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West Yorkshire Print Workshop

Established in 1984, West Yorkshire Print Workshop is the largest open access printmaking facility in Yorkshire. Nestled in the heart of Mirfield, we support, nurture and promote creative talent through the joy of making prints.

Initially as Kirklees Art Space Society, then St. Pauls Print Workshop and Eastthorpe Visual Arts, we have operated from the old Victorian school next to St Paul’s Church since 1984.

From the beginning our aim was to nurture local and regional artists through the provision of studio space, print facilities and presentation of high quality exhibitions. Key people helped us along the way: a partnership of artists, Yorkshire Arts, Association, Councillors and Kirklees Council officers, all keen to see arts and culture expanded in the borough.

The first exhibition was by Sonia Lawson RA, who was chosen because of her connections with the area, and since then, hundreds of artists have been through our door. Our recent exhibition ‘35’ brought together a few of the artists associated with WYPW, including some who were here at the very beginning. We look forward to the next 35 years!

“I was part of Kirklees Arts Action Group 1979. The group included the late Dennis Ripley, Brian Pearson, Andrew Darke and the late David Blackburn. Simon Roodhouse was Visual arts officer at Yorkshire Arts and initiated meeting with artists in Kirklees. Trevor Stubley was chair, and I was Secretary. We promoted Kirklees artists, held exhibitions in the main sports centre and had a membership of over 200, mostly professional artists. One of the first members was Tom Wood and a couple of friends who were recent graduates. Dennis Ripley suggested that a school which was closing down in Mirfield, could become a venue and more permanent premises. We went to look and the idea came of a print workshop/artcentre in 1980/81.”

Geof Hickey (Artist and founding member)

“I left college in 1982, with a degree in printmaking and big ideas. Soon came down to earth with a bump as I realised that three and a half million unemployed might put paid to a lot of things. Managed to get a job at Greenhead books in Huddersfield in the Art Department and whilst working there I went along to a KAAG (Kirklees Arts Action Group) meeting. They used to exhibit in the old sports centre and had plans to set up an art gallery, artist studios, print workshops and photographic darkroom as there was nothing in the area to help new artists coming onto the art scene. Dennis Ripley was a Kirklees Councillor (Mirfield) at the time, and Eastthorpe School had closed down. Kirklees wanted to see it used for community use and found some grant money to help get things moving… I think it took nearly 2 years from signing the lease to actually opening the gallery. 8 studio spaces, screen printing, textile printing, etching and a darkroom. I remember the paint was still wet in the downstairs toilets on the opening night. Sonia Lawson was our first exhibition, helped in a huge way by Trevor Stubley and his art contacts. We were told it would be a white elephant, but elephants can live a very long time, can’t they? Okay, so it’s not in a large city/town centre, but it’s got a station on a main line, and that’s all it needed at the start. Studio spaces filled, and a programme of exhibitions followed.”

Nick Wilson (Founding member)

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Evening Taster: Lino Etching

Evening Taster: Lino Etching

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Thursday 15th September 2022 6pm – 9pm Lino etching is a relief printing process that uses caustic soda paste to etch into lino blocks. This technique can be a good addition to traditional cut lino. You will experiment with mark-making through the use of simple ‘resists’, a way of protecting areas o...more

Date: From 15/09/2022 To 15/09/2022
Paper Stencil Screen Printing

Paper Stencil Screen Printing

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You will be guided through the design of your stencil as well as the printing process itself. To make the print, ink is pushed through a mesh screen, with shapes blocked out by the stencil of your own design. A thin, quick drying layer of ink is transferred to the printing paper and, once dry, furth...more

Date: From 19/03/2022 To 19/03/2022
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Screen Print onto Textiles

Screen Print onto Textiles

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Weekend Course Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October 2022 10 – 4pm Your tutor: Karen Stansfield This fun, hands-on course will cover the whole screen-printing process – from preparing images and exposing them onto screens using the photo-emulsion process, to printing and fixing your designs using...more

Date: From 22/10/2022 To 23/10/2022
Intro to: Lino Etching

Intro to: Lino Etching

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Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 2022 10am – 4pm Your tutors: Jenny Thomas and Fabian Osborne Over the course of the two days you will investigate ways of working with lino blocks and a caustic soda paste to bring textural qualities to relief printed images. Lino etching is a very painterly tec...more

