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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  • August17th

    It’s been great to have members back in printing and to start having the buzz of creativity around the workshop. Everyone has been noticing all the big and little improvements we’ve made whilst everyone was away. We’ve not been putting our feet up. We’ve also got lots of new kit, such as 5 new Kippax screenbeds, a new water-bath, a bespoke large acid cabinet, new benching and inking tables and lots of smaller tweaks and improvements, plus the place has had a lick of paint making it brighter and looking even more spacious.

    We are now steadily welcoming members back in. We have a booking system to limit numbers and make sure we are staying safe with that pesky coronavirus still lurking in the background. We shut at 4.00pm every day to be able to clean and sanitize the workshop top to bottom including all equipment and tools used. We also have windows open to keep an airflow and good ventilation and still have the rule of everyone wearing masks whilst in here, (unless you are on a screen bed or relief press facing away from anyone).

    We will slowly and carefully open up to more members coming in and getting to the carefree way and creative way we were before March 2020 and we are looking to announce new courses and lots more exciting events in the coming weeks and months.

    The great news is that we are still here, and going strong, and we look even better. Absence has made the heart grow fonder and we all realise a little more of what we have here at Hot Bed Press, this unique hub of printmaking in all it’s guises and manifestations. We aim to grow stronger and even better from here with ambitious plans for the future. Look out for news of our first exhibition of work by last year’s Complete Printmaker graduates on the ground floor, and also come up and see our current display of prints from the India Print Exchange Programme currently on show around the workshop.

     

    Please keep supporting us in whatever way you can.

     

    Best wishes to all

     

    Sean Rorke – Artistic Director

  • INtrspaces exhibition April 2021

    July29th

    In March 2021 we were very pleased to welcome artists & designers from The University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland to show their multi-disciplinary work; all connected by one of our studio members; Kamila Kasprowicz who organised the show and hung the work at Hot Bed Press during lockdown.

    Artists:
    Kamila Kasprowicz
    Aleksander Ostrowski
    Wojciech Osuchowski
    Justyna Stefanczyk
    Ryszard Pielesz

    We were unable due to lockdowns to have a physical show or launch so Kamila and friends organised an online event that was great. You can see the full zoom event or edited highlights of presentations or the tour of the show here:

    YouTube:

    Zoom recording:

    Exhibition Tour:

    Presentations:



  • June1st

    I am sorry , but we are still closed. We had planned to reopen early in June. However, Greater Manchester has seen rapid rises in covid 19 cases, and it is spreading from area to area. It would be unwise to reopen with cases increasing as they are. We also cannot afford to bring staff back from furlough if there is even a remote chance of having to close again.

     

    We remain closed until further notice. We had hoped to be open from 21st June, but cannot say for certain whether this will be the case, with more Government announcements, (due on 14th June), and talk of the third wave, with the new strain/s of coronavirus, plus Medical Advisers/SAGE advising a delay in full easing of lockdown.

     

    We are doing everything we can to keep the workshop strong and to be ready to welcome everyone back, but we have to be very careful how we do this. Reopening too early could seriously damage Hot Bed Press. We have done amazingly to stay viable and have even made lots of improvements, (all without calling upon Arts Council Emergency Funding or loans), but it’s a delicate balance and we cannot take another financial hit.

     

    We hope to reopen shortly after 21st June, but are also braced for the fact that this now may be July. We will announce more after 14th June.

     

    So sorry for any inconvenience.

     

    Sean Rorke – Artistic Director

  • new fence and covid mural

    April23rd

    There has been lots of work on in recent months, over 14 months in fact. We have new benching for more inking spaces, a new water bath and new acid cabinet, and now 5 new screen beds replacing some old and tired and quite honestly, quirky, some would say frustrating second hand screen beds we did have.

    The ceilings and beams have all now been painted and the floor is on the last sections, which would mean that virtually every bit inside Hot Bed Press has had a revamp. We are hoping that everyone sees a bit of the wow factor when they come back in and start using the new kit and benefit from a brighter and better workshop.

    We have even had new fencing and a new gate put on the front car park with the help of X1, who are renting some space in the yard and back carpark… and a new temporary mural now adorns the front. We have been hit by coronavirus, but over coming weeks the virus will gradually disappear as we hopefully start winning and eradicating much of the virus, or at least it’s spread.

    We will start The Complete Printmaker courses on 10th May. That’s the first thing back after the latest lockdown, as we needed to fit in 30 weeks, and quite frankly, need the money. A few weeks after that once all has settled we aim to reopen to members. It will still be a gradual reopening. Like last time we will have a booking system and limit numbers to ensure all is safe.

