New prints from Prospect

Printmakers have been busy at Prospect Studios. With exhibitions at Bury and in Waterfoot and print fairs at Bury art Gallery and Helmshore Textile Museum, a large number of prints have been made. With some newcomers coming to classes including Jo Morton who journeys down from Berwick, the presses have been worked hard. Here are […]

Student printers.

Students from Manchester Metropolitan University attended classes at Prospect Studio, producing some excellent work. Students were able to experiment with various techniques and media, including etching, aquatint, relief and chine colle. Hopefully more students will develop their work into print.  

Prospect Printers at Bury

30 artists who currently attend printmaking  classes at Prospect Studio in Waterfoot, Lancashire, showed their prints at Bury Art Gallery. The works based on the theme of Pennines and Land covered a range of techniques including etching, aquatint, drypoint, collograph, gelli print, lino and relief printing. For many of the artists this was their first […]

Andean Textile prints.

Members of Handmade produced an extensive amount of prints based on the textiles from the Andes currently on show at the Whitworth. Using patterned and textured wallpapers artists cutout and tore shapes which were then inked and printed at the Whitworth. The group who meet every Friday afternoon get to experience a wide variety of […]

Thomas Holford Prints

Over 50 Year 10 pupils from Bishop Thomas Holford College worked with artist Alan Birch producing engravings and collage prints to enhance their GCSE coursework. Alan brought his portable etching press and water based inks into school and showed his work to pupils. Pupils then used their coursework from which to develop drawings for prints […]

Printing from Andean Textiles

Year 7 pupils from Ullswater College spent a creative morning working with printmaker Alan Birch. Using the current show of Andean textiles as a starting point, pupils produced line drawings based on the patterns and shapes found in the pieces. From these drawings,  pupils produced some colourful and textured prints using wallpaper and water based […]

Handmade printing

Members of the Handmade group who meet on Friday afternoons at the Whitworth in Manchester, have been working with artist Alan Birch, producing some excellent prints. A charity of print techniques have been explored including engravings, based on Manchester buildings, Lino cuts based on the exhibition of the work of John Ruskin, and relief prints […]

African masks.

Year 1 pupils from Twelve Apostles primary school in Leigh , spent a creative morning with printmaker Alan Birch. To  enhance their work on Africa, children looked at the theme of African masks, using textured wallpapers and card to create their own masks. Once pupils cut out their shapes from wallpaper, they inked these and […]

Musical morning

As part of a family day at Touchstones in Rochdale, families were invited to make drawings from 60’s musical equipment. Together with a silent disco, badge making and craft activities, children and their parents were able to spend an entire morning in the museum. For the printing, families produced drawings which they later turned into […]

Greek prints

Year 4 pupils from Haslingden Primary school visited the Whittaker Museum in Rawtenstall to look at the Natural history section and to work with printmaker Alan Birch. To compliment their studies of Ancient Greece , pupils produced drawings from images of ancient greek olympic games. These drawings were then used to produce engravings, which they […]

Autism Friendly Session.

Early morning visitors were invited to the museum for an autism friendly session at Manchester Museum. Alan Birch brought his portable press in and families drew from museum objects before transforming these into relief and intaglio prints. Participants made great use of having the museum to themselves, and produced some great work.

The Lost Words

Families coming to the Manchester Museum over half term were given the opportunity to print with artist Alan Birch. Over 3 afternoon sessions over 200 prints were produced as part of the activity week.Artist Alan Birch used  his portable press to print detailed illustrations. Working from the theme of  The Lost Words By Robert MacFarlane […]

Arabian Nights printing.

Year 4 Pupils from Leyland Community Primary School spent a creative day working with printmaker Alan Birch. Working in conjunction with the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh , Alan introduced pupils to engraving and some relief prints. Pupils initially produced drawings on the theme of the stories of the Arabian Nights which were then transformed into […]

Helmshore Summer Craft Fair

Prospect Printmakers showed their work at Helmshore Textile Museum in late June, showcasing the work of over 10 members work. The prints on display included etchings, drypoints, lino cuts , mono prints and collographs complimented by a range of cards. The day was bust with Stacksteads band entertaining visitors.

Waterfoot Wakes Art Trail

As part of the Waterfoot wakes weekend celebrations this weekend, members of Prospect studios will be displaying their prints in local shops. This informal exhibition involves over 13 shops and features the work of 15 artists, some of whom live in Waterfoot. The event organised by the Boo! coincides with  parades, talks, there and a […]