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Partners in Print

Spike Print Studio (SPS) and University of the West of England (UWE) are establishing an exciting new venture that embraces the multifaceted nature of the professional print studio. The project will grow community engagement by creating sustainable opportunities for learning, exhibiting, editioning and professional development for young people who would not otherwise have access to such opportunities.

What is the theme/aim? of the Exhibition?

This exhibition brings together artists who have worked in both organisations through the opportunities created for them. It gives them space to tell their story about openingscreated and where it has led them.

What is happening?

The exhibition reflects the extraordinary talent and output of those involved, supportedby artist statements on their experience of working collaboratively with SPS and UWE.The artists will be present at the Private View to talk about their work in more detail.

When and where is it?

UWE Bower Ashton Studios, F-Block Gallery
Tuesday 16 – Friday 19 October 2018 (gallery opening times 10am – 5pm).
Private View Thursday 18 October 6 – 8pm.

What happens next?

The exhibition is the starting point for gathering support and patronage for developingUWE and SPS’s collaborative educational editioning project which will create opportunities for young people to work in a professional artistic environment with a wide range of artists and editioners. Working in print will allow them to develop their artistic practice whilstbeing supported by a wide range of practitioners able to guide, advice and promote them.

Nick Greenglass and John Lynch (Peter Reddick Bursary)
Andrew Wilson (SPS/UWE Scholarship)
Jemma Gunning, Lisa Davies and Prerna Chandiramani (SPS/UWE Member Technician)
Carolyn Bunt, Sarah Duncan, Frea Buckler and Gilly Thompson, Emma Stibbon RA (UWE/SPS Alumni)




4 – 6 March 2016

Hannah McVicar and Clare Cutts will travel up in a white van laden with amazing, professional, fabulous prints and will be our ambassadors for the weekend.  They will work hard to sell our wares and show off our talented artists and promote our studio.  They will only have porridge allowance which we think will keep them on their toes!

The print fair will be held in The Calder, a converted mill space and will feature over 40 printmakers, collectives and galleries handpicked from around the UK.

The fair aims to provide a friendly atmosphere for both budding collectors and seasoned print enthusiasts to engage with all things print.  We think this should be a good venue for Print Club Bristol.

The Hepworth Wakefield Gallery Walk Wakefield WF1 5AW 01924 247360


Robert Manners

Implied Resistance



Motoharu Asaka


Master Ukiyoe woodblock carver

Workshop, demo & talk for Print Club Bristol
Weds 30 September

 3pm – 5pm workshop & demo £30 (15 MAX)  FULL

 6.15 – 6.45pm talk Louise Rouse FREE 

 7-8.30pm meet Motoharu Asaka, see his work and buy his amazing prints

 BOOKING ESSENTIAL – please ring or email to reserve place.


Motoharu Asaka, one of the last remaining master woodblock carvers in Japan, with more than 45 years experience and commissions from national museums and world-renowned contemporary artists, is visiting European institutions in Finland, Italy, France and the UK in September, 2015.

He will give workshops about Japanese woodblock (ukiyo-e) carving and printing using traditional methods, developed in Japan during the last 400 years, and passed down through the strict apprenticeship system. Spike Print Studio is delighted to welcome him and offer you this unique opportunity to meet him.


The Wood Carver from on Vimeo.



(The techniques of traditional Japanese woodblock (ukiyo-e) carving and printing gave artists such as Utagawa, Hokusai and Hiroshige a means to execute their vision with highly refined carved lines and an expanding palette of colors throughout the Edo period (1600-1853). These methods were passed down through the apprenticeship system but were never introduced fully into the formal art education system except in cases where an individiual professor had a particular passion. For this among other reasons, ukiyoe carving and printing techniques were difficult to master for those not prepared to undergo an arduous 10-year apprenticeship.

Motoharu Asaka wanted nothing more, and at the age of 17 moved to Kyoto to begin formal training.

In the past 10 years however, he has become increasingly concerned about the scarcity of successors in all areas of woodblock printmaking. From carvers to paper-makers, tool-makers and paper-coating specialists, Japan’s most well-known artform is in danger of dying out. He is actively involved in supporting the remaining community and is Head of the secretariat for the Ukiyoe Carving and Printing Association and sits on the boards of the Tokyo Traditional Woodblock Print Craft Cooperative Partnership and the Tokyo Woodblock Print Crafts Association. Since 2011, recognising the need to spread his knowledge as widely as possible, he opened his studio to the public and now has around 40 students engaged in studying woodblock printing on a weekly basis.

More information

Motoharu Asaka will be visiting the UK as part of a European tour this Autumn. He will be accompanied by Louise Rouse (MFA), Adjunct Professor for printmaking at Temple University, Japan Campus, who will provide interpretation/language support for workshops and lectures in English. )

Print Club Bristol partners The Other Art Fair, Bristol


Libby LLoyd – Dream Lover series (see artists’ profile page)

Print Club Bristol at The Other Art Fair, Arnolfini, Bristol 5-7 June

Get ready to fall in love with original print.

Spike Print Studio is delighted to be a fair partner with
The Other Art Fair.
 The Other Art Fair is leading opportunity for the best emerging artists to present their work to the art world and to the public.

As a fair visitor, you have the opportunity to meet, discuss and buy from emerging artists chosen by a panel of experts.

Exhibiting artists include Frea Buckler, Gilly Thompson, Ian Chamberlain, Libby Lloyd and Anna Marrow and invited guest, J Patrick Boyle.

Print Club Bristol launching March 2015

Print Club Bristol will launch with a fanfare on Thursday March 12, 2015. 6-9pm