Date: From 15/10/2022 To 16/10/2022
Intro to: Etching

Intro to: Etching

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Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 2022 10am – 4pm Your tutor : Kate Desforges The course is led with a hands-on approach from the start, with plenty of examples and demonstrations along the way. You will make 2 etching plates during the weekend, and there will be the opportunity to produce a good...more

Date: From 08/10/2022 To 09/10/2022
Evening Taster: Monoprint

Evening Taster: Monoprint

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Evening workshop : Thursday 6th October 2022 6pm – 9pm Tutor: Cath Brooke Come and get your hands inky and your creativity flowing in this taster session workshop which will introduce you to the technique of Monoprint; a way of producing unique, one-off prints by rolling ink onto a plastic plate sur...more

Date: From 06/10/2022 To 06/10/2022
Intro to: Mordant Printing with Natural Dyes

Intro to: Mordant Printing with Natural Dyes

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Saturday 24th September 2022 11-4pm Your tutor: Kirstie Williams Learn the process of screen printing using natural mordant pastes and natural dyes to dye and print cloth. This day workshop will give a basic overall introduction to natural dyeing and printing techniques onto fabric, with time for pr...more

Date: From 24/09/2022 To 24/09/2022
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Intro to: Screen Printing on Paper

Intro to: Screen Printing on Paper

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Weekend course Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2022 10am – 4pm Your tutors: Clare Caulfield  Screen printing on paper is a highly versatile technique that allows an endless variety of marks to be printed from bold solid areas of colour, delicate line drawings, text and photographic images.  Th...more

Date: From 03/09/2022 To 04/09/2022
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Masterclass: Mezzotint with Stuart Brocklehurst

Masterclass: Mezzotint with Stuart Brocklehurst

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Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2022 10-4pm Your tutor: Stuart Brocklehurst Masterclasses are back! Why not join printmaker Stuart Brocklehurst on our first ever mezzotint workshop here at WYPW and explore this beautiful intaglio process? An engraving technique made popular in the eighteenth ce...more

Date: From 20/08/2022 To 21/08/2022
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Solarplate (photo-polymer) Etching

Solarplate (photo-polymer) Etching

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Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August 2022 10am – 4pm Your tutor: Susie Turner This two-day course will introduce you to printmaking with Solarplate (photo-polymer) Etching, exploring the process of printing with light-sensitive plates that have been exposed to sunlight or an artificial source of UV...more

Date: From 13/08/2022 To 14/08/2022
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Taster Tuesday – Stencil Screen Printing

Taster Tuesday – Stencil Screen Printing

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Tuesday 9th August 2022 10-3pm Come and get your hands inky and your creativity flowing in this mid-week taster session workshop which will introduce you to the technique of screen-printing with stencils. Stencil screen printing is a relatively quick and accessible printing process. Offering great s...more

Date: From 09/08/2022 To 09/08/2022
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Intro to: Natural Dyeing

Intro to: Natural Dyeing

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Saturday 23rd July 2022 11-4pm Your tutor: Kirstie Williams Explore a range of colours using vegetable and plant dyes such as turmeric, madder, onion skins and logwood on this one day natural dyeing workshop. During the session, you will learn about using dyes to dye cottons, silk & wool and wil...more

Date: From 23/07/2022 To 23/07/2022
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Saturday Taster: Lino Printing

Saturday Taster: Lino Printing

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Saturday 2nd July 2022 11am – 3pm Your tutor: Rachel Richardson Come and get your hands inky and your creativity flowing in this taster session workshop which will introduce you to the technique of lino print. Lino is a traditional relief technique where the surface of a linoleum block is carved awa...more

Date: From 02/07/2022 To 02/07/2022
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Linocut and Colour Blends

Linocut and Colour Blends

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Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2022 11am – 5pm Your tutor: Scarlette Averley Over the course of a weekend, learners will be guided through the reduction linocut method and colour blend inking techniques. Reduction linocut involves cutting away the surface of one lino block in stages and printing...more

