Print in Action Festival is here!
21st – 23rd October 2022
Royal William Yard, Plymouth
**Tickets launching Summer 2022**
From 10am each day, join us at Ocean Studios in Royal William Yard, as well as additional locations across the city, for exhibitions, workshops, talks and masterclasses from local and national print artists to celebrate print in all its inspiring forms!
This 3 day festival is perfect for all ages, we welcome those wanting to explore and have fun and those that want to meet and connect with creatives from Plymouth and beyond!
Come and join the fun!
Explore the festival!
Ocean Studios will act as the main hub of activity across the festival dedicating all corners of the building to printmaking in all shapes, forms and sizes. You’ll get a chance to rummage through our pop-up print shop, view exhibitions and explore and meet upcoming printmakers, suppliers, initiatives and organisations, including collaborators like Pressing Matters, G.F Smith and IMPACT 12 as you take a wander through our print market.
Visitors to the festival will have the opportunity to collaborate with us on projects from Bristol Print Collective and Colossal Screenprints as well as have the chance to print their own actions on our live ‘Truth Wall’ spanning across the Ocean Studios courtyard with Real Ideas Members.
Join us in conversations with Double Elephant discussing their research project ‘Mapping the South West’. We’ll also be joined by Nick Hand, talking about journeys with his portal bike press, whilst Bristol Print Collective will be sharing what’s important about collectives and the spirit of collaboration. Whilst the Truth Wall is evolving across the weekend Alan Qualtrough will discuss Print and Protest plus independent printmakers including Mary Gillet shedding some light on her inspiring practice in the Tamar Valley.
Whilst you’re visiting, you’ll be able to refuel at Ocean Studios with delicious local supplier Hedgerow Hound. Soak up the atmosphere in the creative café space over a delicious coffee and a wholesome lunch, whilst listening to live performers throughout the day and into the evening.
Interactive workshops and so much more!
Throughout the festival we’ll be hosting a wide variety of creative workshops, come along and get stuck in and learn how to create your own prints! We’re delighted to be welcoming Nick Hand from Letterpress Collective who will be inviting everyone to have a play on his press, sharing skills and talking about his journeys across the world through printmaking.
Nick Hand is one half of the Letterpress Collective. He collectively runs The Department of Small Works, a home for design, photography and print, residing in Centrespace, a cooperative of artists in Bristol.
Nicks collaborative printing practice often explores journeys across the UK and in Europe using his mobile press as a tool to engage and share knowledge through communities.
Activities for little ones!
Come and explore the world of print!
Join us for our print themed mini-makers on the Making Table! Bring your family and little ones along for a creative session with oodles of fun! Supervised by experienced tutors, Mini Makers offers the opportunity for children to create, interact and unleash their artistic talent!
We’re excited to be hosting an open submission exhibition throughout the duration of the festival, talented print makers from all over will be bringing and showcasing their incredible artworks for visitors to enjoy! Grab a coffee from our café and take a wander through the historic walls of Ocean Studios exploring their artwork, whilst exploring, who knows, you might even find the perfect print to take home with you!
Alongside our open exhibition we’ve welcomed Bristol Print Collective to create a collaborative site-specific project drawing inspiration from Plymouth’s Marine Park. The project will culminate in an exhibition and a collaborative print carving session during the festival, plus you’ll also be able to browse their stall to learn more about what they do! The group welcome you to engage in a talk discussing their work and ‘Being part of a Collective’.
Who are Bristol Print Collective?
Bristol Print Collective deliver printmaking workshops in pop up venues in galleries, festivals and community spaces. Their aim is to keep the traditions of printmaking alive by offering accessible and engaging workshops for all members of society.
Explore our vibrant print hub!
Whilst at the festival there will be opportunity to experience the vibrant print hub and specialist facilities at Ocean Studios! Find out how you could join the community of makers and talented artists including resident printmakers Alan Qualthrough and Beth Munro. Alan and Beth will be joining forces to work on the Print in Action Truth wall, learn about their practices and print your action, a message to shout about something you’re passionate about, policial, social or environmental.
Who is Alan?
Alan Qualtrough, owns and runs Kiss & Bite Press, a letterpress art practice and print studio based in Ocean Studios. He regularly runs workshops in letterpress printing, linocut, and typography.
Alan is a letterpress artist, graphic designer and typographer and has exhibited work in Plymouth, the Tate Exchange (Tate Modern), and in the US. His art practice investigates our relationship to language and truth through the materiality of physical processes that involve letterpress. His workshops focus on the aesthetic and tactile qualities of setting and printing type by hand.
Who is Beth?
Beth Munro is a printmaker who splits her time between the Print and Press Studio at Ocean Studios and her own studio in South East Cornwall. She is interested in making work that reflects her life long passion with the natural world, specifically Ocean and Marine conservation. She uses a variety of printing processes including; Etching, Linocut, Drypoint and Monoprint to best reflect the nature of the idea, sometimes she will use several processes in one print.
As well as the fantastic selection of activities during the day, the festival will run into the evening with live music, delicious food and even better company! Get to know other creatives in the city or just book a ticket to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere whilst listening to music over a drink and some delicious food.
**Tickets launching Summer 2022**
Fuel your creativity
In addition to the fantastic selection of the Yard’s eateries we’ll be welcoming Hedgerow Hound and their incredible award winning 100% vegan street food to the festival.
Who are Hedgerow?
The Hedgerow Hound started in 2019 having already pursued a passionate affinity with sustainable and delicious food. Since then they have been serving their family favourites and creations as street food vendors as well as event, wedding and pop-up caterers across the South West!
Their food is inspired by what we seasonally grow and forage in their Dartmoor based home, as well as a life long love for world food and their own culinary experimentation. All of this combined allows them to create and served varied and ever changing menu inspired by their favourite foods.
Hedgerow were supported by Start Something, an initiative launched in 2020 to support businesses to thrive in unprecedented times. We have been lucky enough to sample their delicious foods at events such as Illuminate Light Festival, G7 Fringe and Spatial Sound 2021. We’re delighted to be welcoming them back to another public event where more of our wonderful visitors can enjoy their incredible food.