    The next thing is to catch up on missing courses; with a number postponed from 2020 we will look to honour all those people who kept their bookings and are in credit. We will plan and deliver those courses first before announcing new weekend and evening courses, and will be in touch with everyone who still has credit with us.

    Some sense of normality is on the horizon.

  • April6th

    Spring update

    Posted in: News

    Hot Bed Press is still closed during the coronavirus pandemic. The latest easing of lockdown announcements are great news; a beer in a pub garden, meeting outside in more than one household, shops to reopen etc. However, due to the nature of our business we are not allowed to reopen to members just yet.

    There will be more announcements from the Government on further easing or restrictions to come into place no earlier than 17th May. We will be following the news closely and looking to reopen as soon as it is practical, to do so.

     

    Of course there’s more to it than just opening the doors again and welcoming everyone back. We have to plan and get booking systems back in place, clean the workshop thoroughly again and make sure we have done everything we possibly can to make the workshop safe.

     

    We currently have some staff on furlough or flexi-furlough [and when we are back in are back down to 4 staff now that Kate has moved on]. Planning for the whole staff team to be back in and able to work in a safe working environment is something we are taking every precaution to get right.

     

    When we do reopen it is going to be a steady and gradual reopening to make sure we don’t go to quickly and have to shut again. We are working hard to get things right and be confident on everything running smoothly, but there’s complex decisions and planning to be done over coming weeks.

     

    We will be back better and stronger as an organisation ready to welcome everyone back into an improved Hot Bed Press.

     

     

     

    It is likely that we will not reopen until June.

     



  • January7th

    Lockdown #3

    Posted in: News

    Here we go again.

    Hot Bed Press will remain shut until the end of February. We are currently assuming we will be able to reopen around 22nd February but await government announcements. Brace yourself… it may end up being clear to reopen in March.

    We will not be beaten

    We will return

    We will come back stronger

    Watch this space

     

    Stay safe out there everybody!

     



  • November26th

    We hopefully (fingers and toes crossed) have something very exciting happening next month…
    Hot Bed Press member Kamila Kasprowicz will be showing work in ‘Interspaces’.
    Kamila will be joined by artists Aleksander Ostrowski, Wojciech Osuchowski, Justyna Stefariczyk and Ryszard Pielesz who are all based in Poland.
    We are really excited to invite international artists to show in our workshop – even if they can’t be here in person!
    Look out for more details soon.


  • November2nd

    With the announcement on Sunday 1st November that England is to be put into national lockdown from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December, Hot Bed Press will close it’s doors to members once again for a month.

     

    We are really sorry for any inconvenience. It had been so good to have members coming back in and seeing new prints being created, and just as importantly having the community of artists together and a buzz around the place again.

     

    We will continue to run the Complete Printmaker and Book Arts courses as for this we fit under the educational facilities allowed to carry on through lockdown like colleges and adult education centres. We stay committed to fulfilling these year-long courses.

     

    Unfortunately we cannot run the weekend and evening courses as we have already had too many people pull off the courses, even before lockdown, meaning that we were running courses at a loss. We will postpone all weekend and evening courses until further notice and look to announce courses next year. (For those booked on the already rearranged Copper Sulphate courses we will be in touch.)

     

    Sorry to all members who had got back into the swing of coming in and producing new work. We will keep all screens for an extra month.

     

    Please look out for announcements on our re-opening which will be Wednesday 2nd December as long as lockdown is not extended.

     

    All the best

    Stay well.

    Sean and the team at Hot Bed Press



  • June24th

    We will be re-opening to members from Wednesday 1st July!

     

    Unfortunately we cannot take on any new members at this time.

    Use of the workshop will be on a strictly limited basis and with slightly different opening hours.
    We will be opening between 10.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.

    Each day after 4.00pm there will be a full clean down and sterilisation of the whole workshop ready for the next day.
    Numbers will be limited to 12 members per day until further notice whilst we slowly get back to normal.

    This will be split to 4 people per area; screenprint, relief print/letterpress and etching.
    You may only book one session per week to enable us to accommodate as many members as we can; sorry, no block booking.
    We will only be taking bookings by phone on Wednesday and Thursday mornings between 10.00am and 1.00pm, and only for booking spaces the following week. We will not be taking bookings by e-mail.

    We will constantly review the booking and numbers allowed in and will hope to increase availability as long as we feel it is safe for you as members and for staff working here.

    Stay safe! We will see you all soon

  • June18th

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the new 20:20 website!

    Visit www.2020printexchange.com