Update December 2021:
Open Access can be used by existing and new members, on a pre-booking basis only. Sessions can be booked 2pm – 5pm / 6pm – 9pm on Wednesdays or 11am-2pm / 3pm-6pm Fridays and some Saturdays. If you would like to book a session, induction or one to one training – please get in touch via the Contact Us page.
Covid-19 – Read about the measures we are taking
Self-guided open access sessions in our print studio include use of the: etching press, book press, screen printing equipment, vacuum beds, fabric printing table, thermofax, letterpress, solar plate exposure unit, Risograph, Print Gocco and heat press equipment.
Wednesday is our regular open access day, but you can also arrange to come on Fridays or some Saturdays. All equipment needs to be booked in advance by emailing or phoning us. Regular users of the space (who are able to work entirely independently) can request a booking for other times Monday to Sunday and we’ll arrange it if possible. There is no membership fee, but you are required to undergo an induction for £15 on the first visit if you have not previously attended one of our courses.
Open Access cost: £15 for up to 3 hours.
Please book a single or double session for open access. For double sessions, the hour in between is free. For single sessions we need the hour in between to clean equipment. If there is no booking for the session after yours on the day, you are welcome to continue using the equipment at £5 per hour.
Hire of print studio: day rate £70 / half day £50
Our presses are also available for hire by groups or clubs for half or full days. Up to four people in the etching press area using individual work areas is the current limit, but screen printing, Risograph and textile printing tables are all available too. We require groups to follow our Covid-19 measures while using the studio.
A technician is on hand during open access sessions but these are not taught classes, you will need to be able to use the equipment on your own. If you need extra help or tuition, you can arrange one to one support for £15 per hour.
Light use of inks for etching and relief printing is included, and system 3 acrylics and binders for screen printing on paper or textiles can be purchased on the day. Coating with photo emulsion costs £3 per screen, and we can prep screens with emulsion to be waiting for you for £10 per screen, or expose a screen from your artwork to be ready for you, from £30.
We carry a range of printmaking papers for sale, please ask if there is something specific you would like us to get in stock. Normally we have Bread & Butter Edition 270 gsm cartridge, SouthBank 250 gsm cartridge, Hahnemuhle Etching 300 gsm, Fabriano Rosaspina 285 gsm, BFK Rives 250 gsm, Somerset Satin 250 gsm and a few others, along with newsprint and acid free tissue.
If you haven’t taken one of our short courses, you will need an induction before you can use the equipment during open access for the first time, to check that you have the required skills to work safely on your own. Inductions are £15 per person.
Contact us to reserve a time slot.
- Some materials are available to purchase from the studio manager, but you can bring along your own inks, papers, textiles, photo emulsion etc if you prefer.
- We use water-based inks in the screen printing studio, please let us know if you want to use oil based inks as we may need to arrange a separate session from those using water based inks.
- You can arrange to take a look at the print studio equipment if you want to check if it’s right for you – or if you’re just curious! Please contact us first before making a trip though as we can only support pre-booked appointments.