IT’S ALL ABOUT MAKING A GOOD IMPRESSION

We simply love print, and we love to share our enthusiasm and knowledge of printmaking. We've got incredible print facilities. Anyone can be a member of Hot Bed Press and we have a veritable smorgasbord of courses and workshops to whet your appetite and to expand your understanding of printmaking and all the creative possibilities it offers. Come on in!! ....

We've come a long way since setting up in 1994 when a small group of printmakers dedicated their time to creating a space for people to print and learn about print. We moved to The Casket Works in 2006 and started to really flourish. In 2017 we bought our building! We've grown from having 30 members and running 12 courses in 2006 to 300 members and over 50 courses each year.

We're here to help. Our team of lovely creative people has been assembled to advise, support and assist. We know our stuff and are happy to share what we know. Meet the team!

Sean

Artistic Director

Sean provides the vision and oversight in all aspects of the running of a busy and thriving print workshop. He is a self-confessed printaholic and doesn't take the print blinkers off very often.

Andy

Operations Manager

Andy makes sure the place ticks. He manages the office, finance and communications and looks after membership, studio hire, and lots more besides, as well as being a successful and talented artist himself, specialising in all things screenprinting, so he knows what he's talking about!

Craig

Technician

Craig graduated from the three year complete printmaker here at HBP so has a strong knowledge of all the print methods used in Hot Bed Press. His specialist subject is screenprint and he works under the nom de plume of Sectio. His enthusiasm and energy is infectious.

Andrea

Education Officer

Andrea works with schools, community groups, and colleges to organise outreach workshops and print events. She joined us in early 2022 and works alongside Andrew to design our large programme of in-house print courses, take bookings and communications. Andrea is passionate about developing opportunities for young people and making HBP more diverse, so do get in touch if you would like to collaborate. Education@hotbedpress.org

Fiona

Exhibitions, Events & Marketing Officer

Fiona is weaving her magic to expand & develop our exhibition profile & to help create more opportunities for our members. She is getting us seen, enabling us to promote print to a much wider audience through exhibitions, events, and social media.

Jacob

Technician

Jacob started with Hot Bed Press as a volunteer, and then as a resident scholar through The University of Salford. He became Technician in February 2023. Currently etching and the investigation and manipulation of materials floats his boat.

Sean

Artistic Director

Sean provides the vision and oversight in all aspects of the running of a busy and thriving print workshop. He is a self-confessed printaholic and doesn't take the print blinkers off very often.

Andy

Operations Manager

Andy makes sure the place ticks. He manages the office, finance and communications and looks after membership, studio hire, and lots more besides, as well as being a successful and talented artist himself, specialising in all things screenprinting, so he knows what he's talking about!

Craig

Technician

Craig graduated from the three year complete printmaker here at HBP so has a strong knowledge of all the print methods used in Hot Bed Press. His specialist subject is screenprint and he works under the nom de plume of Sectio. His enthusiasm and energy is infectious.

Andrea

Education Officer

Andrea works with schools, community groups, and colleges to organise outreach workshops and print events. She joined us in early 2022 and works alongside Andrew to design our large programme of in-house print courses, take bookings and communications. Andrea is passionate about developing opportunities for young people and making HBP more diverse, so do get in touch if you would like to collaborate. Education@hotbedpress.org

Fiona

Exhibitions, Events & Marketing Officer

Fiona is weaving her magic to expand & develop our exhibition profile & to help create more opportunities for our members. She is getting us seen, enabling us to promote print to a much wider audience through exhibitions, events, and social media.

Jacob

Technician

Jacob started with Hot Bed Press as a volunteer, and then as a resident scholar through The University of Salford. He became Technician in February 2023. Currently etching and the investigation and manipulation of materials floats his boat.

It's all about give and give. We have a volunteering scheme that helps us to run a friendly and welcoming workshop that's clean and professional. In return volunteers get to use the workshop and learn along the way. Meet our volunteers:

Iona

Volunteer

Iona helps out on a Wednesday working alongside the Technician Jacob. Her work focuses on etching with imagery inspired by magical realism and folk tales. Animals in her work have a disquieting foreboding quality.

Georgie

Volunteer

Georgie is a freelance artist and facilitator. She recently moved from London and is looking to set up her own workshop, so working with us is helping Georgie see how we do things. In her work Georgie likes to work with photography, digital imagery and found materials as inspiration, which she then translates in the print studio through traditional intaglio techniques to produce etchings and using drawing and mark making to explore this contrast of digital and analogue.

Abi

Volunteer

Abi volunteers on alternate Saturdays when open access is on. Abi works in screenprint and risographs producing bright and bold prints which she sells online and at fairs around the UK, which she sees as 'a side hustle to my day job in the animation industry', so multi-talented then!

