the Bluecoat – The Print Studio

imagePrint Studio at the Bluecoat.
Studio Hire, Workshops & Courses, Research & Sharing Practice, Print Partners, Exhibitions & Talks


An Introduction to the Print Studio

With a forty year history of printmaking on site, the Bluecoat has reopened its
Print Studio to the public. The Studio is clean, safe, light and airy, and current
working practice is geared towards new developments in ‘safe’ printmaking.
Equipment and materials on site include:
• one large etching press (Hughes and Kimber, bed 66 x 135cm);
• one small table top press (bed 28 x 55cm);
• hot plate and oil based intaglio proofing ink;
• a range of mordants, grounds and strippers;
• acrylic aquatint spray booth (you need your own spray gun);
• home-built UV exposure unit for plates and screens of up to A3 at


Hire the Studio

imageSessions are timetabled daily from 10.00am – 1.30pm and 2.00 – 5.30pm and 6.00 –
9.30pm (no evening session on Mondays) with the exception of Christmas Day and New
Year’s Day. Sessions are available at an introductory rate of £30. To book a session or
sessions please visit Tickets and Information at the Bluecoat in person or call 0151 702
5324. You will be asked for payment when you book.
Hire on your own to edition. Or work in a group of up to 6 to swap ideas and technique. It’s
up to you as long as you:
• are over 18
• have received a free Health and Safety Induction
• and have some relevant printmaking experience because hire sessions are not
To book a Health and Safety Induction email the Print Studio Manager or ring Tickets and Information. The Induction is free and lasts
approximately 40 minutes.


6 November – 6 December Free
Liverpool Printmakers Make Good at Editions Ltd. Liverpool Biennial Independent
View contrasting works – Anne Desmet’s intricately worked award-winning wood
engravings, Neil Morris’ painterly autobiographic screen/monoprints and Sean Rorke’s
colourful photo-etchings – courtesy of print enthusiast and gallery owner Olwyn
Opening times: 9.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 11.00am – 4.00pm Saturday.
Address: 16 Cook Street, Liverpool.


Artists’ Talk

Saturday 8 November at 2.00pm, Tyson Smith Studio at the Bluecoat £3/£2
Printmakers Anne Desmet (Printmaker Today), Neil Morris (LJMU and Eight Days A Week)
and Sean Rorke (Hot Bed Press) have their inky fingers in an impressively wide range of
pies. They teach, programme, publish, and exhibit. To coincide with their show at Editions
Ltd. (details above) the artists talk about their work, careers to date and answer questions.


Short courses

Do you need an introduction to ‘safe’ printmaking techniques?
We run daytime and evening courses designed to give you the confidence to book the
Studio and continue at your own pace. These are specialist intaglio courses and you
would be expected to have some print experience already. To book onto a course please
call Tickets and Information at the Bluecoat 0151 702 5324. If the current courses are full
you will be put onto a waiting list.



Once a month a specialist workshop for a maximum of 6 printmakers only, guaranteeing
you a learning experience of the highest quality:
11 and 12 October 10.00am – 4.00pm £120/£100
Multi-colour photo-etching with Sean Rorke
Spend a weekend learning how to get an image onto a plate, etching, aquatinting and
printing your plate. Sean has been making photo-etchings for almost 20 years. He will give
essential advice on creating simple positives and tips on printing in multi-colour, including
a-la-poupé inking, viscosity printing and effective colour roll overs. See Exhibition and Talk
for linked items.

9 November 10.00am – 4.00pm £60/£50
Wood engraving with Anne Desmet RE
Learn how to engrave the end grain of box, pear or lemon wood using specialist tools from
a recognised expert in the field. Anne will also show how to print your wood engraving by
hand and discuss the modern ‘substitutes’ for these expensive blocks. See Exhibition and
Talk for linked items.

4 and 11 December 10.00am – 4.00pm £120/£100
Screen printing with Neil Morris at Liverpool John Moores University
Learn how to create photographic stencils which look hand-made or painterly and use
them to print your own multi-layered multi-coloured screenprint. Neil Morris heads up the
Printmaking Department at Liverpool John Moores University. See Exhibition and Talk for
linked items.

24 January 2009 10.00am – 4.00pm £60/£50
Masterclass in printing an edition with Jason Hicklin RE
Artist and masterprinter Jason Hicklin has printed for the likes of Norman Ackroyd, Bill
Crozier and Ian Mckeevor. This is a rare opportunity to learn the basics of how to edition
an etching including paper preparation, the press, your inks and studio set up. Invaluable
tips from the man who knows.


Research and Sharing Practice

There are a limited number of public access studios in the North West where an artist
interested in print might go to make and print intaglio plates: to teach or be taught. Whatever
your angle or level of skill we are keen to help you develop that interest through this
programme whether through workshops & courses or the opportunities listed below.
For more detail please email our Print Studio Manager: or ring
Tickets and Information: 0151 702 5324.


Guinea Pig Session

Every other Tuesday during term time 10.00am to 1.30pm
An informal and experimental drop in session. Lard works as a soft ground so what other
fats can be used? And what is the Orono Ground? The emphasis of this session is process,
research, documentation and teamwork so don’t expect to go home with a print…
On-line Discussion Group
The results of the Guinea Pig Sessions and any other research we do or hear of will be
published on-line. To read more or contribute please go to and
click on Forum. The printmakers’ discussion group will be there waiting for you.
Skills to Share
Are you a whiz with cut paper stencils? Have you conquered collagraphs? Would you like to
share your skill? If you think you have something to contribute to a series of demonstrations
and you’re feeling generous please email the Print Studio Manager


Print Partner at the Bluecoat

Perhaps you are a local artist with an idea for a print based research project or body of
work? Then you might want to consider becoming a Print Partner at the Bluecoat. As a Print
Partner you will receive advice and support on your project proposal, help with your
fundraising and the offer of time in the Studio as income in kind, on condition that you are
able to raise some funding towards your project. Sound interesting? Get in touch!

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