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

Behind the scenes there is an active and involved Board of Directors who guide the organisation and oversee strategy and long term planning. They manage the employment of staff, financial forecasting, long term planning and the bigger issues affecting Hot Bed Press.

The Board of Directors meet regularly with meetings alternating between operational, strategic and quarterly financial reporting and forecasting.

The board is made up of volunteers with a healthy mix of members and non-members with experience and knowledge of different aspects of running an organisation. The healthy balance between those with an active experience of the work of Hot Bed Press and those with a more objective overview and experience and knowledge of how other organisations work is an important factor in the make-up of the Board of Directors.

Our annual general meeting is open to all members and friends of Hot Bed Press and an annual report is prepared. It is usually held in June. At the AGM it is required that the board step down on a rotational basis. We aim for a healthy rotation and ability to strengthen the Board and ensure openness and transparency.

Almira Holmes (Chair)
Almira has been involved with Hot Bed Press for a number of years participating in a number of short courses. In 2016, she took the Complete Book Artist course. In 2017 she began the Complete Printmaker and has just completed her third year. Lino is her preferred medium.

Jack Bansal (Treasurer)
Jack is a trainee actuary who works for a large professional services firm having previously been a secondary school mathematics teacher. As such, his life has revolved predominantly around numbers, although more recently this has branched out into the more exiting world of spread sheets. He is yet to try his hand at printmaking but has not ruled out taking a course in the future.

Jennifer Nuttall
Having completed an honors degree in Fine art during the late 1980’s Jeni taught life drawing for many years. As a painter she has always made prints and finds the two practices inform one another. After a long break from printing Jeni returned to making prints a few years ago and became a member of Hot Bed Press and a volunteer studio manager on a Friday. She continues to develop a professional practice and also teach Waterless Lithography and Painterly Screen Print.

Paulette Bansal
Originating from a background in textile design, Paulette worked as an art & design educator, and later also as an examiner for over 20 years mainly teaching on the Art & Design Foundation course. After that, she co founded a business creating digital artwork for commercial interiors. After completing the Complete Printmaker course at Hot Bed Press, Paulette now prints and exhibits at selected Print Fairs & small Galleries with a collective group called “Reveal Printmakers’, and is one of the main administrators for exhibition liaison for this group. ‘Reveal Printmakers’ exists as a result of the solidarity built through our experience at Hot Bed Press.

Dawn Walters
Dawn began her creative career on the Foundation Course at Lincolnshire College of Art & Design and went onto work in the arts as an events organiser, promotional consultant and curator for over 20 years. She returned to Higher Education as a mature student and achieved a BA hons degree in Public Relations. The roles and projects she has undertaken have been hugely varied – everything from Events and Exhibition Organiser for School of Art & Design, DeMonfort University to working backstage at the Nelson Mandela concert, Wembley Stadium. Dawn has done print and bookmaking courses at Hot Bed Press and is an active member of the HB Book Artists Collective.

Hazel Roberts
As a practicing artist and keen printmaker Hazels passion for printmaking continues to be ignited by Hot Bed Press and it is for this reason that she was keen to join the board of directors. Hazel has over 20 years experience working in both education and the design industry. After completing an MA in design Hazel was keen to emerge herself back into a practical and creative environment and both the complete book artist and complete printmakers course offer her the perfect foundations to develop her practice.

Ceri joined the board in 2018, and in her day job is Head of Salford Museum and Art Gallery just up the road from Hot Bed Press. Her previous roles at the museum have included Learning Officer and Heritage Development Manager. Her background includes a BA in History if the Fine and Decorative Arts, and an MA in Heritage Management- though not a printer Ceri is fascinated by the medium and promises one day to learn some of the skills! For now her main creative outlet is managing a lovely art and museum collection, being involved in HBP and doing a lot of crochet!