The Secret Garden at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick.

                                                       1 November 17 – 16 January 18, 2017

“When a garden’s kept proper, all weeded and neat, that chases the wild away. But when it’s left alone, for nature, who knows what secret things’d grow there…”

This year’s winter production at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake is The Secret Garden based on the childrens’ classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Using themes from the story Cumbria Printmakers have challenged themselves to produce work interpreting the play in visual form, sometimes obviously, sometimes more abstractly, with themes of secrecy, hope and re-birth.

See our exhibition in the Friend’s Gallery on the first floor.

The theatre also has two cafes including one overlooking the lake and is en-route to famous view points and a monument to Ruskin on Friar’s Crag and Calf Close Bay; well worth the short walk from Keswick town centre.

Ravenglass Christmas Event

Eight of our members will be at this event  in the village of Ravenglass – the only coastal village in the UNESCO World Heritage site, Lake District National Park.  There will be a selection of beautiful work , in a wide variety of techniques, to suit all pockets;  from framed originals to handmade cards and smaller gifts. There is a lot to see in this quiet corner of the Lake District  and this weekend the scenic Ravenglass to Eskdale miniature railway is also offering free mince pies on their trips on the little train known as La’al Ratty.


A Poetic Vision

A joint exhibition of Cumbria Printmakers and Cumbria Sculptors, supported by the Wordsworth Trust who will be using poetry to relate to the images.

This exhibition is only runs for a week, so you don’t have much time to see it…. Opening at 10am on Sunday 15th October with a poetry reading organised by the Wordsworth Trust from 4-6pm.

There will be a sculptor and printmaker there to talk to every day, find out about techniques, watch demonstrations and read the extensive methods and motivations folder.

An unusual venture in the Lakeland village of Grasmere, sure to have something to appeal to everyone. It would be lovely to see you there!

Autumn exhibitions

Grasmere Exhibition:

We will be working in conjunction with Cumbria Sculptors and The Wordsworth Trust to hang an exhibition in Grasmere Hall. More details to follow, but the show will run from Sunday 15th Oct – 22nd Oct 2017.

Theatre by the Lake:

We are working with Theatre by the Lake in Keswick to have a Secret Garden exhibition running alongside their The Secret Garden performances. There will be a variety of prints on show all based around this theme. More details will follow but the exhibition is Wed 1st Nov to Mon 15 Jan 2018

Following the success of last year’s exhibition there will be a repeat of the weekend Christmas Art Fair in Ravenglass, dates to follow.

Cumbria Printmakers at The Witham, Barnard Castle

The group exhibition at The Witham art gallery in Barnard Castle takes place from 22 June- 18 July 2017. Alongside the exhibition we have all contributed information on our techniques, how we work, quirks and all! This has been compiled into a techniques folder which is also to be displayed along with tools of the trade. So … educational as well as beautiful!

We are also running a series of workshops at The Witham, to book please use the Witham website:

Saturday 24 June, Woodcut with Debby Akam

Saturday 15 July, Screen printing with Kevin O’Connor

Saturday 9 Sept, Monoprint with Heather Young

Saturday 23 Sept, Carborundum printing with Penny Hunt

Saturday 7 October, Bookmaking with Tracy Metcalfe


New Spring and Early Summer workshops

If you head over to the courses page you will find information on carborundum/collagraph, lino, cyanotype, mezzotint and screen printing workshops running during April, May and June.

We’d love to see you on one if you can make it.. we’ve kept the costs low by not providing lunches so all you are paying for is the  actual small group workshop with all of the materials and the help of an experienced printmaker!

Finalist in Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017

We are delighted that the judges selected Cumbria Printmakers as a finalist in the Artistic Collaboration category of the 2017 Cumbria Life Culture Awards.
The awards presentation took place on Friday February 3 at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick and were hosted by Stuart Maconie, featuring performances from saxophonist Jess Gillam and folk legend Maddy Prior, plus other readings and performances and the presentation of 15 awards plus special awards.

Exhibitions: first half of 2017

The year started with the final month of The Emperor and the Nightingale exhibition at Theatre by The Lake, Keswick, which finished as their show finished in January.

In April there will be a welcome return to showing as a group at Gallery Artemis in Cockermouth, a beautiful and very well run gallery in this lovely town. 4 April – 13 May.

The summer months start with a show at The Witham in Barnard Castle, which will include lots of workshops on various forms of printmaking. This show is 22 June – 18 July.

It would be lovely to see you at these!


Fundraising for the children of Aleppo



Cumbria Print-makers have donated all of their collection of prints that form part of the currently touring 20-20 Print Exhibition organized by Hot Bed Press Print Studio based in Salford. 

The prints have been created by artist print-makers from many studios across the UK. 

Each individual print is priced at £10 and the total amount will be donated to charities that are directly involved in providing food, shelter, and medical aid for the children of Aleppo. 

Cumbria Print-makers registered charity No.1161922