Talking Walls

Year 10 pupils from Holy Family College, Heywood explored the world of contemporary wallpaper at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. Pupils took inspiration from the wallpaper to produce drawings which were then turned into drypoint prints, incorporating collage of  buildings.

Who Cares?

During 2010, Alan Birch has been working alongside 3 artists in Galaxy House, Manchester Childrens Hospital. The programme, organised by the Whitworth Art Gallery has involved artists, musicians and poets working with children to enhance their learning experience. Work has been produced to enhance the hospital environment, including murals and framed artworks. For further information […]


GOYA MASTER CLASS Teachers from Stockport and Manchester visited the Manchester Art Gallery to view and be inspired by the work of Francico de Goya. Artist Katy McCall give them an introduction to the Visual Dialogues project and printmaker Alan Birch presented his own work inspired by Goya. Teachers were then given an opportunity to […]


WEA Students from Blackburn and Rochdale were given a curatorial tour of the Textile Collection on display at the Whitworth Art Gallery, The Indian embroideries and printed textiles formed part of a collection byThomas Wardle entitled The Manchester Indian . Studies of the patterns and shapes found in the collection were used to create colourful […]


Pupils at Blackrow Brow Primary School in Huyton were given a unique insight into how artists transform public spaces . Jill Randall and Alan Birch worked with Year 4 pupils, constructing tree sculptures using wire and producing prints on the theme of natural form. Over the next few weeks these works will be used to […]


A group of gifted and talented pupils ( aged 7-11 ) from across the North West of England attended ‘The Talent Factor’ at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. The event, organised by North West Gifted and Talented, offered pupils the chance to experience a variety of creative talent workshops. A group of 15 skilled artists, […]

Panel beaters

Since September 2009, artist Alan Birch working on behalf of Artists in Schools. Bolton, has been working with four primary schools in the Tonge Moor district of Bolton. Over a series of 12 workshops, pupils from Bolton Parish , Tonge Moor, Moorgate and Castle Hill Primary Schools, produced a series of prints using the theme […]

Print stint

During September and October, artist Alan Birch has been working on the  ” Who Cares ” project with the Leo Kelly Centre in Manchester. Pupils have experimented  with collographs, intaglio printing and  drypoint. The project organised through the Whitworth Art Gallery, gives pupils the opportunity to work with poets, musicians, artists and filmmakers and will […]

Festive Prints

From Thursday the 19th – Sunday 21st November, artists from Printmakers Inc. will be selling their work at Exchange Square in Manchester. The 15 artists who produce their prints at Prospect Studio in the Rossendale Valley, will be showing a range of printmaking techniques and subjects.Pop along to view their work, have a chat about […]


A new piece of public art was installed in July 2009 at Mill Farm Adventure Play Centre in Kirkby, Liverpool. The sculpture commissioned by Knowsley Arts and Heritage Service supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, resulted from a series of workshop with girls from the centre. The workshops, using  the theme of local history explored […]

Deep roots.

July saw the arrival of a memorial tree at St Ambrose R. C. Secondary School in Salford. The tree based on maquettes, models and prints completed by pupils at Prospect Studio, was designed by Alan Birch in memory of their classmate Olivia. The tree standing over 2 metres in height was adorned with objects and […]

Printed memories.

Alan Birch worked with all pupils and staff from Bishop Bilsborrow R.C. Primary School to create two original books packed full of their memories of their time spent at school. The pupils from the school, due to close in July, will attend a new school on the site of Maine Road Football ground. The children […]

American Prints at the Whitworth.

The American Scene. Prints from Hopper to Pollock. A British Museum touring exhibition of prints, featuring some of the most exciting, original and defining images of modern American life from the Jazz Age, through the Depression and onward to America’s entry into the Second World War. The exhibition runs from 19th September-13th December 2009. Alan […]

Smithy visit.

Pupils from St Ambrose RC Secondary School visit Luke Listers Blacksmiths in Stockport to see the fabrication of a tree inspired by their ideas. Using wire maquettes and printed images made during visits to Prospect Studios, Waterfoot., designs were drawn up with the pupils and Alan Birch and then passed onto the fabricator to construct. […]

Past and Present.

Alan Birch worked with pupils from St Brendans RC Primary School in Bolton to create four digital images currently displayed in the new Market Hall, Bolton.The four images looked into the history and future of the Market Hall and poupils used their imagination to depict themselves shopping in the venue in 1908 and 2108. The […]