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Gallery Visit (free, timed entry)

We are delighted that Edinburgh Printmakers will re-open Castle Mills to the public on 4 August with three exciting exhibitions. Entanglements of Time & Tide, developed in partnership with Marine Scotland and Ascus Art and Science is a research-based art-science engagement project by Sonia Mehra Chawla exploring the North Sea and its tidal zones in their ecological, cultural, political, economic, and poetic capacity. Castle Mills Contemporary showcases work by some of the UK's most vibrant contemporary artists. Highlights include three works for the digital engagement project Scottish School Prints by Hardeep Pandhal, Hanna Tuulikki and Mohammad Barrangi. The exhibition also includes recent Edinburgh Printmakers prize winners Wendy McMurdo, Jenny Pope, Maya Hollis, and Zuzana Ullmannová. gobscure: writing liberté with lips is a presentation of prints, performance and participation by artist-in-residence gobscure (they/them.) Their artist residency at Edinburgh Printmakers is part of an ongoing and wide-ranging exploration of playful dissent and creative resistance, inspired by Parajanov. gobscure is a Future’s Venture Foundation Radical Independent Art Fund Artist. Due to restrictions on the amount of people we can have in the space we would be grateful if you could book a free slot. If you are unable to secure a slot at your preferred time, you can of course book a later slot for these exhibitions. Please do let us know if your plans change and you are unable to attend, as capacity is limited and we may be able to offer your place to another guest. Email us at info@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk if you need to cancel your booking. We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh Printmakers. Booking Information Admission is via ticked entry which must be booked in advance. All children and adults aged 12 and over must have a valid reservation (under-12s do not count towards the total number of visitors in your booking). There is no limit to the length of your visit however we recommend allowing around 1 hour to see the exhibitions, or making a second booking if you wish to spend longer. For the safety of all our visitors and staff we ask you to kindly adhere to any social distancing measures and one-way systems in place during your visit. Hand sanitiser is available cleaning regimes have been increased at key areas. In line with Government guidelines we ask all visitors over the age of 5 to bring and wear a face covering. If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with Covid-19, please delay your visit until it is safe to do so.

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Adults 16+

Photo Relief

Photo relief is an intriguing process that allows graphic images to be exposed onto plates that are then printed as relief prints. Juicy and bold! Lots to explore. ABOUT TASTER COURSES Please note that short Taster classes are not intended as stand-alone access courses. Due to the short nature of this class, we do lots of the preparation for you and streamline the process so you get a finished print at the end of the day. This does mean that you will need more training before you are self-sufficient in this process and are able to work in the studio without assistance. To use Edinburgh Printmakers open access studio facilities, you will need to attend a weekend class or have some 1-1 training or an induction before becoming an associate member. How much further training is required is based on each individual’s previous printmaking experience.

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Children & Families

Family Print Club

Family Print Club – These Sunday Funday sessions are designed for different generations to share an experience , explore some printmaking techniques and have some fun into the bargain. 25th July - Plantastic! Create fantastical creatures using feathers and plants to print from This session will explore the process of transfer printing to create detailed plant and feather based prints arranged to create a fantastical creature from your imagination. 8th August - Arty Science - have some fun with Kitchen sink lithography... you’ll never look at the contents of your kitchen cupboards the same again. Bringing the kitchen into the studio – using chocolate spread and other surprise materials to draw with .This magical process will be brought to life in this fun and engaging workshop to create a small litho print. 22nd August - Family Portraits - bring along individual pics of family members/pets and create a unique family portrait using the technique of drypoint etching. Bring A5 size or smaller images to work from.You will learn how to create an ‘etched ‘ image using a sheet of acrylic and etching needle ,adding tone and texture and inking up with a range of colours. Price shown per session. Book one session or more as required. Early bird price £20 for 1 adult and 1 child or on the day £30 for 1 adult and 1 child additional person £15/adult, £5/child

