Thank-you National Lottery players
Students getting their work ready for the Press Ahead Printmaking Exhibition scheduled for March, but postponed until December due to ... you know what!
A Massive thanks to all of you out there who play the National Lottery because by doing so, you are supporting the arts in the UK.
As we currently have no income during lockdown and our projects are all on hold, we applied for an emergency grant to Arts Council England in April and thankfully we have been successful. Our award has been made possible because The National Lottery are funding the emergency arts scheme and we want everyone to know that we are incredibly grateful for this support. We will use the funds to keep our business going over the next six months and to help us prepare for days like this again, when people will be able to come back to our studio. We are also looking at the equipment we will need to do more digital work and to create more videos for our new youtube channel, so we can keep connected with our friends and followers in this difficult period.
Face the future with safety and style
Our colleague Lorna, who normally designs and makes costumes for theatre productions, has found that she has a bit of time on her hands at present, I wonder why? ...and has turned her needlework skills to good use by designing and making a range of stylish facemasks for adults and children.
Made from 2 ply cotton and poly/cotton with a flexible copper nose grip and adjustable elastic ear straps, the masks are washable at 60 degrees and are always pre-washed before dispatch.
A basic mask costs £5:99 or £24:99 for a pack of five, including postage and packaging. Masks with an internal pocket that can be filled with an extra protective layer are also available for £9.99 each.
For special occasions, beaded/embellished
adult masks and character children's masks are also £9:99 each, again this includes postage and packing.
For further details or to discuss a mask to match an outfit, just contact Lorna directly on her email address and she can make you a bespoke design. (email@example.com)
Equipment you'll need
Relief printing ink
Paper and/or card (uncoated works best)
Cereal Box or recycled card
Non-porous tray or fridge shelf
Scissors or craft Knife
Cutting surface (mat)
If you are not confident to draw you can trace images from magazines or other references
Free Lockdown Printmaking Packs
Because our studio is closed and the PRESS AHEAD project has been put on hold, we wanted to do something to make the lockdown less stressful for our students, so we’ve come up with a Free Lockdown Printmaking Pack to send to them so they can make greetings cards at home. As this is Creativity and Wellbeing week, it seems timely that they were posted this morning.
As monoprinting was the very first thing we did on the project, we’ve put a short video on YouTube just to remind them of the technique. You can watch the video by going to the home page and clicking on the link and perhaps you'll fancy having a go yourself! If you do, send us a pic of your work and we'll display it here on the website. And if you enjoy the video, please share the link to your friends.
We’d like to thank Lawrence Art Supplies and EssDee for contributing towards our costs by giving us discounts and Cranfield Inks for their donation. All the equipment needed for monoprinting can be supplied by the above, your local craft shop or from us at the Tower Street Print Project...Enjoy!
Poster and flyer to advertise the PRESS AHEAD project
New project goes live
We have been awarded European Social Funding to deliver three of our unique PRESS AHEAD Programmes to help unemployed people get closer to the workplace. Fifteen students who started the courses at the beginning of January will learn various printmaking techniques to enable them to exhibit their art at an exhibition about work, at the Whistler Gallery in Ipswich.
The Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Jan Parry will open the exhibition for us at a private view on the 26th of March, to which local business leaders and employers will be invited.
New Press Ahead Courses are funded by DWP
We are in the fortunate position that the Department of Work and Pensions is able to fund two of our unique Press Ahead courses for people who need help to look for work and go to interviews. We have just begun these, with ten new students starting classes with us on a weekly basis, to create art for our next exhibition which will be on display in the Whistler Gallery at the end of March.
Discover Creative Careers
We are delighted to be supporting the Discover Creative Careers Campaign. Click on the PDF for information about the campaign and facts about working in the creative industries. As part of this we will be teaching 23 young people aged 9 to 11 years all about printmaking at Occold Primary School on Valentines day!
We are pleased to have been asked to help teachers give their pupils a headstart when it comes to incorporating art and especially printmaking into the curriculum. Our class will be held in the village hall and we just can't wait to get our young students creating Drypoint etchings like this!!