Open Access Studio Sessions
SPW offers an Open Access facility under a three-tiered membership scheme which addresses the needs of recreational artists, those wanting greater access and opportunities as well as professional artists and freelance individuals employed in the creative industries. Please visit our membership benefits page for further details and how to join.
To use Open Access you should be able to work independently in the studio in your chosen printmaking technique. We can help bring you up to that level through induction to the Studio, our workshop programme and one to one tuition. Please contact us for any advice.
Our Open Access sessions are supervised by volunteers who are experienced printmakers. They are there to facilitate your session and are happy to share tips and expertise to make your studio experience enjoyable and productive. Please remember though, that you should be able to work independently during an Open Access session and that the supervisors will only be able to offer training and one to one support during that time by previous arrangement.
“We’re expanding Open Access for you”.
Swansea Print Workshop has been running Open Access sessions for proficient printmakers for some years but we’ve been listening to our members and there are quite a few who have some experience of printmaking but don’t feel confident enough to come in for Open Access sessions. Maybe they did printmaking in the past or have been on a workshop or one-to-one but need a bit of nurturing to feel assured enough to come in for Open Access.
Focussed sessions |In the future, as well as running our usual Open Access sessions, our facilitators, all experienced printmakers, will have occasional focussed sessions that will be advertised in advance. These will offer a little more support to help our members feel more confident in coming to Open Access in future.
How will this work?
Well, for example, one of our OA facilitators will decide to focus on linocuts and will bring in a block to print and encourage members to book in and bring their lino along to print up at the same time. This would be for people with some experience of the process, not for beginners and would not involve formal tuition, but will give less experienced printmakers the chance to work alongside experts and see how things are done, picking up studio practice along the way.Our Open Access facilitators
Carys Roberts specialises in drypoint and relief printing
“I am a Welsh speaker and was born in Swansea. I draw inspiration from my day to day life, whether it’s the hairy cattle I see wandering around Gower or my robin hiding in my Camelia bush waiting for his breakfast! The process of printmaking then turns an everyday image into something a bit more intriguing and pulling the blankets back on the press to reveal the print is always exciting.”
Lesley Lillywhite specialises in woodblock and etching
“There is infinite variety in the different ways of making prints, and I find the processes hugely enjoyable. Etching is great for drawing work, screenprint for photography. I am strongly influenced by the Japanese methods of woodblock carving and printing. Collagraph is a voyage of discovery, so versatile.”
Alan Figg specialises in linocuts, wood engraving and mezzotint
“My first experience of printmaking occurred in 1960 when, as a student at Swansea College of Art, I pursued courses in Lithography and Stained Glass design. After graduating I taught in Bournemouth and Swansea. My own printmaking work over the years has been mainly linocuts and since my retirement I have continued to explore the possibilities of the printed image.”
Judith Stroud specialises in collagraph and relief (woodcut, linocut etc) printing
“I was born in England and my early years were spent in various parts of Africa. I graduated in Fine Art at the West of England College of Art, Bristol. I moved to Wales and after a career in teaching art, I am focussing on my own artistic interests and in particular my love of printmaking.”
Ruth Parmiter specialises in linocut, lino etch and silk screen
“My concerns are with the nature of a given surface and the way that characteristic marks and textures are achieved. These in turn may be extrapolated into more complex images, or viewed without elaboration.”
Rose Davies is now a ‘floating’ Open Access facilitator who is happy to negotiate dates and times outside the normal Open Access sessions above. Please contact Rose on 07915 067297 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Rose specialises in monotype, cyanotype and relief printing
“I’ve been a printmaker for a long time and my art practice is based on drawing; monotype and relief techniques; exploring how printmaking, drawing and collage can be combined to form layered mixed media works; and developing alternative forms of public interaction and artistic collaboration. I was a prizewinner in the Wrexham International Print Biennale in 2009.”
Rusty? Need to familiarize yourself more with the Workshop? Would you like to try a new printmaking technique?
One to One sessions are a good way of brushing up on a technique you have already done. They are individually tailored to your needs and at a time convenient to you rather than waiting for a workshop programme event.
Each session is 3 hrs long and involves intensive tuition for the first hour only and then 2 hours studio time to try the technique. The cost is £45 for the session plus any many materials you may use.
Please note that for some printmaking techniques you will need more than a single One to One session to become proficient enough to use the Studio facilities independently. Please contact us for further information. We will pass your details on to an experienced printmaker who will get in touch to discuss your requirements.