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Children & Families

Summer Print Club, Week 3 12-15yr olds

Running over 3 weeks for 3 age groups, these short sessions are designed to offer an experience of printmaking using accessible techniques and materials, encouraging creative thinking and problem solving in a relaxed and friendly space. Workshops run from 10am-12noon Week 3, 10-13 August 12-15 year olds Tuesday: Lino cut Explore this relief printing technique. Design, cut and print a simple image using different inking techniques to enhance the image you’ve created. Wednesday: Drypoint etching Create an ‘etched ‘ image using a sheet of acrylic and etching needle, adding tone and texture and inking up with a range of colours Thursday: Kitchen Sink Lithography Bringing the kitchen into the studio – using chocolate spread and other surprise materials to draw with. This magical process will be brought to life in this fun and engaging workshop to create a small litho print. Friday: Blind relief Create a 3D embossed print using card and cardboard to construct a printing plate. This technique explores shape and form in the absence of ink.

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Adults 16+

Laser Cutting for Beginners

Cutting.. engraving.. filling.. this short taster class will give you an overview of what the laser cutter can do in terms of cutting and engraving different materials. Giving you an introduction into how to prepare files for laser cutting, and produce a small piece of laser cut/engraved. ABOUT TASTER COURSES Please note that short Taster classes are not intended as stand-alone access courses. Due to the short nature of this class, we do lots of the preparation for you and streamline the process so you get a finished print at the end of the day. This does mean that you will need more training before you are self-sufficient in this process and are able to work in the studio without assistance. To use Edinburgh Printmakers open access studio facilities, you will need to attend a weekend class or have some 1-1 training or an induction before becoming an associate member. How much further training is required is based on each individual’s previous printmaking experience.

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Adults 16+

Photo Etching Weekend

This course covers the use of Photec as an acid resist. Photec is a photopolymer film that can be adhered to a metal plate, exposed to a positive artwork on acetate, and developed in such a way that it can produce accurate photographic acid resist. This then allows a photographic image to be etched into a copper plate. The real advantage of this is that the photographic image, once bitten into the surface of the plate can be further worked into using other etching techniques. For this reason, previous etching experience is advised. During the course participants will prepare their artwork digitally to be printed onto acetate and produce and print one photo etching plate on copper, they will also learn how to apply aquatint which can help to strengthen photo etching images. The size of the plates will be 152 x 203mm (6 X 8 inches)

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Adults 16+

Screenprinting 1 - Hand Cut Stencils

Learn the basics of screenprinting, using hand-cut stencils, to make beautiful prints and patterns on paper. Inspired by Matisse’s cut-outs or stencil traditions from around the world, you can use the simplest technique to create images of great variety and complexity. This is a fairly open-structured course based on spontaneity and experimentation. ABOUT TASTER COURSES Please note that short Taster classes are not intended as stand-alone access courses. Due to the short nature of this class, we do lots of the preparation for you and streamline the process so you get a finished print at the end of the day. This does mean that you will need more training before you are self-sufficient in this process and are able to work in the studio without assistance. To use Edinburgh Printmakers open access studio facilities, you will need to attend a weekend class or have some 1-1 training or an induction before becoming an associate member. How much further training is required is based on each individual’s previous printmaking experience.

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Everyone

misguided tours with gobscure (with BSL interpreter)

