Hot Bed Press
Hot Bed Press Printmakers' Studio | The Casket Works, Cow Lane, Salford. M5 4NB | Tel: 0161 743 3111 | Email: info@hotbedpress.org
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  • May14th

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    Hot Bed Press is committed to protecting your privacy and data. We will only use the information we collect from course attendees or Hot Bed Press members, or individuals giving direct consent to be emailed in accordance with the Data Protection Regulations.

    We will never share your data with third parties and the data we hold is secure and encrypted. We collect information about you for one reason only, which is to keep you informed about events and information about our printmaking workshop and events.

    In relation to the new regulations being introduced on the 25th May and because of the way we have built our database of contacts over the years as a membership organisation and educational provider and as we have never bought information or data from a third party, we are taking our lead from the Deputy Information Commissioner, Steve Wood who says “Where you have an existing relationship with customers who have purchased goods or services from you, it may not be necessary to obtain fresh consent. Firms do not need to automatically refresh all existing consents in preparation for the new law.” We consider that the relationship we have with our customers to have been built in this manner and only by individuals requesting to hear from us directly.

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  • February14th

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    Hot Bed Press in partnership with Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Salford Community Leisure and University of Salford Art Collection, supported by Arts Council England, are pleased to announce a major new printmaking exhibition taking place from May to September 2018.

    The exhibition will involve new work by 4 artists. There will be 2 new commissions selected from submissions with a further 2 commissioned artists currently resident at Hot Bed Press’s Print Lab studios, [Lubna Ali and Claudia Alonso, who are supported through University of Salford Art Collection’s scholarship scheme]. We are inviting artists whose work challenges and questions perceived constricts and rules around printmaking; such as material, scale, authorship, craft and the concept of the limited edition.

    The resulting work will be exhibited at Salford Museum & Art Gallery from mid 2018, (dates to be announced ), in a specially created space within the gallery. There is also a budget for gallery installation, framing, hanging and presentation, as well as full marketing of the exhibition, supporting events and private view/launch.

    We are looking for two artists either from Hot Bed Press membership or via our networks of printmakers. Work should be dynamic, challenge the norms of printmaking and open up new dialogues & debates on the nature of print. The selection process will consider how the artists’ work will be installed together and how the work will engage audiences, inspire debate and challenge traditional perceptions of printmaking.

    Each artist will be given £1,500 fee including materials, plus free access to Hot Bed Press facilities and resources plus dedicated time in our new Print Lab professional studios, where needed. There will also be mentoring and technical support tailored to suit the artists’ needs within Hot Bed Press.

    As part of the commission the selected artists are asked to gift artwork (or an element of the artwork) to the University of Salford Art Collection after the exhibition to be in the university’s permanent collection.

    Deadline for submissions is no later than 10.00am on Monday 26th February.

    Selection:
    Selection of the remaining two artists, to join the University of Salford scholars; Claudia and Lubna, is by a panel made up of Sean Rorke, Artistic Director of Hot Bed Press, Lindsay Taylor, Art Curator at University of Salford Art Collection and Amy Goodwin, Exhibitions Officer at Salford Museum & Art Gallery. The panel will meet on Thursday 1st March and applicants will be notified by 2nd March.

    The selected artists are expected to be available to dedicate enough time to research, develop and produce a new body work over the next few months leading up to the show, to be able to meet and collaborate with the other artists and the Director of Hot Bed Press to create a dynamic and thought-provoking exhibition of outstanding quality.

    Submission Details:
    Please send a description/explanation of the work you intend to make, outlining why you feel the work challenges the norms and expectations of printmaking. This should be no more than 500 words. Include your full contact details, your phone number, and any links to websites or social media that shows the nature of your work/artistic career.

    Please also include a current c.v. and up to 10 jpeg images of recent or past work. You may also wish to include drawings, sketches, digital images or photographs that illustrate the ideas for the work you intend to create for Print Unlimited.

    Please send all applications to sean@hotbedpress.org no later than 1.00pm Monday 26th February.

    More details
    Print Unlimited is a pilot project led by Salford Museum & Art Gallery & Salford Community Leisure in partnership with University of Salford Art Collection and Hot Bed Press. Highlighting the wealth of creativity in Salford it aims to engage new audiences, whilst celebrating and challenging contemporary printmaking.

    As well as the 4 new commissions there will also be a programme of workshops and talks at Salford Museum & Art Gallery. More details to be announced in the run up to the exhibition.

