Hester Cox Masterclass.

Regular members of the printmaking classes at Prospect Studio were treated to a masterclass by Hester Cox. Hester who mainly works in the medium of Collograph, spent the weekend showing artist tricks and techniques whilst they produced their own work. Members produced some excellent work, some producing personal pieces whilst others experimented with techniques. Hopefully […]

Hokusai and Volcanoes

Year 6 pupils from St Ambrose Preparatory School in Hale Barns, spent a day producing relief and intaglio prints with artist Alan Birch. Pupils have been looking at the work of Japanese maestro Hokusai alongside volcanoes., and these subjects were used for the prints. Pupils were shown all forms of printmaking, and then produced drawings […]

Blackpool Art Club

Members of Blackpool Art Club spent a busy day when artist Alan birch visited their group. Members engaged themselves fully in printing techniques, producing collographs, drypoints, relief prints and mono printing. Some members were able to print 10 prints during the day, enough to stage their own exhibition.

Printing for the RHS

Teachers from across the North west spent a creative day at The Whitworth in conjunction with the RHS. The schools are working with the RHS to design gardens for the show at Tatton Park in 2018. The gardens will be inspired by artists and designers work, ranging from Damien Hurst to Monet. Teachers were shown […]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all printmakers everywhere, and a special thanks to all who attended printing classes during 2017, whether at Prospect Studio, The Whitworth  in schools, colleges and galleries everywhere. Here is St Cupcake to enjoy this festive period.

Prospect Printing.

Keen printmakers braved the freezing temperatures and the threat of snow to complete some excellent prints this weekend. Newcomers produced some great etchings and regulars continued their fine work. Cora a complete beginner showed what can be done in two days working on a theme. She managed etchings, chine collie, aquatints , drypoints, three colour […]

Salford students print.

Alan Birch gave a lecture to degree students at Salford University as part of their printmaking module. Students and staff have been given access to the print collection at Manchester Art Gallery , viewing a series of 100 prints. Artists are to choose a work from the gallery and make their own personal response to […]

Folio Development Day.

Students from Xavarian College spent an insightful day at the Whitworth , being tutored by printmaker Alan Birch, and being advised by degree students on how to apply to degree courses. Top tips were taken on board and some excellent work was produced by the enthusiastic group. Pupils were able to look at there range […]

Christmas card prints

Health workers, nurses and carers spent a day at the Whitworth as part of the Dementia Awareness day. They spent the day listening to speakers and engaging in creative workshops. The day also saw the launch of a Dementia Awareness book published by the Whitworth. As part of the day nurses spent short sessions with […]

Mexico visit. Mexico City.

As part of the project,Alan visited the University of Mexico City and was shown around the amazing print  facilities , including the press of Diego Rivera. The work produced by staff and students was of exceptional quality, and he hopes to make links for future projects. it was also Day of the Dead time and […]

Mexico visit. Real del Monte.

Alan Birch visited Mexico City  and Real del Monte during October and November as part of a research project. Over the last two years Alan has been working with sculptor Jill Randall, producing a series of prints, based on the mineworkings  found in Cornwall. This culminated in an exhibition of prints at Geevor Tin Mine […]

The Boo Christmas Fair.

Artists Alan Birch and Jill Randall showed their prints at the Boo in Waterfoot as part of their Christmas Fair. They also sold a range of mexican craft objects brought back from their recent research trip to Mexico City and Real del Monte. Printmakers from the printing classes at the studio also sold their work […]

Teachers prints.

Teachers from the Greater Manchester area attended a printing masterclass with artist Alan birch at the Whitworth in Manchester in December. Nursery, primary and secondary teachers were introduced to techniques , ranging from relief prints which could be printed by hand to engraving using a portable printing press. Some threat work was produced and some […]

Preston Prints.

Photography students at Cardinal Newman College in Preston, spent a creative day with printmaker Alan Birch In November. Using ideas from their coursework, students explored a vast range of print techniques including engraving, chine collie and relief printing. The quality of their prints taken from perspex plates was exceptional and they completely engaged with the […]

Reveal Open Studio and the Whittaker

Alan Birch will be showing his work as part of the Reveal on the weekend of 7th and 8th of October 2017 in Waterfoot , Rossendale, Lancs. He will be showing new work inspired by a recent trip to Australia and a selection of Contemporary Saints, a series of 80 prints to be shown in […]