Using the Studio
Members and Visiting Artists can use the LPW Studio
Our fully equipped studio is open 5 days a week, Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.
Artists are welcome to use the facilities in our Studio during our opening hours. Our Studio is set up for the following processes:
- Screenprinting; onto paper and textiles
- Intaglio processes including Drypoint, Etching, Engraving
- Relief processes including Letterpress, Lino, Woodcut
- Stone and Photoplate Lithography
- Monoprint and Collagraph
We can also support the following techniques:
- Gum Arabic Transfer, Caustic Soda, Sugar Lift and Carborundum
- Textiles; Disperse dyes, Foiling and Flocking
- Photography based techniques such as Solar Plate and CMYK
For LPW Members
To Join: £90 (first year includes £20 Induction), £70 thereafter
Studio Use: The cost for up to 6 hours is £20, or members can use the Studio on a pay as you go basis for £3.60 an hour.
LPW Members receive many benefits, such as a lower hourly rate to use the Studio, exclusive opportunities to show new work in our annual exhibition and to take part in LPW projects, ongoing artistic support, as well as discounts on courses and materials.
For Visiting Artists
Studio Use: £20 (half day) plus materials, £40 (full day) plus materials
Our Visiting Artist offer is designed to enable artists who want to use the studio for a specific short-term project to be able to use the studio for the first time.
We also offer reduced Membership to current students and recent graduates.
Want to be part of our community but don’t need to use the studio to make work? Artists can join as an Associate Member in order to take part in LPW exhibitions and projects and buy materials at a discounted rate. Associate Membership costs £25 a year.
If you would like to book a tour of the studio and learn more about making work at LPW please get in touch. We are always happy to welcome new members!
Becoming a member of Leicester Print Workshop means joining our friendly community. The membership fee helps to ensure that our facilities can be maintained and available for use during our open access hours.
Student & Graduate Membership
Arts & printmaking students or recent graduates (within the last 3 years) are eligible for a 20% discount on both the membership fee and hourly rate.
Prior to using the workshop, all new studio users attend an induction. This is a three hour supervised session where you can familiarise yourself with the studio and receive a health and safety briefing, at the same time our Studio Team will ensure you have the information you need to work independently. You might have plenty of printmaking experience or you might have been on a LPW course or two. Sometimes at this stage the team might suggest a little more learning or a one to one session just to top up your knowledge. There is a charge of £20 for the induction.
If you would like to join but are not wholly confident that you can work alone in the studio we recommend that you attend a course from our current programme, alternatively you are welcome to arrange bespoke one to one classes to suit your particular interest or level of study. Our Print Club sessions are designed as a stepping stone from course participation to membership.
First Edition Fridays
First Edition Fridays are a great way to meet other new members, get into the swing of regularly using the studio and start making new work. First Edition Fridays are supported by the LPW technician team and will occasionally include a technical demo. Check upcoming dates here.
Pay As You Go or Open Access Contract Studio Plans for Full Print Members
Full Print Members can use the Studio on a drop in, pay as you go basis for £3.60 an hour (capped at £20 per day), or can take advantage of unlimited access during our opening hours for £65 a month. Talk to us about taking out a Open Access Contract for a minimum of six months.