The Complete Book Artist 2024

We will be announcing next year's course later in the year around August/September for a February 2025.

price £1300 / £*
date 06 Mar, 2024 - 11 Dec, 2024
times 6pm - 9pm
duration 1 year

About the tutor:

George Gibson is an artist, educator, and Manchester School of Art Technician, specialising in book arts, zinemaking, and risograph printing.

Predominantly working collaboratively, George co-ran publishing based collective Shy Bairns from 2016 - 2023, attended alternative education program School of the Damned from 2020 - 2022, and is a current member of ABC [Artists Books Cooperative], an international group of artists who experiment with the form of the book. George has worked with writers, artists and researchers to publish works exploring cryptozoology, queer retellings of Godzilla, the brief history of ‘Goblin Mode’, and an evaluation of the psychological impact of the hit 00s science fiction drama LOST. These works have been exhibited, and are held in collections, internationally. 

Membership of Hot Bed Press

The course includes Hot Bed Press membership that runs from March 2024 to end of February 2025. This entitles you to come into the workshop to use up any hours still to use up from the course’s 120 hours open access. These hours can be ‘saved up’ if you cannot come in for the extra 4 hours each week outside of the taught sessions and can be used in Summer.


Open access hours are :

Monday – Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm,

plus Thursday evenings up to 9.00pm

and alternate Saturdays 10.00am – 5.00pm


There are Technicians and volunteers around to help you when you are in, and you will be mixing with some of our 300 members who use the workshop.

Course tutor

how to join

In order to book please enquire about availablility for the desired course. Please send an email or give a ring stating the required course and date.

0161 743 3111

Enquire about a course

We are happy to answer any questions on the phone but here are some commonly asked questions and answers below.

Do I need to be experienced to come on a course?

No experience necessary! Some courses are specifically designed for beginners; such as Introduction to Screenprint, Print or Letterpress, Painterly Screen-printing or The Art of Etching. Other courses such as Mokuhanga, Screen-printing with Natural Dyes or Photopolymer Printing are more tailored to those with some previous experience. However, if in doubt phone us to discuss.

How do I book a place on a course?

The best way to book a place is to phone us on 0161 743 3111. Our courses book up so quickly that we can be answering the phone all day whilst e-mails may take more time to get through every enquiry and still need us to phone or e-mail you back. We are a friendly bunch and can answer any of your questions when you ring to book.

Do you take a deposit to reserve a place?

No sorry, we are a small team and don't have capacity to have multiple systems in place. We only confirm bookings on full receipt of payment

What materials do I need to bring?

Nothing! We provide all materials for courses. All we need you to bring is some inspiration and clothes you don't mind getting ink on. (In Winter it is best to dress up warm too.) You will receive an introduction letter letting you know what to prepare, such as drawings, photos, photocopies, collected images, and what size you can expect to work to.

Is food provided?

If you are on a day or weekend course please bring your own food. In our small kitchen we have tea, coffee, milk, and sugar and an urn as well as a microwave. The Co-op and Sainsburys are both nearby and we have the luxury of a couple of cafes nearby now with fancy coffee.

Do you have disabled access?

We are limited in our access, with the workshop situated on the first floor and no lifts. We purchased the building in 2017 with the aim to expand and create a fully accessible facility. Unfortunately our ambitions have been set back by covid and other challenges. We are still trying to get full funding to develop the building further and be fully accessible.

Do you have any teacher training courses?

We have Wednesday evening specific CPD teacher training sessions situated under short courses or please email our education officer on for the details of our latest courses or to discuss bespoke courses.

Come And Join Us

We welcome new members all year round. Anyone can join. You need a little bit of experience; but that can be from doing one of our weekend or evening courses, after which you can carry on and practice what you've learnt on the course. We've got a few types of membership to suit your purse or your time. Just g to our Membership section for more details.