Bristol and print: The first Bristol Festival of Print


The Letterpress Collective were set up last year as a response to the last commercial letterpress printers in Bristol closing their doors in 2012. The Letterpress Collective run workshops from their studio in Bristol and are hosting the first Bristol Festival of Print later this month to celebrate their one year anniversary.

Running from Friday 16th May to Wednesday 28th May there are a range of event and exhibitions including:

16th – 21st May, Matrix 32, which celebrates of the world’s finest letterpress annual
23rd – 24th May Demonstrations and a party to celebrate one year at The Letterpress Collective.
22nd – 28th May, The Politics of Print, which is a look at how letterpress print has the power to make positive change.

The event are held at Centre Space Gallery which is next door to The Letterpress Collective studio on Leonard Lane. More information can be found on The Letterpress Collective website.

Bristol has a great range of print related studios, shops and galleries including the Centre for Fine Print Research at University of the West of England (UWE), which has research interests in all things print technology, form the origins of printing to the future of print.

Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design and has it’s own Printmaking studio within the artists studios complex. Spike Island run regular open studios, talks form international artists and designers and exhibitions in their gallery.

There are also lots of smaller studios and printers, a while ago I posted a video of artist Anouk Mercier printing in the studios of Jamaica Street Artists in Bristol.

There are lots of shops selling hand printed cards, prints and gifts from many talented printmakers, my favourite is Here Gallery & Bookshop (partly because I grew up round the corner and it’s a bit like going home, but mostly because they sell great stuff) which has a gallery in the basement and books, zines, magazines prints and more upstairs.

Image from The Letterpress Collective website.