Leicester Print Workshop is committed to supporting artist development and provides a space in which individuals at any stage of their career can further their creative and professional practice in a supportive environment.
Our studio is a place for ideas and knowledge exchange as well as a source of expert guidance and technical assistance. The LPW Artist community makes the studio a vibrant and inspiring environment to make work, where projects take shape and opportunities are shared. How to become a member
Alongside our membership scheme, we offer specialist opportunities for artists to develop their practice and their profiles, through a varied programme of artist-centred activity comprising networking, showcasing, critical dialogue and skills development.
Our peer to peer support network Workers Unite provides an opportunity for artists to talk through the practical, technical and ideas side of making new work with fellow artists and members of the LPW studio team. These sessions also offer chance to have one-to-one session with invited guests, including Ruth Sumner, Lecturer in Fine Art at DMU and Hugo Worthy, Arts Curator at DMU & Visual Arts Officer at LCC, to date.
Passion2Print is Leicester Print Workshop’s biennial exhibition of contemporary printmaking. This exhibition showcases the high quality and ambitious work being created by LPW artists, displaying their experiment al, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to printmaking. P2P 2016 will take place in November 2016.
Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands
CVAN EM is the Contemporary Visual Arts Network for the East Midlands, established to contribute to a flourishing visual arts habitat in the region. Our community of interest is made up of those producing, presenting and experiencing visual arts in the region, in all its forms. Our aims are to: engage artists and organisations in tackling common issues resulting in new ways of working and more informed decision making, support collaborative working across the region leading to new opportunities, new experiences and new network and celebrate and promote contemporary arts in the region, which we achieve through activity designed to encourage collective action, stimulate open dialogue and profile artistic practice. LPW is CVAN EM’s guardian and as such is responsible for progressing its strategic responsibilities, supporting delivery of its activities, managing its finances and budgets and being its champion to funders and stakeholders.
Leicester Print Workshop regularly offers post-graduate level fellowships focusing on specific techniques. These are designed to develop in the participant, knowledge and technical proficiency through one to one teaching and to provide them with the opportunity to learn, practice and experiment in the studio supported by technical specialists. Our current Fellowship in Lithography is shared by artists Nina Oskarsdottir and Mandy Payne. Find out more
Leicester Print Workshop’s residency programme celebrates printmaking in a variety of ways: taking it from the studio into different environments to promote the practice, enabling experimentation and collaboration to take place, supporting artists to respond to contexts and stimulae. Our current project sees four artists (Emma Gardner, Sarah Kirby, Sumiko Eadon and Theo Miller) using LPW’s move to new premises in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter as a catalyst to create diverse new work in print. Find out more
Other LPW projects
Over the last few years LPW has worked with several partners to create opportunities for LPW Artists to develop and exhibit new work and collaborate with other artists. Recent examples include a partnership with New Walk Magazine, in which LPW Artists were invited to submit images for a special edition of the magazine to celebrate LPW’s 30th Birthday, A Fantastical Animal Alphabet, an exhibition commissioned by LPW and Compton Verney, and Film&Print, a project teaming printmakers with filmmakers and encouraging production of new work.