Date: From 25/06/2022 To 26/06/2022
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Further Etching – Sugarlift Aquatint

Further Etching – Sugarlift Aquatint

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Saturday 11th June 2022 10-5pm Your tutor: Kate Desforges Famously used by Picasso in his etchings, sugarlift is a process which, when combined with aquatint, enables a broad range of painterly marks and tonal values to be created on a metal plate. It can be used on its own or in-combination with ot...more

Date: From 11/06/2022 To 11/06/2022
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Evening Taster: Drypoint

Evening Taster: Drypoint

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Evening workshop : Thursday 9th June 2022 6pm – 9pm Your tutor : Cath Brooke An ‘intaglio’ printmaking process; drypoint uses a sharp tool to scratch marks into the surface of a Perspex plate. A print is taken from ink which is held within these marks. A great introductory technique for those intere...more

Date: From 09/06/2022 To 09/06/2022
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Taster: Collagraph Printing

Taster: Collagraph Printing

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Saturday 7th May 2022 11am – 3pm During the workshop you will explore basic collagraph methods using a range of textured papers, vinyls, glues, etc. Textures are added to the plate (mountboard) much like a collage. These collaged pieces can then be inked up to create collagraph print. Emphasis will...more

Date: From 07/05/2022 To 07/05/2022
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, 75A Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Intro to: Using colour with intaglio printing

Intro to: Using colour with intaglio printing

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Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2022 10am-4pm A weekend, two day introduction to various approaches to working in colour with intaglio printing (chine collé, coloured inks, aquatint and post-colouring). As well as looking in focus at a variety of artists and investigating their methodologies,...more

Date: From 30/04/2022 To 01/05/2022
Taster: Lino Etching

Taster: Lino Etching

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Thursday 28th April 2022 6pm – 9pm Lino etching is a relief printing process that uses caustic soda paste to etch into lino blocks. This technique can be a good addition to traditional cut lino. You will experiment with mark-making through the use of simple ‘resists’, a way of protecting areas of yo...more

Date: From 28/04/2022 To 28/04/2022
Location: 75A Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Intro to: Experimental Letterpress with Monoprint

Intro to: Experimental Letterpress with Monoprint

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Weekend course Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2022 11 – 5pm Letterpress is usually used to create multiple items, whereas a monoprint is a one off and can be a texture or mark made with ink, an ink knife, a block of type or a found object, (among others). These monoprints can then be combined w...more

Date: From 23/04/2022 To 24/04/2022
Location: 75A Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Flourish Award 2022

Flourish Award 2022

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We are delighted to announce the shortlisted artists for this year’s Flourish Award. Included in the touring exhibition are: Caitriona Dunnett, Daniel Howden, Dianne Murphy, Francesco Poiana, Ian Brooks, Jodie Wingham, Lesley O’Neill, Lidija Antanasijević, Liz Wilson, Mario Gonzalez, Mita Solanky, S...more

Date: From 09/04/2022 To 28/05/2022
Location: 75A Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Screen Print onto Textiles

Screen Print onto Textiles

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Weekend Course Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd April 2022 10 – 4pm This fun, hands-on course will cover the whole screen-printing process – from preparing images and exposing them onto screens using the photo-emulsion process, to printing and fixing your designs using water-based, washable inks. Texti...more

Date: From 02/04/2022 To 03/04/2022
Location: 75A Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Taster: Monoprint

Taster: Monoprint

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Evening workshop : Thursday 31st March 2022 18:00 – 21:00 Ink can be added or wiped off in certain areas, and a print is then taken from the plate. Multiple plates can be printed in register to achieve exciting layered compositions. Learners will experiment with using inks, paintbrushes, stencils an...more

Date: From 31/03/2022 To 31/03/2022
Location: 75A Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Introduction to Linocut – Online Workshop

Introduction to Linocut – Online Workshop

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ONLINE COURSE – via Zoom Saturday 19th March 2022 10am – 12:30pm Explore the relief printing process of linocut from the comfort of your own home with the guidance of artist and printmaker Kirstie Williams in this online introductory workshop. This zoom session is ideal for complete beginners in lin...more

Date: From 19/03/2022 To 19/03/2022
Location: 75A Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Intro to: Letterpress

