East London Printmakers

OPEN ACCESS at East London Printmakers

East London Printmakers is an independent group of professional artists who run a private printmaking studio at SPACE in The Triangle. ELP keyholders supervise Open Access sessions to provide an opportunity for a greater diversity of artists to develop their printmaking skills.

Who can use Open Access?
Anyone with enough printmaking experience to work independently in the studio. Artists do not need to be a member of ELP to use open access. Unfortunately at present we cannot allow under-18s to use the facilities.

East London Printmakers also run evening, one day and longer workshops for people who would like to discover or improve their printmaking techniques. Please visit the ELP website for more details.

Induction session
In the first session artists will be given an induction. This covers an introduction to the equipment and Health and Safety in the studio. The induction takes about an hour. Artists are then free to print for the rest of the session. Please bring any additional materials to the session.

Session Times
Session 1: Thursdays: 10.00am — 1.30pm
Session 2: Thursdays: 2.30pm — 6.00pm
Session 3: Thursdays: 7.00pm — 10.00pm
Session 4: Saturdays: 10.00am — 2.00pm

You may book for more than one session on a Thursday but please note, artists will need to leave the studio during the periods between sessions.

Screenprinting and fabric printing facilities
Large exposure unit for photo-silkscreens
Four vacuum screenprinting tables
Large rubber-topped fabric printing table 
Various sized squeegees
Various-sized screens (for hire) and mesh
Back-lit wash-out unit for screens

Etching and relief printing facilities
Large etching press
Large etching/relief press
Small book/relief press
Dip-tank for etching copper
Rosin aquatint box
Exposure unit for photogravure/photo-etching

Induction — £20 (Includes one open access session)
Thursdays — £12
Saturdays — £15

How to book
Open Access sessions must be booked online and in advance. There are seven places per session and we recommend that you book one to two weeks ahead. 

Please visit ELP's Booking Page (https://bookings.eastlondonprintmakers.co.uk) to use the online booking form.

Other forms of training offered by ELP are listed on their website.

All artists should bring their own:
Apron. Rubber or latex gloves. Paper. Various brushes of different sizes. Pens and pencils. Ruler. Hand cream, Any other other specialised equipment (scrim, etching tools, inks, screens for screenprinting, acetate, and squeegees). ELP will supply solvents, rags, newsprint, tissue paper, goggles and dust masks.