Emily

Alan

Letterpress Volunteer

Alan is our volunteer who is expert in all things Letterpress, his knowledge is extensive and unmatched. Alan has been coming to Volunteer for a few years now.

Iona

Volunteer

Iona helps out on a Wednesday working alongside the Technician Jacob. Her work focuses on etching with imagery inspired by magical realism and folk tales. Animals in her work have a disquieting foreboding quality.

Georgie

Volunteer

Georgie is a freelance artist and facilitator. She recently moved from London and is looking to set up her own workshop, so working with us is helping Georgie see how we do things. In her work Georgie likes to work with photography, digital imagery and found materials as inspiration, which she then translates in the print studio through traditional intaglio techniques to produce etchings and using drawing and mark making to explore this contrast of digital and analogue.

Abi

Volunteer

Abi volunteers on alternate Saturdays when open access is on. Abi works in screenprint and risographs producing bright and bold prints which she sells online and at fairs around the UK, which she sees as 'a side hustle to my day job in the animation industry', so multi-talented then!

Emily

Alan

Letterpress Volunteer

Alan is our volunteer who is expert in all things Letterpress, his knowledge is extensive and unmatched. Alan has been coming to Volunteer for a few years now.

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

As a not-for-profit arts organisation, (with charitable purposes), there's a lot goes on behind the scene. Our Board of Directors ensure that the vision and oversight for strategic planning and ambitions for the future are on track. Directors meet between 4 and 6 times a year. There are specific roles within the Board such as Chair, Treasurer, Company Secretary as well as roles focusing on legal and building issues, HR/employment and fundraising. Directors are voted on at our annual AGM which happens around July each year.

Jack Bansal

Treasurer

Jack's life has revolved predominantly around numbers, although more recently this has branched out into the more exciting world of spread sheets. He ensures we are on the right track and financially stable.

Jeni Nuttall

Jeni has served on the Board for over 8 years. As a tutor and long-standing member of Hot Bed Press. She is the lead tutor on The Complete Printmaker 1st year and also teaches on weekend and evening courses

Dawn Walters

Chair

I’m a creative organiser, collaborator, curator and Book Artist. I’ve worked for many years in the not-for-profit sector and for arts organisations, running events, managing change and helping to shape and implement future strategies to make things happen. I’m really proud and excited to be current Chair of Hot Bed Press and member of People’s Forum and Factory Assembly for Factory International.

Penny Sweasey

Director

Penny has a broad business background. She joined the Board in 2022 and is supporting Hot Bed Press in developing the organisation as we grow.

Sass Wilson

Sass is our Company Secretary. She makes sure payroll runs smoothly, minutes all Board meetings and keeps al our paperwork up to date. Sass is an artist member of Hot Bed Press and enjoys being creative and and being around other creative people.

Jack Bansal

Treasurer

Jack's life has revolved predominantly around numbers, although more recently this has branched out into the more exciting world of spread sheets. He ensures we are on the right track and financially stable.

Jeni Nuttall

Jeni has served on the Board for over 8 years. As a tutor and long-standing member of Hot Bed Press. She is the lead tutor on The Complete Printmaker 1st year and also teaches on weekend and evening courses

Dawn Walters

Chair

I’m a creative organiser, collaborator, curator and Book Artist. I’ve worked for many years in the not-for-profit sector and for arts organisations, running events, managing change and helping to shape and implement future strategies to make things happen. I’m really proud and excited to be current Chair of Hot Bed Press and member of People’s Forum and Factory Assembly for Factory International.

Penny Sweasey

Director

Penny has a broad business background. She joined the Board in 2022 and is supporting Hot Bed Press in developing the organisation as we grow.

Sass Wilson

Sass is our Company Secretary. She makes sure payroll runs smoothly, minutes all Board meetings and keeps al our paperwork up to date. Sass is an artist member of Hot Bed Press and enjoys being creative and and being around other creative people.

Over the years we are proud to have been supported by some special companies who are specialists in printmaking and related arts. We have chosen to work with the best, and they have chosen to work with us. Companies we have worked with as sponsors and partners include Intaglio Printmaker, G.F. Smith Papers, Ratchfords Book Arts Suppliers, Kippax Screenprint, and Rollaco Presses. With our new website and improved social media presence we are currently inviting our past sponsors to work with us and are looking for new partners. We are very particular about who we work with. We will be updating our sponsors here soon.

arts council england lottery funded logo

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Connecting printmakers

The 20:20 Print Exchange started in 2009. We have exchanged over 125,000 prints so far. Each year around 500 artists from between 40 and 50 workshops, studios, university print departments and collectives take part, mainly from the UK and Ireland, but also a few workshops from all across the world.