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Night in the museum.

International students newly arrived in Manchester were welcomed into  Manchester Museum to discover the collections, meet fellow students and try their hand at printing. Students were given small drypoint plates and made engravings based on objects in the museum. For many this was their first attempt at printing, and others re-acquainted themselves with the technique. […]

Printing Pots

During August, artist Alan Birch spent two weeks working with families producing prints inspired by the ceramics found in the Mediterranean galleries. Parents and children alike made drawings, cut out wallpaper and produced multi- coloured relief prints. The children really enjoyed inking their own plates and during the residency over 1000 people made a range […]

Coffee, Cake and Culture

Artists from Stockport and Manchester spent 2 sessions with artist Alan Birch at the Whitworth in September. Using the embroidered images by the artist William Kentridge as a starting point, artists made engravings and relief prints incorporating collage into their prints. The rich visual images reflected the textured works of Kentridge. The show is on […]

Hen Party Printing.

Alan Birch spent a creative morning working with a hen party from London. Artists came armed with photographs and images on a sea and coast theme, places and objects loved by the bride. Each artists produced two relief prints and two drypoints , one of each which will be signed and bound in a book […]

Turnpike Prints on show.

Work done by 2 primary schools, 2 secondary school and the art club from the Turnpike Art Gallery in Leigh were exhibited at the Turnpike a alongside the work of Dave Pearson. The prints inspired by Dave’s prints of Customs and Festivals, were produced over 5 days and were curated by Hannah Gaunt, Learning and […]

Coffee, Cake and Culture.

Members of arts groups and  health support groups met at the Whitworth in Manchester to explore new printmaking techniques. Participants were introduced to the technique of relief printing, which they will later pass onto their members.

Prints at the Whitaker.

Pupils from Crawshawbooth Primary School spent warm summer days at the Whitaker in Rawtenstall, working with the printmaker Alan Birch. Pupils spent time in the museum, looking at objects from the local history and natural history collection and hearing about the stories behind the objects. Working with Alan, pupils produced a series of drawings before […]

Age Friendly Prints

Members of age friendly arts programme at the Whitworth Art Gallery, were introduced to a variety of printmaking techniques,during a 3 week residency programme. in the first session,  artists produced a range of relief and monoprints inspired the work of Gillian Ayres and the Whitworth garden. During the second week . reduction lino cuts, inspired […]

African Prints

Year 1 pupils from The Twelve Apostles RC Primary School in Wigan experienced their first taste of printing with artist Alan Birch. The pupils had been looking at African culture as part of their studies and explored the theme of African masks. Pupils used water based inks and wallpaper to create their brilliant prints.

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 […]