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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  • 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


  • July19th

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    We are really excited to announce that bookings are now open for The Complete Printmaker, Complete Book Artist and Complete Letterpress Printer 2017!

    Thanks to everyone for your patience in getting this together and we’re pleased to be taking bookings for next year’s year long workshops. We will also be running a second Complete Letterpress workshop in the new year which will run on Wednesday evenings as well as running the daytime class on the Thursday mornings.

    Reservations are already coming in so if you have been thinking of signing up for next year, please call us at the workshop and we can reserve a place on one of the workshops for you. Flexible Payment Plans are available, just call the workshop on 0161 743 3111 and speak to Andy Magee our Operations Manager.

  • July7th

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    HB collective (aka Last year’s Complete Book Artists from HBP) will be exhibiting a selection of their beautiful work at this weekend’s Liverpool Arstist Book Fair

    ‘January 2015 a group of creative people met for the first time at hot bed press. they had all signed up for a yearlong night class called the complete book artist under the tutelage of Sylvia Waltering.

    Each tuesday evening they laboured away exploring a new process or technique, eating cake, drinking tea and getting to know one another. by december they had a pile of beautiful, sometimes quirky books and prints and nobody wanted it to stop so they carried on under their own steam meeting once a month at hot bed press, cow lane, salford, to collaborate, share ideas, eat cake, drink tea and be creative’

    hb collective are:
    Ami Jo Horrocks
    Hazel Roberts
    Steve Dixon
    Daniella Morrison
    Chris Towers
    Sarah Feinmann
    Lynn Reid
    Amanda Ravetz
    Marc Provins
    Dawn Walters

    Go see them at Liverpool Artist Book Fair launching Friday 8th July and running 11.00-18.00; Saturday 10.00-17.00. More info on visiting on the website here : www.

  • June7th

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    For the attention of HBP members and friends, our Annual General Meeting will be held Weds 8th June at the workshop with interested members to present The Artistic Director’s report and the financial report, along with minutes of the last AGM, and the accounts for the previous year’s business. 

    The AGM is also a chance to nominate new Board members, meet the current Board and to have your say on how things are run.
    The Board is made up of HBP members and other professionals.

    We are looking for new potential people to come and play a vital role on the Board of Directors. Anyone can be a Board member, you do not have to be a Hot Bed Press member. We are looking at securing our future in the Casket Works with a view to long term security and expansion. As such we need a variety of skills on the Board to drive this forward.

  • May26th

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    We have a couple of new Studio Volunteers to introduce to you. On a Monday we have Sarah Boulter who is currently studying an M.A. in Fine Art specialising in Printmaking at Salford University.

    On Thursday we now have Sarah McGurk joining the team. Sarah is also a Salford University graduate specialising in Printmaking.

    We owe much of our success to our great team of volunteers who help Hot Bed Press a a wide variety of ways including helping to run the workshop, manage exhibitions and events, support members and lots more besides. So say hi to your studio volunteer next time you’re in and feel free to ask them for help, should the need arise.

    The full rundown of volunteers for the week:

    Mon : Caroline Johnson and Sarah Boulter
    Tue : Jeni Nuttall
    Wed : Sam Horsley
    Thu : Sarah McGurk and Michelle Gorst
    Fri : Emma Brown and Peter Good

    …and of course you have Martin and Lois as technicians throughout the week and myself and Sean in the offices if you need us.

  • May10th

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    July to August 2016

    Hot Bed Press is proud to announce our latest print spectacular. This is our biggest Summer programme to date and incorporates a special summer school of print, taking over the workshop for 2 full weeks and 3 weekends with some incredible guest tutors and tantalising techniques, plus our own staff will all be offering some of their expertise in their particular fields for intensive week long courses giving a real opportunity to learn, explore and develop new work.

    Summer School of Print

    This summer we present you a very special school of print. We are really pleased to announce some special guest tutors invited from across the UK who are renowned experts in their chosen field of work and some print methods never seen before at Hot Bed Press

    We are taking over the whole of the workshop for the first 2 weeks and 3 weekends in August. As well as guest tutors our expert staff will be leading the 5 day/weekday workshops demonstrating the breadth of their knowledge and enthusiasm for printmaking. Suitable for beginners and those wanting a full refresher each course will go into more depth than ever before on each process and bring in more advanced and involved ways of working.

    Check the courses tab to book your place!

  • April28th

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    Just a gentle reminder to all members that the workshop will be closed on both Bank Holidays in May; this Monday the 2nd of May and Monday the 30th May.

    If you are a keyholder this is a great chance to get in during one of our few quiet times so make the most!

    We will be open the last Saturday of the Month on 30th April and 28th May.