Artist-led tour uncovering magic and mystery at Edinburgh Printmakers, with gifts for all included. Expect prints, performance and participation by Edinburgh Printmakers' artist-in-residence gobscure (they/them). Barely surviving in a homeless hostel after the worst sectioning of their life, gobscure stumbled across the art of Sergei Parajanov and fell in love with the childlike wonder and artwork of this ‘fat-mad-bisexual lifelong dissident’. For years, the Soviets tried to silence Parajanov for using art and film to speak out against authoritarian rule and questions the norms of society. gobscure's artist residency at Edinburgh Printmakers is part of an ongoing and wide-ranging exploration of playful dissent and creative resistance, inspired by Parajanov. gobscure is a self-taught performer, writer, artist, sound-artist and believer in creative resistances. In collaboration with the studio team at Edinburgh Printmakers they have been exploring printmaking as a form of protest and performance. Working with different printmaking techniques and formats, exploring our building inside and out and engaging our communities, this exhibition promises to challenge and disrupt. writing liberté with lips can be experienced in person, online or by booking a misguided tour. ‘we all need our dreams back’ - gobscure gobscure is a Future’s Venture Foundation Radical Independent Art Fund Artist. Performance at 2pm with BSL interpreter, Monday 16th August. Additional performances (without interpreter) 12pm and 4pm Weds 18th - Sat 21st August - click here to book Tickets £1 - 10 (‘Pay What You Can’ pricing model). Carers go free but must book in advance.

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Everyone

misguided tours with gobscure

Artist-led tour uncovering magic and mystery at Edinburgh Printmakers, with gifts for all included. Expect prints, performance and participation by Edinburgh Printmakers' artist-in-residence gobscure (they/them). Barely surviving in a homeless hostel after the worst sectioning of their life, gobscure stumbled across the art of Sergei Parajanov and fell in love with the childlike wonder and artwork of this ‘fat-mad-bisexual lifelong dissident’. For years, the Soviets tried to silence Parajanov for using art and film to speak out against authoritarian rule and questions the norms of society. gobscure's artist residency at Edinburgh Printmakers is part of an ongoing and wide-ranging exploration of playful dissent and creative resistance, inspired by Parajanov. gobscure is a self-taught performer, writer, artist, sound-artist and believer in creative resistances. In collaboration with the studio team at Edinburgh Printmakers they have been exploring printmaking as a form of protest and performance. Working with different printmaking techniques and formats, exploring our building inside and out and engaging our communities, this exhibition promises to challenge and disrupt. writing liberté with lips can be experienced in person, online or by booking a misguided tour. ‘we all need our dreams back’ - gobscure gobscure is a Future’s Venture Foundation Radical Independent Art Fund Artist. Performances at 12pm and 4pm, Weds 18 – Sat 21 August Additional performance with BSL interpreter at 2pm Monday 16th - click here to book. Tickets £1 - 10 (‘Pay What You Can’ pricing model). Carers go free but must book in advance.

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Adults 16+

Toyobo Weekend

Toyobo (or photopolymer gravure) is an innovative new printmaking process that uses remarkable water-washable photopolymer plates which are both fast and safe, producing results similar to 19th century process of photogravure. Although the course will be of interest to all artists, it is particularly suitable for those working with photographic and digital imaging who wish to produce high quality original prints. The course focuses on understanding the technical intricacies of the processes: exploring how to prepare images for the process and how to identify works best for each technique. The course is very hands-on. During the course, each person will produce two A5 images. The process has a high digital imaging content, explaining how to manipulate the image before exposing it to the photopolymer. Some experience of Photoshop is advisable. Bring along photographic images either on a USB stick, CD, or as photographic prints, to be scanned.

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Adults 16+

Relief Printing Weekend

Explore ways of creating striking images with this simple yet powerful print medium process. Cutting images into wood or linoleum and inking up with colour can produce bold dramatic effects. This course will explore the diverse range of ways which artists use this direct process, looking at the practicalities of reduction printing. This course is very hands-on, practical and fun. You will be trying out lino & Japanese ply to cut from and explore the benefits of using different types so paper for printing. Bring a sketch or a simple digital printout. The image size will be up to a maximum of A4.

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Adults 16+

Laser Cutting Weekend

In the Laser cutting Weekend course, you will be introduced to the use of a laser cutter and how to prepare vector files from your drawing or photograph. Exploring how to cut or engrave a variety of materials such as paper, plywood and acrylic. You can start from original drawings or sketches, or bring digital files on a USB stick. This course is suitable for anyone interested in the use of a laser-cutter, as well as experienced printmakers interested in combining laser-cutting with traditional printmaking methods.

