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Lithography Weekender Fundraiser

When and where?

Friday 29th April until Sunday 1st May
at Leicester Print Workshop.

All proceeds going towards fundraising for a new hand-offset lithography press

We need your help to improve our lithography facilities.

As many of you will be aware Leicester Print Workshop has over the last 15 years gradually gained international recognition for its lithography expertise and we are now keen to improve our facilities.

With this in mind we are very excited to learn that one of these sought after small hand-offset presses has come up for sale. If we can raise sufficient funds this will be a wonderful piece of machinery for the workshop to have as a resource, both for our lithographers working with photo-lithography, and for anyone who loves to work with monoprint. But we need your help to raise the money.

The press will cost £2500 and we will need to match that for the cost of specialist engineers to move it from Somerset to Leicester and set it up.

We’re staging a full weekend of events as well as a prizewinning Raffle to raise these funds, calling on the support of LPW artists and lithographers over the years. So please join us, share our campaign, consider making a donation and celebrate making lithographs at Leicester Print Workshop! All proceeds will go towards a new hand offset lithography press for all to use in the studio.

EVENTS – all taking place here at Leicester Print Workshop

Raffle Prize Exhibition. Part of Cultural Quarter Lates
Friday 29 April, 6 – 9pm

Come and have a look at the wonderful prints and artwork donated by LPW members, pals and supporters for our Prizewinning Raffle. Win something amazing and support artists making prints for years to come! Purchase your Raffle Ticket here.

Introduction to Lithography Course with Serena Smith
Saturday 30 April & Sunday 1 May, 10am – 3pm

If you are curious to know something about the mysteries of lithography and want to have some fun finding out more about this wonderful printmaking process, this is the ideal place to start.

During the weekend we will look at the original process of stone lithography and its later development photo-plate lithography. Participants will have the opportunity to print from stone and plate, and see something of the complex process that enables Jurassic limestone to reproduce hand drawn marks. Book your place here.

Public Talk: On Stone: Serena Smith
Saturday 30 April, 3.30pm – 5pm

Have you ever wondered what connects the salty lagoons of prehistory, evolutionary science, the first English-Chinese dictionary and Beethoven’s late chamber music? For crossword enthusiasts the answer is ‘lithographic limestone’. In this illustrated talk Serena Smith will speak about the serendipitous history and profound significance of this beautiful material, and describe events in its 150 million year journey from geological deposit to artist’s printmaking medium. Book your place here.

Public Talk: Journey Through Lithography: Serena Smith
Sunday 1 May, 3.30pm – 5pm

In the world of collaborative studio printing there is a long held tradition of the ‘printer’s proof’ – a signed print given to the printer in recognition of their contribution to the work. With reference to examples from her own archive of printer’s proofs from her time as a studio printer at Curwen Studio, Serena Smith will share and describe diverse approaches to the medium of lithography and a give technical insight into how these particular images were produced. Book your place here!

Keep an eye on our Social Media where we will be sharing more info about these wonderful events and sharing glimpses of our beautiful Raffle prizes!

  • Previous Lithography Fellow Kathryn Desforges drawing onto stone
  • Previous Lithography Fellow Soraya Smithson printing her Lithography poster
  • The Offset-Hand Press we are fundraising to purchase
  • Glen Isla, Linocut print by LPW Artist Gregory Millar donated for our Fundraising RaffleRaffle
  • A New Day, Collagraph print by LPW Artist Charles Shearer for our Fundraising Raffle