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

Complete Book Artist Fully Booked – Please contact us to get onto the provisional list for 2021!

Hot Bed Press is very pleased to announce that we will once again be running a year-long course in book arts from Weds 29th January to 9th December 2020. Run over 2 terms of 15 weeks this course is aimed at artists looking to explore and develop ideas through the form of the artist’s book. This year the course will be running on a Wednesday evening from 6-9pm.

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.

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 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 Wednesday 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 10am – 5pm.] All students wanting more than 4 hours access per week will also be able to ‘top-up’ their hours with usage in the workshop at any time during open access throughout the week at the hourly rate.

For all enquiries regarding payment plans and other questions you have about the organisation please contact

Andy Magee – Operations Manager
Andy is in the office during open access hours and supports the course with all administrative and operational issues. You can email him at or call the office to speak to him on 0161 743 3111.

The cost is £1,200 for the year. There is a £300 first payment (payable by negotiation in installments) and then 9 monthly installments of £100. Materials are included in the course.

The course is not accredited, but students will graduate with a Hot Bed Press certificate in Book Arts.


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 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.

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