SpeakEasy comes from a place of protest and an urgency to speak out and be heard. Inspired by the print revolution, which gave platform to voices that were unheard, reaching an audience of the hitherto under (or selectively) informed. Well into the mid‐fifteenth century, books remained printed by hand, and were thus harder to obtain. Exposure to books and their information was predominantly a privilege of the wealthy, that is until Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. Gutenberg's invention revolutionised western culture in ways that would help shape and spread political and ideological change, and encourage revolution.
The paradox of the internet age, and its social media platforms suggesting we all have a voice and a platform to speak, is that in many ways it has never been harder to be heard. There’s a morass of opinions today - so thick that, to stand out and be heard has never been more difficult.
The artist has a crucial voice. Our skilled way of identifying the crux of an issue and then demonstrating it simply, and tellingly. So, SpeakEasy acts as an artists' platform, a threshold - or information conduit - between the artist and the passerby, between the gallery and the street. It is a window onto the world, sharing the ways that artists are currently interpreting the world around us.
THE SPEAKEASY WORKSHOPS
Running throughout our month-long Print Residency, the SpeakEasy Print workshops are public events designed to introduce attendees to our new analogue print resource while delivering high quality instruction in our print facilities and equipment and associated print techniques.
The FOUR workshops each run from 11am-5pm on Saturdays from November 20 to December 11. Each workshop offers a presentation from the respective workshop leader, followed by a day of guided making, with all works made during the day, being available to take home. Unless otherwise stated, all equipment will be provided and there will be refreshments on the day.
The workshops are priced at £20 per session, which goes towards the costs of the event. There is a 50% reduction for members of the AirSpace Print Club.
Please click on the respective links below to book your tickets.
EXPERIMENTAL PRINTMAKING with TRACY HILL
SATURDAY 20 NOVEMBER 11am-5pm
Spend the day exploring the possibilities of mark making through print. During the day, using our BESWICK and WILSON etching press with expert tutelage, you will have the opportunity to explore versatile techniques such as
- dry point
- Chine Colle
Using different qualities of line, tone and shape to create original prints this workshop will give you the opportunity to be experimental and creative. You will develop new skills and understanding in a friendly, safe and positive learning environment, enabling you to extend and or explore other intaglio processes.
RISO-WHAT? An introduction to the Risograph with GEORGE GIBSON
SATURDAY 27 NOVEMBER 11am-5pm
Join GEORGE GIBSON for an introduction to the colourful world of Risograph; a stencil duplicator and popular printing process used by everyone from community groups to contemporary artists.
During this workshop you will learn how artists and designers are using Risograph printers, experiment with making your own prints, then join forces with your fellow participants to produce a collaborative publication.
BOOKBINDING with PIOTR JAROSZ
SATURDAY 04 DECEMBER 11am-5pm
Join PIOTR JAROSZ for an introduction to bookbinding workshop, where you will learn structures that are used in book arts , that don’t require any heavy machinery (such as board shears and presses). Piotr will take you through some technicalities, things to consider before you start printing and demonstrate a few techniques and process that you can basically make at home or studio without need of using glue - pamphlet, concertina and Japanese stab binding.
During this workshop we will get familiar with basic bookbinding tools and how to substitute them with household items. We will look into how paper is made and how to use it and things to watch out for during printing process.
At the end of the workshop each participant will take home at least three books produced during the day.
LO-FI PRINT with STEVEN LOWE
SATURDAY 11 DECEMBER 11am-5pm
The Gestetner Duplicator pre-dates the photocopier and desktop printing. It uses a simple stencil process to push ink through a design to easily print multiple copies. They were used in offices and institutions across the world and are still used in some developing countries where an electricity supply might be scarce or non-existent. Old models still turn up from time to time and the 1970’s era machine at Airspace was bought cheaply on eBay. It hasn’t been used for many years and in this workshop we will crank it up and see what it can do. Success is not guaranteed, but we will have fun trying.
Meanwhile we will also make some screen prints. No experience or particularly special equipment necessary. We will bring some pre-made screens by some of the L-13 artists and show you how to get some great results in the most basic of ways, that anyone could do anywhere. You’ll all go home with your own printed bootleg of a Jamie Reid, Jimmy Cauty or a Not Banksy.