Events

Festival Launch Night

INTRA

Friday 9 June

6.30-9pm

INTRA will kindly be hosting this year’s official launch party for MPF17 and previewing their exhibition on the same evening. Join us to celebrate the start of the Festival, meet local printmakers and find out more. There will be cake!

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Exhibitions

The Journey to Chatham – The Dutch Perspective of the Battle of Medway

The Guildhall Museum

6 May – 12 November

How did the Dutch see the Battle of Medway? This exhibition displays a range of contemporary broadsheets, portraits and popular prints that bear witness to the enormous impact of the victory in the Dutch homeland of the United Provinces.  For the first time the museum will be showing its collection of historic Dutch prints, dating from the 17th century onwards, which includes maps, plans, portraits and engraved broadsheets that detail this important victory for the Dutch navy in 1667. These will be displayed alongside the plans of the fortifications built by the English to defend Sheerness and Chatham in the wake of this unprecedented naval disaster. Acclaimed artist Kevin Clarkson has painted a series of meticulously researched images of the Battle and these will give a vivid recreation of the dramatic events of the day.

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Of Fireships & Iron

New works by Lily Dudley, Laura Dunnage, Heather Haythornthwaite, Xtina Lamb and Adam Newton 

Winners of the Medway Printmakers Bursary 2017

Rochester Art Gallery & Rochester Cathedral

2 June – 26 August

Five Medway based artists, all pushing the boundaries of contemporary printmaking, will be showing their work as part of the 350 year commemorations of the Battle of Medway and MPF17.

Working in partnership with the Guildhall Museum, the artists are using their collection of historic Dutch prints, (see previous entry) as inspiration for new work that explores the location, history and stories of the Dutch Raid.

The artists have been challenged to experiment with a range of print techniques. Visitors will experience sculptural pieces and installations using historic found objects, printed ceramics, hybrid images on sailcloth, tactile surfaces, printing on and with iron, some incorporating the original archival images.

Artist led workshops and activities will accompany the exhibition throughout the Summer.

Each artist received a Bursary from Medway Council’s Arts Development Team to create new works.

Meet the artists at the opening reception on Thursday 1 June 6.30-8.30pm, at Rochester Art Gallery, free, all welcome.

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Medway Fine Printmakers Group Exhibition

INTRA

Fri 9 June – Sun 30 July

Exhibition of hand printed artworks by printmakers working at INTRA, representing the wide range of techniques practiced at the print studio. including: etching, silkscreen, monoprinting, linocut, photopolymer plates, collagraph and textile printing.

Medway Fine Printmakers is a friendly artist-run print studio with facilities including a large Rochat etching press, screen printing tables, themofax, letterpress, book press, hot foil blocker, Risograph and heat press. The studio was established in 2012 as a collaboration between Coal Shed Press and Xtina Lamb, and moved to not-for-profit venue INTRA when it opened in 2014. INTRA is also the home for craft drop-in Unravel & Unwind and makes a fantastic range of specialist arts equipment and workspaces available to the community in affordable open access sessions.

Suitable for all ages

Free entry

Drop in

Open daily, see intraarts.org for times

Preview night see above launch event

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Well Impressed

Nucleus Arts Centre, Chatham

 9 – 21 June

Five printmakers from across the south east, demonstrating a diverse range of approaches to the deceptively simple art of linocut printmaking. Featuring work by Cath Deeson, Ben Dickson, Kate Neame, Ieuan Edwards and Mat Pringle

Private View, Thursday 8 June 6 – 8pm, all welcome.

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Artist Showcase

Nucleus Arts Rochester Gallery

9-25 June

The gallery will be showcasing their exhibiting print makers for the duration of the Festival

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The Hazelnut Press Studio and Gallery

9 – 25 June

11am- 5pm daily

Exhibition of handmade prints by the members of the Hazelnut Press, showcasing the variety of techniques practiced in the Studio, which include

  • Letterpress with woodletter, metal type and picture blocks
  • Aquatint etching on metal plate and simpler intaglio processes including blind embossing and card collography
  • Photo and hand cut stencil silkscreen printing
  • Experimental hybrid, collaged and tinted prints
  • Relief printmaking with block, lino, gelli, wood cut and photopolymer plates.

Browse through affordable handmade prints, hand-finished sketchbooks and discuss printmaking courses offered in the studio. We run specialist etching courses in schools and diverse printmaking tasters for small groups.

Founded in 2009, The Hazelnut Press is all about skill centred printmaking using the best materials, equipment and technologies. Heather Haythornthwaite is passionate about hand printed art, making her own prints, editioning prints for artists, and running printmaking courses. The Hazelnut Press members work here developing their ideas in a supportive environment.

