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  • I am capable of coating, exposing, cleaning my screens and operating a vacuum table.
  • I am capable of safely handling intaglio equipment.
  • I am capable of operating an Albion relief press.
East London Printmakers

Open Access

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.

If you’re new to printmaking or it’s been some years since you last made prints, please see our Courses page.

Looking for a Gift? See our Gift Vouchers here.

Open Access


Morning session

10:00 to 14:00

Afternoon session

15:00 to 19:00


Morning session

10:00 to 14:00

What session should I choose?


For preparing and/or printing etching, collagraph, monoprint, woodblock and lino prints


For preparing and/or printing lino, wood or type-high blocks on the Albion or Columbian press


For preparing screens and/or printing on the 3 meter fabric bed


For preparing screens and/or printing on paper or fabric on a vacuum bed

During the day

During the day


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. See our shop list – click here.

Inductions & 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 their own open access session.

When you select your first open access session from the above calendar you will be asked if this is your first time visiting open access. Please select ‘yes’ and an induction will be added to your cart.

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 45 minutes and you will then be free to print for the rest of the session.

If you require in depth advice and support in refreshing or developing your skills, you can book an extended one to one tuition session with one of our experienced tutors. Please note these are scheduled on an ad-hoc basis and depend on the availability of our Tutors. For more information please email our Studio Coordinator via studio@eastlondonprintmakers.co.uk

You do not need Associate Membership to use the studio, but it does offer a £1 discount on your Open Access fee, plus a number of other benefits. Please visit our Join Us page for more information.

Unfortunately at present under-18s may not use the facilities.

Open Access

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