Hockney, printmaker at Dulwich Picture Gallery

The next show to open at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London is timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the artist’s first print and celebrates David Hockney’s long and fruitful career as a printmaker.

The show features over 100 of Hockney’s prints giving a highly instructive and entertaining overview of the artist’s graphic career and reveal the thought and technical expertise that underlies the artist’s extensive print oeuvre.

Concentrating on Hockney’s two main print techniques – etching and lithography – the show includes well known works such as A Rake’s Progress, 1961-63 and Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 1969 alongside portraits of some of Hockney’s famous sitters and friends. Later works will include a selection of ‘homemade prints’ which Hockney devised in the early 1990susing photocopiers plus examples of ‘computer drawings’ such as Rain on the Studio Window, 2009- a prelude to the artist’s renowned iPad works.

The exhibition is curated by Richard Lloyd, Head of Prints & Multiples, Christies, New York.

The show opens on 5th February and runs until 11th May 2014

Information and film taken from the Dulwich Picture Gallery website.


Printmaking at Morley College


Edward Bawden & Eric Ravilious at Morley College in 1929/30

Morley College in South London has an amazing range of printmaking courses. From printed textiles to woodcut relief printing, beginners printmaking to printmaking for advanced practitionersexperimenting with ceramic transfers to various levels of bookbinding.

There is a broad range of Art & Design courses, not just printmaking and bookbinding and it’s worth looking through them all as some pop up in places you wouldn’t expect. I have heard excellent reviews of many of the courses. The new term has just begun, so you may need to enrol for the summer term if courses are full or do not accept late starters.

Photograph from http://jamesrussellontheweb.blogspot.co.uk/2011_10_01_archive.html

Taster workshops at East London Printmakers


As an introduction to East London Printmakers’ studio, the course offers a quick taste of four different printmaking techniques (linocut, screenprinting, monoprinting & etching) across either two days or four evenings. You will familiarise yourself with the studio equipment as an ideal hands on experience for beginners.

Information about dates, prices, techniques and tutors here.

Photograph from East London Printmakers website.

Lino Printing Workshop – Stationery at Smug, London


Sunday, February 2, 2014 from 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Nancy Straughan is running an afternoon workshop on using lino to personalise stationery at Smug in Islington, London.

You will learn how to carve and print lino stamps to create lots of personalised stationery and other paper products. You will be taught how to design a perfect stamp to print with and you will be able to create personalised greetings cards, envelopes and tags, or even a print to hang on your wall. You will be able to take your stamps home the end of the class to use on lots more projects. Everything you will need is provided but feel free to bring along any extra paper items you would like to print on. They will also be an opportunity to make a valentines gift.

The class will be held on the second floor of Smug in Islington, a wonderful homeware shop and cafe. The ticket price is £30 and includes a bumper pack of stationery to print on. 

Tickets on Eventbrite.

Photograph and information from here.

Alan Kitching: Liberated by Letterpress talk


A talk from the letterpress great Alan Kitching at St Brides Library, London on Tuesday 11th March.

Tickets range from £2.50- £7.00 and will sell super fast.

Tickets available on Eventbrite.

Alan Kitching RDI AGI Hon FRCA, is one of the world’s foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking. Born 1940 in Darlington, Co. Durham, he was an apprentice compositor (1956–61) before meeting Anthony Froshaug and co-establishing the experimental printing workshop at Watford College of Technology, School of Art (1964). He worked with Froshaug until 1967, but continued to collaborate with him on student projects at the Central School of Art & Design. In 1973 Alan began his own design practice in London. In 1977 he partnered with Derek Birdsall at Omnific and started letterpress printing there in 1985. He then went on to establish The Typography Workshop in Clerkenwell (1989), and began teaching through letterpress at the Royal College of Art (1991–2006). From 1994 he worked in partnership with designer/writer Celia Stothard (later his wife). Sadly Celia passed away in December 2010 after a long and brave battle with cancer. Alan continues to exhibit and lecture across the globe, and is renowned for his expressive use of wood and metal letterforms in commissions and limited-edition prints.


Tickets available on Eventbrite.

Photographs from http://thingstolookat.blogspot.co.uk/2009/12/inside-typography-workshop.html