The Press was founded in 1993 by James Hill
The press was located at premises on St Barnabas Road Cambridge. Partly with the aid of a Prince of Wales Trust loan. It initially offered etching, relief printing and silkscreen printmaking. Also courses and open-access printmaking. Two years later it was possible to expand to make studio space for artists in adjoining buildings.
In 2001 the Press moved to its current location, larger premises at Belfast Yard where a good deal of building and development work took place to extend the range of processes that can be used such as etching, lithography, screen print and relief printing. We have facilities for multimedia animation, a sound recording studio . There is provision for preparation and manipulation of images on the computer, to transfer to photo-print processes. or stunning digital photography. With Emphasis on collaborative editioning projects with artists, and the publication of original prints,
A new mezzanine floor was built at the Press with a well lite and purpose built gallery and studio spaces for 14 artists. Who work in printmaking and other media. printmakers get a great resource. but also to promote work of the resident artists and membership.
We have flexible memberships and access schemes to allow those with some printmaking skill to use the facilities. The Press provides skilled print technicians to help. A small gallery space in the mezzanine contains a rolling programme of new works by resident artists for sale. There is a programme of exhibitions at the Press throughout the year.