into colourful printing blocks and then printed by the children themselves. The […]


Pupils from St Andrews C of E Primary School, Hadfield proudly exhibited their work at school, as part of a project for the Hadfield and Padfield Heritage Trail. Children printed a range of logos on t-shirts, symbols of mills and history on shopping backs, made metres of bunting and a bound book of their prints […]

Todmorden schools tour.

During March and April, printmaker Alan Birch spent 8 days working with in all the primary schools in Todmorden. Over 400 pupils Key Stage 2 pupils produced relief and engraved prints based on a range of themes from Easter and Spring to fish, rivers and sea to the creative work of Kandinsky, Matisse and Van […]

Well done!

Thanks to all those members of the printmaking class who took part in the Christmas Market Stall on King Street in Manchester. Despite the weather and the recession, 14 of the 18 printmakers, who displayed work, sold pieces. Undoubtedly had Sunday not rained all day we could have broken previous records. Congratulations to Chris Waites who […]

Gift ideas!

New for 2011-2012 , Prospect Studio offers gift vouchers for those who wish to transform their work into limited edition prints. For £46 the voucher enables newcomers to attend the class and covers all materials,  ( maximum zinc plate  size 8 x 6 inches and take up to 4 final prints on Fabriano paper ). […]

Festive Gifts!

Short of a quirky, humorous gift for Christmas. The recently published book of prints by Alan Birch is the perfect present. The book features World Cup monoprints, Dancing with the Devil etchings amongst others. To see further information and pictures visit: To order: View my book at Blurb: Alan Birch. Book from Blurb Avialable […]


The contemporary re-interpretation of the Northern Hemisphere makes the perfect Christmas present for those with a sense of humour, who have everything. At a cost of £50 for this limited edition digital print, it won’t break the bank!