Hot Bed Press
Hot Bed Press Printmakers' Studio | The Casket Works, Cow Lane, Salford. M5 4NB | Tel: 0161 743 3111 | Email:
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  • April13th

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    As many of you will know we are currently in the process of a large expansion of the workshop including the installation of a new roof and windows, skylights and studios. As a result we are opening our bookings for all Complete courses for 2018 early giving you the chance to book and save £100.00 on the course fee. This will help us greatly with our cashflow and to generate funds to complete the work, making the workshop bigger, brighter and better for the future.

    This is for all 2018 Complete Courses (Printmaker/Book Artist and Letterpress Printer)

    The offer is open for a limited time only until July 31st 2017 and requires you to pay for the course in full (£1,100). The courses run from Feb – December 2018.

    You can pay by Bank Transfer, Credit or Debit Card.

    If you would like to take up this offer please contact Andy in the office by emailing or calling 0161 743 3111.

  • December9th

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    We are really excited to be running our year-long course in Book Arts in 2017.

    Run over 2 terms of 15 weeks this course is aimed at artists looking to explore and develop ideas through the form of the artists’ book. The course is not accredited, but students will ‘graduate’ with a Hot Bed Press certificate in Book Arts.

    Throughout the 30 weeks you will develop knowledge of materials and techniques and will learn how to make a variety of book structures. These range from simple yet fascinating structures to more challenging multi-section hard-bound books. You will also learn how to make a beautiful clam-shell portfolio box to house some of the great books you have made on the course.

    As well as equipping you with technical knowledge, the course will challenge you to explore narrative, sequencing, text & image, the relationship between form and content and how you can use the book form to interrogate and push your own practice and ideas.

    Recent students from the course have developed the skills and confidence to make editions that have been exhibited and sold at both Liverpool and Manchester Artists’ Book Fair.

    The course will also bring in a number of guest tutors to give hands-on introductions to various non-digital printing methods, including risograph, mono printing, letterpress, silk-screen and relief printing to help you develop and realise the ideas that connect the form and content of your books.

    The Complete Book Artist will be tutored on Tuesday evenings between 6.00pm and 9.00pm with an additional 4 hours access to the workshop throughout the week. [Open hours are Mondays to Fridays 10am – 5pm plus Thursday evening to 9.00pm and the last Saturday of every month 11am – 4.00pm.]

    All students wanting more than 4 hours access per week will also be able to ‘top-up’ their hours with usage in the workshop.

    About the tutor:

    Sylvia Waltering makes and publishes books as one half of Battenburg Press. She is an artist working with a variety of media, including photography, text, installation and
    artists’ books. This will be the fourth year that Sylvia runs the Complete Book Artist at
    Hot Bed Press and she also has fifteen years’ teaching experience as a lecturer at
    Manchester School of Art.

    Her books and installation work often involve domestic objects and (fictional) collections, exploring their narrative possibilities. Sylvia’s books have been exhibited internationally and her publications are held in private and public collections in the UK, Denmark, Hungary, Australia and the US.


    Since the course started back in 2014, CBA students have exhibited collectively at Liverpool and Manchester Art Book Fair. Some students have also developed their practice to exhibit work independently at book fairs in Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol, London and even in Norway.

    The 2015 class still meet regularly and continue to work on collaborative book projects. A number of students have gone on to study the Complete Printmaker and Complete Letterpress Printer courses continuing to expand their skills and practice.

    Here are some of the things previous participants have said about the course:

    “It has been a great 30 weeks and I have learnt so much, met some amazing
    people and got to use and feel confident using Hot Bed Press’ facilities. Sylvia
    is a great, patient and kind teacher/mentor.

    ‘She really inspires me to be more creative.’

    ‘Great course and I would highly recommend it’

    ‘Excellent, excellent class.’

    ‘A thoroughly enjoyable course.’

    The cost is £600.00 per term / £1,200 for the year
    You can secure a place on the course by making a deposit of £300.00 (This can be paid in installments if needed) Then payments are made by standing order monthly throughout 2017 from Feb to October 2017.

