Spike Print Studio in Bristol is the largest open-access print studio in the South West and a co-founding, studio group of Spike Island.
Spike Print Studio in Bristol is the largest open-access print studio in the South West and a co-founding, studio group of Spike Island. Set up in 1976 by artists led by Peter Reddick, a lecturer at Bristol Polytechnic, they aim to advance printmaking and make it accessible to all by providing training, education and exceptional print facilities, supporting artists so they may be innovative and experimental with their work in a way which would not be possible if they were working alone.
The current Print Studio was established during the first stage of Spike Island’s development and offers a range of printmaking processes including silkscreen, photo-etching, etching, relief printing, letterpress, textile printing. It is an independent, not for profit organization and owns all its own equipment which is housed across two rooms of workshops on the first floor of Spike Island. They offer a range of memberships providing different levels of access, course discounts and opportunities to sell work through the studio. Staff, specialist tutors and member technicians offer technical support to their 170 members who apply to join and are accepted following a portfolio review.
They run a wide range of courses and workshops that are open to all, from beginners sessions to masterclasses, as well as projects for young people, inset training for teachers and 1-2-1 training. Members are expected to be able to work at a professional level, though the short courses available through the workshop enable them to develop new skills, or brush up on old ones if needed.