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Open Access and facilities

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Open Access

Two options are available to users of the facilities at St Barnabas press. 

  • An hourly charge is made for use of equipment,tools and for sundries Papers, plates, screens, Lino, etc. are charged separately. In other words, there are additional charges for what you print with and what you print onto. 
  • Key-holder Membership giving 24 hour access. No materials provided.

A  skilled technician is on hand to support your printmaking projects. 

Open Access Charges and membership

  • Membership £50.00 per year (concessions £40.00 per year), 
  • Temporary Membership costs £30.00 for 3 months.
  • Open-access charge applies on top of this, £7.50 /hr, inks and general workshop materials, are included in the rate. papers and what you print with are excluded.
  • Key-holder Membership 24 hr Access £120 per month 3 months minimum , any materials needed can be conveniently bought from the studio.

Dimensions of equipment in the workshop

Relief printing

  • Columbian Press 20″ x 30″ 
  • Albion Press 20″ x 30″ 
  • Larger relief prints are done on the etching press (80 cm by 160 cm) 

Screen printing – three presses are available, plus four of bench top size: 

  • Smallest max print size 30″ x 40″ 
  • Medium max print size 60″ x 40″ 
  • Largest max print size 1000 mm x 2200 mm 

etching – three presses are available: 

  • Two presses with max print size on each of 26″ x 60″ (i.e. each will accommodate a full sheet of Jet plate) 
  • 17th century double Imperial etching press 80 cm wide 
  • Two Portable press for out reach projects


  • Small stone direct litho press half Imperial 
  • Larger stone direct litho press Imperial 

Darkroom – Photo-print processes include: 

  • Indirect and direct photo-stencil screen-printing  up to 2.5 m x 1.5 m
  • Photo-etching and photo-relief printing 
  • Photo-lithography 

Digital printing, photography and photo film positives

  • Epson 7600 inkjet printer – 620 mm wide x as long as 5 m
  • Canon ipf 8100 12 colour ink jet printer 1118 mm wide x 16 m