The Print Symposium: Wood, Lino, & Letterpress (14/02/2018)

A one-day symposium led by artist printmakers discussing their practice, residencies and recent projects. 

Wednesday 14th February 2018


£35.00 including lunch and refreshments

(Group discounts available)

Booking essential via email or telephone

Artists Books with Estella Scholes

3/4 August 2017


‘’An art work in the hand’’

We are more used to fine art printmaking supplying both text and illustrations for handmade books. This workshop will encourage you to creatively repurpose/reinvent old, spare, damaged or redundant print based work, to create the book structure itself, as illustrated by examples of the artist’s own book art. Please search portfolios and plan chests for left over work, including photocopies and other pre-printed papers, and bring it with you. If you can cut it up, you can make a book structure.

The workshop will cover several different simple construction techniques.  Participants will create templates, including various single page folding patterns, concertina, origami folding, and pamphlet stitch, which may be used singly or in combination, and then develop their own books.

Estella Scholes MA is a professional artist and tutor based in Crewe. Her work is exhibited widely in the North West and in Wales, and can be found in public and private collections as far away as Norway and Qatar. She originally trained as a painter, although in recent years her work has concentrated on original printmaking and artists books.

Non-members £120.00/Members £75.00

Booking essential (via email or telephone) 

Focus on Printmaking Workshops

We are very pleased to launch our new series of Saturday workshops which focus on a specific printmaking process offering participants extended practical knowledge and understanding in a certain process (for example; lino, drypoint, screenprinting).

Focus on Printmaking Workshops

  • A series of 2 day workshops in a specific printmaking process
  • Day: Saturday (10am-4pm)
  • Level: intermediate/advanced
  • Cost: Each Workshop: Non-members £60.00/Members £50.00 (Booking essential via email or telephone)
  • Includes materials (payment required on the first session)

Upcoming workshops

Focus On: Linocut Workshop

  • Dates: Saturday 19/11/16 & 26/11/16

Focus On: Collagraph Workshop – Sold Out

  • Dates: Saturday 04/02/17 & 11/02/2017

Focus On: Drypoint Workshop

  • Dates: Saturday 11/03/17 & 18/03/17

Our series of Focus on Printmaking Workshops offer a valuable opportunity to discover new processes and develop a sophisticated understanding of printmaking. They are designed to meet the requirements of people with a keen interest in the subject and cater for varying levels of experience.

Each 2-day workshop aims to give participants knowledge and understanding of a particular process (for example Linocut, Collagraph, Drypoint, Etching or Screenprint) and an opportunity to produce work that shows a creative response to that printmaking technique. You will be taught by one of the Regional Print Centre’s Print Facilitators who have a wealth of printmaking knowledge and understanding.

All materials and equipment will be provided and participants are encouraged to explore their own subject and creative influences throughout the 2-day workshop.

Participants can move on to use the open access printmaking facilities available through the Centre to further develop their work. They can also progress to our specialist Visiting Artists Workshops which take place regularly throughout the year.

Collaborative screenprint for FOCUS Wales festival


As part of FOCUS Wales 2016 the Regional Print Centre has commissioned Artists Andrew and James Story to create a limited edition hand pulled screenprint celebrating the festival. Influenced by the psychedelic posters of the 1970s and Welsh Heritage the print features all of the bands taking part in the festival. This design will be exclusively for the 200 participating bands at FOCUS and a different version will be available to purchase during the festival.

For more details about printmaking workshops, studio open access and events visit

For further details about the festival:

Focus wales Print



Etching with Andrew Baldwin (30/07/2015 – 31/07/2015) – SOLD OUT

Two Day Workshop

Etching Sandpaper Aquatint Coffee lift and Spit Bite.

The two-day workshop using safer approaches to etching will work on two projects.

Working with sandpaper aquatint.

The first project will include the Poor Mans Mezzotint’ so called because it is an alternative to the expensive and time consuming original mezzotint. I will demonstrate the versatility of the emery paper aquatint and how by using emery paper you can create a dense black print to compete with any traditional mezzotint. You will be provided with a ready to use ‘Poor Mans Mezzotint’ plate and all the tools needed to make beautiful tonal prints.

Working with Coffee lift and Spit bite.

For the second project you will be working with aluminium and the use of instant coffee to paint with brush, draw with nib or stipple with a toothbrush creating painterly like images. This will be further advanced by painting on the plate with the acid to produce natural tones (spit bite ). All this will be done using methods and materials that are far safer than the traditional process.

To further advance both of your projects I will show you my unique registration system, which will allow you to multi drop your one plate to create a full range of colour within the print.

If there is time I will also show participants some of the other aspects of BIGs versatility including soft ground impressions.


Day One Thur 30th July. Preparing and drawing plates

Introduction to BIG with examples of prints made using the processes you will be using. / Preparing a plate for BIG hard ground / Making an aquatint with sandpaper, and poor man’ s mezzotint/ Scraping and burnishing / Drawing and painting with coffee / Spit biting.

Day Two Fri 31st July  Etching and Printing Day

Biting in Copper Sulphate or Ferric Chloride/ Inking and printing / Using different printing papers / Registration of plates, single and Double drop (multi colour prints) / Stopping out.

Each of the two days will start with demonstrations followed with time for printmakers to try the processes out for themselves. It would be a good idea for those taking part to bring a note pad camera and sketchbook. Because I would like to make the most of my time with you I will try to give you as much technical info as possible during the two days. The itinerary is a guide and is flexible. If some would like to move on more quickly in particular areas I see no reason why this should not happen.

  • Booking essential (via email or telephone)
  • Non-members £120.00/Members £75.00

Visiting Artist workshop with Printmaker Alun Evans

Many thanks to all the Art and Design learners (from Coleg Cambria – Deeside site) who attended the screeprinting workshop with visiting Artist Alun Evans.

There were some great results and we hope you enjoyed the experience of screenprinting onto fabric. We look forward to working with you again in the future.














Visiting Artist workshop with Printmaker Alex McIntosh

Many thanks to all the Level 3 year 1 Art & Design and Foundation learners who attended the drypoint printmaking workshop on the 13th November as part of Coleg Cambria’s open evening. The work you created is great! I hope you enjoyed working with visiting printmaker Alex McIntosh and seeing how the Regional Print Centre can support your college work.

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Helfa Gelf/Art Trail 2014

Helfa Gelf 2014

  • Extended Open Access
  • Saturday 6th and 20th September 2014
  • 11am – 5pm

We are pleased to announce that the Regional Print Centre will be taking part in this year’s Helfa Gelf /Art Trail, North Wales’ biggest Open Studio Event which invites everyone to visit artists at work in their studios.

As part of the project the Regional Print Centre is opening on Saturday 6th and 20th September 2014 between 11am and 5pm.

Please come along to visit the studio, see the facilities, meet our members and see their work. Artwork will be on sale and available directly from Centre members who will be working in the space throughout the day.

For further details visit