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Adults 16+

Multi Plate Etching Masterclass with Bronwen Sleigh

Bronwen will introduce the etching processes which is integral to her own practice. The course covers the process of layering colour images in etching as well as line drawing on copper plates using hard ground and adding tone through aquatint. Drawing inspired by architecture is an important element of Bronwen's approach, this course encourages drawing with line from a subject matter that is relevant to you. Working directly on copper plates, learn how to make two corresponding plates and print them in perfect register. This etching weekend course provides the perfect opportunity to advance your etching skills and techniques. For people with some previous experience in etching, adding a second plate adds a number of creative possibilities and this weekend gives you the time to learn how. During the course participants will work on two copper etching plates, and the mordants most commonly used at Edinburgh Printmakers. Participants will produce one colour image during the course, learning essential skills of registration. The size of the plates will be 152 x 203mm (6 X 8 inches)

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Adults 16+

Screenprinting 2- Photo stencil Screenprinting

Getting you up to speed with the basics of modern screenprinting methods, in this short taster course you will make a simple 2-layer print of your own. Bring your sketchbook or photo-album with you to turn an image into a screenprint. ABOUT TASTER COURSES Please note that short Taster classes are not intended as stand-alone access courses. Due to the short nature of this class, we do lots of the preparation for you and streamline the process so you get a finished print at the end of the day. This does mean that you will need more training before you are self-sufficient in this process and are able to work in the studio without assistance.

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Adults 16+

Monoprinting Weekend

As a process, Monotype enables practitioners the ability to create rapid, seductive imagery and provides an ideal method for testing new ideas. This weekend course provides you with a practical introduction to making monoprints as an expansive and exploratory medium. The aim of this workshop is for you to experience a method of producing exciting and ambitious original prints to a professional standard, through direct workshop experience. Practical demonstrations are used as the starting point for an intensive workshop experience. The workshop will explore monoprint using an etching press.

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Drypoint

Explore the beautiful line. Hard or soft, sharp,fuzzy thin, fat, grey, black.....Drawing on etching plates, create different depths and tones of line and add a bit of texture for effect. Simple! The most immediate drawing process in etching. Good enough for Rembrandt, see what it can do for you. ABOUT TASTER COURSES Please note that short Taster classes are not intended as stand-alone access courses. Due to the short nature of this class, we do lots of the preparation for you and streamline the process so you get a finished print at the end of the day. This does mean that you will need more training before you are self-sufficient in this process and are able to work in the studio without assistance. To use Edinburgh Printmakers open access studio facilities, you will need to attend a weekend class or have some 1-1 training or an induction before becoming an associate member. How much further training is required is based on each individual’s previous printmaking experience.

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Adults 16+

Stone Lithography Weekend

Stone Lithography, the original (and best!) type of lithography is still favoured by many artists. Find out why. Drawing directly onto a prepared limestone surface gives opportunity for a spontaneous approach to mark-making. Find out how artists with wide ranging styles from MC Escher, Picasso, Jasper Johns and Kathe Kolwitz have delighted in the subtleties of the stone. This course gives a comprehensive introduction to Stone Lithography and is suitable for people without previous lithography experience or for those wishing to refresh their skills. Emphasis is given to stone lithography as a drawing and painting medium, working directly on this wonderful robust drawing surface. Learn how to paint with water-tusche washes, achieving the astonishing 'reticulated washes' peculiar to stone lithography. Focusing on learning the process and working mainly in monochrome, we will explore traditional approaches to mark-making using tusche crayon and wash as well as alternative drawing methods. Learn all about processing of images on stone and how to stabilise the image for printing before taking a number of prints to show the development of your drawing at different stages. During the course we will work to aprox. A3: 28 x 38.5cm

