about hot bed press
Established in 1994, Hot Bed Press moved into the Casket Works in Salford in 2006. We have continually expanded since being here . We now won the building! We bought in in 2017 all 2,7116 square metres of it, plus the land and car parking front and back of the building.
We went about replacing the roof, (with a carbon capture covering which keeps the heart in), and double glazing across the first floor; replacing leaky roof and broken windows. We also underwent a major expansion. Now here's the important bit: we now have 9 screen beds, 4 Abion/Columbian platten relief presses, a large letterpress area, 7 etching presses and new acid room plus new aquatint room, and lots of space to work. In Summer 2019 we proved the point of how good the space is by running 12 courses across a 9 days including up to 5 courses at once.. and we weren't overrun. It was just an incredible buzz.
Not yet satisfied, we aim to expand to the ground floor; a massive space just under 900m2, which will double our printmaking space. We are planing and scheming now to make all this happen and create a truly amazing print workshop. Now we own the building we can achieve our lofty ambitions.
We currently have 270 members and run over 40 weekend and evening courses plus year-long courses; The Complete Printmaker and Complete Book Arts courses. The Complete Printmaker goes onto a 2nd and 3rd year and includes advanced practices and professional development through printmaking, culminating in a London show.
With 21 studio spaces, scholarships and residencies, placements and bursaries and lots of other events such as Manchester Artists' Book Fair, our annual Wayzgoose and Under-The-Bed sale and major stands at Manchester Art Fair and The Hepworth Print Fair amongst others we simply have a lot going on and love to show off prints and our members' fantastic work... oh and the 20:20 Print Exchange, undoubtedly one of the biggest print exchanges in Europe.
L to R: 2009 Sarah Mander, Red Hot Press (Southampton), 2017 Sade Mica, University of Salford, 2017 Napatt Piyawongwatthana, Manchester School of Art, 2012 Diana Ashdown, Oxford Printmakers, 2013 Dan Barlow, Sonsoles Print Studio (London), 2014 Sheila Borthwick, Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio