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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  • January7th

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    We’re delighted to launch our fresh season of printmaking workshops. Time to shake off the holidays and start your year with new energy, creativity and passion.

    This season we have a great selection for absolute beginners through to you seasoned printmakers, designers and artists. We’re pretty sure that we have all bases covered this season, from Screenprinting to Risographology, Relief Printing to Book arts, with a couple of brand new etching workshops to keep your fingers inky and eyes delighted with creative goodies.

    We’re now open for bookings so browse, peruse and click or call the office to book your place on a course and expand your knowledge whilst having fun alongside your fellow creatives.

    Click here to be taken to the course list :

  • June20th

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    20-20 sort

    We are off and running for the 20:20 and we have already had a good response from print workshops; many new to the exchange.

    There is plenty of time to go yet. We are setting the deadline to hear confirmation from workshops on taking part and (rough) numbers involved. Prints are to be in by 1st October and the grand sort and all distribution will happen in a very busy November.

    For those of you who don’t know the exchange is the largest in the UK; last year 14,625 prints were created and exchanged between 585 artists from 40 print workshops.

    Each artist creates an edition of 25 prints each 20cm x 20cm in any print medium. unlike other print exchanges the artist must be a member of a print workshop and each workshop submits 10, 20 or 30 artists, [perhaps more in multiples of 10 artists for the sake of logistics/mathematics].

    Each artist pays £10.00 and in November packages will be sent to the workshops participating to hand out to individual artists; each artist receives a random selection of prints from around the UK. In addition each workshop receives a random portfolio and a twinned portfolio matching them up with artists from another workshop, [to promote collaboration and further links. Print workshops also use the prints they receive to raise money through auctions, print sales or on-line gallery sales.

    There is also a touring exhibition of the whole exchange which this year toured 6 workshops around the UK, so every artist gets a part in a national tour.

    It’s an exciting time of year and it is always great to see the variety of prints produced.

    For more information see the exhibitions page.

    and there is a lovely time lapse video of the 20:20 on tour at The Art House in Wakefield which is well wort a watch; click here to view it

  • June13th

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    As part of our 20 year celebration of a show at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery we are running a special Summer School of Print at the gallery between 30th July and 27th August.

    Set on 5 Wednesday mornings between 10.00am and 12.30pm you can have a taster course in Monoprint, Drypoint, Japanese Lino, The Folded Book and Gum Arabic Transfer.

    There’s only 7 people on each session so it’s going to be an exclusive group. You can join one session or all 5. (The cost is £30 a session or £110 for all 5 sessions.) Places are already booking up.

    Taught by our great tutors, (Jeni Nuttall, Martin Kochany and Elizabeth Willow), there will be presses, special papers, inks and tools taken over so we will be setting up a print workshop in the gallery, (well in the lovely education room), and participants can be inspired by the work on the wall.

    The schedule is as follows:

    Week 1 Wed 30th July Monoprinting
    Week 2 Wed 6th August Drypoint
    Week 3 Wed 13th August Japanese Lino
    Week 4 Wed 20th August The Folded Book
    Week 5 Wed 27th August Gum Arabic Transfer

    cost £30 per session / £110 for all 5 sessions

  • May21st

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    We’re really excited to be running The Folded Book at Hot Bed Press again on Saturday & Sunday 14th and 15th June.

    We still have places available on this excellent workshop.  Here’s some feedback from the last time Elizabeth ran the course at Hot Bed Press:

    ‘So excited, the content was exactly what I wanted. I couldn’t believe I learned so much in 2 days’

    ‘Very well paced. Calm and relaxed atmosphere with complete professionalism…very encouraging and inspiring.’

    ‘The range of books and materials were inspiring, exciting, tantalising!’

    ‘Elizabeth’s handouts are the most exquisite and thoughtful workshop notes I have ever received.’

    ‘Very clear and concise delivery, excellent presentation and interpersonal skills’

    Don’t hesitate to call the workshop on 0161 743 3111 to book your place.


  • April16th

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    Second year Complete Printmakers are now showing at Bank Quay House in Warrington until 26th May in a collaborative exhibition with The Regional Centre For Print, Wrexham. The show entitled Artists’ Proof has given the opportunity to show the high standard of work coming out of The Complete Printmaker course as well as helping students develop professional practice and valuable experience of showing their work.

    It’s great to forge further links with the Regional Print Centre too. Let’s hope it is just the start of more collaborations and links. it was lovely to see so many people at the private view.

    Not satisfied with one exhibition in Warrington in 2014 we have a major show at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery between 14th June and 6th September. Celebrating 20 years of Hot Bed Press the exhibition will showcase the work by 20 Hot Bed Press members, (joined up thinking eh!). The show will be accompanied by a Summer School of Print at the gallery over 5 evenings.