    Call the workshop to book your place!

  • December6th

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    Print Like Paul Peter Piech Workshop

    Hot Bed Press / People’s History Museum

    Wed 18 January, Wed 25 January, Wed 1 February, Wed 8 February

    Artist Oliver Flude will take you through the art of relief printing combining text and image to create striking imagery similar in approach to the working of Paul Peter Piech.

    You will be shown how to cut and print lino, hand cut text and print in multi colours. Book for one session and have a taster, or take on all four sessions and refine, develop and experiment with your imagery with advice and expert tips from the tutor. Following four sessions you will come away with a set of mini posters that convey bold imagery and make strong visual statements.
    These workshops are brought to you in collaboration between People’s History Museum and Hot Bed Press.

    Suitable for adults

    Booking required – please contact Hot Bed Press on 0161 743 3111 or

    £30.00 per session / £90 for four sessions

    2.00pm – 5.00pm

  • December1st

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    We are proud to be launching this year’s 20:20 Print Exchange at Hot Bed Press. This year we had 39 workshops take part with over 500 artists submitting their editions of 25 prints!

    You can view the complete collection here on our flickr site and decide which ones you like the best!

    Just copy and paste the address into your browser.

  • November22nd

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    Our eagerly anticipated Under-The-Bed Sale will take place on Friday 2nd December 6pm – 9pm and Saturday 3rd December 11am – 4pm.

    This is our annual Christmas sale with hundreds of prints for sale from £5 to £50, thousands of prints in fact. We also launch our 20:20 Print Exchange by selling all the number ones from last year’s exchange for £10 each, as well as a huge selection of past 20:20 prints.

    There are plenty of bargains to be had and a wide range of prints from screenprints, etchings, collagraphs, relief prints, photo-etchings, letterpress, book arts and much more. This is your ideal stop to get all your Christmas presents.

    We will also be opening up the first floor into the old Cow Lane Studios with artists’ stalls selling an exciting range of prints and printed goods. Come and buy direct from the artists.

    Tell your friends and help to support Hot Bed Press. All money raised goes towards new equipment at Hot Bed Press as we split takings between Hot Bed and the artists. Every January we purchase some new kit to improve the facility. It’s a really exciting time for us as we improve and grow this wonderful workshop.

  • October20th

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    We are really pleased to announce that Hot Bed Press has been successful in our bid to Arts Council Grants for The Arts towards purchasing and developing The Casket Works as our permanent home and creating a major centre for printmaking.

    It has just been announced that we are to receive £169,000 towards a £256,000 investment in the building and expansion over the next 12 months.

    We are working with Salford City Council on the final details of purchasing the building, which we hope to sign off in the next few weeks. This is a massive step and a huge boost. It will be the catalyst towards further developments and continued growth.


    Following the purchase we will be undertaking works on the roof and windows on the first floor to expand in 2017 taking over the old Cow Lane Studios area. We will be creating 8 new artists’ studios, including 4 starter studios for graduates and emerging artists, plus 3 exclusive professional print studios equipped as an etching studio, screenprint studio and new to Hot Bed Press a stone lithography studio. These 3 studios will be available for hire on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and give a different opportunity for artists to work independently in their own space alongside the busier open access print facilities. We will also be expanding the screenprint area, creating a bigger and better etching studio and building a new photo-etching dark room. There will be lots of exciting changes on the way for 2017.

    We will of course be announcing more details in coming weeks and months.

    It is fantastic to have the support of The Arts Council and the backing of Salford City Council to establish Hot Bed Press as one of the major centres for printmaking in the UK.

    On Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December we will be having our largest print sale to date as a huge fundraiser towards more new equipment for the workshop. Each year we raise around £3,000 that goes directly on new equipment. This year we want to raise even more to be able to add even more equipment. Watch this space!

  • October13th

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    Manchester Artists’ Book Fair
    Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October
    Manchester Artists’ Book Fair is coming up!

