Manchester Mela printing

As part of the Manchester Mela activities, Alan Birch in conjunction with Manchester Museum encouraged visitors to produce a range of prints, based on objects found in the museum. Over 400 visitors produced colourful relief prints, using wallpaper and specialist relief prints. Children and adults took part in the activities, many saying that they would […]

Newcomers to print.

Over 40 year 10 pupils experienced printmaking for the first time at the Whitworth in July. The workshops formed part of a whole week of a activities at Manchester Museum, aimed at encouraging pupils to apply to University. Pupils had one hour to draw from the contemporary wallpaper collection, and transform these drawings into engravings. […]

Christ the King School Art Week.

Pupils from Christ the King Primary School in Manchester, spent a creative week, looking at the work of  Vincent Van Gogh, David Hockney and Lucienne Day. Working with artist Alan Birch, reception pupils worked on relief prints based on the work of Day, Year  3 and 4 worked on relief prints and engravings based on […]

Turnpike prints

Year 7 pupils from Bedford High School, spent a creative afternoon working with printmaker Alan Birch. Working on the theme of myth and customs, pupils produced a series of drawings which were then transformed into intaglio engravings. These plates were inked with water based ink and printed on a portable printing press. The prints were […]

Visit to Manchester Art Gallery.

Members of Prospect Printmakers were given the chance to view the prints currently in the collection of Manchester Art Gallery. Artists were introduced to the collection by curator Kate Jesson and were then given the opportunity to chose their own print selections. Artist viewed works by Durer, Sutherland, Sickert, Rembrandt as well as viewing works […]

Talking Printmaking

Members of Prospect Printmakers visited Radio Lancashire to discuss prints and promote their exhibition at the Whitaker. Artists Peter Cave and Carolyn Murphy joined Alan Birch to talk about their passion for print on the mid morning show with Brett and Sally on the both May. Hopefully listeners will have enjoyed the chat and come […]

Whitaker show.

The opening of Prospect Printmakers was a high success with over 150 people attending the show on a sunny day. The exhibition received a great response with several visitors buying work. The show is on until mid June and Alan Birch will be running a printmaking taster in May. For more details contact the gallery […]

High School Prints

Year 8 pupils from Fred Longworth High School in Tydesley produced some excellent lino cuts in response to the etchings of Dave Pearson. Pupils looked at Daves work and also looked at various figures from folk festivals to base their work on. Their commitment and enthusiasm was to be commended and their prints will be […]

Bury Art Society

Members of Bury Art Society were introduced to the prints of Alan Birch and then were encouraged to try the drypoint printing technique for themselves. Artists used metallic card to engrave with nails and used sandpaper, cotton buds to create different effects. It was great to see many members try the technique and some excellent […]

Baby Shower prints

Family members and friends joined artist Alan Birch to produce prints at The Whitworth in Manchester.  This is the first time Alan has ever run a session for a social event, and the prints were excellent. Family and friends were able to take two relief prints from their plates, giving one as a present. Congratulations […]

Pennine Prints.

The show by 20 prints by printmakers  from Prospect Studios has now opened. The show runs until  June and features a range of printing techniques from collograph to etchings on the theme of the Pennines. All work is for sale and Liam Spencer is showing his work in the main gallery.  


20 members of Prospect Studios will be showing their work at The Whitaker from the 21st of April. The exhibition will run in conjunction with the exhibition by Liam Spencer ” Home and Away. “. The period of April and May will see Prospect Studios dominating the museum and Alan Birch will give a print […]

Gelli Printing

Artist Karen Vine gave a short demonstration of gelli printing to a small group of Prospect printmakers during March. This was the first time many artists  had experimented with the technique. It is a technique which uses acrylic paint and can incorporate stencils etc. It is a painterly technique which needs no press so can […]

New Prospect Prints.

Artists have been busy at Prospect Studios producing prints for the forthcoming exhibition at the Whitaker in April. Besides working on the theme of The Pennines, artists have been extending their work and experimenting. Newcomers to the class have enjoyed getting their hands dirty and producing some brilliant prints!

First time printers.

Year 9 pupils from Loreto High School were introduced to the work of Alan Birch, prior to embarking on a lengthy session of printmaking, linked to their  GCSE coursework. Pupils were encouraged to experiment with a range of techniques linked to themes in their work. Their attitude was exemplary and many really grabbed the opportunity […]