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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Here at Hot Bed Press we are dedicated to the support and promotion of everything print. We have over 280 members… and counting.

We always welcome new members and our courses offer anyone with an interest in printmaking, letterpress and book arts the opportunity to get started or to learn more from experts in the field. Like printmaking as a whole we are always adapting and developing new ways of working whilst carrying on age old traditions practised by the masters.

Above all we are friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere here is quite simply a creative hub and a great working environment.


Well Equipped

Hot Bed Press is one of the largest and best equipped print workshops in the UK. We boast 8 screen beds, 7 etching presses, 3 Albions, a Columbian and Gem letterpress press, as well as many more smaller presses, a great letterpress resource with over 300 cases of type from small to large wooden type. We also have a screen darkroom and a photo-etching and photopolymer printing darkroom, an acid/etching room and resin aquatint room.

We also support artists through our studio provision. We have 23 artist studios for artists at different stages of their career; from emerging artists and recent graduates right through to professional artists’ studios dedicated to print. 3 of our studios are specially set up as private hire etching, screenprinting and stone lithography studios available to hire for a day, week or month.



We have lots more going on including our annual 20:20 Print Exchange; [now one of the largest print exchanges in the world], and show at The Hepworth Print Fair & Manchester Art Fair annually, plus run our own print fair and open studio events. Our members show nationally with regular group and solo shows.


On course

We run between 40 and 50 weekend and evening courses throughout the year, plus our year-long Complete Printmaker and Complete Book Arts courses offer a more comprehensive and supportive development and understanding of print. We are nationally renowned for the quality of our programme and have lead the way in many areas. We love what we do and enjoy sharing our knowledge and expertise to as many people as we can.


Find out more about Hot Bed Press…

    Latest News

  • February20th

    Hot Bed Press proudly presents our latest courses for 2020. Our courses at the end of 2019 were so popular that extra courses overran until 2nd February. We have been busy planning for brand new courses with just the right mix of beginners’ classes to new approaches for printmakers wanting to expand their knowledge. We’ve […]

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  • January24th

    One of our ‘print labs’ has just become available! The spaces are 11ft by 8ft and are situated alongside our open access workshop. The print labs are studios designed specifically for recent graduates, emerging artists and printmakers with a one year project. The spaces are 11ft by 8ft and are situated alongside our open access […]

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  • January24th

    Remember it is our ‘Last Saturday of the Month’ tomorrow, 25th January meaning we are open 10am – 5pm.

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  • January17th

    Happy New Year!

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    We hope you all had a restful Christmas break and are feeling revived and ready to get printing! We are now back open and have already got a busy month planned. Next weekend we have the last two courses of our winter course programme and we will soon be announcing the next programme of courses. […]

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  • December13th

    There are a few changes to opening hours over the festive season so we thought we’d update you… Hot Bed Press will close for Christmas on the evening of Friday 20th of December for two weeks, reopening on Monday 6th of January We hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

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