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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  • 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 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 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


    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.

  • June30th

    As part of Manifest Arts Festival, Hot Bed Press will be opening our doors for an exhibition of the best of contemporary print as well as free demonstrations! Friday 7th July 6-9pm & Saturday 8th 12-6pm
    Saturday’s demos as follows:
    1pm: Etching
    2.30pm: Linocut printing
    4 pm: Expressive screenprinting
    Plus all day Stone Litho demonstration in our new extension.
    Come and join in!

  • June19th

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

    We have spiced things up with a mini Summer School at the beginning of August and are really pleased to have Repeat Pattern with Kiran and Mandy and Japanese Woodcut and Box Making combined into one course with Lucy Schofield. Plus we have Extraordinary Ornament bringing the delights of decorative type, Gelatine Printing here for the first time and Copper Sulphate Etching with guest tutor Kate Desforges. There’s also fun to be had in our weekend of Urban Print Club and Gum Arabic Transfer. All this mixed with seasoned favourites back by popular demand. Last season’s courses booked up in record time so don’t delay call the workshop and book today!

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

    Summer Courses 2017

  • June8th

    Launching Saturday 10th June, Proof is an exhibition of original prints from a selection of Hot Bed Press Printmaker, previewing this Saturday at The Art House in Sheffield. Featured artists include Angela Hutton, Barbara Helm, Barbara Johns, Barry Gillions,
    Charlotte Allen, Clare Phelan, Dorothy Ellin, Kaye Wilson, Jan Slater, Nicola Breach, Rachel Bakewell, Sean Rorke & Wendy North

  • April13th

    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 or calling 0161 743 3111.

  • March21st

    An exhibition of contemporary letterpress art from North America
    7th April to 23rd June
    Preview: 6th April at 7pm
    Hot Bed Press, Salford

    SURFACE NOW is an exhibition of contemporary letterpress art from North America, collected by Hot Bed Press member David Armes (of Red Plate Press) on his visits to the US over the past two years. The exhibition highlights the variety and excellence of work being produced using primarily metal and wood type by a small sample of the multitude of printmakers and artists currently using letterpress as their primary printmaking medium.