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!


Congratulations are in order to   Loraine and Chris Waites from Prospect Studios who  are delighted to have a print each selected for the 8th British International Mini print Exhibition. Around 200 prints were selected to exhibit from over 1,100 prints submitted by 420 artists from over 30 countries. The exhibition will begin its 2 year […]

Belle Vue Memories!

Artist Alan Birch has been working with elderly patients suffering with Dementia  at Manchester Royal Infirmary The project in conjunction with at the Whitworth Art Gallery,  and the Manchester Museum, will offer patients the opportunity to learn about objects from the museum collection, work with artists and members of the Whitworth’s education team. Patients were shown […]

Teachers Print.

Art teachers from over Lancashire spent a day working with artist Alan Birch at St Abmrose Barlow in Salford. Following a look at Alan’s work ,a range of  print techniques were covered ranging from monoprint to intaglio and perspex printing which will hopefully feed into the classroom. The day arranged by head of Art Bernie […]

Insects in print.

Year 11 pupils from St Gabriels High School in Bury, spent  a day transforming their drawings into prints with artist Alan Birch, as part of their arts week.The theme of insects was used for the day and  the excellent work  produced will certainly enhance their GCSE coursework. The pupils produced over 120 prints during the […]

20:20 Print Exchange.

Printmakers at Prospect Studio will soon be receiving their boxed prints from Hot Bed Press in Manchester as part of the 20 20 print exchange . Studios from around the British Isles have taken part and  hundreds of   prints have swapped hands. These will be on display at Hot Bed Press on weekend of […]

Hadfield Heritage.

Year 5 and 6 pupils have been busy over the last four weeks working with artist Alan Birch, investigating the history and wildlife of the local area. The project involving a number of schools and colleges in the area made possible by Heritage Lottery Funding and Front Room Arts Theatre, will see pupils producing bunting, […]

Back to the 50’s

Year 1 pupils from   in Manchester used the wallpaper collection at the Whitworth Art Gallery to inspire 5 colour relief prints . Pupils produced some wonderful drawings which were then transformed into printing plates and printed in the gallery. Visitors were keen to view their  colourful and inspiring work! A wallpaper strip of designs! […]