Facilities

We welcome everyone to use the studio. If you are a complete beginner, you can book into a workshop and start your printmaking journey. If you have experience already and are capable of working independently, just book an open access session and get started. You do not need to be a Supporter to use the studio.

How to find the studio: click here for a map and directions

Studio facilities

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.

Screenprinting

  • 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

Fabric Printing

  • 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

Etching

    • 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
    • Hotplate
    • Exposure unit for photogravure/photo-etching (60 × 70cm)
    • Guillotine for cutting metal plate (max width 77cm)
    • Large and small rollers
    • Spatulas and ink knives

Relief

  • 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

General

  • Electric Guillotine – max cutting width 65cm
  • Riso Graph Printer (Duplo)
  • Lightbox (100 × 150cm)
  • Cutting mats and rulers
  • Goggles, masks, gloves and ear protectors
  • Reference materials and books

Available from our shop

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  • Copper, zinc and Aluminium
  • Lino
  • Scrim
  • 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
  • Scalpels
  • Disposable gloves

Using the studio: Open Access

East London Printmakers holds four Open Access sessions each week, on Thursdays and Saturdays. We welcome artists who are familiar and competent in the printmaking process that they wish to do. We have professional facilities for etching, silkscreen, fabric printing, relief and monoprinting processes.

Who can use open access?

Anyone with enough experience to work independently in the studio. We are unable to provide technical assistance during Open Access sessions so if you are unable to work independently we may be able to suggest a suitable class, but you will not be able to attend Open Access sessions until you have reached a suitable standard of proficiency. You do not need to be a Supporter of ELP to use open access. Unfortunately at present we cannot allow under-18s to use the facilities.

Materials to bring

The studio sells a limited 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 more detailed list of what we supply and sell, please refer to the following page.

Induction

Inductions take place at the beginning of your first open access session. If you have booked an induction, please arrive promptly at the beginning of the session you have booked. Please bring at least 3 prints that you have created in the last 18 months in order to demonstrate your proficiency and ability to work independently.

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 been to the workshop before, or attended a course, you will still need to complete an induction. Assistants will also need to complete an induction and purchase an open access session.

Inductions take place at the beginning of each session. If you have booked an induction, please arrive promptly at the beginning of the session you have booked. Please bring at least three prints that you have created in the last 18 months in order to demonstrate your proficiency and ability to work independently. The induction takes about an hour and you will then be free to print for the rest of the session. Please bring any materials you will need to the session.

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Using the studio: Keyholders

At present, there are forty seven keyholders at ELP.

Keyholders pay a monthly fee of £90 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 a supporter first. Please visit the membership page for more information.

Using the studio: Project Keyholder (self-funded residency)

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 Supporter
  • 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.

Application deadlines

  • 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.

Group Hires

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]