Towering success!

Members of the print classes at Prospect Studios have been selected to take part in the Festive Crafts Fair at the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool. For one day only on Saturday the 19th of November, members will present their work for sale at the gallery . work will include cards, collographs, etchings and relief […]

Pupils Print!

Pupils from St Anselms and  in Whitworth, Rossendale, spent days working with artist Alan Birch. Pupils worked on a variety of natural themes to produce some excellent drawings and prints. 2 days were spent working with pupils from Year 2-6 on a range of print techniques. Considering this was their first taste of print, the […]

Animal Influences!

Year 1 and reception pupils from Puss Bank Primary School in Macclesfield, explored the natural world  through printmaking. Pupils spent time drawing and printing, producing a wondrous  collection of plants, insects, animals , fish and birds. These relief prints, printed at school with water based inks were later assembled and reprinted at Prospect Studio. These […]

Families  living in central Rochdale  were invited to spend a day working with artist Alan Birch at  Touchstones in Rochdale .  Families of all ages spent an enjoyable and creative day, producing prints based on  landscape works in the gallery. The sessions were supported and organised by Link4Life.  

Viva Mexico!

Pupils from Witton Park High School, Blackburn spent a day looking at the Mexican Festival of Day of The Dead.  Artist Alan Birch who recently spent time in Mexico for the Festival, gave a visual presentation to Year 9 pupils, who then produced drypoints and relief prints on the them.  On a print packed day […]


Well done to printmakers Jo Beggs, Jacqui Fortnum, Kay Macintosh, Pete Marsh and David Norris who have had works selected for the Stockport Open Contemporary Art Exhibition. The exhibition which is held at Stockport Art Gallery from 25th June to 14 August attracted over 750 entries. If you are interested in printmaking, and are in […]

War Histories.

Year 10 students from Carr HillHigh School and Sixth Form Centre in Kirkham, listened to the harrowing tales of  a survivor from Auschwitz.  In response to this experience pupils produced a series of small  drypoint prints which illustrated the events, and looked at the work of German artists of the period. The two day workshops […]

Printed Portraits

Printed Portraits Students from Salford City College spent a morning with printmaker Alan Birch, looking at artists portraits in print and producing a series of works investigating facial features. The workshop organised by the Education Department at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, linked into the current exhibition Family Allowance. ” The workshop was excellent, the […]

Men at Work

Just to show that men are just as creative as their female counterparts, here is a recent studio shot of a June printing session where men made up the majority of participants. Regular artists Chris Waites, David Norris and Pete Marsh were joined by beginner Chris Dando. So if any budding Picassos, Rembrandts or Hockneys […]

North West Prints!

Artists new to print, explored the techniques of drypoint and collograph at the Turnpike in Leigh. Working from their sketchbooks and a range of chosen images, the artists created a colourful world of printed images. Here is a selection of some comments:- Kept going. Variety of projects. Ensured everyone (in a big group) got attention. […]

Gallery Print Days

Alan Birch will be running 2 print days at galleries in the North West during June and July. The first is specifically for adults on June 18th will be at the Turnpike in Leigh where artists will be given a brief taster into the techniques and creative  possibilities of collograph, intaglio and monoprint. On July […]

Collograph Days.

During the summer, Alan Birch will be offering  collograph weekends at the request of existing  class members. The classes are open to interested parties and will explore the creative potential of collograph and the mark making potential of the technique. Participants will create collograph plates on the first day of the weekend course and spend the […]

Print Fest 2011.

Print class members Pete Marsh and Lynn Kirkley, will be showing  and selling their work at Print Fest 2011, at Ulverston this weekend Saturday and Sunday ( 30th April and 1st May ) if anyone is in the area please pop in and say hello. A range of printmakers will be selling work and it […]

Charity Work.

Touched by the Tsunami disaster in Japan, Year 3 and 4 pupils from St John’s Primary School in Heaton Mersey, decided to investigate Japan and its geography as part of their Learners Voice project, for Creative Partnerships Manchester and Salford. Pupils used various print media to explore a range of curriculum areas.  Framed prints, Japanese […]

Learners Voice.

All pupils from Didsbury Primary School in Heaton Mersey were inspired by the story of Around the World in 80 Days to work with a range of creative practitioners to produce, music, theatre, writing and print. Objects collected from travels were used as starting points, from which pupils took inspiration.  Years 3 to 6 produced […]