Red Hot Press

Membership benefits

A great deal for workshop Members!

By becoming a member of Red Hot Press, you can be involved in a lively programme of projects and exhibitions. In 2017 members have had the opportunity to be involved in three major exhibitions through the workshop. These were our major exhibition Red Hot Press Printmakers 2017 at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Making a Mark at Rums Eg gallery in Romsey and A Journey through Print at Southampton City Art gallery.

You will also become part of a growing community of up and coming and established artist/printmakers who share ideas, talk about their work and support each other's professional practice.

Cowprint Group - Open to all workshop members

This year Cowprint are hosting a programme of talks by members. The next one is on Thursday 28th September 7pm - 9pm by Jacqui Mair.

Cowprint is a group of Red Hot Press members who meet once a month to share their work and ideas. We focus on whatever members are doing creatively so it’s not just about printmaking. Many also paint, sculpt, draw, use digital media, take photographs and so on. 
It’s an opportunity for you to show your work, to discuss the ideas behind it and talk about any issues or technical problems you’ve come up against.
You’ll receive feedback which can be really helpful in developing your work further and will have the opportunity to join in a range of exhibitions and collaborative projects undertaken by the group.
The meetings are informal and friendly; a chance to see what your fellow workshop members are doing, bounce ideas around, have some lively discussions and support each other in creative practice.

When I grow up: What drives the creativity and curiosity of Jacqui Mair: A Visual Observation of her artistic career so far. Enjoy thirty five years of inspiration go by with the blink of an eye! She will talk about her work as a printmaker, an Illustrator, lecturing in UK and USA and her work as an art consultant with UNICEF and Save the Children UK working in refugee camps in Tanzania, as well as her ongoing connections with France and her commercial illustration work.

Previous talk by Henny Lowden June 2017

"In my art practice I use a variety of mediums from sound, drawing and performance and more recently print. My work on the foundation course at Red Hot Press has explored both intaglio and relief printing and for my self-directed work I have further explored card cuts using viscosity printing, along with photopolymer etching and chine colle."

What does membership cost?

Membership rates are calculated on a sliding scale throughout the year depending on when you join - they are all renewable on 1st September each year. Membership prices are for waged or retired/unwaged.

  • September - December £80/£70
  • January - February £70/£60
  • March - April £55/£48
  • May - June £40/£35
  • July - August* £35/£30

* Renew for the whole of next year and get these two months free!

Follow this link to download a membership form

What are the benefits?

Member feedback

"Being a member of Red Hot Press is great; the facilities at the workshop are excellent and the open access sessions allow you to work in a whole variety of printmaking techniques with expert advice on hand. You get discounts on the wide range of courses on offer and also get to be involved in projects and exhibitions organised by the workshop.

Most importantly for me, being a member of Red Hot Press means being part of a thriving community of printmakers where we can get together, talk about our work, swap ideas and support each other in our practice."

If you would like more information about becoming a member please contact either Katherine or Sarah via our contact page

Open Access

Membership of the workshop enables you to have independent use of the workshop facilities for £7 per hour from 10am - 4:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week and the first Saturday of each month.
We also offer late night opening until 9pm on the last Tuesday of each month. The workshop is fully equipped for Intaglio and Relief printmaking as well as screen printing, letterpress and bookbinding.
Katherine is in the workshop on a Tuesday and Sarah is here on a Thursday. If you would like to use the workshop on an open access basis, we ask that you give us 24hrs notice that you are coming, so that we can monitor the number of people wishing to attend.

Individual workshop hire

Members who are experienced printmakers and have attended our courses can hire the workshop as an individual or small group - this is ideal if you need a large space to work.
Individual hire can take place on any day (apart from Sundays) that the workshop is not being used for Open Access or Courses.
The cost is £120 for a 10am - 5pm day. The workshop can be hired with up to three other members giving your group exclusive workshop access for only £30 per person per day.
Booking for individual hire must be made by downloading and completing the booking form below and posting this in to us with the full fee to arrive at least 7 days prior to the hiring date.

Download an Individual workshop hire form


Supervised Practice

If you feel you are not quite ready for membership of the workshop but would still like to use the workshop to continue to produce your own work.
We have Supervised Practice sessions which happen on the first Saturday of the month and cost £40 10am - 2pm
It's like Open Access with a bit more support and guidance. It's a perfect way to find your printmaking feet. You can book for Supervised Practice by downloading a booking form from the Courses Information page.