How we got here
Started initially by a small group of artists who worked together to create an open access print studio, the group has gradually developed towards its function today. After the initial studio opened we realised, having given it time to establish, that actually it was not getting sufficient use. This was due to the large geographical area we were trying to serve meaning huge travelling times for people wishing to use it. Two of the original artists now run their own open access studios, Linden Print Studio near Carlisle and Greystoke Print Studio near Penrith.
The group has grown rapidly and now functions as a support and development network for artists and a promoter of all things printmaking. We run outreach workshops in different areas of Cumbria and the North West as well as hold exhibitions, take part in print exchanges and print fairs.
WHAT WE ENVISION
Bringing Artists Together
Cumbria Printmakers aim to create a group of artists who all work together, contributing to the group, helping each other develop as artists, both professionals and inexperienced. We always welcome new people and believe in unlocking creative potential in everyone. We offer workshops to encourage the inexperienced and skills sharing for professionals.
Whatever level you are at, if you are interested in printmaking, you are welcome.
Cumbria Printmakers champion printmaking through exhibitions, events and outreach activities. The group aims to support artists, promote printmaking and collaborate with our partners and the local community to develop courses and workshops which make printmaking accessible for everyone.