    Dear friends and members of Hot Bed Press. This weekend we will proudly be running our annual Manchester Artists’ Book Fair at London Road Fire Station, by Piccadilly Station. Running as part of Manchester’s Design City Fair there will be lots to see and get involved in, including a great array of demonstrations and workshops. Have a read and hope that you can make it down to the event.

    Opening hours:
    Saturday 15 October 10am-6pm
    Sunday 16 October 10am-5pm
    London Road Fire Station, by Piccadilly Station

  • October5th

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    We are very excited to announce our courses for Autumn and Winter 2016 and have been working hard to put on a diverse range of workshops to suit various experiences, abilities and taste. We are proud to say that we never run two programmes the same and always have something new on offer. This time around we are delighted to have Xtina Lamb showing the wonders of Gocco and Thermofax printing as well as Jason Hicklin bringing his immense knowledge of etching. New to Hot Bed Press we have Level 2 Screenprint and Block Books/Xylographica as well as CMYK Screenprint back as a weekend course following on from a successful first outing in our Summer School. There’s lots more besides.

  • September8th

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    We’re super excited to be exhibiting this year’s Buy Art Fair where this year we are also going to be running print demonstrations again in a large project space which we will transform into a fully working print studio over the four days of the exhibition.

    We will be stand number 118 so come find us and maybe treat yourself to a beautiful hand made print from one of our very talented artists.

    Hot Bed Press members, get your work to us as soon as possible. The cut off date for submissions is 16th September. Framed work should be dropped into the office and we have paperwork for you to complete.

  • August5th

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    The sun is out and Hot Bed Press is hot with activity. We have taken over the workshop for 2 full on weeks of courses. This week Intro to Print and Letterpressed Books are busy finishing off their week. It’s been an exhilarating and exhausting week for those on the course, but the energy and enthusiasm are palpable.

    Last weekend we welcomed Kip Gresham, (and assistant Alan), as a special guest from The Print Studio in Cambridge bringing us Painterly Photopolymer a really seductive and expressive medium full of tone and atmosphere. This sat perfectly alongside Expressive Letterpress with David Armes bringing his inimitable style and panache to making funky graphic/fine art compositions with wooden letterpress.

    This week is just as full with Screenprinting all the way through to CMYK separations and printing with Mandy Tolley and Andy Magee, (our Operations Manager), and Etching through to Photo-etching with Sean Rorke, (our Artistic Director). The screenprint course is full but we have 2 places left on the etching course.

    The following weekend on 13th & 14th August we are really pleased to welcome Anne Desmett back, (she was last here way back in 2008, coinciding with her major retrospective at The Whitworth Gallery). Anne brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise on Wood Engraving. This course filled in days of advertising so we are bound to run this again when Anne is next available. Alongside that, (yes it really is all go), we have Expressive Screenprint; showing how to work like Howard Hodgkin, Albert Irvin or Neil Canning. Not your usual painterly screenprintign; this brings a more expressive vibrant layering of colours and brush strokes. we have a few places left on this course.

    We round up the Summer School with a special talk and demonstration on Stone Lithography with Lee Turner from Hole Editions in Newcastle on Friday 19th August and then 2 more special guests; Kevin Holdaway will visit us from Leicester to offer a unique take on lino with CMYK lino and Justin Sanders is coming over from Birmigham to run a Mezzotint course; the first time we have run this for many years. The sumptuous working back from black plates to real tonal depth is a marvel. For this last weekend, with 2 weeks to go there are just a few places on both courses.

    This special busy summer is part of our drive towards developing our building; The Casket Works into a state of the art print studio. It’s so good to be able to teach people new skills and introduce new processes and ways of working whilst fundraising for Hot Bed Press’s future. This is the unique way we have been able to expand and fully fund our organisation without regular funding, for the last 10 years whilst growing rapidly and improving all the time.

    Thanks to everyone who has been on courses and for members for being understanding of our needs to pull out all the stops in moving forwards. Business will be back to normal, whatever that is, on 15th August.

    Sean Rorke – Artistic Director