Becoming an Associate of East London Printmakers is a great way to get involved in the printmaking community.

ELP offers two different ways in which you can join us: you can support ELP by becoming a Friend, or you can join ELP as an Associate.

You do not need to be an Associate to use the studio.

Benefits of being an Associate


We hold regular meetings throughout the year. The meetings are a great opportunity to meet other printmakers, share ideas and discuss all matters relating to printmaking. Associates can stand for election to the committee at the AGM in December. As an artist cooperative we rely on the time and energy of our Associates and we especially welcome Associates who would like to get involved in helping to run ELP as we continue to grow in size and stature.

Artist’s Talks

Associates have an opportunity to present their own work and see and discuss the work of others. We also invite a range of guest speakers from the printmaking and art world. Recent visitors include Anne Desmet, Editor of Printmaking Today, Frank Janzen from Crows Shadow studio in Oregon, USA and multimedia artist Magnus Irvin. All our artists in residence give a talk about their work too.

Exhibitions and events

We organise two or three exhibitions a year for our Associates. Recent venues include the V&A Museum of Childhood, Bankside Gallery and the Brothers Grimm Museum, Kassel, Germany. We welcome input and energy from Associates who want to help curate and organise exhibitions. We also put on a series of events throughout the year, including open studios, visits and social events. For more information please visit the exhibitions and events pages.

Email newsletter

Associates receive weekly email newsletters with ELP news, opportunities and exhibition updates.


Associates can have a page on our website with images and background information.


Associates receive a concessionary rate for ELP workshops.

Keyholder waiting list

Join the waiting list to become a keyholder with 24 hour access to the studio.

For more information visit the studio page.

Associate fee

£45 per year
£30 concessions (Recent graduates ONLY)

For more information about becoming an ELP Associate, send an email to ELP by filling the form on the contact us page.