About us

Omega Printmakers run a fully equipped fine art printmaking studio in the heart of Portsmouth. It is an artist-led collective and any profits are put back into the studio. The facilities remain open due to the dedication of volunteer technicians and we welcome any contributions of time or expertise.

Facilities

The studio is housed in two rooms on the first floor of the Omega Centre. The studios are equipped for screen printing, etching and relief printing. There are large tables, perfect for workshops. The building does not have a reception so we are unable to show you around unless by prior arrangement and preferably on a day that an open access session is being held. Contact

The building is fully accessible but the workshop room with tables has four steps. The print room has no steps.

What we offer

We offer open access sessions for experienced printmakers who want to work unsupervised on their own projects, and workshops for those who would like to learn more. To book an open access session, you must first join and undertake a short induction session. Open access

We are working towards a key holder scheme for members. At present, there is usually a technician in the studio to open and lock up. This does not mean they are available to offer technical support, you should be confident enough to work unsupervised.

We have a programme of workshops – anyone is welcome and no experience is necessary. An exhibition of members’ work is held every two years. The next one will be in 2021. Workshops & events

What you should bring

The studio sells a limited range of paper and various screen-printing consummables. Some materials are supplied for free, for example latex gloves, etching chemicals and cleaning materials. You can pay to use our inks or bring your own, along with anything else you need for open access. Materials are usually supplied for workshops.

We are working towards using non-toxic methods and encourage members to use a mixture of washing up liquid, cooking oil and water in place of white spirit, parcel tape on the back of plates instead of straw hat varnish with etching ground replacing straw hat for sugar lift. We also have Baldwin’s Ink Ground and copper suplphate to use in place of conventional grounds and mordants.

Equipment

Intaglio

Harry Rochat double geared 26″ x 46″ etching press

Tofko adjustable collagraph/relief press

Acid etch extraction unit

Wash out sink and paper soaking

Hotplate and rollers

Aquatint box

Relief printmaking

1892 Albion Relief Press

Screenprinting

Natgraph adjustable vacuum table

Trumax adjustable vacuum table

Natgraph exposure unit

Screenwash extraction unit