‘I am very excited about this new project as it will enable Wivenhoe artists to have a communal space on their doorstep to develop their ideas in the medium of print, and to facilitate workshops for the wider community.’
Kate Lammin (artist, printmaker and poet)

“This is so exciting – not only will it be a tremendous resource it will also create a hub for so many of the artists working and living in Wivenhoe.’
Barbara Peirson (artist)

‘A new workshop for printmakers in Wivenhoe due to be up and running in December. A great and exciting facility for many… me being one!’
Jeannie Munro McCarthy (artist and printmaker)

Wivenhoe Printmaking Workshop

A group of artists are setting up a PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP here in Wivenhoe and inviting both established and would-be printmakers to come along, find out what is available and get involved.

What facilities do we have?

We occupy a suitable and well lit ground-floor space area 40m² (with wheelchair access) in the Brook Street Business Centre and have been busy building work benches and storage. We have now equipped the space for a wide range of printmaking: mono-print and collagraph, relief printing (lino and woodblock), screenprinting and  intaglio (drypoint and more recently metal plate etching using low-toxicity processes).   The exploration of ‘low-tech’ printing (using Rubber Stamps, Polystyrene, Mylar and Perspex) and modern processes (eg. Solar Plate and Cyanotype) is also an ongoing part of our programme.

Presses and equipment

We have two excellent roller presses from the well-known Dutch manufacturers ‘Polymetaal’ which can print both relief and intaglio, a large sink and water bath for soaking etching papers and a professional quality spray-booth for pressure washing silkscreens, good workbenches for drawing and plate making, a dedicated bench for inking up plates, plus planchests and storage for small tools and materials, stocks of Fabriano Unica and other printing papers, water-based and oil-based relief inks, intaglio etching inks, scrim, blotters, an ever-growing range of scribers and roulette/texture tools for drypoint work, drawing-paper, tissue and newsprint etc.

We invite anyone interested to experiment with printmaking processes and the presses to come along to one of our intro workshops where you can try out the presses and have a basic introduction to the facilities.

If you are interested please email us or use the online booking pages to sign up for an intro session.

We also welcome experienced printmakers who may want to become full-time keyholder members or who just need occasional access to develop personal projects, make plates or print editions.  Facilities can be booked by the half-day or day… please get in touch.

Who is it for?

Whether you are working as a printmaker already or just curious to find out about using different print processes we hope you will come to one of our open sessions or classes and see what will be on offer. For artists who have their own home studio spaces it is an opportunity to work at a bigger scale and explore new techniques. For beginners and people without work spaces it will be a chance to try different kinds of printmaking, learn some basic skills and work in a friendly and supportive environment.

How is Printworks financed?

Our aim is to provide facilities for both full-time members and occasional users at affordable rates. We have a core group of full-time members who have regular access to the space (subject to a flexible booking system) and we always welcome new members. Membership is an important part of the project as it enables us to plan ahead for the coming year. The benefits of membership are also clear for anyone who wants to use the workshop more than once a month. If you are interested but unsure whether membership is appropriate for you at the moment please get in touch. Other sources of revenue are ad-hoc bookings, group booking of the space for tutors who want to run a course using the facilities, and sales of print work from occasional exhibitions.

Will there be printmaking classes?

We have an ongoing programme of workshop sessions and short courses introducing a range of printmaking processes and techniques. A continued priority is to run classes suitable for beginners and people with intermediate skills. These will be priced to be affordable and designed to attract potential workshop users.

Metal Plate Etching

As of May 2019 we have been developing our metal plate etching facilities and expanding the range of instructed courses for both beginner and intermediate/advanced users in Copperplate etching with Ferric Chloride, and Aluminium/Steel and Zinc etching with Copper Sulphate/Salt solutions.  See our Events list or Calendar page for more details of forthcoming workshops and courses.

Company Structure

As of June 12th 2019 Wivenhoe Printworks is registered as a Not-For-Profit Company Limited by Guarantee (reg number 12047757)

Our contact details and articles will be viewable on the Companies House register: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/12047757

What happens next?

Come along to one of our courses or intro sessions or ring/email to arrange a visit.
Wivenhoe Printworks
23/24 Wivenhoe Business Centre, Brook Street, Wivenhoe CO7 9DP

Check the events page and calendar for intro sessions, courses and events.
Put your name on the mailing list for news updates and notification of workshops and events: bit.ly/wivprintlist
Get in touch if you want to be more involved or have any questions:


Natalie Eldred
Eliza Kentridge
Jean McNeil
John Wallett

mobile: 07757305327

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