Breakthrough Exhibition

This exhibition is open at The Whistler Gallery in the Jerwood Dance House in Ipswich until the 27th July. It represents a Breakthrough for the artists who have created it, as all of them have learnt to express themselves through the medium of printmaking, in just 12 weeks, on our Press Ahead courses. All of them are also seeking a breakthrough in their efforts to find work and feel that learning a new skill and being able to put together an exhibition of such a high standard, will be the first step towards realising this goal.

It was scheduled to take place in March but due to coronavirus restrictions it is only possible for us to display the work now. We are delighted to say that since creating the exhibition, some of the artists have since found a job or are applying for further education courses.

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The inaugural exhibition of printmaking for Ipswich Printweek 2021 ended on Friday 28th May. The exhibition was well received by exhibitors and visitors alike. The comments in our visitors’ book have convinced us that making Ipswich Print Week an annual event is a worthwhile and very welcome project. The fact that the artists work was not subject to commission not only helped the artists, but we believe also helped sales, which were exceptionally good. 

The work sold was wide-ranging in subject matter, technique and price and proved to us that original art can be made available to suit all budgets.

Planning has already started for next years event in anticipation of a return to normality and will include lots of interesting printmaking events where printmakers can show off their creative skills and the general public can have a go at printmaking. There will be talks by well-known printmakers and debates on how printmaking can be developed for the next generation of printmakers.

Whether you area local printmaker or a visitor to the exhibition, thank you for being part of Ipswich Printweek and we look forward to sharing printmaking with you next year.


We have 25 free places available for unpaid family carers to learn printmaking with us, to improve their health and wellbeing. Please share this opportunity with any carers you know. The pandemic has been hard for everyone, but the Suffolk Carers Fund and Ipswich Borough Council have funded these courses for carers, as they know it has been particularly difficult for carers to manage, during lockdown. They are due to start in July and will run for 9 weeks with a break in August for the summer holidays. Carers come in to our studio one half day a week, either am or pm to suit them and will get a unique chance learn new skills and a creative artform. 

Email to book a place now. Classes are small and covid-secure.


We are running three new Press Ahead courses for unemployed people, to help them back to work, from 12th April. Funding for these is through the National Skills Agency and the European Social Fund, so they are free for participants. Students will be creating work for an exhibition due to go up in DanceEast in July 2021 and we will help them find employment now that Lockdown has begun to ease.


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.

Students getting their work ready for the Press Ahead Printmaking Exhibition scheduled for March, but postponed until December due to ... you know what!

Equipment you'll need
  • Relief printing ink

  • Paper and/or card (uncoated works best)

  • Ink Roller

  • Cereal Box or recycled card

  • Non-porous tray or fridge shelf

  • Scissors or craft Knife

  • Cutting surface (mat)

  • Masking Tape

  • Imagination

  • If you are not confident to draw you can trace images from magazines or other references


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! 


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.


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.

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Poster and flyer to advertise the PRESS AHEAD project


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!!

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