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Print Studios

 There has been a printmaking facility at the Bluecoat since the late 1960's, initially concentrating on the process of etching but now encompassing a broader range of techniques. Since the building reopened in 2008 following a major capital development, we have adopted the new 'safe' etching process, and silk screen printing has been added. Housed in two studios, our printmaking offer is available to anyone interested in exploring the creative possibilities of print.


Screen Print Studio

The Screen Print Studio accomodates up to 3 people printing simultaneously.

Equipment and materials on site are:
  • 1 large UV exposure unit
  • Wash out unit and power washer
  • Drying cupboad and drying rack
  • Screen print medium compatible with System 3 Acrylic paints
  • Screen emulsion for making photo-stencils
  • Squeegees, de-greaser and stencil remover
  • 3 vacuum beds:
    vacuum bed number 1 takes a maximum screen size of 60 x 70cm
    vacuum bed number 2 takes a maximum screen size of 110 x 90cm
    vacuum bed number 3 takes a maximum screen size of 60 x 70cm
    (all measurements are width by depth)

Cost per session: £10

Hirers must supply their own screens and storage of these can be arranged on site.

Intaglio Studio

The Intaglio Studio accomodates up to 6 people working simultaenously.

Equipment and materials on site are:
  • 1 large etching press (Hughes and Kimber, bed 66 x 150cm)
  • One small table top press (bed 28 x 55cm)
  • Hot plate, oil based intaglio proofing ink, mordants, grounds and strippers for acrylic based etching and cleaning materials
  • Acrylic aquatint spray booth (you will need to use your own spray gun)
  • Guillotine for cutting sheet metal up to 2 feet in length
  • UV exposure unit for plates and screens up to A3

Cost per session: £10

Hirers may book individually or on behalf of a group of up to 6.

Cost per session to an individual is £10 in either the Intaglio or Screen Print studios. If you feel you need support opt for the Monday morning session (10am-1.30pm) at £20 when there will be a technician present covering both studios. Up to three people may hire simultaenously in either studio in this way. (If booking a session in the Screen Print Studio you will be asked which bed you prefer.)

If you want to hire the Intaglio Studio as a group (of between 3 and 6) you will qualify for a group hire rate of £25.


Introduction to Screenprinting with Alex Smith

Wednesdays 13 August - 3 Sept 6pm-9pm

Tickets : £130/120 To Book


 Introduction to Screenprinting with Alex Smith

Sat 13 August & Sun 14 Sept 10am-4pm

Tickets : £130/120 To Book

 Collagraph Printing with Martin Kochany

Sat 4 October 10am-4pm

Tickets : £60/50 To Book

 Introduction to Photopolymer Printing with Greg Herbert

Sat 11 Oct 10am-4pm

Tickets : £60/50 To Book

 Introduction to Cyanotypes with John Brewer

Sat 25 Oct & Sun 26 Oct 10am-4pm

Tickets : £130/120 To Book

 Introduction to Drypoint printing

Sat 1 Nov 10am-4pm

Tickets : £60/50 To Book

 Introduction to Relief Print with Frances Disley

Sat 22 Nov 10am-4pm

Tickets : £60/50 To Book






Print Studios at Blueprint Festival

 Print at the Bluecoat at Blueprint Festival

Bethan Hamilton

Print Studio Artist in Residence Exhibition

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 - Sun, 11 May 2014   

Upper Vide Spaces

This year we have launched a new open call residency programme within the print studio. Artist are selected from a national open call out and once selected are invited to experiment within the print studio for a six week period culminating in an exhibition of their work produced and already existed artworks. Each residency takes place at the same time as the exhibitions in the main gallery space and our current artist in residence Bethan Hamilton has been working alongside the Negligent Eye.  Using found imagery from websites Bethan describes her work as an -