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Gallery Visit (free, timed entry)

We are delighted that Edinburgh Printmakers will re-open Castle Mills to the public on 4 August with three exciting exhibitions. Entanglements of Time & Tide, developed in partnership with Marine Scotland and Ascus Art and Science is a research-based art-science engagement project by Sonia Mehra Chawla exploring the North Sea and its tidal zones in their ecological, cultural, political, economic, and poetic capacity. Castle Mills Contemporary showcases work by some of the UK's most vibrant contemporary artists. Highlights include three works for the digital engagement project Scottish School Prints by Hardeep Pandhal, Hanna Tuulikki and Mohammad Barrangi. The exhibition also includes recent Edinburgh Printmakers prize winners Wendy McMurdo, Jenny Pope, Maya Hollis, and Zuzana Ullmannová. gobscure: writing liberté with lips is a presentation of prints, performance and participation by artist-in-residence gobscure (they/them.) Their artist residency at Edinburgh Printmakers is part of an ongoing and wide-ranging exploration of playful dissent and creative resistance, inspired by Parajanov. gobscure is a Future’s Venture Foundation Radical Independent Art Fund Artist. Due to restrictions on the amount of people we can have in the space we would be grateful if you could book a free slot. If you are unable to secure a slot at your preferred time, you can of course book a later slot for these exhibitions. Please do let us know if your plans change and you are unable to attend, as capacity is limited and we may be able to offer your place to another guest. Email us at info@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk if you need to cancel your booking. We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh Printmakers. Booking Information Admission is via ticked entry which must be booked in advance. All children and adults aged 12 and over must have a valid reservation (under-12s do not count towards the total number of visitors in your booking). There is no limit to the length of your visit however we recommend allowing around 1 hour to see the exhibitions, or making a second booking if you wish to spend longer. For the safety of all our visitors and staff we ask you to kindly adhere to any social distancing measures and one-way systems in place during your visit. Hand sanitiser is available cleaning regimes have been increased at key areas. In line with Government guidelines we ask all visitors over the age of 5 to bring and wear a face covering. If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with Covid-19, please delay your visit until it is safe to do so.

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Adults 16+

Photo Relief

Photo relief is an intriguing process that allows graphic images to be exposed onto plates that are then printed as relief prints. Juicy and bold! Lots to explore. ABOUT TASTER COURSES Please note that short Taster classes are not intended as stand-alone access courses. Due to the short nature of this class, we do lots of the preparation for you and streamline the process so you get a finished print at the end of the day. This does mean that you will need more training before you are self-sufficient in this process and are able to work in the studio without assistance. To use Edinburgh Printmakers open access studio facilities, you will need to attend a weekend class or have some 1-1 training or an induction before becoming an associate member. How much further training is required is based on each individual’s previous printmaking experience.

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Children & Families

Family Print Club

Family Print Club – These Sunday Funday sessions are designed for different generations to share an experience , explore some printmaking techniques and have some fun into the bargain. 25th July - Plantastic! Create fantastical creatures using feathers and plants to print from This session will explore the process of transfer printing to create detailed plant and feather based prints arranged to create a fantastical creature from your imagination. 8th August - Arty Science - have some fun with Kitchen sink lithography... you’ll never look at the contents of your kitchen cupboards the same again. Bringing the kitchen into the studio – using chocolate spread and other surprise materials to draw with .This magical process will be brought to life in this fun and engaging workshop to create a small litho print. 22nd August - Family Portraits - bring along individual pics of family members/pets and create a unique family portrait using the technique of drypoint etching. Bring A5 size or smaller images to work from.You will learn how to create an ‘etched ‘ image using a sheet of acrylic and etching needle ,adding tone and texture and inking up with a range of colours. Price shown per session. Book one session or more as required. Early bird price £20 for 1 adult and 1 child or on the day £30 for 1 adult and 1 child additional person £15/adult, £5/child

