We welcome everyone to use the studio. If you are starting out on your printmaking journey, or refreshing old skills, you can book into a course in your chosen process. If you have completed a course with East London Printmakers or are similarly qualified, and wish to develop and consolidate your skills, then booking some Open Access sessions is the next stage.
Scroll down for further details about our Open Access sessions.
How to find the studio: click here for a map and directions
East London Printmakers holds three Open Access sessions each week, two on Thursday and one on Saturday.
Here you can start to work independently on your own projects with professional guidance and advice provided by experienced technicians. Tutors are also in place to assist in developing your printmaking skills. Open Access.
If you require in depth advice and support in refreshing or developing your skills, you can book an extended one to one tuition session during Open Access with one of our experienced tutors. For more information please email our Studio Coordinator via [email protected].
You do not need Associate Membership to use the studio, but it does offer concessionary rates on both Open Access sessions and course fees, plus a number of other benefits. Associate Membership.
Unfortunately at present under-18s may not use the facilities.
Materials to bring
The studio sells a range of materials, such as metals, inks and paper, and we have some supplies available for hire, such as screens for printing on paper and fabric. For a detailed list of what we supply and sell, please see here. Shop List.
First time users
Your first session will start with an induction, which includes an introduction to the studio’s equipment and Health and Safety. Even if you have attended a course at the studio before, you will still need to book and complete an induction. Assistants will also need to book and complete an induction and purchase an open access session.
Inductions take place at the beginning of each session and can be booked during the checkout stage when purchasing your first Open Access session. If you have booked an induction, please arrive promptly at the beginning of the session you have booked. The induction takes about half an hour and you will then be free to print for the rest of the session.
The printmaking studio has equipment for water-based screen-printing, etching/intaglio, relief printing, fabric printing and photo-etching. For a more detailed list of what we supply and sell, please refer to our shop list.
- Large exposure unit for photo-silkscreens (130 × 180cm)
- Six vacuum tables (max print size 110 x 80cm)
- PVC topped fabric table 3.6m x 1m print width (123cm table top) (see below)
- Various sized squeegees and coating troughs
- Various-sized screens (for hire – max size 125 × 85cm – price list)
- Back-lit wash-out unit for screens
- Drying racks
- PVC topped fabric table 3.6m x 1m print width (123cm table top) with registration bar & 7 repeat stops.
- 3 x 49T screens 130 x 105cm with registration fittings available to hire @ £4.00 per day & £8.00 per week.
- Largest usable area 88 x 100cm
- Gum Arabic is supplied
- USERS MUST PROVIDE OWN BACKING CLOTH
- Rochat Etching Press – bed size 81 x 137cm
- French American Tool Press – bed size 102 x 187cm
- Henderson Press – bed size 76 x 153cm
- Tofko Press – bed size 100 x 180cm
- Ferric chloride for etching copper
- Edinburgh Ferric for etching copper
- Copper Sulphate for etching Zinc
- Rosin aquatint box
- Exposure unit for photogravure/photo-etching (60 × 70cm)
- Guillotine for cutting metal plate (max width 77cm)
- Large and small rollers
- Spatulas and ink knives
- Rochat Albion Press – platen size 40 x 55cm Maximum Paper Size 56cm wide
- Albion Press – platen size 27 x 40cm
- Book Press – 25 x 30cm
- Large and small rollers
- Spatulas and ink knives
- Electric Guillotine – max cutting width 65cm
- Lightbox (100 × 150cm)
- Cutting mats and rulers
- Goggles, masks, gloves and ear protectors
- Reference materials and books
Available from our shop
- Copper, zinc and Aluminium
- Black etching ink
- Limited range of System3 inks and medium for screenprinting
- Specialist papers including Somerset papers
- Grained mark-resist film
- Newsprint and acid-free tissue
- Screenprinting photo-emulsion
- Etching needles
- Masking tape
- Waterproof brown tape
- Disposable gloves
At present, there are forty seven keyholders at ELP.
Keyholders pay a monthly fee of £95 and have 24-hour access to the studio outside of open access and workshop times.
The keyholders form the core collective that run the studio, and joining as a keyholder brings some responsibilities. Each keyholder is required to cover around seven or eight open access sessions a year, attend at least two keyholder meetings a year, and take care of one other allocated studio task which amounts to approximately 5 hours per month. When printmakers join as key holders, they become an active member of the group, contributing to events and to the smooth running of the studio.
Keyholders forming the basis of the studio creates such a fantastic environment. Artists from a variety of backgrounds and with different ideas come together and support each other and their work.
To join the waiting list to become a keyholder you need to join as an Associate first. Please visit our Associates page for more information.
This year ELP is launching an exciting new opportunity for practising artists and designers. Selected artists/ designers will have the opportunity to gain 24 hour access to the studio for 8 consecutive weeks. The aim of the project is to encourage and promote the professional development of creative individuals. This will also be an opportunity to engage with other artists and designers working in the studio creating a platform for discussion and collaboration.
Applicants are invited to submit a proposal for a project lasting no longer than 8 consecutive weeks. This project encourages experimentation and practicing artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
The selected artist will receive:
- 24 hour access to the printmaking facilities 4.5 days a week
- Storage space for materials and a plan chest drawer
- The opportunity to participate in an artist talk about their work
Requirements for successful applicants:
- New studio users will need to complete an induction
- Become an ELP Associate
- Applicants must demonstrate prior knowledge and competency in printmaking.
- The cost will be £120 per month for 24hr access. (For a more detailed list of what we supply and sell, please refer to our shop list.)
Applicants should email [email protected] with:
- a completed application form
- a resumé/cv
- 10 jpeg images no bigger than 1mb each titled with the artist’s name and title
- Accompanying list of works
Please do not send actual art pieces. The ELP committee meet twice a year and applicants will be notified by email within two weeks of the deadline.
- 1 December for Project Keyholder between January and June
- 1 June for the Project Keyholder between July and December
- If you have any further queries before submitting your application, please email the studio coordinator by filling out the form on the contact us page.
The studio is available to hire by corporate parties on some Wednesdays. We can arrange taught sessions during the evening or day for groups of 12 or less. For more details please contact [email protected]