Intro to: Letterpress

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Weekend course Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May 2022 11 – 5pm During the course you will have the option to work with a selection of wood and lead type in a range of typefaces and sizes. We have an 8 x 5” Adana press for printing small work, and a large Imperial platen press for printing larger woo...more

Date: From 28/02/2022 To 29/05/2022
Location: 75A Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Bringing it together

Bringing it together

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Four Northern-based Artist/Printmakers reflect on the impact of COVID 19 on their practice, exploring the common and divergent themes that have emerged in their work over the past two years. The exhibition includes both wall based and paper installation/3D work and a range of different printmaking p...more

Date: From 15/01/2022 To 19/03/2022
Location: 75A Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Taster: Collagraph Printing

Taster: Collagraph Printing

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Saturday 17th July 2021 11am – 3pm Come and get your hands inky and your creativity flowing in this taster session workshop which will introduce you to the technique of Collagraph printing; a print process where an image is made from a plate collaged with different textures. Your tutor : Cath Brooke...more

Date: From 11/06/2021 To 17/07/2021
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Talk with Anne Desmet

Talk with Anne Desmet

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Start the new year as you mean to go on and discover what inspires print-makers around the world in the second of a series of talks exclusively for West Yorkshire Print Workshop. Anne Desmet RA introduces “Scene through Wood: A Century of Modern Wood Engraving”, the exhibition she curated for Oxford...more

Date: From 14/12/2020 To 07/01/2021
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Intro to: Mokulito – Plywood Lithography

Intro to: Mokulito – Plywood Lithography

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Date: From 19/10/2020 To 22/11/2020
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Layers and Line: Drypoint Multiplates

Layers and Line: Drypoint Multiplates

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Sunday 7th March 2021 11am – 5pm Working with a number of plates of different sizes and shapes you will experiment with mark making and building up surfaces on aluminium. You will use traditional scrapers and drypoint needles along with sanding and more innovative mark making approaches. The plates...more

Date: From 19/10/2020 To 07/03/2021
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Linocut and Colour Blends

Linocut and Colour Blends

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Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February 2021 11am – 5pm Over the course of a weekend, learners will be guided through the reduction linocut method and colour blend inking techniques. Reduction linocut involves cutting away the surface of one lino block in stages and printing each stage, layer by laye...more

Date: From 19/10/2020 To 28/02/2021
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Becalmed – An exhibition by Sue Baker Kenton

Becalmed – An exhibition by Sue Baker Kenton

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‘Becalmed’ showcases prints by Sue Baker Kenton who is based in Buckinghamshire and works out of Leicester Print Workshop. Her striking and expressive etchings focus on the figure, with human faces as a recurring motif. Rooted in observational drawing, her large scale prints evolve over time in a co...more

Date: From 18/09/2020 To 31/10/2020
Location: HD1 2RS
Artist Talk and Demo: Nobuo Okawa

Artist Talk and Demo: Nobuo Okawa

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Wednesday 18th March 2020, 6-8p To correspond with his retrospective exhibition at Dean Clough in Halifax; we are very pleased to welcome artist and printmaker Nobuo Okawa to WYPW. Nobuo will be talking through his 40 year journey of exploring nature via the medium of Mezzotint. Join us as he demons...more

Date: From 02/03/2020 To 18/03/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Flourish Award 2020

Flourish Award 2020

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The Flourish Award was established in 2009 by West Yorkshire Print Workshop to showcase excellence in printmaking from across Yorkshire. Now it showcases artists from across the UK. Since 2014 the Flourish Award has been open to printmakers across the UK, and in our 11th year, the 2020 Award will pr...more

Date posted: 4/02/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Maggie Thompson – Artist talk and private view

Maggie Thompson – Artist talk and private view

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WYPW gallery, Tuesday 28th January 2020, 6-7pm Maggie Thompson has exhibited widely since completing her MA at Manchester School of Art in 2017and sites printmaking as being integral to her practice, specifically focusing on etching onto steel. Her talk will explore the inspirations behind her print...more

Date: From 14/01/2020 To 28/01/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Colour and Abstract Form: Playful Screen Print

