• Edinburgh Printmakers is a creative centre for printmaking and the visual arts in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh. It has a large light-filled printmaking studio, two galleries, a shop selling original prints and handmade products, a venue for meetings, events and learning activities, a café, a courtyard, and community garden.


    The printmaking studio welcomes anyone interested in joining our courses or becoming a member. It was established in 1967 as the first open-access studio in the UK and is one of the largest in Europe. Set in Castle Mills, a beautiful heritage building that was formerly a rubber factory and brewery complex, Edinburgh Printmakers fosters a creative atmosphere for both the local community and visitors to enjoy.
  • Studio Facilities Studio users are required to work independently, with only small amounts of assistance. We run weekend courses for...

    Studio Facilities

    Studio users are required to work independently, with only small amounts of assistance. We run weekend courses for people needing to refresh skills or learn a new process, they give you the skills and knowledge you will need to work independently. This training should take place at the beginning of the residency.


    Workshop facilities include:



    Copper and zinc alternative etching, and acrylic-resist, photo polymer and Toyobo photo etching 4 Etching presses: 1x Vari Speed Motorised Takach combination etching press, Bed Size 183 x 100cm, Printable area 160 x 99cm 1x Motorised Grieg etching press, Bed width 76cm, printable area 70 x 90 cm. 1x Motorised Polymetaal JPVE-80 etching press, Bed width 80 cm, printable area 75 x 115cm 1x Rochat etching press, Bed width 66 cm, printable area 60 x 76cm. 1 x Electric Hotplate with thermostat 60 x 80cm Spray compressor and airbrush booth for aquatint Drying boards Print rack Dedicated drawing area



    Stone and photo-plate lithography with over 200 stones are available for use, largest stone size 66 x 92 cm. 3 direct motorised presses. Bed sizes: Seggie press 70 x 96cm Takach motorised direct press and 80 x 120cm Takach vari-speed motorised direct press, bed size 60 x 120cm Hydraulic lift trolley for moving stones Selection of narrow and wide diameter rollers Leather nap roller 2x Print racks 2x Lightboxes Dedicated safelight darkroom for photo- plate exposures The large combination Takach press can also be used to print plates and stones. Printable area 160 x 100cm



    1 x 80w HPC Laser cutter with water cooler, BOFA fume filtration unit and 4wheel rotary attachment. Laser cut 5.3 software driver. Adobe Illustrator for preparing files prior to cutting. Cuts Paper, fabric, wood, cardboard and acrylic. Bed size 120 x 90cm



    Museum quality paper printing and acetate printing for printing separations. 1 large format inkjet printers: Epson Surecolour SC-P7000, 24” 61cm wide with Ultra Chrome HDX pigment based inks 2 x 24" iMacs in open access studio for preparing files for printing 1 x Epson Expression 10000 A3 Flat bed scanner. A3 x Colour and black and white photocopier / scanner RELIEF PRINTING Polymetal Hydraulic relief platten press, bed size 80 x 100cm 1 x Proofing press, bed size 45 x 70cm Selection of rollers and brayers, bench hooks Print rack The large combination takach press can also be used to print woodblocks up to 160 x 100cm



    Water-based screen inks are used with fine-mesh screens. 5 Vacuum bed presses, all taking screen sizes (outer frame size) 110 x 150 cm: 1 x Kippax Horizontal lift press with manual pressure control 1 x Kippax standard press 3 x Natgraph standard press Integrated Natgraph U.V. exposure unit 2 x screen wash out bays with high pressure blasters. 5 x Print racks 2 x Lightboxes Access to computers and printers for producing print-ready acetates



    Weekend course training for artists £210.

    Customised 1-1 training for artists is £45 per hour.

    1 month session fees (covering inks, chemicals etc) £130, or pay as you go per day £15.


    Minimum Period

    2 months


    Maximum Period

    1 year

    Artists can build in a working schedule as they see fit. We recommend coming into the studio as soon as possible after your initial course, for as long as you can to consolidate the skills you have learned. Thereafter you can come as many times per/week months as you see fit.


    Other facilities

    Kitchen, computer/ scanner/printer/ photocopier, Cafe


    Support offered

    • Annual membership fees are waived as part of the residency.
    • Resident artists start their residency by attending a weekend course in one printmaking process to gain familiarity in the print studio for orientation and induction. Following that some technical assistance is available as part of general studio use. Additional 1-1 training and mentoring can also.
    • Access to our member events.
    • Members discount on courses and workshops
    • Opportunity to consign work in our gallery.
    • Discount on our artist flat (£60 per night) subject to availability.
    • Regular and/or adhoc support meetings with our Head of Studio.


    Promotional support offered

    We will promote the artist during their residency by including them in our e-mail newsletter and social networking updates. Work may be displayed in browsers in gallery and on website. 


    Exhibition or other opportunities

    • Opportunity to submit an exhibition proposal.
    • A potential talk and/or event to engage our community and the public.



    No printmaking experience is required, but would be useful. 


    Accommodation offered

    Discount on our artist flat (£60 per night normally £90) subject to availability.


    Alternative accommodation

    We have preferred rates with Stay City. Depending on the time of year they offer discounts for Edinburgh Printmaker artists.



    Located in Fountainbridge, it is located close to the city center, Haymarket National Train Station, Haymarket Tram Station and plenty of buses.



    Physical access, interpretation and other special requirements


    Edinburgh Printmakers is wheelchair accessible and has disabled toilets throughout the building. There is a lift for public use which is accessible in front of the main entrance.


    If you require help with physical access, interpretation, or if you have any other special requirements, please contact us in advance of your visit on 0131 557 2479 or via info@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk.


    We also have sensory maps available at the entrance for those who need them and a digital version downloadable here.


    WelcoMe by Neatebox

    The free WelcoMe app allows you to request visits to participating venues (including Edinburgh Printmakers), indicating the areas you need customer service to have awareness of and the specific assistance you require. We are notified of your visit request and receive an overview of your condition and top tips to aid our interaction with you.


    Access to the studio

    We can provide additional support for courses, workshops, visits, and day to day studio access. Please get in touch with jordan.mcquaid@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk to see how we can support your specific needs.


    Descriptive tours

    We're happy to give free short descriptive tours of our gallery spaces for people with visual impairments. Please give us advance notice if you'd like a tour. Our exhibition interpretation leaflets are available in large font. Contact info@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk for more information.


    Assistance dogs

    Assistance dogs are welcome.


    Cafe Experience

    There is lift access to our cafe with table service available. No tables or chairs are permanently fixed, and menus are clearly written.



    Artists are covered under our liability insurance when using the space. 


    For further details please visit edinburghprintmakers.co.uk

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