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.

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 […]