Thanks to all the visitors 242 in all who braved the inclement weather to come to Reveal 2011. It was great to see friends and past visitors as well as numerous newcomers.  Pleasing to see that so many people had good taste, and will build on the positive feedback. The series of  Contemporary Monsters, 3 […]


The work is mounted and framed. The studio is clean! Alan Birch will open his studio to the public today from 10.30-4 and tomorrow Sunday the 11th same time, as part of Rossendale Valley Reveal exhibition featuring the work of over 40 artists.  Fellow  studio members JIll Randall and Liam Spencer will also be showing […]


Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th September 2011. 11.00 am  -4.00 pm. Once again the studios of Rossendale Valley will throw their doors open to visitors as part of Lancashire Food and Drink weekend. Whilst Prospect Studios will offer nibbles and refreshments, the main course will be the tasty sculptures and prints  of Jill Randall, […]

Deep Bite!

Artist Jill Randall has been working in Wales over the last few years producing a body of work now on show   at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. the exhibition entitled ” Golden Venture ” runs until the 18th of September, 2011.  Its the culmination of her Artists Residency at Parys Mountain Copper Mine in […]

Book your place!

The new list of class dates for 2011-2012 are now out. Prices have been held at the same rates as the previous year, so take advantage now. Here are some examples of work produced over the years. Recent printmakers quotes: “Beth, my 15 year old daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the day in your studio. […]

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. […]