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, […]

Prints galore!

Alan Birch has just completed a mammoth printing session with the entire population of Gatley Primary School. Over 7 days, nearly 5000 prints were produced by all year groups. These prints will be made into Christmas Cards and sold by the school.

Museum Works

Year 11 pupils from St Gabriel’s RC High School in Bury spent a creative day at the Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. Pupils drew from the animal collection and later turned these drawings into intaglio prints at the Whitworth. Working with printmaker Alan Birch pupils mirrored the the Art Nouveau style in their […]

Book works.

In 2011, Alan Birch will be running a series of workshops at John Rylands Library, in Manchester. The Library on Deansgate is home to a large collection of books and printed works throughout history. Alan will be based in the Library for an eight day period, giving participants and visitors an insight into his work, […]