One of Ireland’s largest print studios with a diverse range of artist members.
The Belfast Print Workshop, initially known as Endhouse Print Workshop, grew from the activities in the early seventies of a group of artists and printmakers who were interested in establishing a workshop in Belfast.
A constitution was drawn up and an etching press purchased. Endhouse Print Workshop was taken under the financial wing of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 1977 and its name then changed to Belfast Print Workshop. In addition to funding the purchase of equipment and staff, the Arts Council also offered space in what was then it headquarters, Riddell Hall.
Belfast Print Workshop is a publicly funded, not for profit charitable organisation that receives lottery funding from Arts Council Northern Ireland. BPW is the longest established print workshop in the North of Ireland. In its 37 year history the primary function is to be an arts establishment where professional printmakers can share facilities, materials and ideas with each other; to create original fine art prints using traditional, contemporary and alternative printmaking processes. They have the opportunity to sell their art work through an integrated exclusively original print gallery and online to a worldwide audience.
We welcome artists keen to learn printmaking techniques through exchange, residency or as new members. We have an established history of bringing established contemporary artists from all artistic practices to learn the skills of printmaking such as Barbara Rea, Clifford Rainey, Tom Hammick, David Mach, Neil Shawcross and Basil Blackshaw as well as emerging artists such as Ben Craig and Mary Plunket. BPW provides facilities specifically for printmakers and an educational programme aimed at providing access for beginners in the art of printmaking. Our outreach program is going from strength to strength to give young people and adults an awareness of and experience in printmaking that they would otherwise be denied.
Over the last few years we have extended our outreach program from marginalised and disadvantaged sections of the community to include working with vulnerable adults and intergenerational projects to connect the youth with the more mature members of their communities.