Open Access

Open AccessThursday: 6.30pm – 9.30pm, First come first served
Saturday: 10am – 2pm, Press priority for relief
Saturday: 2pm – 6pm, Press priority for etching

Alternative arrangements may be possible in some circumstances if you are unable to come during the above times. For more information please contact us:

Open Access costs:
£20 per session (includes cleaning sundries)

Who can book Open Access sessions?
Competent printmakers need to provide evidence of their knowledge and good studio practice. Novice printmakers must have completed a taster and a specialist printmaking course. There are four places available for each session.

Artist and professional printmaker Steve Edwards supervises at all times, to offer support and advice. A health and safety induction is included in the first session. Priority on the press is split on Saturday, however attendees may book onto either session to use the studio facilities.

Email enquiries to Steve Edwards:

You can book open access sessions via our online payment system. It is helpful to send your contact details and a brief outline of work planned during your session – just click on the ‘Contact Host’ link on the Eventbrite page to send us an email. Online bookings are non-refundable.

A list of all up and coming sessions is available when you click on the Book Online button below. 

Book Online

The studio is equipped with a Polymetaal JV80 80 x 160cm press suitable for large format intaglio and relief prints, multiple glass work surfaces, drying boards, a light box, a pegging system, an aquatint box, ferric acid for copper and saline sulphate for zinc.

Prints can remain in the studio to dry and collected during office hours. There is a sink and kettle for countless cups of tea.

Techniques in the studio
INTAGLIO: Etching with saline solution or ferric chloride, Soft ground, Hard ground, Aquatint, Collagraph, Engraving, Drypoint.
RELIEF: Linocut, Woodcut, Wood engraving, Monoprinting

Materials available to purchase at the studio
Tissue, Newsprint, Blotting and Cartridge Paper
Somerset Velvet White and Fabriano Rosaspina Bianco Paper
Scrim (Tarlatan), Brown parcel tape, Gloves, Rags

Materials available to purchase at Intaglio Printmaker
Materials can be conveniently purchased within a 5 minute walk of The Art Academy, including tools, metal plates, inks, papers, lino and wood.

9 Playhouse Court, 62 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1
Monday to Friday, 10-6pm, Saturday 10-4pm

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