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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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 info@hotbedpress.org

    £30.00 per session / £90 for four sessions

    2.00pm – 5.00pm
    http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/print-like-paul-peter-piech/
    http://www.oliverflude.com/

  • November23rd

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    We are really pleased to announce that we will be running our year-long course in Letterpress Printing from February 2017.

    Our new course is due to run on Wednesday Evenings from 6pm – 9pm and we will be running our Thursday morning Complete Letterpress Printer as usual from 10am – 1pm. So you have a choice to sign up for the Wednesday evening or the Thursday morning sessions.

    Spend a year immersed in the wonderful world of letterpress. This course will teach you the art and craft of letterpress printing, using both wood type and metal type, and a range of presses, from table-top Adana presses to traditional Albion & Columbian iron hand-presses. Learn age-old practices, perfected over five hundred years, and combine those skills with contemporary and experimental techniques to produce stunning, tactile and original prints, postcards, cards, chapbooks, artists’ books and lots more besides.

    Discover the language of letterpress: how to mind your p’s and q’s, how not to get the wrong end of the stick or become out of sorts; experiment with borders and rules, muttons and nuts, fists and flowers. Learn simple measuring systems, and how to use a variety of tools and equipment. Delight in different typefaces, plain and fancy; from Garamond to Gill to Grotesque, Albertus to Windsor.

    The course is designed for beginners, or those with only a little experience, and will cover all aspects of both setting and printing type. You will also get the opportunity to create your own polymer blocks and combine text and image. You will be supported in developing your own unique letterpress projects throughout the course in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

  • 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
    FREE ENTRY

  • 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.

  • 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.