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West Yorkshire Print Workshop

Established in 1984, West Yorkshire Print Workshop is the largest open access printmaking facility in Yorkshire. Nestled in the heart of Mirfield, we support, nurture and promote creative talent through the joy of making prints.

Initially as Kirklees Art Space Society, then St. Pauls Print Workshop and Eastthorpe Visual Arts, we have operated from the old Victorian school next to St Paul’s Church since 1984.

From the beginning our aim was to nurture local and regional artists through the provision of studio space, print facilities and presentation of high quality exhibitions. Key people helped us along the way: a partnership of artists, Yorkshire Arts, Association, Councillors and Kirklees Council officers, all keen to see arts and culture expanded in the borough.

The first exhibition was by Sonia Lawson RA, who was chosen because of her connections with the area, and since then, hundreds of artists have been through our door. Our recent exhibition ‘35’ brought together a few of the artists associated with WYPW, including some who were here at the very beginning. We look forward to the next 35 years!

“I was part of Kirklees Arts Action Group 1979. The group included the late Dennis Ripley, Brian Pearson, Andrew Darke and the late David Blackburn. Simon Roodhouse was Visual arts officer at Yorkshire Arts and initiated meeting with artists in Kirklees. Trevor Stubley was chair, and I was Secretary. We promoted Kirklees artists, held exhibitions in the main sports centre and had a membership of over 200, mostly professional artists. One of the first members was Tom Wood and a couple of friends who were recent graduates. Dennis Ripley suggested that a school which was closing down in Mirfield, could become a venue and more permanent premises. We went to look and the idea came of a print workshop/artcentre in 1980/81.”

Geof Hickey (Artist and founding member)

“I left college in 1982, with a degree in printmaking and big ideas. Soon came down to earth with a bump as I realised that three and a half million unemployed might put paid to a lot of things. Managed to get a job at Greenhead books in Huddersfield in the Art Department and whilst working there I went along to a KAAG (Kirklees Arts Action Group) meeting. They used to exhibit in the old sports centre and had plans to set up an art gallery, artist studios, print workshops and photographic darkroom as there was nothing in the area to help new artists coming onto the art scene. Dennis Ripley was a Kirklees Councillor (Mirfield) at the time, and Eastthorpe School had closed down. Kirklees wanted to see it used for community use and found some grant money to help get things moving… I think it took nearly 2 years from signing the lease to actually opening the gallery. 8 studio spaces, screen printing, textile printing, etching and a darkroom. I remember the paint was still wet in the downstairs toilets on the opening night. Sonia Lawson was our first exhibition, helped in a huge way by Trevor Stubley and his art contacts. We were told it would be a white elephant, but elephants can live a very long time, can’t they? Okay, so it’s not in a large city/town centre, but it’s got a station on a main line, and that’s all it needed at the start. Studio spaces filled, and a programme of exhibitions followed.”

Nick Wilson (Founding member)

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Paper Stencil Screen Printing

Paper Stencil Screen Printing

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You will be guided through the design of your stencil as well as the printing process itself. To make the print, ink is pushed through a mesh screen, with shapes blocked out by the stencil of your own design. A thin, quick drying layer of ink is transferred to the printing paper and, once dry, furth...more

Date: From 19/03/2022 To 19/03/2022
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Taster: Monoprint

Taster: Monoprint

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Ink can be added or wiped off in certain areas, and a print is then taken from the plate. Multiple plates can be printed in register to achieve exciting layered compositions. Learners will experiment with using inks, paintbrushes, stencils and a printing press to produce one off ‘mono’ prints which...more

Date: From 13/03/2022 To 13/03/2022
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Taster: Collagraph Printing

Taster: Collagraph Printing

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Saturday 17th July 2021 11am – 3pm Come and get your hands inky and your creativity flowing in this taster session workshop which will introduce you to the technique of Collagraph printing; a print process where an image is made from a plate collaged with different textures. Your tutor : Cath Brooke...more

Date: From 11/06/2021 To 17/07/2021
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Talk with Anne Desmet

Talk with Anne Desmet

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Start the new year as you mean to go on and discover what inspires print-makers around the world in the second of a series of talks exclusively for West Yorkshire Print Workshop. Anne Desmet RA introduces “Scene through Wood: A Century of Modern Wood Engraving”, the exhibition she curated for Oxford...more

Date: From 14/12/2020 To 07/01/2021
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Intro to: Mokulito – Plywood Lithography

Intro to: Mokulito – Plywood Lithography

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Date: From 19/10/2020 To 22/11/2020
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Layers and Line: Drypoint Multiplates

Layers and Line: Drypoint Multiplates

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Sunday 7th March 2021 11am – 5pm Working with a number of plates of different sizes and shapes you will experiment with mark making and building up surfaces on aluminium. You will use traditional scrapers and drypoint needles along with sanding and more innovative mark making approaches. The plates...more

Date: From 19/10/2020 To 07/03/2021
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Linocut and Colour Blends

Linocut and Colour Blends

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Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February 2021 11am – 5pm Over the course of a weekend, learners will be guided through the reduction linocut method and colour blend inking techniques. Reduction linocut involves cutting away the surface of one lino block in stages and printing each stage, layer by laye...more

Date: From 19/10/2020 To 28/02/2021
Location: West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, UK
Becalmed – An exhibition by Sue Baker Kenton

