Workshops and courses


Workshops in
Cumbria and the North

Printfest is often asked where there are printmaking courses in Cumbria and the North. There are many wonderful Print Studios that offer them. We publish what we can find and those that contact us to be part of this listing.

Updated 20th March 2024


~ Cumbria Printmakers ~ We are individuals scattered all over Cumbria, from Carlisle down to Grange and from St Bee’s to the Eden valley. We do however, manage to meet, organise workshops and exhibit to promote printmaking and inspire beginners and new audiences. Every one of us is committed to printmaking, whether it’s from the cowshed on a farm, table at the back of the stables, the back bedroom, or from dedicated studio space. The disciplines are diverse; etching, cyanotype, mono printing, linocutting, drypoint, screen printing, blind embossing. We each find our way to express our creativity.

~ Linden Print Studio ~ Carlisle ~ Linden Print Studio is a friendly, creative space for people interested in learning about printmaking, from beginners to experienced artists. Fine art printmaking courses and specialist facilities for woodcut, linocut, collagraph, etching, drypoint, letterpress, monoprint, textile printing, papermaking and bookbinding. Linden Print Studio Linden Farm House Baldwinholme Carlisle, CA5 6LJ Tutor: Vega Brennan 07719 990726

~ Market Place Print Studio ~ Cockermouth ~ The studio offers printmaking workshops as well as classes in other mediums. Look at our Workshops for upcoming dates. We have a large printing press that can be used for printing etchings, monoprint, linocuts and woodblocks. We offer courses for beginners and advanced level as well as open access for experienced printmakers. The space is run by artists Jack Fawdry Tatham and Emily Fairlie Baker. Read more about them below.

~ Printshare Lakes ~ Ulverston ~ Printshare Lakes was established in 2017 by a small group of Printmakers meeting regularly to share ideas, skills, materials and equipment. The group now has a permanent studio in the centre of Ulverston and can offer a fully resourced printmaking workshop and gallery with a rolling program of creative, affordable courses, events and exhibitions. Our varied range of classes are accessible to everyone with all levels of experience. Printshare Lakes, 9 Queen Street, Ulverston, LA12 7AF To find out more: email or check out our website

~ Space2Create ~ Kendal ~ Classes that aim to improve wellbeing through creative activity. Please phone or message if you are interested in attending. Printmaking Tuesdays at The Factory, Aynam Road, 12.30-2.30pm. Try different printmaking types.

The North West

~ Art lab Contemporary Print Studios (ACPS) ~ Preston ~ ACPS is a practice based research unit housed within the University of Central Lancashire where printmaking connects with other creative disciplines and discourses. The well equipped studios provides a creative space and professional expertise for artists to develop projects where printmaking is an essential element. The unit is led by two experienced artist-researchers, Magda Stawarska-Beavan and Tracy Hill who use printmaking as a significant element of their practice. We welcome applications for access to the studios through written proposals. Please contact:,

~ Emerson Mayes ~ Weeton ~ We are delighted offer an incredible opportunity to participate in a 3-day printmaking course with Emerson Mayes. Over three days you will learn the techniques and methods which Emerson uses to produce his award-winning wildlife work. The Course is suitable for both beginners and more advanced artists and will be a very ‘hands-on’ experience. The benefit of working over 3 days means it will give you a more intense and immersive printmaking experience.

~ Iron Press ~ Lancaster ~ Established by master Printer Iain Sloan in 2014 and opened to the public in 2015,  Iron Press Printmaking studio is a resource for experienced printmakers and a place for interested beginners to learn an incredible range of printmaking skills. We offer both open access for experienced printmakers and workshops for beginners or those printmakers who want to learn new skills. Find out more about Iron Press here:

~ The People Powered Press ~ Shipley ~ I want a go! You can have a go on the People Powered Press through one of the PPP’s printing workshops. They also run community workshops for local groups — find out more here. Soon, the People Powered Press will have a small number of volunteer opportunities available – to work on the press for either a short time, or on a more regular basis. Give them a shout if you’re interested. And for those experienced in letterpress, you can also get in touch about Hiring the Press.

The North East

~ Northern Print ~ Newcastle ~ Collagraph, reduction linocut, screenprinting, linocut, cyanotype, monoprint, etching, drypoint, woodcut and chine collé, solar plate etching, gum arabic printing. Afternoon, taster, two day and short courses available. Members can pay to use the studio and equipment. To find out more: 

~ Leeds Print Workshop ~ Leeds ~ Workshops and short courses including screen printing, collograph, monoprinting, lino printing and bookbinding. Workshops are taught by our founder members who all have a wealth of knowledge and experience in printmaking and education. Find out more:

~ WYPW ~ West Yorkshire Print Workshop ~ Mirfield ~ Professional, accessible printmaking facilities. If you are new to printmaking, need a refresher or want to develop your practice, there are workshops or courses for all levels. Find out more:

~ The Art House ~ Wakefield ~ The Art House provides time, space and support for artists, makers and creative businesses to develop their practice. It is a place where artists and audiences of all kinds are welcome to engage with the creative process through a year-round programme of exhibitions and events.


~ Edinburgh Printmakers ~ Edinburgh ~ Edinburgh Printmakers is a creative centre for printmaking and the visual arts in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh. It has a large light-filled printmaking studio running regular courses and workshops, two galleries, a shop selling original prints and handmade products, venue hire space for meetings, events or learning activities, a café, a courtyard, and community garden.

~ Glasgow Print Studio ~ Glasgow ~ Our open access printmaker’s workshop is eclectic, inspirational and welcoming with an atmosphere that promotes experimentation and innovation as well as a particularly high standard of production. The workshop is run by an experienced staff of expert artist printmakers who can provide guidance and technical advice on all aspects of printmaking. Membership must be applied for and approved by the workshop manager to access facilities. Scroll down for the autumn 2020 workshops.