Colour and Abstract Form: Playful Screen Print

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Saturday 28th March 2020 11am – 5pm Come and spend the day with print-maker Jonathan Lawes and learn how to work playfully with screen print, developing and layering abstract forms to create bold, graphic compositions in a personal colour palette. During the workshop you will be guided through colou...more

Date: From 09/01/2020 To 28/03/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Intro to: Linocut and Colour Blending

Intro to: Linocut and Colour Blending

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Weekend workshop Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February 2020 10am – 4pm Join artist Scarlette Averley for this immersive weekend course exploring linocut printing. Learners will be guided through the reduction linocut method, and colour blend inking techniques. Reduction linocut involves cutting away...more

Date: From 08/01/2020 To 09/02/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Intro to: Screen Printing Paper

Intro to: Screen Printing Paper

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Weekend course Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March 2020 10am – 4pm Description Spend a weekend learning screen printing in our professionally equipped workshop with artist and printmaker Clare Caulfield. Learn how to translate hand-drawn designs and photographs into multi-coloured screen prints on pap...more

Date: From 08/01/2020 To 08/03/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Taster: Collagraph Printing

Taster: Collagraph Printing

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Day workshop Saturday 7th March 2020 11 – 3pm Description Come and get your hands inky and your creativity flowing in a friendly, artistic environment! This session will introduce you to the technique of Collagraph print, a print process where an image is made from a plate collaged with different te...more

Date: From 08/01/2020 To 07/03/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Intro to: Mokuhanga Japanese Wood Block Printing

Intro to: Mokuhanga Japanese Wood Block Printing

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Weekend course Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March 2020 10am – 4pm Description Spend an immersive weekend learning the traditional Japanese art of water-based woodblock printing! ‘Mokuhanga’ is perfect for artists interested in a non-toxic, table-top printmaking technique. Over the course of the w...more

Date: From 08/01/2020 To 15/03/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Layers and Line: Drypoint Multiplates

Layers and Line: Drypoint Multiplates

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Sunday 15th March 2020 10am – 4pm Working with a number of drypoint plates of different sizes and shapes you will experiment with mark making and building up surfaces on aluminium. You will use traditional scrapers and drypoint needles along with sanding and more innovative mark making approaches. T...more

Date: From 08/01/2020 To 15/03/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Create! : Print your own Posy

Create! : Print your own Posy

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Saturday 21st March 2020 10am – 3pm If you’re looking for the perfect handmade gift for your best friend, family member or mom (Mother’s day is just around the corner after all!) or maybe you fancy carving (pun intended!) some time just for yourself – and why not… then this hands on course is for yo...more

Date: From 08/01/2020 To 21/03/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
At The Margin

At The Margin

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Maggie Thompson has exhibited widely since completing her MA at Manchester School of Art in 2017, and here she presents a set of new and recent prints. The primary focus of her printmaking practice is etching on steel. For her, this method has a coherence with the subject matter and her underlying t...more

Date: From 07/01/2020 To 25/02/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Colour Mixing for Screen print

Colour Mixing for Screen print

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Day workshop Saturday 25th January 2020 10.30am – 3pm Description Explore the wonderful world of colour mixing by layering different shades using simple hand cut stencil screen prints! Starting with basic colour theory, this workshop will see you analyse how other printmakers have used colour and lo...more

Date: From 06/01/2020 To 25/01/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Taster: Drypoint Printing

Taster: Drypoint Printing

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Taster workshop Thursday 6th February 2020 6pm – 9pm Description Come and get your hands inky and your creativity flowing in a friendly, artistic environment! This session will introduce you to the technique of drypoint, an ‘intaglio’ printmaking process, where a sharp tool is used to scratch marks...more

Date: From 06/01/2020 To 06/02/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Masterclass: from Pen to Print with Sarah Harris

Masterclass: from Pen to Print with Sarah Harris

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Coinciding with the 40 year anniversary of Leeds Craft Centre and Design gallery and their exhibition ‘Coast’; join exhibiting artist printmaker Sarah Harris for a 2 day masterclass and have a go at some of the techniques behind her stunning prints. Over the course of the weekend, Sarah will discuss...more

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