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Printmaking studio

The Printmaking Studios - also known as 'Artlab' - are home to an outstanding collection of printmaking equipment, resources and expertise, offering a wide range of processes in one space.

The studios house a wide range of presses, including three offset presses, three etching presses, a Columbian press of 1856, a side lever transfer press for lithography stones, letterpress and type collections, and a range of large screen printing beds, plus screens for textiles, paper and ceramic.

Supporting facilities include drying racks, paper preparation equipment, etch room and inking benches, stone preparation and etch area, screen exposure unit and darkroom, screen washing and processing facilities and large format screen dryer, as well as a drawing studio. This allows many types of print to be explored, including: zinc and copper etching, screen (onto both paper and fabric), lino, woodcut, dry-point, collagraph, monoprint, lithography, letterpress and embossing.

Artlab facilities include screen printing, intaglio, lithography and relief printing, using a fine selection of presses and associated equipment.

The studios are supported by a dedicated and skilled technical team, as well as expert academic practitioners - bringing strong links with visiting artists and projects. The technical staff work closely with our other technical teams - facilitating easy crossover to and from digital processes elsewhere, such as Digital Print.

Detailed Information

Kit List

  • Intaglio Presses (3); Letter Press; Columbian Relief Press; Off-set Litho Press; Direct Litho Press; Large Screenprinting Tables (5); Large Exposure Unit; Large Drying Cabinet; Washout Booth


All users of the studios are required to first undertake an induction covering safe working practise and technical aspects of the various processes.

Technical support is available from 9.00am to 4.00pm but please contact us for more details. Where possible, technical staff will work flexibly during the working day to accommodate specific support requirements.

Please note that this facility is used for scheduled teaching activities. The space may not be available for open access during these sessions.


There may be some charges for the use of materials.


The Printmaking studio can be found in 013, 010, 011, 014, 005B, 012 and 012A of the Victoria Building

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