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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  • July26th

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

    We are really pleased to announce the fresh new programme of courses starting in August. It has been a long hot Summer and things have really been warming up here. We are ready for another exciting set of weekend and evening workshops.

    There are some day taster courses in Monoprinting, Drypoint and Collagraphs following quite a few requests for these plus back by popular demand also Gelatine Plate Printing and Expanded Screenprint.

    We also have brand new courses such as Words & Pictures; Screenprint & Letterpress, and a special 2 weekend print extravaganza in the UnLtd Print School, which marks the end of the Print UnLtd exhibition at Salford Museum & Art Gallery, which has been such a huge success. Not the usual process driven fare this one; with 2 tutors and an art school approach to subject, content and context, with drawing and printing exercises, flash demonstrations and collaborative printing it is going to be exciting.

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



  • July3rd

    We are now open for bookings for 2019’s Complete Printmaker course which runs from February – December 2019.

    The morning slots booked up in record time, but we still have places available on the evening sessions from 6pm – 9pm.

    The Complete Printmaker is tutored on Monday mornings from 10.00am to 1.00pm or Monday evenings from 6pm – 9pm with additional hours available through to 5.00pm on Mondays when there will be a dedicated Technician on-hand.

    The practical make-up of the course will be married up with contextual background and content driven assessment. It will give a good understanding of printmaking and will be the equivalent experience to a traditional fine art first year degree in print. Students will be supported through development of a portfolio and focused body of work.

    Comprehensive notes and instruction worksheets will be provided. These are sent out after each process is taught to serve as supporting notes and reminders to enable further independent development through each process. Extra reading material and other sources of inspiration will also be given.

    In addition to the 3 hours a week taught sessions each student can take up an extra 4 hours a week free of charge, [60 hours a term), with Technician support available during open access. Students can also take up as many hours as they wish over and above the 4 hours a week self-directed practice by purchasing a Studio Hours card for just £3.00 an hour, (sold in 6 hour cards). You are also given a year’s membership of Hot Bed Press running up to 31st January 2020.

    To secure your place we require a £300 deposit. Please call Andy on 0161 743 3111 to book your place on this very popular course.



  • June6th

    Hot Bed Press annual AGM is to take place on the 27th June and the board would like to extend an invitation to all friends and members to attend.

    You are invited to this year’s
    Annual General Meeting
    at 7pm on
    Wednesday 27th June 2016
    at Hot Bed Press
    Printmakers’ Studio,
    1st Floor, The Casket Works, Cow Lane
    Salford, Greater Manchester M5 4NB

    All members and friends are welcome to attend the AGM. The Artistic Director’s report, financial report, and the accounts for the previous year’s business will be presented, (along with minutes of the last AGM). This will give a full overview of the past year and also an insight into plans for the future.

    The AGM is a chance to meet the current Board, nominate new Board members and hear any current news. The Board is made up of HBP members and assorted professionals who meet once every quarter. We are looking for new 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. This is a very exiting time, having secured ownership of the Casket Works, HBP now has the opportunity to begin to prepare to take up more of the premises. As such we need a variety of skills on the Board to drive this forward. For nomination details see end of email and attached form.

    We encourage as many members as possible to attend.

    If you, or someone you know, would be interested in joining the Board, a nomination form can be printed below.

    Emailed nominations can be sent to Kiran Williams (secretary)
    kiranleetextiles@gmail.com
    Paper nominations can be left in the office marked FAO Kiran Williams
    Please ensure that any nominations are submitted by Wednesday 20th June

    note: you can nominate yourself, the nomination is treated as an expression of interest, potential new directors are encouraged to attend a board meeting and have an informal chat with a few current members before formally joining the Board

    Hot Bed Press Board of Directors
    The current Board of Directors are all volunteers with an interest in helping
    Hot Bed Press to develop as an organisation, maybe you could join them?