Sun Pier House exhibition – def happening Heather to confirm who’s showing

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Summer Wayzgoose Print Fair 

INTRA

Sat 17 June

10:00 – 17:00

Traditional printers’ fair hosted by Medway Fine Printmakers with beautiful hand-printed wares on sale including cards, gifts, framed and unframed fine art prints starting from £10, printed textiles and a selection of printmaking equipment. Free family-friendly printmaking demonstrations will be running through the day including letterpress, etching, silkscreen, Gelli and Risograph printing. The famous Wayzgoose tombola will be brimming with prizes both brilliant and bizarre, with printmaking classes for some lucky winners.

Suitable for all ages

Free entry

Drop in

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The Old Brook Pumping Station

Saturdays 10, 17, 24 June

11am-3pm

Come and see the actual Columbian press used to print the Rochester Gazette until 1868, displayed inside this fascinating industrial museum.

Admission free

River & Sea: Mixed print exhibition

Sun Pier House

6 – 25 June 

A group print show inspired by the River and Sea, as part of the Medway Print Festival.

Beverley Garrett, and her River Series

Gallery open 10am – 4pm Tues – Sat, 12pm – 4pm Sundays. No disabled access. Please call Gallery in advance for any queries 01634 812 805.

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WORKSHOPS

Karazuri Blind Embossing

Hazelnut Press

Fri 9 June  9:30 – 12:00 or 13:00 – 1530 & Sat 10 June  9:30 – 12:00 or 13:00 -1530

Using specialist Japanese tools and papers beguiling effects can be achieved by beginners or experienced artists. Try this ancient technique and learn a little of the cultural background of Japanese printmaking. An interest in natural forms is a good starting point for this process. 

Suitable for 14 years and up

Workshop duration 2.5h with full tuition

£32.50 per person (conc available)

All materials provided

Book by email

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Victorian Silhouettes

Rochester Corn Exchange

Fri 9 June – Part of Dickens Schools Friday*

10.30-11.15am and 11.45am-2.30pm

Screen Printing workshops with i-printed-that

Primary school children will celebrate the exciting schools take-over day at this year’s Dickens Festival by creating beautiful screen prints onto fabric, using a palette of opulent colours and a selection of silhouettes depicting images from Victorian life. 

*Please note, these sessions are only available to schools that book in advance and are not open to the general public.

For more information on Dickens Schools Friday, contact arts@medway.gov.uk / 01634 338319.

 For more information on i-printed-that and their forthcoming workshops for the general public visit www.iprintedthat.com

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Make a Dutch Tile

Eastgate House

Sat 10 June

10.30-12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm (drop-in sessions)

As part of this year’s The Dutch are Coming! event, local artist Wendy Daws will show you how to create your own Dutch tile, inspired by the amazing collection of Delft tiles at Eastgate House using monoprinting and painting.

Suitable for ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

No need to book.  FREE

This activity is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Normal admission charges apply.

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Block Printing Workshops

Sun 11 June  9:30 – 12:00 or 13:00 – 1530

or Sun 18 June  9:30 -12:00 or 13:00 – 15:30

Hazelnut Press

This easy technique produces prints like linocuts quickly, without using very sharp tools or a press. Monochromatic images or multiple layers of colours create strong and beautiful images through inventive and experimental overprinting. Simple abstract designs work well with this technique. Discover a wide range of marks and textures easily using a range of traditional and unorthodox tools.  

Suitable for 8 years and up

Workshop duration 2.5h with full tuition

£32.50 per person (conc available)

All materials provided

Book by email

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Huguenot Museum workshop

Sun 11 June   11:00am-4:00pm

Visitors can come along to the Huguenot Museum to see demonstrations by local print artists and have a go at trying it for themselves in the Museum learning space.

We will be demonstrating a Japanese printing technique called Hapa Zome, using natural dyes from flowers and leaves to decorate headscarves and hankies. Be it strategically placed patterns or something more avant-garde, it is a nod to the Huguenot’s love of using nature to create their intricate designs. Come along and try it for yourself. Drop in sessions run throughout the day. No printing experience required, suitable for adults and children.

So that we can get an idea of numbers please complete your details here. Headscarves and hankies cost £3 each, payment can be made on the day.

£3.00  Tea and coffee will also be available in the space for a small charge. Entry to the museum exhibition is NOT included in the price.

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Print your own Ship’s Flag

Upnor Castle

Sunday 11 June, 10am to 5pm

During this year’s The Dutch are Coming! event, join local artist Xtina Lamb for a special drop-in session to design your own Battle of Medway inspired artwork to print onto a flag or tote bag.

