Gainsborough's House, the museum and gallery at the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough
Gainsborough's House Print Workshop is a thriving open access facility.
A small team of staff maintain the Workshop and develop its facilities. Encouraged and supported by Gainsborough's House and with an active and enthusiastic membership of 170 artists, the Print Workshop is now one of the country's best-equipped and welcoming open access print workshops.
The Workshop is exceptionally well laid out, the result of major refurbishment in 1997. The presses are on the ground floor together with custom built sinks, a fume extract cabinet, darkroom and screen-wash. Double doors open into the garden. Screen printing takes place on the first floor where there is further bench-space for drawing on plates.
Presses and other equipment
- Albion press (block printing) 17 by 22 inches.
- Britannia press (block printing) 21 by 28 inches.
- Littlejohn etching press 28 by 48 inches.
- Takach direct lithography press (for stones or plates) 32 by 58 inches.
- EMUS vacuum table to take screens up to 36 by 48 inches.
- UV exposure unit to take screens up to 36 by 36 inches.
- Screen wash unit with back-lit panel and pressure cleaner.
- De Vere 504 photographic enlarger
How can I use it?
Anyone may use the facilities upon payment of an annual subscription. Help and advice is available from the technician, while experienced printmakers are free to work on their own. There is a session fee which covers processing chemicals and other consumables. Paper and printing plates may be purchased at very reasonable prices.
The workshop may be used during the hours Gainsborough's House is open to visitors and at other times by prior arrangement.
Contact Gainsborough's House for current subscription rates and an application form.