    We are taking in submissions from members now for selection, and will announce more in weeks to come.

  • November21st

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    And news just in, our morning course of The Complete Printmaker is now fully booked up. The evening course, (running 6pm – 9pm), is getting closer to being full. There are only the last few places left.

    We have decided to put the start back a little next year so the first week will be Monday 3rd February until 30th June, (with a half-term break, Easter break and a couple of bank holidays). The second term runs from 4th August to 24th November, (with a half term and bank holiday).

    We were asked to run a second year of The Complete Printmaker and have been deluged with people wanting to stay on a second year, so we welcome back 18 students to a second year runniong alomngside the 1st year (on Tuesdays). It’s the biggest sign that we are doing something right.

  • September19th

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    We are really pleased to announce that we will be running a

      second year of The Complete Printmaker in 2014


    We must be doing something right as we have been asked by enough students currently on our first year of the Complete Printmaker whether they can do another year to warrant us scheduling a second year.

    The Complete Printmaker year 2 will be run on Tuesday mornings and cover the print processes in more depth, give more tutorial and portfolio development through printmaking, with a few masterclass demonstrations and guest tutors thrown in.

    What this means to people thinking about coming on our Complete Printmaker for the first time is that we will be able to offer a 2 year experience, (although we will not be asking everyone to commit to that straight away, but will leave it as with this year until the second term to ask who would like to do another year).

    All this on top of The Complete Book Artist and The Complete Printmaker morning and an evening courses which are filling up nicely.

    … and news also just in 6 of The Complete Printmakers have been selected to show in The Manchester Contemporary at The Buy Art Fair on 26th 27th & 28th September, which just shows how far thay have come in less than a year. Congratulations to Amy Cook and Gwil Hughes who will be shown on the wall and to Kate Downes, Karen Joyce, Cathy Ferns and Lisa Clare who will be featured in the browser.

    This is a prestigious show and being selected to represent Hot Bed Press and show alongside major galleries is quite a coup. Well done to all.

  • August27th

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    We are really pleased to announce that we have been invited to exhibit again at this year’s prestigious Manchester Contemporary 2013. The exhibition runs from Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th September and is always very well attended.

    If you are a member of Hot Bed Press it is a great opportunity to get your work seen and hopefully sold. Last year we sold over £1,000s worth of artwork and this year we’re hoping to do even better. Contact Andy on 0161 743 3111 or email info@hotbedpress for a submission form and chance to exhibit with us.

    To register for free tickets visit here :

    Hoping to see a great influx of work in the next few weeks and to putting on another great show.

  • August5th

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    We are really pleased to announce that we will again be running this year’s Manchester Artist Book Fair.You can now book your table online here

    This year’s fair will be held on Friday 18th (2pm-6pm) and Saturday 19th (11am-5pm) October 2013 and once again it will be in the Manchester School of Art’s Holden Gallery. There will be 40+ tables manned by suppliers, art publishers, illustrators and book artists, and filled with a tremendous range of all things book arts – risographed, screenprinted, relief printed, etched soft- and hard-backed books; zines and pamphlets; tiny letterpressed delights; posters printed using woodcuts; irresistible decorative papers and practical bone folders, needles, thread; beautifully folded and manipulated book sculptures, and much much more. Every year there are old and new faces behind the stands, and while many visitors return time after time, there are always newcomers delighted to discover the exciting, fascinating and above all varied world of book arts.

  • May16th

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    We are really pleased to announce that we will be running The Complete Printmaker again next year. Due to the popular demand for the course and a very healthy expressions of interest list we will be once again running 2 courses concurrently; one on Monday mornings, (9.30am – 12.20pm) and the other on Monday evenings, (6.00pm – 9.00pm).

    Starting on 6th January and running to 14th April the first term will cover monoprint through to etching. There is a long Summer break and the second term will run from 4th August to 17th November and cover screenprinting through to phopt-etching and waterless lithography.

    Students can take advantage of an extra 4 hours a week workshop access, [supported by our Technician], for the 30 weeks on top of the 3 hours taught sessions.

    The course costs £600 a term / £1,200 a year. Payment will be one ‘downpayment of £300 before 1st September 2013 and then 3 further payments of £300 by standing order in January, April and July.

    For more information contact us on e-mail at or telephone 0161 743 3111.

    Places will be booked on a first come first served basis, but committing to the course will be committing to paying the full £1,200.

    and not only but also…

    We are also really excited to be bringing you The Complete Book Artist

    Running on the same weeks as the Complete Printmaker, but on Tuesday evenings, (6.00pm – 9.00pm), this course will give the same fuller comprehensive experience and is run by Sylvia Waltering.

    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 equip 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.

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

    This course too costs £1,200 a year / £600 a term.
    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 and has over ten 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 a number of her publications are held in private and public collections in the UK, Denmark, Hungary, Australia and the US.