Workshops and courses


Printfest is often asked where there are printmaking courses in Cumbria and the North. There are many wonderful Print Studios that offer workshops and courses, so we have decided that we should publish what we can find.

Updated 29th April 2019

Image shows Julian Milner drawing onto a lithographic stone, using the cactus as his model, and the resulting artists proof.


~ Print Share ~ Ulverston ~ A collaboratively run Printmaking Group who meet on the third Saturday of each month to share materials, equipment, techniques and ideas. Tutored printmaking workshops to explore different printmaking techniques are provided every three months. Membership is open to all levels of experience and none. To find out more: email or check out our website

~ Brewery Arts Centre ~ Kendal ~ Relief printing; hard & soft ground etching; collagraphs; monoprinting; gum arabic workshop; cyanotypes; woodcuts and drypoint workshops and courses. Click this link to find out whats on :  01539 725133

~ Cumbria Printmakers ~ Started initially by a small group of artists who worked together to create an open access print studio, the group has gradually developed towards its function today. After the initial studio opened we realised, having given it time to establish, that actually it was not getting sufficient use. This was due to the large geographical area we were trying to serve meaning huge travelling times for people wishing to use it. Two of the original artists now run their own open access studios, Linden Print Studio near Carlisle and Greystoke Print Studio near Penrith. The group has grown rapidly and now functions as a support and development network for artists and a promoter of all things printmaking. We run outreach workshops in different areas of Cumbria and the North West as well as hold exhibitions, take part in print exchanges and print fairs. We always welcome new members.

~ Linden Print Studio ~ Carlisle ~ Friendly, open access studio and a range of courses for safe, non-toxic etching, drypoint, collagraph, lino, woodcut, monoprint and monotype. Linden Print Studio Linden Farm House Baldwinholme Carlisle, CA5 6LJ Tutor: Vega Brennan 07719 990726

~ Cumbria Crystal ~ Ulverston ~ One-day glass cutting workshop, introductory and intermediary level, and one-day creative sandblasting workshop, introductory level. Find out more:

The North West

~ Art lab Contemporary Print Studios (CPS) ~ Preston ~ CPS 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:

~ Hot Bed Press ~ Salford ~ A large open access workshop with facilities for screenprint, etching, relief printing, letterpress and book arts. A wide variety of one day, evening, weekend and year-long courses. A new expansion in mid 2017 will add more facilities, new studios and the introduction of stone lithography and a new photo-etching room. To find out more: 0161 743 3111

~ Prospect Studios ~ Waterfoot, Lancashire ~ Alan Birch runs this studio and has been running classes and open sessions since 1993. You can contact Alan at or visit

~ The Bluecoat Print Studios ~ Liverpool ~ They have been going for many years and are considered to be one of the oldest etching studios in England. They now have screenprinting too. Contact Frances Disley for more information or visit

~ Printmaking Day with Anthony Ratcliffe ~ Liverpool ~ Join Anthony Ratcliffe at Kirkby Gallery for this one-day printmaking workshop where you will learn how to make a woodcut and produce a mounted print to take home – ideal for beginners and those with some experience. Anthony is a full time printmaker after many years lecturing at Manchester School of Art and is a member of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, and Leeds Fine Artists. He has prints in many public and private collections including The British Council, the Parliamentary Art Collection, Manchester Airport PLC, Manchester Royal Infirmary and MMU Special Collections. Cost for the day, including all materials is £30. 4th, 6th & 7th June and 6th, 8th & 9th August, 10am – 3.30pm.  Contact Tina Ball to book your preferred date – we do ask for payment to secure your place. Email: / 0151 443 5617 / 4936 

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. Find out more: 

~ Carol Nunan Printmaking courses ~ Hexham, Northumberland ~ Collagraphs, monotype, linocut, eco-print on paper + 1-2-1 tuition and bespoke group tuition. All dates see Or email

~ Stone Tree Press ~ Leeds ~ Stone Tree Press is Leeds first fine art lithography workshop. We present the opportunity to art creatives, art students, teachers and everybody with an interest in printmaking, drawing and painting to explore this unique printmaking technique by offering collaboration printing and courses. Stone Tree Press have found that there is a gap in the market and not any colleges, universities or educational institutions in the West Yorkshire area offer lithography as part of their curriculums. Therefore, we would like to pass on the knowledge of lithography to the younger generation as well as other generations where the knowledge is starting to disappear and to be lost. We see this as an opportunity to bring lithography back to life, to offer artists and printmakers a place to learn new and traditional techniques and to enhance their skills. We aim to have all our visitors walking away with an unique experience and a variety of newly learned traditional and modern, techniques and skills. If you are interested in learning new skills or up-skill, or have an interest in printmaking and drawing then our courses are the perfect choice for you to explore lithography. We are running our first courses during this summer, please find them at our website: or at our facebook pages:

~ Emily Harvey ~ Copmanthorpe, near York ~ Printmaking with people ~ From my studio near York I run courses for adults in a range of experimental printmaking techniques, encouraging confident exploration of individual approaches and styles. I also run community projects, where practical creative activities become a focus for conversations and developing new ideas:

~ Number 6 Studio Gallery ~ Pateley Bridge ~ North Yorkshire ~ runs an exciting programme of innovative and inspiring one or two day courses offering the chance to try your hand at a variety of printmaking techniques. Tutored by top printmakers, all courses are suitable for beginners or those wishing to extend their skills. All our courses are based on our philosophy of teaching and building core skills in order to create confidence and creativity. To find out more go to

~ The Art House ~ Wakefield ~ Time, space and support for artists with a range of creative workshops. Find out more:

~ Hepworth ~ Wakefield ~ Develop your linocut and silkscreening printing skills:

~ Lund Studios Workshops ~ Easingwold ~ We host creative workshops led by professional artists and makers from across the UK, including three of the Printfest 2018 exhibiting Artists. Most workshops are open to all abilities, from those wishing to learn new skills to those wishing to further develop their technique.  To book your place scroll down to ‘Expressive Print – Layered Monotypes’:

~ 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:

~ Shelley Burgoyne Printmaking Courses ~ Todmorden, West Yorkshire ~ Summer School, linocut, collagraph, drypoint and drawing courses. All dates and contact via

~ Emerson Mayes and Hester Cox ~ Harrogate ~ drypoint and collagraph. Half day, full day and evening classes available. To book your place: 

~ Grain Studio ~ Bishop Burton ~ East Yorkshire ~ The studio is set up for stone and plate lithography, whilst also having the option to print linocut, woodcut and collagraphs. It is equipped with a Hawthorn portable etching press, bed size 28cm x 60m, a Greig direct litho press, bed size 60 x 80cm, & a larger Greig direct press, bed size 81 x 122cm. Grain studio offers something for all printmakers no matter what your previous knowledge or experience. If you’re interested in booking tuition, private workshops, demonstrations, or have a print you would like to edition please get in touch.

~ 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:


~ Edinburgh Printmakers ~ Edinburgh ~ there is plenty of choice here covering most types of printmaking. they cover introductory courses, to master classes. You will find evening and weekend courses as well as half-days and full days workshops.

~ 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. Glasgow Print Studio can also provide services to artists for project based work.