Hot Off The Press

An exhibition of contemporary printmaking

Saturday 19th March to Saturday 16th April 2022

This exciting exhibition showcases the work of talented artists from across the country, all sharing a love of print making. Visitors will be very impressed at the wide range of printing techniques, styles and subject matter on display.

Louise Bird's fascination with the bee world has dominated her work as a printmaker for many years. She is an expert on the various species, and their habitats and uses a variety of print techniques to depict the insect world, most notably mezzotint, often layering prints as a way to create depth in an image. Caroline Buckman produces hand-printed 'still life' lino prints taking inspiration from nature and objects of interest that surround her. Claire Cartwright is Bristol-based artist and designer who enjoys exploring the boundaries between art, design and the creation of functional pieces using cyanotype and screen-printing. Claire will be bringing her colourful lampshades and wall hangings to the exhibition. Hannah Cantellow uses specialist, traditional relief printmaking processes, such as lino printing, block printing and chine collé. She works with intaglio print processes such as collagraph, to produce beautiful textured prints and textiles. Tessa Holmes combines both traditional and contemporary techniques including collograph, monoprinting and digital drawing to depict the landscape and coastline of East Sussex, where she has a caravan by the sea. Zoe Prichard explores the world of ambiguous imagery through the lens of photography, and photo-mechanical print processes, creating deeply mysterious monochromatic images which seem recognisable, yet also generate a wealth of uncertainty. Flora McLachlan works from her print workshop in West Wales on the edge of a wild moor, producing wonderfully haunting
etchings and lithographs depicting an ancient and enchanted landscape. Under the name 'Nest of Wren' Lauren McQuaid combines clay and carved lino prints to create quirky jewellery with a twist - a vibrant addition to your wardrobe. Last, but by no means least, is Lydia Swinney who works with print making and collage, drawing inspiration from media such as film, literature and political theory, working directly with the material and her hands to sporadically create 'marks, images and shapes', translating themes of tension, alienation, connection and often resolution.

Saturday 19th March until Saturday 16th April 2022

Admission free.
Opening hours: Monday* to Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sunday Closed
*Not open on bank holidays


As part of this exhibition we will be hosting some creative printing workshops in the Main Gallery. You can get stuck in and create your own prints whilst surrounded by the wonderful exhibition for inspiration.

- Drypoint Intaglio Printmaking with The Barefoot Bindery
Tue 22nd Mar 10:30am - 4:00pm

- Pattern Play with Rubber Stamps with Hannah Cantellow
Thu 31st Mar 10:00am - 12:30pm

- Introduction to Linocut Printmaking with Hannah Cantellow
Tue 12th Apr 10:00am - 4:00pm

- Block Printing on Fabric - workshop for teens
Thu 14th April 11am - 12.30pm
Thu 14th April 1.30pm - 3pm

- Printing on Fabric - create your own prayer flag and printed tote
Thu 28th April 6pm - 8.30pm

See our Workshops page to find out more about each of these workshops and book your place.

Please note that our Main Gallery on the first floor is reached by a staircase and so is not accessible for people using wheelchairs or mobility scooters.