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Children & Families

Summer Print Club, Week 3 12-15yr olds

Running over 3 weeks for 3 age groups, these short sessions are designed to offer an experience of printmaking using accessible techniques and materials, encouraging creative thinking and problem solving in a relaxed and friendly space. Workshops run from 10am-12noon Week 3, 10-13 August 12-15 year olds Tuesday: Lino cut Explore this relief printing technique. Design, cut and print a simple image using different inking techniques to enhance the image you’ve created. Wednesday: Drypoint etching Create an ‘etched ‘ image using a sheet of acrylic and etching needle, adding tone and texture and inking up with a range of colours Thursday: Kitchen Sink Lithography Bringing the kitchen into the studio – using chocolate spread and other surprise materials to draw with. This magical process will be brought to life in this fun and engaging workshop to create a small litho print. Friday: Blind relief Create a 3D embossed print using card and cardboard to construct a printing plate. This technique explores shape and form in the absence of ink.

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Adults 16+

Laser Cutting for Beginners

Cutting.. engraving.. filling.. this short taster class will give you an overview of what the laser cutter can do in terms of cutting and engraving different materials. Giving you an introduction into how to prepare files for laser cutting, and produce a small piece of laser cut/engraved. ABOUT TASTER COURSES Please note that short Taster classes are not intended as stand-alone access courses. Due to the short nature of this class, we do lots of the preparation for you and streamline the process so you get a finished print at the end of the day. This does mean that you will need more training before you are self-sufficient in this process and are able to work in the studio without assistance. To use Edinburgh Printmakers open access studio facilities, you will need to attend a weekend class or have some 1-1 training or an induction before becoming an associate member. How much further training is required is based on each individual’s previous printmaking experience.

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Adults 16+

Photo Etching Weekend

This course covers the use of Photec as an acid resist. Photec is a photopolymer film that can be adhered to a metal plate, exposed to a positive artwork on acetate, and developed in such a way that it can produce accurate photographic acid resist. This then allows a photographic image to be etched into a copper plate. The real advantage of this is that the photographic image, once bitten into the surface of the plate can be further worked into using other etching techniques. For this reason, previous etching experience is advised. During the course participants will prepare their artwork digitally to be printed onto acetate and produce and print one photo etching plate on copper, they will also learn how to apply aquatint which can help to strengthen photo etching images. The size of the plates will be 152 x 203mm (6 X 8 inches)

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Adults 16+

Screenprinting 1 - Hand Cut Stencils

Learn the basics of screenprinting, using hand-cut stencils, to make beautiful prints and patterns on paper. Inspired by Matisse’s cut-outs or stencil traditions from around the world, you can use the simplest technique to create images of great variety and complexity. This is a fairly open-structured course based on spontaneity and experimentation. ABOUT TASTER COURSES Please note that short Taster classes are not intended as stand-alone access courses. Due to the short nature of this class, we do lots of the preparation for you and streamline the process so you get a finished print at the end of the day. This does mean that you will need more training before you are self-sufficient in this process and are able to work in the studio without assistance. To use Edinburgh Printmakers open access studio facilities, you will need to attend a weekend class or have some 1-1 training or an induction before becoming an associate member. How much further training is required is based on each individual’s previous printmaking experience.

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Everyone

misguided tours with gobscure (with BSL interpreter)

