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Sci-Fi Exhibition

During October Alan Birch will be showing several pieces of work as part of an exhibition at West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield. The exhibition with a Sci-Fi theme runs until 21st October and the work of all the artists should be “Out of the World!” 1. SCI-FI EXHIBITION AND TALK @ WYPW Sci-Fi @ […]

JUST PUBLISHED!

A new book featuring recent prints by Alan Birch is due to run off the presses by end of September. The publication will focus on the series of monoprints Animals in Unfamiliar Situations and offer a refreshingly homorous slant on the World Cup 2010. Also included are prints on the theme of “Dancing with Devil”.The […]

SHOPPING SKILLS

Members of the Rochdale Congolese community spent a day at Touchstones, printing colourful shopping bags. Participants brought in vegetables and fruits on which to base their designs. From initial drawings large lino cuts were carved and then printed on personalised cotton bags. Watch out for glimpses of these colourful creations the next time you are […]

NEW ACQUISITION

Touchstones have recently purchased the piece “Moby Dick” for their permanent collection. The 2.5 metre piece fabricated from laser cut steel, comprises of symbols of fear, taken from media stories over the last 5 years. The piece, the offspring of the larger 8metre piece which featured in the exhibition “Fearless ” at Touchstones in 2004, […]

AFRICAN PRINTS

During June, Prospect Studios opened their doors to visitors as part of the Reveal Open Studio Event in Rossendale Valley. Over 35o people visited the studios and children were encouraged to produce their own monoprints on the theme of World Cup animals. Over 50 prints were produced during the weekend, and humour was the order […]

WAR IMAGES

Pupils from Stockport and Manchester visited the Manchester Art Gallery to view and be inspired by the work of Francisco de Goya. Artist and printmaker Alan Birch presented his own work inspired by Goya. Pupils were then given an opportunity to get their hands dirty and produce expressive drypoint prints using conflict as a starting […]

Chinese food provided the initial impetus for year 2 and 3 pupils at Bolshaw Primary School. Pupils were treated to a week of food, music and print with a Chinese flavour as musician Eve Harrison and artist Alan Birch worked on a Creative Partnership project. Year 2 and 3 pupils made visual responses to the […]

Primary Prints 2010.

Primary schools from the North west and beyond have been experimenting with print at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester during 2010. Working with artist and printmaker Alan Birch,pupils have produced drypoints and relief prints at the gallery inspired by the permanent collections and the Talking Walls exhibition. Pupils have been amazed to see their […]

Viva Espana!

Pupils at Outwood Primary School, were treated to a week of food, music and print with a Spanish flavour as musician Eve Harrison and artist Alan Birchworked on a Creative Partnership project. Year 4 and 5 pupils made marks in response to the flavours of a Spanish meal. They then decided they wanted to work […]

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

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 […]

FABRIC PRINTS

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 […]

TAKING ROOT!

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 […]

THE TALENT FACTOR

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, […]