Northern Print on Film

The Lumen Print Collection

Northern Print has been curating a permanent print collection for The Lumen Newcastle, the largest privately funded office building to be constructed in the city centre in the last decade. Now that the work has been installed, look out for individual artist films to be released over the coming weeks. You can read about the project here. All films are by Alan Fentiman.

 Anja Percival (Part 1)

Anja Percival (Part 2)

Rachel Clewlow

Installation Preview

Biffa Award

In 2015 Northern Print attracted funding from Biffa Award to expand and improve our visitor experience for studio members, visiting artists, workshop participants and gallery visitors. Biffa Award programme manager Gillian French said: “This project is an example of how the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) can improve public access to important cultural facilities.”  

The LCF is a tax credit scheme enabling waste management companies such as Biffa Group to contribute money to benefit community and environmental projects near landfill sites.  This film by Alan Fentiman gives an insight into our resources, activities and ethos at Northern Print.

Antony Gormley on Printmaking

Northern Print was established in 1994 and moved to it's current home in Newcastle upon Tyne's cultural quarter of Ouseburn Valley in 2006. The inaugural exhibition at Ouseburn featured a book where artists shared their views on printmaking. We were delighted that Sir Antony Gormley not only agreed to elaborate on his contribution to the book on this film, but that he supplied a set of fingerprints, the thumbprint of which now features on our current logo.


Glossary was a touring exhibition that was shown at venues across North East England in 2014-15.  Conceived as an insight and sometimes an introduction into the practice of original printmaking, the exhibition featured work by Stephen Chambers, Rachael Clewlow, Tom Hammick, Bridget Jones, Katherine Jones, Julian Meredith and Hilary Paynter. 

This series of specially commissioned films by Alan Fentiman collectively formed a key component of the exhibition.  They take the viewer on a journey into the private studios of the featured artists and give insight into the motivations of why the artists make their work and the influence of printmaking in their practice.

Stephen Chambers

Potato print.

Rachael Clewlow

Screenprint. Purchase Rachael's work here.

Tom Hammick


Bridget Jones

Linocut and letterpress. Purchase Bridget's prints here.

Katherine Jones

Collagraph and block print. Purchase Katherine's work here.

Julian Meredith


Hilary Paynter

Wood engraving. Purchase Hilary's work here.

Scrum Down Print Forward

Scrum Down-Print Forward was an international printmaking project to celebrate the Rugby World Cup in 2015, the culmination of which was an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest linocut print in the world. The 33.51m-long print was rolled by two teams of rugby players using a heavy roller used for scrum practice on Sunday 11th October 2015.

Print studios and arts organisations at each of the Rugby World Cup’s 11 host cities in England and Wales contributed to the project by creating a 3 metre lino panel. The panels which were designed by artist and illustrator Sara Ogilvie were pieced together to print the long image. Smaller rugby-ball shaped lino sections were created by artists and representatives of all 20 competing nations and were incorporated into the overall design.  Films by Alan Fentiman.


Full Film