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Four Days Only!.

What better way to celebrate Christmas than to visit Prospect Studios print stall in Exchange Square, by the Triangle in Manchester City Centre. Pop along for a chat,buy a limited edition print for yourself or a friend , or just sample the atmosphere! Artists are there for one weekend only, Thursday 9th December until Sunday […]

Viva Mexico!

In October Alan Birch visited Mexico to witness preparations and festivities associated with the festival “Day of The Dead”. Meeting up with printmakers and craft artists in Mexico city and Oaxaca, a valuable insight was gained into their skills and practice. Alan is planning a series of craft and print workshops based on the theme, […]

Prints galore!

Alan Birch has just completed a mammoth printing session with the entire population of Gatley Primary School. Over 7 days, nearly 5000 prints were produced by all year groups. These prints will be made into Christmas Cards and sold by the school.

Museum Works

Year 11 pupils from St Gabriel’s RC High School in Bury spent a creative day at the Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. Pupils drew from the animal collection and later turned these drawings into intaglio prints at the Whitworth. Working with printmaker Alan Birch pupils mirrored the the Art Nouveau style in their […]

Book works.

In 2011, Alan Birch will be running a series of workshops at John Rylands Library, in Manchester. The Library on Deansgate is home to a large collection of books and printed works throughout history. Alan will be based in the Library for an eight day period, giving participants and visitors an insight into his work, […]

Day of the Dead.

During November Alan Birch will be visiting Mexico to experience the Day of the Dead Festival. The Festival falling on All Saints Day is an uplifting and celebratory festival for families to remember past relatives and friends . On his return from the festivities at Oaxaca, he will use the experience to inspire a series […]

Arts and Health.

Over the past six months, Alan Birch has been working with three other artists and poets to create work to adorn the walls of Galaxy House at Manchester Childrens Hospital. Textile artist Vicky Wheeler, mural artist Lucy Burscough, screen printer Esther Freeman and poet Chanje Cunda together with Alan produced work, inspired by the collection […]

Sci-Fi Exhibition

During October Alan Birch will be showing several pieces of work as part of an exhibition at West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield. The exhibition with a Sci-Fi theme runs until 21st October and the work of all the artists should be “Out of the World!” 1. SCI-FI EXHIBITION AND TALK @ WYPW Sci-Fi @ […]

JUST PUBLISHED!

A new book featuring recent prints by Alan Birch is due to run off the presses by end of September. The publication will focus on the series of monoprints Animals in Unfamiliar Situations and offer a refreshingly homorous slant on the World Cup 2010. Also included are prints on the theme of “Dancing with Devil”.The […]

SHOPPING SKILLS

Members of the Rochdale Congolese community spent a day at Touchstones, printing colourful shopping bags. Participants brought in vegetables and fruits on which to base their designs. From initial drawings large lino cuts were carved and then printed on personalised cotton bags. Watch out for glimpses of these colourful creations the next time you are […]

NEW ACQUISITION

Touchstones have recently purchased the piece “Moby Dick” for their permanent collection. The 2.5 metre piece fabricated from laser cut steel, comprises of symbols of fear, taken from media stories over the last 5 years. The piece, the offspring of the larger 8metre piece which featured in the exhibition “Fearless ” at Touchstones in 2004, […]

AFRICAN PRINTS

During June, Prospect Studios opened their doors to visitors as part of the Reveal Open Studio Event in Rossendale Valley. Over 35o people visited the studios and children were encouraged to produce their own monoprints on the theme of World Cup animals. Over 50 prints were produced during the weekend, and humour was the order […]

WAR IMAGES

Pupils from Stockport and Manchester visited the Manchester Art Gallery to view and be inspired by the work of Francisco de Goya. Artist and printmaker Alan Birch presented his own work inspired by Goya. Pupils were then given an opportunity to get their hands dirty and produce expressive drypoint prints using conflict as a starting […]

Chinese food provided the initial impetus for year 2 and 3 pupils at Bolshaw Primary School. Pupils were treated to a week of food, music and print with a Chinese flavour as musician Eve Harrison and artist Alan Birch worked on a Creative Partnership project. Year 2 and 3 pupils made visual responses to the […]

Primary Prints 2010.

Primary schools from the North west and beyond have been experimenting with print at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester during 2010. Working with artist and printmaker Alan Birch,pupils have produced drypoints and relief prints at the gallery inspired by the permanent collections and the Talking Walls exhibition. Pupils have been amazed to see their […]