Medway Print Festival 2017

MFP'17 Medway Print Festival logoBack for its second year, Medway Print Festival offers a wonderful range of printmaking activities, exhibitions and events from the 10th to the 25th June. The festival is organised by Medway Council’s Arts Development Team with freelance curator and artist Matt Bray, in collaboration with arts venues and museums across Medway. There will be loads to see and do, and this year a free newspaper guide will help you to navigate it all.

MPF-cakeWe’ve lined up a Medway Fine Printmakers programme of workshops and events with some exciting new additions. Below we’ve listed all the festival activities we’re hosting at INTRA, but you can see the full programme on the Medway Print Festival website.

Festival Launch Night
Friday 9 June, 6.30-9pm, suitable for all ages, free entry.
We will be hosting this years official launch party for MPF17 and previewing our exhibition on the same evening. Join us to celebrate the start of the festival, meet local printmakers and find out more. There will be cake!

Medway Fine Printmakers Group Exhibition
Fri 9 June – Sun 30 July
Open daily – see intraarts.org for times
Suitable for all ages, free entry.
Exhibition of hand printed artworks by printmakers working at INTRA, representing the wide range of techniques practiced at the print studio including: etching, silkscreen, monoprinting, linocut, photopolymer plates, collagraph, heat press, foil blocking, letterpress and Risograph.

MFP-WayzgooseSummer Wayzgoose Print Fair
Sat 17 June, 10:00 – 17:00
Suitable for all ages, free entry.
Traditional printers’ fair with beautiful hand-printed wares on sale including cards, gifts, framed and unframed fine art prints starting from £10, printed textiles and a selection of printmaking equipment. Free family-friendly drop-in printmaking demonstrations will be running through the day including letterpress, Gelli and Risograph printing. The famous Wayzgoose tombola will be brimming with prizes both brilliant and bizarre, with printmaking classes for some lucky winners.

SHORT COURSES & WORKSHOPS (for adults)

MFP-Screenprinting1Screen Printing One
Mon 12 June, 11:00 – 17:00, £65
Learn the key silkscreen technique of creating photo stencils from your own artwork. Print onto paper with a vacuum screen bed or textiles on a fabric table. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their screen printing skills.
> Full details & booking

MFP-PhotopolymerNEW! Photopolymer Etching Taster
Wed 14 June, 12:00 – 14:00, £25
Demonstration of the photopolymer etching process with a chance to make your own test strip plate and print. A speedy introduction that works well as a basic refresher or to try out the technique for the first time.
> Book online
> Details of the full length two day course

MFP-CollagraphCollagraph Day Three with Chine Collé
Sun 18 June, 11:00 – 17:00, £65
Not listed in the official festival programme but we’ve added this class led by Kristiina Sandoe as a follow up to her popular introductory collagraph weekend, exploring textured plates made from collaged materials. Chine collé involves gluing thin paper or tissue onto the work during the printing process. You’ll also try out combining relief and intaglio inking techniques to layer up colour.
> Full details & booking

Screen Printing Two
Mon 19 June, 11:00 – 17:00, £65
Experiment with hand-cut stencils, practice your printing and photo stencil making technique, and learn registration methods to create multi-layered screen prints. This class follows on from Screen Printing One.
> Full details & booking

MFP-ThermofaxThermofax Screen Printing
Wed 21 June, 12:00 – 15:00, £45
Make a lightweight thermofax screen from your own artwork in this easy screen printing method. Print with water-based screen printing inks onto card or paper and take your screen and squeegee away with you to carry on printing. The screens last well, are very easy to store, and can be reused again and again to print party invites, t-shirts, birthday cards, bags, fabric, stationery and wrapping paper etc.
> Full details & booking

MFP-Risograph2NEW! Risograph Workshop
Fri 23 June, 11:00 – 13:30 or 15:00 – 17:30, £30
The Risograph machine is a stencil based duplicator that makes stencilled prints somewhere between the look of litho and screen printing – great for posters, flyers and art editions. Create an A3 artwork in two colours and take home 10 copies.
> Book online 11am session
> Book online 3pm session

MFP-Textile-repeat-patternNEW! Textile Repeat Patterns
Sat 24 & Sun 25 June, 11:00 – 17:00, £130
Silkscreen, relief and monoprinting methods are explored in this two day course experimenting with ways to design and print repeat patterns onto fabric and embellish prints with metallic or textured finishes. Bring ideas for designs of your own or draw inspiration from our library of images. You’ll learn how to prepare a design to make a repeating pattern, carve blocks, create stencils, and make imprints from found objects.
> Book online

MFP-LinocutLinocut, Sat 24 June, 10:30 – 16:30, £75
Nick Morley aka Linocutboy of Hello Print Studios in Margate leads this introductory workshop, exploring ways to get great results with this enjoyable relief printing method. With examples of linocut prints, methods to transfer your design, safe techniques for using and sharpening tools, how to ink up your carved block, choosing papers and printing, there are lots of useful tips to learn.
> Full details & booking

 

MFP-Risograph

Risograph print with the seven colours we have as drums.

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