Celebrating our collaborators!

We’re delighted to be working with a range of collaborators to help bring Print in Action Festival to life. Read more about their involvement with the festival below and learn more about the work they are doing to help celebrate the wonderful world of Printmaking!

Double Elephant

Double Elephant Print Workshop is a community printmaking studio and resource based in Exeter. We operate throughout Devon however using our portable printmaking presses and equipment. At their studio, they run courses, workshops, projects and social prescribing schemes such as Print on Prescription for adults living with mental health issues. We have over 120 members (new to print, emerging and professional artists). Double Elephant works with over 3000 people per year via our workshops in schools, museums & galleries, festivals, libraries, hospitals, psychiatric wards, prisons and pupil referral units. Our aim is to make fine art printmaking as open, inclusive and accessible to as many people as possible

At the Festival:

During the Print in Action Festival, Double elephant will be sharing their most recent research project to the wider print community during the festival weekend. The project ‘ Creative Collaborations – Access, Growth & Innovation is supported by the Devon County Council – Devon Elevation Fund Community Renewal Fund.

Bringing the project to the conversation at Print in Action Festival will open up a discussion for feedback, presenting the challenges and opportunities, strengths and weekends across the printmaking sector in the region.

We are pleased to announce Double Elephant will also be working with Real Ideas to run masterclasses in printmaking including CPD sessions, supporting Print in Action Hub schools to develop the confidence in printmaking without presses into their community.

The Printery

Founded by Geraldine Coles in 2017, The Printery is a professional print studio in the heart of Mutley Plain in Plymouth, offering facilities for textile and fine art printmaking including etching, screen-printing and relief processes.

This emerging print hub is a professional, open-access work space and studio comprising of expertise in all things printed! The Printery offers a range of specialist courses and workshops, delivered by professional artists from beginner to advanced level. All ages and skill levels are welcome at The Printery.

At the festival:

One of your must see trips for the festival is exploring The Printery on Mutley Plain, Plymouth. You’ll get a chance to check out their vibrant facilities, explore their pop-up shop of original print in their workspace, plus you’ll be able to see some printing in action throughout the day. In addition they’re also going to be taking over the ‘……’ with an exhibition encompassing all things print!

Arts University Plymouth

Real Ideas are delighted to be working in collaboration with Arts University Plymouth as part of Print in Action, linking their specialist courses and facilities to the Festival and wider programme.

In conversation with printmaker Monika Rycerz, a lecturer from the BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking course and workshop coordinator Claire Gladstone, we’ve been creating opportunities to support the artists on their journey through the university, including residencies and a call for student collaborators.

Working with drawing on a theme of ‘Togetherness’ in the spirit of collaboration, a number of students will be paired with a Print in Action experience, eg. workshop, event, talk or collaborative activity. An opportunity to skill share, learn techniques and meet new artists/makers and be part of shaping Print in Action Festival.

Pressing Matters

Pressing Matters magazine is a publication full of inky inspiration, celebrating the best of modern printmaking from around the world. Made by printmakers for printmakers, we speak to artists about their creative processes and passion for print. Expect inky fingers, creative work spaces, sketchbooks and artworks – across all kinds of techniques and mediums.