    What are we looking for?
    The brief is open. The content of the work may be abstract, literal, political, social or none of the above. We do not know what the work will look like or how it will be made. Digital print could marry up with traditional printmaking, traditional printmaking maybe subverted. New ways of making prints may be utilised, machinery and processes not usually associated with printmaking taken advantage of and/or alternative materials investigated.

    The work may be collaborative, individual, multiple, singular, open ended or closed and can be of any scale. Themes may overlap between artists or may be widely divergent. The linking thread will be printmaking and radical thinking.

    With thanks to Arts Council England; Grants for The Arts and University of Salford Art Collection for supporting this project. Thanks also to Salford Museum & Art Gallery and Salford Community Leisure [and Hot Bed Press] for facilitating and making it happen.

  • January17th

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    Our Complete Courses launch in a couple of weeks, the first session of The Complete Book Artist on Wednesday 31st January and The Complete Letterpress Printer on 1st February. So it’s your final chance to book your place.

    Both courses include a full year’s membership of the organisation plus guest tutors teaching additional printmaking techniques offering the perfect package to really strengthen your skills as a creative practitioner and are taught by two of our finest and skilled tutors.

    Starting in February 2018 :

    The Complete Letterpress Printer
    Thursday Mornings
    10:30am – 1:30pm
    Feb 1st – Dec 17th 2018

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    The Complete Book Artist
    Wednesday Evenings 
    6:00pm – 9:00pm. 
    Jan 29th – Dec 16th 2018

  • September7th

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    Calling all Hot Bed Press members,

    Time to book your place on this year’s 20:20 Print exchange. Just £10 to be part of our ever expanding annual print exchange!

    Pop into the workshop or feel free to call to book your place and set your goal to produce a beautiful edition of 25 prints which will go on to tour the country and be catalogued online forever!

    Deadline for submission of your prints is 1st of November, so don’t miss the boat!

    Submissions now open.

  • June19th

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    Hot Bed Press Summer courses are now live on the website!

    We have spiced things up with a mini Summer School at the beginning of August and are really pleased to have Repeat Pattern with Kiran and Mandy and Japanese Woodcut and Box Making combined into one course with Lucy Schofield. Plus we have Extraordinary Ornament bringing the delights of decorative type, Gelatine Printing here for the first time and Copper Sulphate Etching with guest tutor Kate Desforges. There’s also fun to be had in our weekend of Urban Print Club and Gum Arabic Transfer. All this mixed with seasoned favourites back by popular demand. Last season’s courses booked up in record time so don’t delay call the workshop and book today!

    E-mail the workshop at info@hotbedpress.org or call us on 0161 743 3111 if you are interested/want to book!

    Summer Courses 2017

  • June8th

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    Launching Saturday 10th June, Proof is an exhibition of original prints from a selection of Hot Bed Press Printmaker, previewing this Saturday at The Art House in Sheffield. Featured artists include Angela Hutton, Barbara Helm, Barbara Johns, Barry Gillions,
    Charlotte Allen, Clare Phelan, Dorothy Ellin, Kaye Wilson, Jan Slater, Nicola Breach, Rachel Bakewell, Sean Rorke & Wendy North

  • 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 info@hotbedpress.org or calling 0161 743 3111.

  • February17th

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    We have just launched our latest course programme full of special courses, amazing tutors and all run in our fantastic facility. Running from 1st April through to 25th June we have tried to put something on to suit the tastes and needs of everyone. So whether you are new to printmaking or in need of a refresher and a bit of expert knowledge and inspiration this is the place for you.

    Our courses are very popular, so much so that we often run extra courses to meet demand.

    With courses such as Reduction Screenprint, Caustic Lino, Photo-etching, Building Books, Japanese Woodblock Printing and Adventures in Wooden Type it is a veritable feast of courses suitable for everyone.

    Now that we have bought our, rather large, building we are also able to plan for improving our equipment and workshop space. Over the next few months we aim to expand the workshop and to buy new equipment and make improvements that will really start to transform Hot Bed Press.

    Go to the courses section of our website for more.

    But please beware that courses book up so quickly that it’s best to get in touch straight away. Don’t delay, do it today!

  • 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.

    Exhibitions:

    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:

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    “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!

  • December7th

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    LAST SATURDAY MONTHLY PRINTING
    Sat 17th Dec 10AM – 5PM

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    LAST PRINTING DAY FOR THE YEAR
    Thurs 22nd Dec – 10AM – 5PM (NO EVENING SESSION)

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    ~ CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS ~

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    REOPEN FOR NEW YEAR
    Weds 4th Jan 2017