About the Studios

With a forty year history of printmaking on site, the Bluecoat now has two fantastic Print Studios open to the public.

Intaglio Print Studio

The Etching/Intaglio Studio is clean, safe, light and airy, and current working practice is geared towards new developments in ‘safe’ printmaking.

Equipment and materials on site include:

  • One large etching press (Hughes and Kimber, bed 66 x 135cm)
  • A hot plate and oil based intaglio proofing ink
  • A range of mordants, grounds and strippers
  • Acrylic aquatint spray booth (you need your own spray gun)
  • Home-built UV exposure unit for plates and screens of up to A3
  • Sheet metal guillotine (foot treadle operated) for cutting plates
  • Small nipping or pinch press for relief printmaking.

Silkscreen Studio

Equipment and materials on site include:

  • Three vacuum screen beds accommodating screens up to 60 x 70 cm and 90 x 110cm outside frame measurement
  • A large Natgraph exposure unit able to accommodate screens up to 2 x 1.5m outside frame measurement
  • Small portable exposure unit made by University of the West of England
  • A fully stocked washout unit
  • Drying cupboard able to accommodate screens up to 80 x 100cm outside frame measurement
  • Large drying rack for finished prints
  • Acrylic medium and photo emulsion
NB. The hirer must supply his/her own screens, paper and screenprinting ink or acrylic paint


For more information on studio hire please see the Hiring the Studios page.


For more information on courses and workshops taking place in the studios please see our Courses and Workshops page.

For downloadable documents detailing various printmaking techniques please see the Downloads page.

We are grateful to Liverpool John Moores University and the P.H. Holt Foundation for their generous support of the development of these studios.