Festival Launch Night

The Halpern Gallery will be kindly hosting this year’s official launch party for MPF18 and previewing their CSXK 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!

Thursday 7th June

18:00 – 20:00

Halpern Gallery at Nucleus Chatham




Halpern Gallery at Nucleus Chatham

CSXK: exploring themes of transition, structures, boundaries and memories through different approaches to contemporary printmaking. Nucleus presents an exhibition of work from Kent based artist printmakers Christina France, Sarah Abercrombie, Xtina Lamb and Kasia Parker.

7th June – 13th June

10:00 – 16:00

Thu 7th June 6pm – Wed 13th June 1pm


Whittle & Daub


An exhibition of linocut, Risograph and collagraph prints

intricately created by Paul Jerome and following some of his favourite themes: folklore and rituals, countryside scenes with hares and owls, animals sent into space, and a series of vintage cars.

4th June – 1st July

Open daily

Opening Hours: Mon 10:00-16:00, Wed 10:00-21:00, Thu 10:00-16:00, Sat 10:00-16:00, Sun 10:00-16:00


Collecting Prints

Huguenot Museum

The Museum holds a collection of prints by Britain’s first refugees, Protestants escaping persecution in France from the 16th century onwards. This exhibition will show some of the collection, for
the first time, including a wide range of printing techniques and subjects. Some of our prints have seen better days and we will explore the conservation challenges of looking a er historic prints in Museum collections. The collection comes from the French Hospital, the almshouses on Rochester High Street, established in London to support Huguenots in need in 1718, and celebrates its 300th anniversary this year.

19th May – 7th July

Normal Museum admission: £4 adults/£3 concessions, children under 5 free. Family Ticket £10.


Creative Destruction Volcanoes Inspiring Art & Science

Rochester Art Gallery

A series of prints and drawings by Emma Stibbon RA are shown alongside volcanic research by Professor Katharine Cashman FRS and films of volcanic eruptions by Professor Stephen Sparks FRS. This exhibition reflects an increasing interest in exploring collaboration between art and science, and as an exemplar presents the work of Stibbon, Cashman and Sparks, and

their shared fascination with volcanoes, volcanic landscapes, processes, and impact. With thanks to the Provost and Fellows of Eton College, where this exhibition was first shown

8th June – 26th August

Open Daily


Spit,Scratch & Bite

Sun Pier House

An exhibition of hand pulled prints by members of the Gravesend based “Victoria Printmakers” group. Work on display will demonstrate a range of printmaking methods, including etching, linocut, collagraph and drypoint techniques. Weekend ‘Meet the artists’ events will take place throughout the exhibition

8th June – 27th June

10:00 – 16:00 (Closed Mondays)



Meet the Spit, Scratch & Bite Artists

Sun Pier House

Some of the printmakers will be available in the gallery to discuss their work and/or demonstrate printmaking techniques.

Saturdays 9th, 16th & 23rd June

11:00 – 16:00

Sundays 10th, 17th & 24th June

13:00 – 16:00


Lino Printing Workshop

Nucleus Arts Chatham

This is potato printing for grown-ups! In this workshop you’ll learn how to create a linocut to produce a repeat pattern or a one-off motif onto fabric or paper. Experiment with overlays in different colours and at the end of the workshop take your stamps home to use again and again. £25 PP. to book:

Saturday 9th June

14:00 – 16:30


Risograph Workshop


Working from drawings, collage, photographs or text, create colourful prints with Xtina Lamb’s stencil based Risograph duplicator. The beautiful results are somewhere between the look of lithograph and screen printing, but are made with the speed of
a photocopier. Experiment with di erent artwork types to produce 10 copies of your own two-colour poster, art edition or zine. £25 PP, booking essential

Saturday 9th June

15:00 – 17:00


Artists Talk: Contemporary Printmaking: Pushing Boundaries

Nucleus Arts Chatham

An opportunity to meet the printmakers, hear stories behind the various techniques and processes, and handle some plate and block matrices used to create work for the exhibition.
Free but booking required

Saturday 9th June

12:00 – 14:00


Family Printmaking Workshop

Nucleus Arts Chatham

A workshop for adults and children of all abilities to try various printmaking techniques inspired by the work in the gallery and led by two of the exhibiting printmakers. Small Fee to cover materials.

Saturday 9th June

15:00 – 16:00


True Grain Monoprinting

The Hazelnut Press

On this course we explore a painterly approach to printmaking. Translucent layers of colours are painted onto this extraordinary material and transferred to paper through a press. It o ers an immediate, gestural and subtle way to make a series of explorations. Workshop duration 5h with full tuition, all materials provided for proofing and artwork. Specialist paper is available to buy, or you may prefer to bring along your own heavy paper.

