Aberystwyth Printmakers operates a printmakers’ workshop in Aberystwyth University’s iconic Old College. The workshop is open to all members of the group. We offer a range of printmaking courses for beginners, supervised session for printmakers wanting technical advice and open sessions for experienced members.

See our What’s On section for the complete workshop programme.


The workshop is currently set up for Intaglio, Relief, Lithography and screen printing. For a full list of our facilities see the equipment list bellow.

We can do etching with copper plates using traditional wax grounds but we also offer the use of BIG an acrylic ground developed by Andrew Baldwin, the printmaking technician at the School of Art in Aberystwyth.  This is rolled onto the metal plate and then cured on a hot plate or in an oven.

We can and do use other metals and mordants, other than ferric chloride.  These are set up on an as needed basis in horizontal baths. In addition to etching the etching presses are also used for drypoint plates and for producing monoprints.

Relief printing  –  lino, woodcut, collograph etc – is done mostly on the Albion press.  For larger prints, however, we have calibrated the Tofko etching press to take a wide range of plate thicknesses and we have used it successfully for relief printing.

We supply a range of printing paper, relief and etching inks, wax and acrylic grounds, tissue paper and newsprint.  Our artists can purchase these as required but are required to bring other materials as required.

Old College


The rates are £1/hour + any materials you use.


–  a Tofko etching press; 1.8m x 1.0m

–  2 small bench mounted etching presses; 0.76m x 0.38m – (no manufacturer’s label)

–  an Albion relief press; 0.53m x 0.41m

– a Lithography press 1.m x 0.70cm

–  a Rochat hotplate; 0.61m x 0.46m

–  a ferric chloride etching tank; 0.6m wide x 0.46m deep

–  an air compressor for doing aquatint with a sprayed on acrylic ground.

–  a limited collection of lead type and the frames to set them in
Printing Technologies available

For those members interested in using the workshop for supervised or unsupervised printing sessions please see our Using the Workshop page.