Belfast Print Workshop welcomes visitors to call in and browse during staff hours but throughout the year we host various open studio events where we encourage you to get to know our artists, see printmaking in action and be a bit more hands-on with what we have to offer. Regular open studios features include:
European Heritage Open Days
A weekend event organised across NI by the Department for Communities to showcase our unique heritage attractions. Traditional printmaking is a heritage process and some of our equipment like the Albion relief presses are over 100 years old! Expect to see and learn about how traditional print techniques are kept alive by contemporary artists.
Culture Night / Culture Day
A highlight in Belfast’s cultural calendar and BPW, as a proud resident of the Cathedral Quarter and has taken part every year since the beginning. This fun family family friendly event usually offers the chance for visitors to make a print to take home, a wonderful chance to get creative and try printmaking for the first time.
Belfast Artists Open Studio
This open day offers a great opportunity to learn about how artists make work and what influences their practice. Along with our friends and colleagues in studio groups across the city we invite you to discover the hidden side of studio life over a cup of tea (a studio essential), and what goes into making the finished artwork.
Why make art if no one sees it? Well there might be many answers to that BUT providing opportunities for our members to exhibit the beautiful work they produce in the studio has always been essential to BPW’s mission. As well as that, we think it is important to showcase exceptional works in print made by artists from elsewhere to inspire audiences and highlight print as an essential part of the contemporary art scene.
We hold ‘studio exhibitions’ of framed work for sale in the workshop, regularly changing the walls to make sure there’s something fresh for visitors to look at. An annual highlight is the BPW Members Christmas Exhibition (2019, 2018, 2017), which is a great opportunity to support local artists by gifting affordable artworks.
In 2019 we also launched a new Online Exhibition feature, which is curated by printmakers so customers (it’s all available to purchase) can hear about the attributes of each piece from someone who knows best.
Significant exhibitions from the last few years include;
‘Trilateral’ at Ps2 Belfast, July 2019
‘The State Of’ at Platform Arts Belfast, March 2019
‘Graphic Editions’ BPW and Prism Print International at Oriel Gallery Antrim, November 2018 - January 2019
‘The Crimson Heart’ - Nigel Oxley at Cotton Court Gallery, November 2018
40 Cubed - BPWs 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, September 2017
‘The Art of Printmaking’ at Fenderesky Gallery, July 2017
The studio has also supported a number of member exhibitions in the Cotton Court Gallery space including solo exhibitions by; Liam de Frinse, Jonathan Breannan, Pilar Morales, Leo Boyd and a group exhibition ‘Interwoven’ by Aunshiya Sundarlingiam, Raquel Amat and Majella Clancy as part of the Linen Biennale 2018.
Artist Talks, Presentations & Residencies
Connecting and celebrating the talents of printmaking artists has always been a core value of BPW and we have a rich history of international residencies. Although funding restrictions have changed the scale of these activities- talks, presentations and residencies remain an important part of our offer.
We offer up to 2 Self Arranged Residencies per year and recently have had the pleasure of hosting; Alaistair Livingstone, Karishma Kusurkar & Klyie Chan, Johnny McEwan (part of collaboration with member Karen Daye Hutchinson) and Fiona Ní Mhaoilir.
Throughout the year we regularly welcome visiting artists to host workshops, demos or talk about their work. Recent guests have included; Sean Starwars, Nigel Oxley and John Reid from Prism Print International, Nick Morely, Anna Trojanowska and Siobhan Peircy.
In 2020, we were also very proud to present ‘Multi Matrix - A Printmaking Symposium’ in colberation with Seacourt Print Workshop and Ulster University.