Traditional Letterpress : Online & In Studio Combined Course
Traditional Letterpress : Online & In Studio Combined Course
Thurs 31 March & Sat 09 April

Traditional Letterpress : Online & In Studio Combined Course

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This course is designed for anyone who has always wanted to have a go at letterpress using moveable metal type. 

Course content

This course is in two parts, the first part is an online tour of Robert Smail's Print Works, a working letterpress museum in Innerleithen run by the National Trust Scotland. The tour will take place on Thurs 31 March from 15.30-16.30pm. The second part is an in-person workshop at Northern Print taking place on Sat 09 April 10.00-16.00.

Tour: Tony and Jack from Smail's will lead a Zoom tour of the print works taking in all of the areas that you would see if you were there in person. A fascinating insight into traditional letterpress, the presses and machinery and how it was used in the print works.

Workshop: You will be given an introduction to letterpress printing, you'll start by composing and printing a few words on an Adana press to understand the process. Throughout the day you can develop longer pieces of text and print them, creating your own letterpress artwork.


All materials are covered in the cost of this course and will be provided on the day of the in-person workshop at Northern Print

Tutor: Andrew Wright

Skill level: No experience required

Dates and times: Zoom Tour-Thurs 31 March 15:30-16:30,  In-person workshop-Sat 09 April 10:00-16:00 (All times GMT)

We will send you further course details in your letter of confirmation when we process your booking.

The Zoom link for the online part of this course will be emailed to you either on the day or the day before the session take place, please check your junk mail as it may go in there.

You can book online here by credit card or using Paypal, over the phone if you wish to pay by card or call into Northern Print Wed-Sat 12-4pm where you can pay by card or cash.  For up to date details on the availability of places please call us on 0191 261 7000.

Cancellation Policy

If you have booked a place on a class and cannot attend, please inform Northern Print as soon as possible.  If notice is given at least five working days before the class begins we will refund the payment in the form of a credit which can be used as payment for an alternative class (this must be used within 12 months).  If notice is given less than five working days before the class begins we will not be able to give any form of refund.  Northern Print reserve the right to cancel classes and courses in which case a full refund will be given. Course packs are non-refundable.

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Thinking of buying an original print priced at £100 or above*?

We are members of Own Art, a national scheme funded by Arts Council England that makes it easy and affordable for everyone to buy contemporary art.

Own Art allows you to spread the cost of a purchase of an original artwork over 10 months with an interest free loan.  With so many works of art to choose from, you could start a collection of your own today from as little as £10 per month.

To help explain the scheme, here are our answers to some frequently asked questions:

What can I buy?

Own Art loans are available in our gallery for the purchase of contemporary art and craft by living artists.  That means you can choose more or less anything you want from paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture, to glassware, ceramics, jewellery and textiles.

How much can I borrow?

Own Art loans allow you to borrow from as little as £100 up to a maximum of £2,500 for the purchase of works of art by living artists.

How do I apply?

After you've found something in our gallery or online that you love, speak with a member of staff who can talk you through your options on 0191 2617000. You are able to pay a deposit with Own Art to lower your monthly costs although this is not necessary and the loan can cover framing if you wish.  The best option is to visit the gallery if you would like to proceed with an Own Art application where a member of our team will take you through the loan application process.  You will need to bring proof of ID, address and signature - a driving licence is ideal or a utility bill and credit or debit card.  The application process usually takes 10-15 mins following which you'll get an instant decision so you can take the work home on the same day.

For more information visit the Own Art website.

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* £100 minimum spend can include the price of the frame.

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