    Almira Holmes: Printmaker and book artist
    Paulette Bansal: Artist and Printmaker
    Dawn Walters: Book artist
    Hazel Roberts: Artist and Printmaker
    Jeni Nuttall: Artist, printmaker, tutor
    Jack Walton (Treasurer)
    Kiran Williams – (secretary): Textile artist and screen printer.

    Join us!

    BOARD MEMBER NOMINATION FORM

    I, as a member of Hot Bed Press Limited, would like to nominate the following person for election to the Board of Directors of Hot Bed Press Limited. They have agreed to be nominated and will provide the necessary information as required by Companies House if elected to the Board.

    This nomination is treated as an expression of interest, potential new directors are encouraged to attend a board meeting and have an informal chat with a few current members before formally joining the Board. (You can nominate yourself)

    Nominee’s full name:

    Nominee’s email address:

    HBP member?

    Nominee’s address:

    Contact number :

    Nominator’s name:

    Please could you describe briefly what skills you feel this person would bring to the make-up of the Board:



  • May17th

    A major exhibition at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
    26th May to 14th October 2018

    by 4 artists working at Hot Bed Press:
    Gwilym Hughes, Joey Collins, Claudia Alonso and Lubna Ali

    Print UnLtd is an exhibition of works celebrating, challenging and questioning contemporary printmaking.

    Supported by Art Collection; University of Salford, Salford Community Leisure and Arts Council England the exhibition was selected by a panel from an open submission call out for works that questioned pre-conceived ideas of what is a print and the conventions of how prints are made, displayed, interpreted and sold.

    The 4 selected artists have been working over the past three months to create new bodies of work. The work will be shown in a specially adapted gallery in Salford Museum & Art Gallery.

    There is a programme of accompanying workshops and talks at the gallery, starting with all 4 artists working in the gallery in a One Day Pop-up Print Academy on Wednesday 30th May 11.30am – 3.30pm, and available to discuss and show elements of how they created the works on display.

    Hot Bed Press is really proud to be involved in this project and to be working in partnership with the University of Salford, Salford Museum & Art Gallery and Salford Community Leisure. We hope that this will be just the start of more major projects with the university and gallery that shed new light on printmaking and serve to make people think about what is a print and how far can we go with printmaking in the modern age.

    Print UnLtd Workshops:
    One Day Pop-up Print Academy
    Wednesday 30th May (11.30am – 3.30pm)

    Manic Monoprinting Morning
    Wednesday 25th July (10.00am – 12.30pm)

    Rauschenberg Screenprinting
    Wednesday 1st August (11.00am – 3.00pm)

    Striking Stencils
    Wednesday 8th August (10.00am – 12.00pm)

    Folded Books
    Wednesday 15th August (10.00am – 12.00pm)

    Electric Print
    Wednesday 22nd August (10.00am – 12.00pm)

    A New Spirit In Printmaking lecture/talk
    Wednesday 5th September (6.00pm – 7.30pm)

    Print UnLtd Panel Discussion with the artists
    Wednesday 10th October (6.00pm – 7.30pm)



  • May14th

    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

    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.



  • February8th

    Reveal Printmakers group who make their beautiful work at Hot Bed Press have a forthcoming exhibition at the Old Parsonage, Didsbury, open 3rd – 25th March. Exhibition launch : Sunday 4th March 1-3pm. See image for full details. They would love to see you at the preview and the artists will be available to talk to on selected days throughout the show.



  • January17th

    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

    and 

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



  • November16th

    We will be opening up to the public for our annual Open Studios and Print Sale on Friday 24th 6-9pm and Saturday 25th November 11am-6pm. Please feel free to come along, invite your friends. Many of our resident artists will be here to meet and there will be the opportunity to buy directly from the artists themselves.

    We will also be running our Christmas Sale where you can pick up a bargain. There will also be print demonstrations over the weekend. You can keep up to date on announcements by subscribing to our mailing list on the right of the page.

    Look forward to seeing you there.



  • September7th

    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.