Bring a packed lunch. £70 PP. Saturday 9th June

FREE ‘Drawing Out Science’ Family Workshops – Tue 14 August Suitable for young people and accompanied children aged 7+. To book contact

09:30 – 12:00 & 13:00 – 15:30

Sunday 10th June

09:30 – 12:00 & 13:00 – 15:30


The Old Brook Pumping Station Open Days

The Old Brook Pumping Station

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

Saturday 9th, 16th & 23rd June

11:00 – 15:00


Make a Dutch Raid Badge or Magnet

Upnor Castle

During this year’s The Dutch are Coming! event, join artist Xtina Lamb for a special drop-in session to print your own Dutch Raid inspired artwork onto a badge or magnet. Use specially made printing stamps based on images from historic newspaper reports from the Guildhall Museum’s collection. Printing activity is free, normal admission prices apply for entry to the castle, which includes all The Dutch are Coming! event demonstrations and activities.

Sunday 10th June

10:00 – 16:00

Children of all ages must be accompanied by an adult.


Reduction Linoprint Cards

The Hazelnut Press

In the reduction method the same block is cut away for each colour necessary to print the design. Bring along the blank cards and envelopes you want to use, and we’ll provide appropriate materials equipment and expertise to ensure your success. Some people make all their cards, whilst some make one brilliant card that can be sent to a commercial printer for reproduction.
You could use this workshop to make a head start on printing your Christmas cards! Workshop duration 5h with full tuition, all materials provided for proofing and artwork. Bring a packed lunch. £70 PP.

Tuesday 12th June

09:00, 12:00, 13:00 & 15:30


Karazuri Blind Embossing

The Hazelnut Press

Using specialist Japanese tools and papers beguiling e ects 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.

Workshop duration 2.5h with full tuition, all materials provided.

Wednesday 13th June

09:30 – 12:00 & 13:00 – 15:00


Lino Printing, Inspired by Nature

Fort Amherst Guardhouse

As part of this year’s Print Festival Fort Amherst have transformed their historic Gatehouse into a Printmaking Artspace for the day. Local artist Heather Haythornthwaite of the Hazelnut Press will enable you to create a linoprint inspired by the flora, fauna and history in this Napoleonic fort in the heart of the Medway Towns. All materials, support and equipment will be provided. You will make a linocut printblock that you will be able to continue to print from when you get home. 10 Spaces Available, 3 hour workshop. Book at:

Friday 15th June

12:00 – 15:00

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Patterns Through Time – Printing the Dockyard Drop-in Art Workshop for families and adults:
(River Festival and Festival 400)

The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Work with local professional print artist Heather Haythornthwaite of Hazelnut Press to make beautiful printed artworks inspired by your surroundings at Chatham Historic Dockyard. Get busy with colourful inks, rollers, tiles and bright paper.

visit to secure your free tickets to this exciting event.

Saturday 16th June

11:00 – 16:30

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Collagraph Workshop


Medway Adult Education

This workshop aims to introduce one of the exciting techniques of printmaking known as collagraph. Students will be introduced to
the concepts of image, origination and transfer, preparation of the printing plate, the selection of papers, application of inks and the use of the printing press. Free as part of the Festival of Learning.

Family activity (one child 8+ per adult).

Saturday 16th June

10:00 – 13:00


Letterpress, a Two-Day Course

The Hazelnut Press

This two day 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 1840 and 1862. The course focuses on the acquisition of skills and quality workmanship rather than volume production. Workshop duration 10h with full tuition, all materials provided. Bring a packed lunch. £140 PP.

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June

09:30 – 12:00, 13:00 – 15:30


Simple Bookbinding Workshop


Learn some bookbinding basics, study examples of artists’ books and create hand- sewn pamphlets and a concertina book with cloth covers. Decorate the pamphlet covers and endpapers with simple prints of your own design, or pre-made stamps.
£35 PP. Booking Essential.

Saturday 16th June

14:00 – 17:00


Print Your Own…


A mini screen printing workshop enjoyed by children and adults alike – it’s so much fun you won’t want to stop! Choose from around 100 designs including mermaids, ships, monsters, robots, skulls, stars, animals, flowers, pop art, cameras etc. Print your own combination on a flag, shopping bag, tea towel, cushion cover or t-shirt. Make a special present for someone, or a one-o item for yourself. You can even bring along your own clothes to pimp up with some prints. £5 – £10, booking advised / drop-in as available.

