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Update March-April 2022

Hi All

I can’t believe what a busy couple of months it has been. I thought January/February was supposed to be all about hibernation and hÿgge and instead I feel like some wintry demon has decided to attack me with lots of interesting things to do like running workshops for Highlights Rural Touring, printing artistic licences and making glass mullers for grinding pigments. Not that I’m complaining! I hope your late Winter/early Spring has been kind to you.

Course Highlights

Mezzotint with Heather Young

Thursday 10 March, 10-4pm - £90 £80

Saturday 21 May, 10-4pm - £90

I’ve only had one booking for the upcoming March session so I’m going to reduce the price for that date for everybody to £80. This is a unique opportunity to learn a vintage technique using hand-rocked copper plates to make an image out of velvety darkness.

Book here:

NEW VENUE: Artist’s Development at Creative Quarter, Blackfriars Street, Carlisle

£150 for 8 sessions over 12 weeks, starting from April, Mondays 19.00-20.30

Course dates: 25 April, 9 May, 16 May, 23 May, 6 June, 13 June, 27 June, 4 July.

I’m very excited to be running this for the fifth time, but at a lovely new venue in the centre of Carlisle. Having more space will enable me to do more stuff with more people! There is a 50% fee reduction for students and those on benefits/low income. Please contact me if you believe you qualify.

Course description:

Not just for visual artists! Poets, musicians, writers and performers are also welcome. This ever-popular course will help you develop your own creative practice, using Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way as a starting point. Please note that these sessions will not teach you practical skills such as painting or drawing but you will learn how to more readily find sources of inspiration, and develop and focus your skills to enable you to move forward as an artist. If you are wanting to take your art more seriously or change direction, then this is the next step.

Book here:


Leo Ponton at Linden Print Studio 1 Jan-31 March

I’ve had a re-hang because Leo brought along 3 more paintings that connect with the prints already on display. Leo’s work explores abstraction, markmaking and colour. His work is a considered blend of spontaneity with the careful process of etching, printing and painting.

Great Print Exhibition 7, Rheged

This has been extended until 8 May. I’m not in it, but there are plenty of interesting talks and workshops and lots of things to inspire you!

Artistic Licences

I’ve used letterpress to print more Artistic Licences, the sweary version. If you’d like an artistic licence for yourself, a friend or a relative, call into the studio to collect one for free, obviously. You can see them on:

Cumbria Printmakers

I don’t know whether you know but I helped to set up Cumbria Printmakers waaay back in 2015 and after a long period where I was in the background cheerleading, I’m helping out again in a slightly more involved way. Check out their website and consider joining – it’s only £25 for the year and you’ll get invitations to exhibit, presence on the website and meetings to support your printmaking practice. It’s a non-profit cooperative with a strong emphasis on people pitching in and working together so please don’t expect any kind of hierarchy or sophisticated organisational structure. You will get as much as you put in.

Exhibit at Linden Print Studio

I’m looking for printmakers/artists to show their work at my studio. There is a slot from July-end September. I charge 20% commission for sales and will help you hang and publicise your work. Equally I’d be very interested if you’re wanting a space for experimental projects.

best wishes,


ps. I’m trying to reach as many people as possible for the Artist’s Development course so please share this email with people who you may think might be interested. I’d be very grateful!

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