Artist-led tour uncovering magic and mystery at Edinburgh Printmakers, with gifts for all included. Expect prints, performance and participation by Edinburgh Printmakers' artist-in-residence gobscure (they/them). Barely surviving in a homeless hostel after the worst sectioning of their life, gobscure stumbled across the art of Sergei Parajanov and fell in love with the childlike wonder and artwork of this ‘fat-mad-bisexual lifelong dissident’. For years, the Soviets tried to silence Parajanov for using art and film to speak out against authoritarian rule and questions the norms of society. gobscure's artist residency at Edinburgh Printmakers is part of an ongoing and wide-ranging exploration of playful dissent and creative resistance, inspired by Parajanov. gobscure is a self-taught performer, writer, artist, sound-artist and believer in creative resistances. In collaboration with the studio team at Edinburgh Printmakers they have been exploring printmaking as a form of protest and performance. Working with different printmaking techniques and formats, exploring our building inside and out and engaging our communities, this exhibition promises to challenge and disrupt. writing liberté with lips can be experienced in person, online or by booking a misguided tour. ‘we all need our dreams back’ - gobscure gobscure is a Future’s Venture Foundation Radical Independent Art Fund Artist. Performance at 2pm with BSL interpreter, Monday 16th August. Additional performances (without interpreter) 12pm and 4pm Weds 18th - Sat 21st August - click here to book Tickets £1 - 10 (‘Pay What You Can’ pricing model). Carers go free but must book in advance.

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Everyone

misguided tours with gobscure

Artist-led tour uncovering magic and mystery at Edinburgh Printmakers, with gifts for all included. Expect prints, performance and participation by Edinburgh Printmakers' artist-in-residence gobscure (they/them). Barely surviving in a homeless hostel after the worst sectioning of their life, gobscure stumbled across the art of Sergei Parajanov and fell in love with the childlike wonder and artwork of this ‘fat-mad-bisexual lifelong dissident’. For years, the Soviets tried to silence Parajanov for using art and film to speak out against authoritarian rule and questions the norms of society. gobscure's artist residency at Edinburgh Printmakers is part of an ongoing and wide-ranging exploration of playful dissent and creative resistance, inspired by Parajanov. gobscure is a self-taught performer, writer, artist, sound-artist and believer in creative resistances. In collaboration with the studio team at Edinburgh Printmakers they have been exploring printmaking as a form of protest and performance. Working with different printmaking techniques and formats, exploring our building inside and out and engaging our communities, this exhibition promises to challenge and disrupt. writing liberté with lips can be experienced in person, online or by booking a misguided tour. ‘we all need our dreams back’ - gobscure gobscure is a Future’s Venture Foundation Radical Independent Art Fund Artist. Performances at 12pm and 4pm, Weds 18 – Sat 21 August Additional performance with BSL interpreter at 2pm Monday 16th - click here to book. Tickets £1 - 10 (‘Pay What You Can’ pricing model). Carers go free but must book in advance.

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Adults 16+

Toyobo Weekend

Toyobo (or photopolymer gravure) is an innovative new printmaking process that uses remarkable water-washable photopolymer plates which are both fast and safe, producing results similar to 19th century process of photogravure. Although the course will be of interest to all artists, it is particularly suitable for those working with photographic and digital imaging who wish to produce high quality original prints. The course focuses on understanding the technical intricacies of the processes: exploring how to prepare images for the process and how to identify works best for each technique. The course is very hands-on. During the course, each person will produce two A5 images. The process has a high digital imaging content, explaining how to manipulate the image before exposing it to the photopolymer. Some experience of Photoshop is advisable. Bring along photographic images either on a USB stick, CD, or as photographic prints, to be scanned.

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Adults 16+

Relief Printing Weekend

Explore ways of creating striking images with this simple yet powerful print medium process. Cutting images into wood or linoleum and inking up with colour can produce bold dramatic effects. This course will explore the diverse range of ways which artists use this direct process, looking at the practicalities of reduction printing. This course is very hands-on, practical and fun. You will be trying out lino & Japanese ply to cut from and explore the benefits of using different types so paper for printing. Bring a sketch or a simple digital printout. The image size will be up to a maximum of A4.

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Adults 16+

Laser Cutting Weekend

In the Laser cutting Weekend course, you will be introduced to the use of a laser cutter and how to prepare vector files from your drawing or photograph. Exploring how to cut or engrave a variety of materials such as paper, plywood and acrylic. You can start from original drawings or sketches, or bring digital files on a USB stick. This course is suitable for anyone interested in the use of a laser-cutter, as well as experienced printmakers interested in combining laser-cutting with traditional printmaking methods.