No need to book.  There is no charge for the activity.  This activity is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Normal admission charges apply.

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The Dutch are Coming! Sat 10 Jun & Sun 11 June, 10am-5pm

A family-friendly event depicting the brave but ineffective battle in 1667 when the Dutch sailed up the river to attack the English fleet at anchor. Members of Sir Marmaduke Rawdon’s Regiment of Foote will delight, entertain and educate visitors, bringing the castle to life with a living history encampment.

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Aquatint and Drypoint Etching, Two day courses

Hazelnut Press

Mon 12 June & Mon 19 June, 09:30 – 12:30, 13:00 – 16.00

Or Tue 27 June & Wed 28 June, 09:00 – 12:30, 13:00 – 15:30

This two day course is designed to introduce or revive your process skills. The image is drawn through a wax ground on the zinc plate, and then the plate is exposed to a corrosive salts bath which etches into the bared metal in a controlled way. Subtle tones are added with a traditional aquatinting process when fine rosin is baked onto the plate. As well as these markmaking processes the application of the inks enables a wide range of expressive prints from a plate.

Suitable for 14 years and up

Course duration 12h with full tuition

£130 per person

All materials provided for platemaking and proofing work

Specialist paper is available to buy, you may prefer to bring along your own heavy watercolour paper

Bring a packed lunch.

Book by email

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Screen Printing One

Mon 12 June

INTRA

11:00 – 17:00

Learn the key silkscreen technique of creating photo stencils from your own artwork. Print onto paper with a vacuum screen bed or textiles on a fabric table. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their screen printing skills. An additional day to learn more is available on Mon 19 June.

16+ years

£65

Book via website medwayfineprintmakers.co.uk

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Linocut Christmas Cards

Hazelnut Press

Tue 13 June 9:30 – 12:00, 13:00 – 15:30

Because it’s never too early to get handmade cards done!

Bring along the blank cards and envelopes you want to use, and we’ll provide appropriate materials equipment and expertise to ensure your success. Bring along inspirational materials too. Some people make all their cards, some make one brilliant card that can be sent to a commercial printer for reproduction.

Suitable for 14 years and up

Workshop duration 5h with full tuition

£65 per person (conc available)

All materials provided for proofing and artwork

Bring a packed lunch

Book by email

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Introduction to Letterpress

Hazelnut Press

Wed 14 June   9:30-12:00, 13:00-15:30

A day long workshop includes simple typographic instruction and page layout design with a short history of European word based printing. Using original C19 and C20 woodletter, metal type and picture blocks you can make small posters and greeting cards, printing them on two Albion presses made in 1862 and 1875. The course focuses on the acquisiton of  skills and quality  workmanship rather than volume production. 

Suitable for 14 years and up

Workshop duration 5h with full tuition

£65 per person (conc available)

All materials provided

Bring a packed lunch

​Book by email

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Photopolymer Etching Taster 

Wed 14 June

INTRA

12:00 – 14:00

Demonstration of the photopolymer etching process with a chance to make your own sample plate and a test print from a photograph or artwork with tone. A speedy introduction that works well as a basic refresher or to try out the technique for the first time.

16+ years

£25

Book via website medwayfineprintmakers.co.uk

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Children and young people’s printing workshops

Chatham Library

Saturday, 17 June 10-12noon. 

Book a place on a 30 minute workshop to have a go at printing blocks on hessian ,led by Richard Collison

Suitable for 5-12yrs

Free but places must be pre-booked

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Screen Printing Two 

Mon 19 June

INTRA

11:00 – 17:00

Experiment with hand-cut stencils, practice your printing and photo stencil making technique, and learn registration methods to create multi-layered screen prints. This class follows on from Screen Printing One.

16+ years

£65

Book via website medwayfineprintmakers.co.uk

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Thermofax Screen Printing

Wed 21 June

INTRA

12:00 – 15:00

Make a lightweight thermofax screen from your own artwork in this easy screen printing method. Print with water-based screen printing inks onto card or paper and take your screen away with you to carry on printing.

16+ years

£45

Book via website medwayfineprintmakers.co.uk

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Risograph Workshop 

Fri 23 June

11:00 – 13:30 or 15:00 – 17:30

The Risograph machine is a stencil based duplicator that makes prints somewhere between the look of litho and screen printing – great for posters, flyers and art editions. Create an A3 artwork in two colours and take home 10 copies.