Becalmed – An exhibition by Sue Baker Kenton

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‘Becalmed’ showcases prints by Sue Baker Kenton who is based in Buckinghamshire and works out of Leicester Print Workshop. Her striking and expressive etchings focus on the figure, with human faces as a recurring motif. Rooted in observational drawing, her large scale prints evolve over time in a co...more

Date: From 18/09/2020 To 31/10/2020
Location: HD1 2RS
Artist Talk and Demo: Nobuo Okawa

Artist Talk and Demo: Nobuo Okawa

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Wednesday 18th March 2020, 6-8p To correspond with his retrospective exhibition at Dean Clough in Halifax; we are very pleased to welcome artist and printmaker Nobuo Okawa to WYPW. Nobuo will be talking through his 40 year journey of exploring nature via the medium of Mezzotint. Join us as he demons...more

Date: From 02/03/2020 To 18/03/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Flourish Award 2020

Flourish Award 2020

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The Flourish Award was established in 2009 by West Yorkshire Print Workshop to showcase excellence in printmaking from across Yorkshire. Now it showcases artists from across the UK. Since 2014 the Flourish Award has been open to printmakers across the UK, and in our 11th year, the 2020 Award will pr...more

Date posted: 4/02/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Maggie Thompson – Artist talk and private view

Maggie Thompson – Artist talk and private view

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WYPW gallery, Tuesday 28th January 2020, 6-7pm Maggie Thompson has exhibited widely since completing her MA at Manchester School of Art in 2017and sites printmaking as being integral to her practice, specifically focusing on etching onto steel. Her talk will explore the inspirations behind her print...more

Date: From 14/01/2020 To 28/01/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Colour and Abstract Form: Playful Screen Print

Colour and Abstract Form: Playful Screen Print

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Saturday 28th March 2020 11am – 5pm Come and spend the day with print-maker Jonathan Lawes and learn how to work playfully with screen print, developing and layering abstract forms to create bold, graphic compositions in a personal colour palette. During the workshop you will be guided through colou...more

Date: From 09/01/2020 To 28/03/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Intro to: Linocut and Colour Blending

Intro to: Linocut and Colour Blending

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Weekend workshop Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February 2020 10am – 4pm Join artist Scarlette Averley for this immersive weekend course exploring linocut printing. Learners will be guided through the reduction linocut method, and colour blend inking techniques. Reduction linocut involves cutting away...more

Date: From 08/01/2020 To 09/02/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Intro to: Screen Printing Paper

Intro to: Screen Printing Paper

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Weekend course Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March 2020 10am – 4pm Description Spend a weekend learning screen printing in our professionally equipped workshop with artist and printmaker Clare Caulfield. Learn how to translate hand-drawn designs and photographs into multi-coloured screen prints on pap...more

Date: From 08/01/2020 To 08/03/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Taster: Collagraph Printing

Taster: Collagraph Printing

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Day workshop Saturday 7th March 2020 11 – 3pm Description Come and get your hands inky and your creativity flowing in a friendly, artistic environment! This session will introduce you to the technique of Collagraph print, a print process where an image is made from a plate collaged with different te...more

Date: From 08/01/2020 To 07/03/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Intro to: Mokuhanga Japanese Wood Block Printing

Intro to: Mokuhanga Japanese Wood Block Printing

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Weekend course Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March 2020 10am – 4pm Description Spend an immersive weekend learning the traditional Japanese art of water-based woodblock printing! ‘Mokuhanga’ is perfect for artists interested in a non-toxic, table-top printmaking technique. Over the course of the w...more

Date: From 08/01/2020 To 15/03/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Layers and Line: Drypoint Multiplates

Layers and Line: Drypoint Multiplates

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Sunday 15th March 2020 10am – 4pm Working with a number of drypoint plates of different sizes and shapes you will experiment with mark making and building up surfaces on aluminium. You will use traditional scrapers and drypoint needles along with sanding and more innovative mark making approaches. T...more

Date: From 08/01/2020 To 15/03/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Create! : Print your own Posy

Create! : Print your own Posy

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Saturday 21st March 2020 10am – 3pm If you’re looking for the perfect handmade gift for your best friend, family member or mom (Mother’s day is just around the corner after all!) or maybe you fancy carving (pun intended!) some time just for yourself – and why not… then this hands on course is for yo...more

Date: From 08/01/2020 To 21/03/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
At The Margin

At The Margin

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Maggie Thompson has exhibited widely since completing her MA at Manchester School of Art in 2017, and here she presents a set of new and recent prints. The primary focus of her printmaking practice is etching on steel. For her, this method has a coherence with the subject matter and her underlying t...more

Date: From 07/01/2020 To 25/02/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Colour Mixing for Screen print

Colour Mixing for Screen print

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Day workshop Saturday 25th January 2020 10.30am – 3pm Description Explore the wonderful world of colour mixing by layering different shades using simple hand cut stencil screen prints! Starting with basic colour theory, this workshop will see you analyse how other printmakers have used colour and lo...more

Date: From 06/01/2020 To 25/01/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK
Taster: Drypoint Printing

Taster: Drypoint Printing

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Taster workshop Thursday 6th February 2020 6pm – 9pm Description Come and get your hands inky and your creativity flowing in a friendly, artistic environment! This session will introduce you to the technique of drypoint, an ‘intaglio’ printmaking process, where a sharp tool is used to scratch marks...more

Date: From 06/01/2020 To 06/02/2020
Location: 75A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AT, UK

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