As in our other community courses, we believe that it is important for people to not only create their own art but to have it framed and be able to take it home with them once their course with us has finished. And because for many people Printmaking helps them feel better about themselves and gives them back their sense of self, they welcome the opportunity to share this with friends and family through putting their work in to an exhibition. This is always something that we recommend and is discussed with organisations that want to fund this course, at the outset. 

Press Ahead

This is a unique printmaking course that we have designed for people who are out of work, to help them move into either paid work, an apprenticeship, further education or volunteering. We usually work in partnership with a range of other organisations to recruit people on to our Press Ahead courses, including the Department of Work and Pensions. On previous courses we have seen students go on to apprenticeships and paid employment, who had been out of work and we try to help everyone find a path forward that suits them and their skills.

On a Press Ahead course, students learn printmaking skills and event management skills, so that they can create a professional exhibition of printmaking featuring their own work. Students help to organise both the exhibition and a Private Viewing event. The exhibition is the focus of the programme, providing all students with a vibrant and engaging showcase for their skills and abilities, to prospective employers or educational establishments.

Each course consists of twelve  half-day printmaking workshops and includes attending the exhibition.

We can accommodate up to 25 people per course with

a maximum of 5 students per workshop. Class sizes

are kept small so we can provide plenty of one to one tuition and support for our students.

We are flexible with how we manage these and can allow people to swap workshops to accommodate appointments or interviews. We also put on additional workshops and mentoring sessions as needed to help people into work or education after the exhibition has taken place.

We have taster sessions for Press Ahead courses that are due to run in 2021, starting on 7th December 2020.

To find out more, contact your DWP work coach or contact us

“I want to say thank you for an amazing few weeks. I learnt so much and enjoyed every minute of it. The experience has really helped with building my confidence and I feel a lot

more positive moving forward.”

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