Open Access

Open access

At Kiwi we have a fantastic, fully equipped printmaking studio which runs a busy programme of workshops. We have now set aside studio access days for our seasoned printmakers. 
During studio access days, a maximum of six participants will be able to work on self-directed projects under the guidance of a member of the Kiwi team. You will have full access to the facilities, however you are welcome to bring your own materials with you or use our materials for an additional fee. 

Enjoy printmaking at your own pace, safe with the knowledge that an experienced printmaker is there to support your creative process!

Open Access facilities include:

Screen printing facilities for stencil and photographic screen printing, such as; 
  • Silk screens of various sizes
  • Squeegees of various sizes
  • Exposure unit
  • Hing clamps and backboards for registration printing
  • Padded backboards for fabric printing
  • Drying rack and washing trough

Printing facilities for both relief and intaglio processes include:
  • 2 presses
  • Aluminium plates
  • Etching tools
  • Rollers
  • Soaking trough for paper
  • Palette knives
  • Scrim / rags
  • Etching solutions for aquatint

The Open access sessions are designed for those who have taken one of our evening courses, or for those with enough experience to work independently. If you are unable to work confidently and  independently in the studio, we can suggest some workshops or courses that could be suitable to build up your proficiency. 

Before you are able to use the studio, each person must complete an induction (Bookings essential) when booking an induction session - if you have not attended one of our courses please email Kiwi a copy of your CV or Portfolio of recent printed work to demonstrate your proficiency and ability to work independently in a studio environment.

The induction will take you through the studios equipment and health and safety, even if you have been to the studio or attended a course at Kiwi you will still need to complete an induction.

Prices: £7 per hour or
            £40 for a whole day session. (10:00am - 5:00pm with 1 hour for lunch)
            £30 for an evening session .  (6:00pm - 9:00pm)         
Cost of a session covers basic material use.

Technical support: Please note we are happy to provide you with technical support which includes setting up the equipment you require to carry out the process. This does not include teaching as you are required to work independently during open access. If you require a refresh on any skills or techniques we offer one-to-one tuition. This is taught by Dena or Jessica both who have a wealth of Printmaking experience. For more details please contact the studio.

2018 / Day time open access sessions (10.00 - 5.00pm):

Saturday 10th February
Saturday 24th February
Saturday 10th March 
Saturday 24th March
Saturday 14th April
Saturday 28th April

Saturday 5th May
Saturday 19th May
Saturday 9th June
Saturday 23rd June
Saturday 7th July
Saturday 21st July

  (Please note that there will be additional charges for excessive materials use of screen printing binders, paints, cartridge and specialist papers. Screen exposure and cleaning, will also incur an extra fee, please see our screen service page for more information).

To book your induction and first session please email us at