“Exploration of the female form, sexuality and identity through mark making, with a strong focus on body fat and obesity.  I am currently working on an ongoing series of portrait drawings using found imagery of women consuming a variety of foods. Contrived, sleazy publicity shots of actresses eating ice cream juxtaposed with animalistic snapshots of competitive binge eaters. Through this body of work I am looking to further examine the contradictory attitudes towards the female form and the exploitation of men and women’s physical desires within the media and popular culture. During my six week print residency with The Bluecoat I sought to merge these two projects, to produce a new body of work. I used this opportunity to learn and experiment with a new printmaking process, photo-etching (photopolymer) to create photorealistic etching prints taking further inspiration from found imagery, the majority of which were sourced from an online fat positive ‘Feeder’ network. “

Bethan Hamilton completed her Master at the University of the Arts London, in 2009. In 2011 she had a solo exhibition at the Booth Museum of Natural History in Brighton. She has been in a number of exhibitions across the UK, and was selected for the Neo:Artists prize in 2012. She recently exhibited at Paper Gallery Manchester where she is currently based.

There will be another residency taking place in July. For more information regarding residencies, workshops, print studio hire or anything print related please get in touch via


 Open Call for Artist in Residence Bluecoat Print Studios

Print at the Bluecoat is launching a new residency programme for 2014. We are inviting artists to apply for one of three six-week residencies across the year. Each residency will coincide with one of the three exhibitions planned for the Bluecoat’s gallery programme (detailed below in the information sheet).

The print studios at the Bluecoat are a vibrant printmaking facility in the heart of Liverpool. A meeting place for artists interested in exploring the possibilities of print, we offer a range of facilities including screen printing and intaglio equipment. The studios are housed within the Bluecoat building and connect where possible to the arts centre’s exhibition programme.

Who we are looking for

  • Contemporary practicing artists.
  • Either experienced printmakers, or artists with no prior experience of print but with a desire to utilise print within their practice (the Print Studio Manager will be available to help introduce artists to techniques for them to develop and experiment with).
  • Artists who will contribute something new to the studios and enrich the facility by their presence.
  • Artists to produce an edition of at least 20 prints, these to be sold via the Bluecoat.
  • Artists interested in developing work in response to or connected to the exhibition in the gallery. Please note though, this is not essential.

What we offer each selected artist

  • Usage of our intaglio and screen print facilities. Artists will be allocated 15 x three-hour print studio sessions to be utilised within their allocated five week period (details of our equipment see information sheet below).
  • A short exhibition of previous work and work produced throughout the residency in the Bluecoat’s upper Vide spaces.
  • An opportunity to discuss your work with the Bluecoat’s Exhibitions Curator Sara-Jayne Parsons or Artistic Director Bryan Biggs.
  • The opportunity to develop and produce an edition of at least 20 prints to go on sale. The Bluecoat will take 40% commission on any sales, including from the exhibition, and this will contribute to the costs of future residencies and projects. We will provide £150 towards materials, including paper, inks etc., required to produce this edition.
  • The opportunity to explore different print techniques with assistance and guidance from the Print Studio Manager.

The Bluecoat does not supply accommodation for the residency, nor cover any expenses incurred. We can supply a limited amount of frames for exhibition and will provide assistance in the installation of the exhibition, which will be marketed through the Bluecoat’s regular channels.  

How to apply  

Please fill in the application form which is available from the Bluecoat Print Studios webpage and return it by email to:, with Residency Application clearly in the title of the email. The deadlines are indicated below.

You must also include:

1) An up to date CV

2) An artist’s statement (500 words max.) indicating why you think you would be suited to this residency, what you intend to do, and (optional) how you might respond to the exhibition on in the gallery during the residency period

3) Up to 6 images of your work in a pdf document

Print Studio Residency Application Form

Print Studio Residency Information Sheet


 Important dates –

Residency to coincide with 2014 Liverpool Biennial Exhibition

3rd July – 1st Aug   Artist will be in residence

(To be confirmed) 6th Sept – 28th Sept   Artists work will be exhibited within the upper Vide spaces at The Bluecoat

Residency to coincide with Art of the Lived Experiment

6th Oct    Deadline for applications by 5pm

13th Oct    Successful applicant will be contacted

6th Nov – 12th Dec   Artist will be in residence

Exhibition dates to be decided




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Buy a Limited Edition Print by Emily Speed to help raise money for the Print Studios.

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