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 […]

Viking spell!

Year 4 pupils from Red Lane Primary School in Bolton investigated the world of Viking pattern just before their Easter break. Images from textiles, jewellery , stone carving and decoration were used to illustrate all the letters of the alphabet . These drawings were transformed into engravings and printed, later to be used in literacy […]

Todmorden prints!

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 […]


Over a period of 10 days in February, pupils and public were introduced to the possibilities of printmaking as printmaker Alan Birch staged a residency at John Rylands Library. Key stage 2 pupils from a host of schools in Manchester and Salford were inspired by creatures found in illustrations in books from the Rylands collection, […]

Panoptican Prints.

  Pupils from Broadfield Specialist School, spent a busy day at Howarth Art Gallery producing a varied body of print work based on their photographs of the Panopticans. The collographs, engravings and relief prints will help to enhance their GCSE coursework. “ The kids are in the middle of doing their exam, we have used your […]

Portrait Prints.

Pupils from Claremont Primary School in Manchester, enjoyed two days of printing in early January.  Key stage 2 pupils worked in pairs, drawing their friends which were transformed into painterly relief prints, using polyprint and water based printing inks. Pupils enjoyed drawing , inking and printing their masterpieces. “ Thanks very much for the print workshops […]

Printed History!

Students from Melland High School in Levenshulme, Manchester illustrated the history of Levenshulme and Longsight through the media of print. The hardworking studentsexperimented with a host of print techniques ranging from drypoint, monoprint, relief and surface printing, producing vast amounts of high quality work. These printed pieces told  the story of the Saxons and Vikings, […]

Horror Humour

Alan Birch is currently busy working on a new body of work inspired by characters from Horror Films. The series of monoprints currently standing at 50, finds horror figures in unfamiliar situations and environments. Seeing the figures out of their comfort zone, forces the spectator to review their preconceived views, and makes them ask ” […]

Gift Ideas

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:

Four Days Only!.

What better way to celebrate Christmas than to visit Prospect Studios print stall in Exchange Square, by the Triangle in Manchester City Centre. Pop along for a chat,buy a limited edition print for yourself or a friend , or just sample the atmosphere! Artists are there for one weekend only, Thursday 9th December until Sunday […]

Viva Mexico!

In October Alan Birch visited Mexico to witness preparations and festivities associated with the festival “Day of The Dead”. Meeting up with printmakers and craft artists in Mexico city and Oaxaca, a valuable insight was gained into their skills and practice. Alan is planning a series of craft and print workshops based on the theme, […]