Penmon prints

Artists from Prospect Studio spent an enjoyable ay at Penmon Point inspired by the setting of the lighthouse and Puffin Island. Some great prints were produced by the group, including drypoints, relief prints and chine college works. The prints perfectly captured the atmosphere of this beautiful spot.    

20 20 Print exchange

Members of Prospect Studio have been busy printing their editions of prints for the 20 20 print exchange organised by Hot Bed Press. Prospect Studio has taken part in the exchange for over 10 years and members have swapped prints with artists from Russia, Iceland , Europe and many studios throughout the UK.


Members of the Hand Made group from the Whitworth Art Gallery have been busy working on drawings   during the early weeks in November to coincide with the Big Draw . The works which involved artists using a variety of media to explore the themes of natural forms and patterns in design, certainly  reflect the […]

Prospect printers

Members of Prospect Printmakers have been busy working on new prints over the last few weeks , with many members showing their work throughout the north west and beyond in galleries and print fairs  and beyond. Members have also been taking part in the 20 20 print exchange organised by Hot Bed Press and preparing […]

Brittania printmakers.

Year 3 pupils from Brittania Primary School spent a creative day working with printmaker Alan Birch at The Whittaker in Rawtenstall. Pupils produced some excellent drawings working from the collection before turning these into engravings which they printed on Alan’s portable press.  In the afternoon pupils explored the world of relief printing using textured wallpapers […]

Coffee, Cake and Culture

Alan Birch Worked with the Coffee, Cake And Culture group at The Whitworth in Manchester, producing colourful and vibrant  relief prints and monoprints.  Participants worked from the wallpaper exhibition currently on display.The sessions  are aimed at making culture accessible for anyone living with a physical or mental health need, and their families  and support systems.

Richard Harris Art Collection

During the summer, I visited Richard Harris the art collector in Chicago. Richard has been a collector of art for many years and a selection of his vast collection was exhibited at The Welcome Trust in London a few years ago. He has a particular interest in works highlighting Death and War, and owns works […]

Printing from the garden.

Year 9 pupils from Ashton on Mersey School, spent a day at The Whitworth, drawing and printing with artist Alan Birch. The pupils produced some excellent drawings from the Whitworth garden and later transformed these into engravings  before printing them on a portable printing press. A few pupils added abstract forms from the work of […]

The Lost Words.

During the summer break, visitors to the Manchester Museum produced a range of relief prints based on the book by xxx   . The book which illustrates words which have been omitted from the Children’s Dictionary , provided the starting point for creative activities. Families drew silhouettes of their chosen birds, plants and animals on […]

Printing at the Mela

Visitors to the Manchester Mega  Mela , were able to get creative at the Arts and Crafts Marquee in Platt Fields in July . The annual event saw thousands of visitors take in the music, entertainments and creative activities. Alan Birch was working with Manchester Museum, creating  engravings on the theme of  The Lost Words […]

Queens Mill Prints

Families joined artist Alan Birch at  Queens Street  Mill in Burnley, producing theft own relief prints based on the machinery at the Mill. The Mill which is the last surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill, is open Thursday to Saturday, and children and parents alike used wallpaper to create shapes and patterns found in […]

Forthcoming class dates.

Next class dates are Sunday the 14th July, Monday 15th July and Saturday the 27th, August dates are 3rd, 4th and 5th. Monday classes start again on the 22nd July 6-8.30 pm. Interested parties please contact Alan.

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 […]