INTRA

16+ years

£30

Book via website medwayfineprintmakers.co.uk

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Textile Repeat Patterns 

Sat 24 & Sun 25 June

INTRA

11:00 – 17:00

Silkscreen, relief and monoprinting methods are explored in this two day course experimenting with ways to design and print repeat patterns onto fabric and embellish prints with metallic or textured finishes.

16+ years

£130

Book via website medwayfineprintmakers.co.uk

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Linocut

Sat 24 June

INTRA

10:30 – 16:30 

Nick Morley aka Linocutboy of Hello Print Studios in Margate leads this introductory workshop, exploring ways to get great results with this enjoyable relief printing method. With examples of linocut prints, methods to transfer your design, safe techniques for using and sharpening tools, how to ink up your carved block, choosing papers and printing, there are lots of useful tips to learn.

16+ years

£75

Book via website medwayfineprintmakers.co.uk

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FURTHER INFORMATION

For all individual event enquiries and bookings and for details of facilities and access, please contact the host venue directly on the number/email provided by them. Event information has been provided in good faith and organisations have not paid to participate in MPF17. All activities are subject to change or cancellation by the host organisation. Some courses require a minimum number of pre-booked participants for them to go ahead. MPF take no responsibility for changes to the published programme or their activities and apologise for any alterations that may occur. We kindly suggest you check ahead with a host venue to avoid disappointment.

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Directory of venues

Eastgate House

High Street, Rochester ME1 1EW

www.medway.gov.uk/eastgatehouse

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Chatham Library Community Hub

Dock Rd, Chatham ME4 4TX

01634 337799   

chatham.library@medway.gov.uk

https://www.facebook.com/medwaylibraries 

or call in any Medway library

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The Guildhall Museum

17 High St, Rochester ME1 1PY

01634 332680

10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Sundays

http://www.medway.gov.uk/leisurecultureandsport/localhistoryandarchives/museums/guildhallmuseum.aspx

guildhallmuseumrochester.co.uk

guildhall.museum@medway.gov.uk

Admission free

Limited disabled access

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The Hazelnut Press

1 Ridley Road, Rochester ME1 1UL

heatherhtt@mac.com

07702 269972

www.hazelnut-press.com

20% concessions are available for some courses to studio members, unemployed, full time students, graduates of less than 2 years, senior citizens and disabled people.

The studio can accommodate up to four students and is located down a few steps.

These and other courses are offered throughout the year, contact us if you have other dates in mind.

Please book by email info@hazelnut-press.com

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Huguenot Museum

Visitor Information Centre, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX

http://huguenotmuseum.org/

01634 789347 info@huguenotmuseum.org

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Medway Adult Education Centre

Rochester Centre

Eastgate, Rochester  ME1 1EW

01634 338400

enquiries@medway.gov.uk

 www.medway.gov.uk/adultlearning

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Medway Fine Printmakers

INTRA, 337 – 341 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1DA

medwayfineprintmakers.co.uk

studio@medwayfineprintmakers.co.uk

Access all on ground floor via 2″ step, with ramp available.

Book via website medwayfineprintmakers.co.uk

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Nucleus Arts Rochester

75 High Street, Rochester ME1 1LX

http://www.nucleusarts.com/

Rochester Nucleus Opening Hours are Monday – Friday 8 – 5, Saturday 9 – 5, Sunday 11 – 4

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Nucleus Arts Centre

272 High Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4BP

http://www.nucleusarts.com/

Opening times Monday – Saturday 10 – 4

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The Old Brook Pumping Station

Solomons Road Chatham ME4 4AJ

 www.oldbrookpumping.co.uk

Admission free

Open Saturdays 11-3pm

miag@oldbrookpumping.co.uk

01634 332680

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Rochester Art Gallery

Visitor Information Centre, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX

Contact the Arts Team arts@medway.gov.uk or 01634338319 for details of workshops or to find out more.

or visit the Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Case facebook page   

#OfFireshipsAndIron

www.enjoymedway.co.uk

open Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 10.30 – 5

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Rochester Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral, access through the Great West door, disabled access through the North door, ME1 1SX

Exhibition Open Mon – Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sundays 12noon – 4pm from 1st April.

Access may be restricted when services are on.

The Cathedral gallery space is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities.

https://www.rochestercathedral.org/

 01634 843366

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Sun Pier house to follow

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Upnor Castle

Upper Upnor, near Rochester, ME2 4XG

01634 332902

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/upnor-castle/

http://www.visitmedway.org/attractions/upnor-castle/9038

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Calling all Printmakers for MPF18!

The next Medway Print Festival will take place 10th -24th June 2018. 

To get involved contact arts@medway.gov.uk / 01634 338319