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Adults 16+

Multi Plate Etching Masterclass with Bronwen Sleigh

Bronwen will introduce the etching processes which is integral to her own practice. The course covers the process of layering colour images in etching as well as line drawing on copper plates using hard ground and adding tone through aquatint. Drawing inspired by architecture is an important element of Bronwen's approach, this course encourages drawing with line from a subject matter that is relevant to you. Working directly on copper plates, learn how to make two corresponding plates and print them in perfect register. This etching weekend course provides the perfect opportunity to advance your etching skills and techniques. For people with some previous experience in etching, adding a second plate adds a number of creative possibilities and this weekend gives you the time to learn how. During the course participants will work on two copper etching plates, and the mordants most commonly used at Edinburgh Printmakers. Participants will produce one colour image during the course, learning essential skills of registration. The size of the plates will be 152 x 203mm (6 X 8 inches)

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Adults 16+

Screenprinting 2- Photo stencil Screenprinting

Getting you up to speed with the basics of modern screenprinting methods, in this short taster course you will make a simple 2-layer print of your own. Bring your sketchbook or photo-album with you to turn an image into a screenprint. ABOUT TASTER COURSES Please note that short Taster classes are not intended as stand-alone access courses. Due to the short nature of this class, we do lots of the preparation for you and streamline the process so you get a finished print at the end of the day. This does mean that you will need more training before you are self-sufficient in this process and are able to work in the studio without assistance.

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Adults 16+

Monoprinting Weekend

As a process, Monotype enables practitioners the ability to create rapid, seductive imagery and provides an ideal method for testing new ideas. This weekend course provides you with a practical introduction to making monoprints as an expansive and exploratory medium. The aim of this workshop is for you to experience a method of producing exciting and ambitious original prints to a professional standard, through direct workshop experience. Practical demonstrations are used as the starting point for an intensive workshop experience. The workshop will explore monoprint using an etching press.

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Adults 16+

Drypoint

Explore the beautiful line. Hard or soft, sharp,fuzzy thin, fat, grey, black.....Drawing on etching plates, create different depths and tones of line and add a bit of texture for effect. Simple! The most immediate drawing process in etching. Good enough for Rembrandt, see what it can do for you. ABOUT TASTER COURSES Please note that short Taster classes are not intended as stand-alone access courses. Due to the short nature of this class, we do lots of the preparation for you and streamline the process so you get a finished print at the end of the day. This does mean that you will need more training before you are self-sufficient in this process and are able to work in the studio without assistance. To use Edinburgh Printmakers open access studio facilities, you will need to attend a weekend class or have some 1-1 training or an induction before becoming an associate member. How much further training is required is based on each individual’s previous printmaking experience.

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Adults 16+

Stone Lithography Weekend

Stone Lithography, the original (and best!) type of lithography is still favoured by many artists. Find out why. Drawing directly onto a prepared limestone surface gives opportunity for a spontaneous approach to mark-making. Find out how artists with wide ranging styles from MC Escher, Picasso, Jasper Johns and Kathe Kolwitz have delighted in the subtleties of the stone. This course gives a comprehensive introduction to Stone Lithography and is suitable for people without previous lithography experience or for those wishing to refresh their skills. Emphasis is given to stone lithography as a drawing and painting medium, working directly on this wonderful robust drawing surface. Learn how to paint with water-tusche washes, achieving the astonishing 'reticulated washes' peculiar to stone lithography. Focusing on learning the process and working mainly in monochrome, we will explore traditional approaches to mark-making using tusche crayon and wash as well as alternative drawing methods. Learn all about processing of images on stone and how to stabilise the image for printing before taking a number of prints to show the development of your drawing at different stages. During the course we will work to aprox. A3: 28 x 38.5cm

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