Sunday 17th June

11:00, 12:00, 14:00 & 15:00

Children under 10 must be supervised by an accompanying adult


Introduction to Screen Printing – one day workshop

Nucleus Arts Chatham

A one-day printing workshop introducing you to di erent techniques to produce one-o and repeat prints. Includes lunch and refreshments. You will have 1m of fabric plus a canvas tote bag to print onto. Materials, equipment and lunch are supplied. To book please go to

Friday 22nd June

10:00 – 15:30


Zine & DIY Publishing Sale


DIY publishing has long been a great way to get opinions, stories, artwork or ideas out there directly to an audience, and it’s had an upsurgence of interest in recent years. We’ve invited self-publishers, artists and writers from Medway and across the UK to supply us with zines, artists books and DIY publications of all kinds to exhibit and sell. Browse the collection and pick up some very a ordable works of genius, beauty and love and connect to people through their self-published work.

Saturday 23rd June

11:00 – 16:00

All ages, however there may be adult content in some publications.


Children and Young People’s Printing Workshops


Chatham Library

Book a place on a 30 minute workshop to have a go at printing blocks on fabric. Free but places must be pre-booked

Saturday 23rd June

10:00 – 12:00 (3 Sessions)

Suitable for 5-12yrs.


Metal Plate Hardground and Softground Etching

The Hazelnut Press

Etching is an engrossing and highly expressive printmaking technique. This 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. As well as these mark-making processes the application of the inks enables
a wide range of expressive prints from a plate. Workshop duration 5h with full tuition, all materials provided for proofing and artwork. Specialist paper is available to buy, or you may prefer to bring along your own heavy watercolour paper. Bring a packed lunch. £70 PP.

Saturday 23rd June

09:00 – 12:30, 13:00 -15:30

Sunday 24th June

09:00 – 12:30, 13:00 -15:30

Photopolymer Etching / Relief Plates


This magical process, also known as ‘solar plate’, involves exposing metal plates with a light-sensitive polymer coating to create intaglio or relief plates. Photographs, digital images or hand drawn artworks will hold subtle tones on the etching plates, and a bold image or text works well for relief printing. Make test strips and create and print a plate from your own design. £75 PP.

Booking essential

Sunday 24th June

10:30 – 17:30




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 MPF18. 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.


Directory of venues

Chatham Library Community Hub

Dock Rd, Chatham, ME4 4TX
01634 337799
Email: or visit any Medway library


Fort Amherst

The Guard House, Fort Amherst
Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4UB
01634 847747
Email: for information on the workshops.

To book Contact: /
The Print workshops are part of The Command of The Heights project in partnership with Medway Council and funded by the HLF project. There is disabled parking near The Guard House and there will a clip board surface for wheelchair use.


The Hazelnut Press

1 Ridley Road, Rochester, ME1 1UL
07702 269972

Please book by email 20% concessions are available for some courses to studio members, unemployed, full time students, graduates of less than two years and disabled people. The studio can accommodate up to four students and is located down a few steps. These and other courses are o ered throughout the year. Contact us if you have other dates or printing projects in mind.


Huguenot Museum

Visitor Information Centre, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX
01634 789347 / /

Opening Hours: Wed – Sat 10:00 – 17:00,
Bank Holiday Mon 10:00 – 16:00, Sun – Tue Closed



337-341 High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1DA  01634 753299
Opening Hours: Mon 10:00-16:00, Wed 10:00-21:00, Thu 10:00-16:00, Sat 10:00-16:00, Sun 10:00-16:00


The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TE


Medway Adult Education Centre

Rochester Centre, Eastgate, Rochester, ME1 1EW 01634 338400


Nucleus Arts Centre & Halpern Gallery

272 High Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4BP
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 10:00 – 16:00, Sun Closed


The Old Brook Pumping Station

Solomons Road, Chatham, ME4 4AJ
01634 332680 /
Admission free, Opening Hours: Sat 11:00 – 15:00


Rochester Art Gallery

Visitor Information Centre, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX
Contact the Arts Team / 01634338319 for details of workshops or to find out more. Or visit the Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Case facebook page

Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat 10:00 – 17:00 & Sun 11.00 – 16.00


Sun Pier House

The Gallery, 2nd floor, Medway Street, Chatham, ME4 4HF
No disabled access. Please call Gallery in advance for any queries 01634 812 805, or visit Opening Hours: Tue – Sat 10:00 – 16:00

& Sun 12:00 – 16:00. (Closed Mondays)


Upnor Castle

Upper Upnor, near Rochester, ME2 4XG
01634 332902

Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 10:00 18:00



Calling all Printmakers for MPF19!

The next Medway Print Festival will take place 7th – 23rd June

To get involved contact / 01634 338319