Beyond Dementia

Work produced by the Dementia Friends opened at the Whitworth at the end of August. This brilliant and innovative exhibition is the result of a creative collaboration between Arts for Health,  the Whitworth and the Fabulously Forgetful Friends , a group of people living with dementia runs until September. Creative work produced earlier in the […]

Local prints by local children.

Artist Alan Birch spent two days working with talented and creative pupils at Waterfoot Primary School. Working on the theme of transformation, Alan showed some images of Mexican folk objects and the work of Max Ernst and Hannah Hoch. Children then created their own individual creatures from collages before drawing, engraving and printing their own prints. […]

Primary Printing morning.

Artist Alan Birch, spent the morning in St Elizabeths Primary School in Wythenshawe on behalf of the Whitworth Art Gallery. Pupils from Year 4 , 5 and 6 explored a range of printmaking media. Relief prints, drypoints and polystyrene prints were produced during the morning and the pupils really engaged with the subject. The vibrant […]

Lucienne Day Inspiration

Year 10 pupils from Wellington High School spent the morning with printmaker Alan Birch at The Whitworth in Manchester. Using the work of Lucienne Day as inspiration, pupils make studies in pencil before engraving their forms into drypoint plates. These they later inked and printed, later adding chine collie, natural forms and relief shapes into […]

Ramsbottom prints on show!

The talented artists of Ramsbottom and the surrounding area, were shown as part of the Reignite Exhibition at Ramsbottom Library. The show to promote Adult Learning in Bury saw work by a host of courses, celebrating the creative talent of the creative classes. The prints of class members taught by Alan Birch was excellent. Vibrant […]

GCSE printing

25 Year 9 pupils at Blessed Trinity Rc College,Burnley spent a day with printmaker Alan Birch, extending their work into a whole range of printing techniques. Drypoint, Chine colle, relief, collograph and mixed media pieces were explored and some great work was produced. The work produced should enhance their coursework in advance of their embarking […]

MRI Consultation

Alan Birch spent the afternoon in the Critical Care Unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary as part of the Health and Wellbeing Programme. Alan together with artist Lucy Burscough and musician Rachel engaged nurses and visitors alike to gauge their opinions on the existing and future decoration of the unit. Over 22 nurses and visitors took part, […]

Creative Ramsbottom.

Artists in Ramsbottom have been showing their skills at a printmaking class at Ramsbottom Library. The printmaking sessions at the library are part of Bury Adult Learning Service. Artists have explored reduction  lino, relief, engraving drypoint , mono print and chine colle. There area many talented artists around! Adult Education is vital.

Nurses print

As part of the Health and Wellbeing programme, in conjunction with the Manchester Museum , Alan Birch spent a morning working with nurses and carers specialising in the care and treatment of Dementia. Over 30 nurses listened to Wendy Gallagher talk about the arts programme before drawing and discussing personal objects and objects from the […]

Space and Planets

Year 1 and 2 pupils from St Hilda’s Primary School in Chorlton spent 3 days working with artist Alan Birch representing the Whitworth Art Gallery. Pupils created space aliens , printing from recycled objects, relief printing of planets with polystyrene,  create planets of the solar system by printing from modern and antique wallpapers from the […]

Deathly Prints

Visitors to the Whitworth were offered the opportunity to produce their own engravings based on the theme of Strange Ways to meet Death. Artist Alan Birch who has produced a series of 50 etchings illustrating bizarre ways people have met their ends. Over 30 people took part, ranging from care workers, artists and complete beginners. […]

Easter prints

Over 500 parents and children experienced the joy of printmaking over the Easter break. Working with printmaker Alan Birch, visitors were encouraged to draw from the work of Barbara Brown, Andy Warhol and Deanna Petheridge. These drawings were used to transfer into shapes cut from wallpapers ( some from old sample books from the Whitworths […]

QEGS Teachers Day.

Artist Alan Birch spent a day at Queen Elizabeths Grammar School in Blackburn, spreading the gospel of print. Alan worked with sixth formers producing a series of engravings, some incorporating collage. Later  teachers from Blackburn secondary schools were able to enjoy themselves getting creative and exploring the world of print.    

Visiting artist.

Printmakers at Prospect Studio spent an enjoyable weekend working with printmaker Stuart Brocklehurst. Stuart showed artists his work before they produced their own 6 colour prints, printed by hand. A great range of prints was produced and artists thoroughly enjoyed their day.

Dementia Friends.

People living with Dementia , and their carers spend creative Tuesday afternoons at The Whitworth, experiencing a range of creative activities. The friendly, creative and supportive group have painted, sculpted and printed their way round the gallery, producing some great work. The group produced some great lino cuts with Alan Birch. This work together with […]