Current Vacancy:

Printmaking Studio Technician

East London Printmakers is currently looking to appoint a second Printmaking Studio Technician. Please see below for a full detailed job description and information on how to apply for this position.
Please note, we will only consider applicants who complete and submit the following application form to our Studio Coordinator via [email protected]

Deadline for applications: 13th October 2019, Midnight

Interview Dates: 21st October 2019

Downloadable Application Form

Downloadable Job Description


Printmaking & Studio Technician


£ 13 p/h (Freelance).


32 hours a month inclusive of 6 hours of maintenance scheduled outside of Open Access opening.

Alternating Thursdays & Saturdays *

Thursday : 10am – 7pm
Saturday :10am – 2pm

*This role is a job share.


42 Copperfield Road, Mile End, E3 4RR


East London Printmakers [ELP] is a not-for-profit, artist run studio based in Mile End. Our aim is to provide professional and affordable printmaking facilities for artists and designers.

Purpose of Role

● To support ELP by maintaining specialist printmaking equipment, and stock of supplies as necessary, across etching, relief and screen-printing in a busy and evolving studio.

● To offer highly skilled technical support across all areas of Intaglio, Relief & Silkscreen. The chosen candidate will ideally specialise in Intaglio techniques.

● To provide detailed inductions to new Open Access users, covering health and safety, good work practice and proper use of equipment.

● To work closely with the Studio Manager and Printmaking & Studio Maintenance Technician to ensure a professional working environment is upheld facilitating the creative activity, learning and development of all studio users.


Duties & Responsibilities


Open Access

● To manage open access sessions, providing technical support to users and monitor usage of equipment.
● Ensure that all activity is conducted in accordance with ELP’s health and safety policy and generally accepted best practice.
● Give inductions to new studio users, covering:

        ● Overview of East London Printmakers
        ● Studio hazards and health and safety considerations
        ● Correct usage of specialist equipment
        ● Working practices and studio etiquette
        ● Shop materials
        ● Benefits of Membership

● Help new Keyholders to become familiar with the studio and Open Access duties.

Studio Health and Safety

● Maintain a thorough working knowledge of all health and safety issues affecting the studio.
● Update COSHH and MSDS.
● Maintain personal protective equipment and first aid supplies.
● Ensure safe storage of all acids and chemicals.
● Ensure proper display of health and safety notices.

Studio Consumables and Materials

● Manage stock levels; carry out monthly stock take.
● Order and receive goods, collate associated paperwork.
● Maintain up to date knowledge of new products and secure competitive pricing and value for money from suppliers.
● Calculate and set shop prices using excel spreadsheets.
● Update all associated shop documentation.

Handling Chemicals

● Monitor and mix mordants for zinc and copper etching.
● Monitor and mix screen emulsion.
● Monitor and decant; decoater, degreaser, ammonia, whiting, white spirit, meths and headline wash.


Perform routine maintenance:
● Oil etching and relief presses.
● Replace tympan
● Clean/oil moving parts on vacuum tables.
● Clean and unpick holes on vacuum tables.
● Change exposure unit bulbs.
● De-haze, repair, or arrange for re-stretching of screens where necessary.
● Oil and Calibrate Guillotines
● Straighten squeegees, replace blade where necessary.
● Liaise with engineers/repairers when equipment fails or to arrange routine inspections.
● Ensure building repairs, minor electrical work, lighting issues etc. are dealt with promptly minimising disruption to studio.
● Liaise with Committee to ensure they are informed of and can approve plans of action for pending technical issues.

New equipment

● Source new equipment as and when required, carry out detailed research to present to the committee.
● Co-ordinate purchase, including paperwork, delivery and integration into the studio.

General Duties

● Identify any required maintenance/repairs and resolve promptly as required, either directly or through subcontractors.
● Maintain excellent levels of communication with existing Maintenance Technician to ensure tasks are completed seamlessly.
● Liaise with the studio co-ordinator to ensure the smooth running of the studio.
● Keep log of completed activity.
● Attend committee meetings and recommend improvements.
● Maintain a high level of tidiness around the studio.
● Undertake DIY tasks as required, including (but not limited to) the construction of shelves, storage units and bench building.
● Delegate tasks to Duty Keyholder when required.

Person Specification

● Excellent technical skills across all processes on offer at ELP including Silkscreen, Relief and Intaglio techniques. Specialist knowledge in Etching is particularly desired.
● Experience working in a Printmaking context at Further Education / Higher Education level or in an Open Access Studio or similar.
● Knowledge of Health & Safety, COSHH and Risk Assessment procedures.