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    Little Stories Little Prints is a 1916 Commemorative Visual Arts Project through the medium of Printmaking. The project was devised and coordinated by Pamela de Brí  in collaboration with the Leinster Printmaking Studio, Clane, Co Kildare. She was assisted by Margaret Becker, Director and Manager of the studio. The project is supported mainly by Co. Kildare Library and Arts Services, with supplementary support from Dublin City Libraries.
    Fifty Printmakers from eight Printmaking Studios around Ireland accepted an invitation to participate in the project, which aims to create awareness of little known events or incidents during or around the time of the Easter Rising in 1916. The artists researched incidents and aspects of life at the time and created little prints in response to their research.
    The project will tour libraries and other venues in Kildare, Dublin, Westmeath, Wicklow, Cork, Galway and Donegal during the year.  In most venues the exhibition will be accompanied by a workshop for adults and/or children. (See  for further information on the project and dates of exhibitions and workshops.)
    A limited edition illustrated publication is available for purchase on request.
    A website for the project has been set up to document the years activities.  The prints, along with the stories, incidents or events that inspired them, can be viewed on the website.
    For further information please email or phone 0876616863
    Participating Artists:
    Brian Barry, Margaret Becker, Alice Beresford, Pamela de Brí, Melissa Cherry, Shane Crotty, Siobhán Cuffe, John Curran, Monica deBath, Morgan Doyle, William Finnie, Brian Fitzgerald, Paula Fitzpatrick, Angelina Foster, Rachel Fountain, Claire Halpin, Alice Hanratty, Sylvia Hemmingway, Barbara Hannigan, Val Hennigan, Rebecca Homfray, Charles Hulgraine, Siobhan Hyde, Margaret Irwin, Eileen Keane, Pauline Keena, Ger Kennedy, Andy Kilty, Brian Lalor, Jenny Lane, Anne McDonnell, Ann McKenna, Bernadette Madden, Fiona Marron, Mo Montgomery, Bríd Ní Rinn, Bríd óg Norrby, Suzannah O’Reilly, Geraldine O’Reilly, Paul Roy, Deirdre Shanley, Constance Short, Dorothy Smith, Fifi Smith, Katherine Smits, Ruby Staunton, Michele Sweetman, Margaret Tuffy, Dominic Turner


    Exhibition of Prints in response to “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” by James Joyce.
    Castle Keep, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
    The exhibition will run from the 12th - 29th of June, 10 am –6 pm  (except Mondays and Tuesdays)


    Leinster Printmaking Studio Gift Vouchers now available are:
    •Introduction to Printmaking: a one-to one course in basic printmaking, drypoint and monoprinting. The participant will produce at least one completed print. Cost €50. All materials included.

    •One day course in Printmaking: introduction to a variety of techniques. These will include drypoint and carborundum. The participant will produce plates for at least two prints and will produce two completed prints. Cost €85, all materials included.

    •Weekend Course in Printmaking Techniques: This is a two-day course for an individual or groups. The participant(s) will be introduced to a wide range of printmaking techniques which will include drypoint, carborundum and etching. The participant will produce a number of plates in a variety of processes which can then be printed. Cost: €170. All materials included.  There will be reduced rates for groups. Maximum 6 in a group.

    •Advanced Printmaking courses or bespoke courses are available on demand. The studio can cater for most types of printmaking. These include drypoint, carborundum, etching (copper and aluminium), photo-etch, screenprinting, litho-plate and monoprinting.

    July 2013

    24th July 2013 @ 7pm

    Leinster Printmaking Studio in association with The Gerard Manley Hopkins Society 26th International Festival invite you to the opening by Des Egan of 'Duanaire' Visual Interpretation of Poems of the Disposessed. Compiled by Sean O'Tuama and translated by Thomas Kinsella. Curated by Alice Hanratty, Aosdána. Recital by Constance Short.
    Venue TBA, Wednesday 24th July 2013 @ 7pm

    June 2013
    Recent visits to studio


    November 2012


    Exhibition Opening 6th December 2012 6.00pm - 8.00pm.

    The subject matter for the exhibition is based on the poetry anthology of Gaelic poetry from 1600 to 1900, called AN DUANAIRE, compiled by The Irish scholar and Gaelic poet; Sean O Tuama, translated into English by the poet Thomas Kinsella  and published in 1981 by the Dolman Press. The Exhibition takes place over the forthcoming Christmas period at The Cross Gallery, Francis St. Dublin 8.

    'Duanaire' will be formally opened on 6th December 2012 at 6.00pm, by the poet Macdara Woods. Added excitement will be poetry recitals by some of the artists and Dr. Andrew Rynne will sing.

    Participating Artists:
    Charlie Cullen, Liam O'Broin, Alwyn Gillespie, Rebecca Homfray, Jean Dillon, Margaret Becker, Barbara Hannigan, Alice Beresford, Michele Sweetman, Charles Hulgraine, Catherine Mann, James McCreary, Don Braisby, Heather Prescott, Amelia Peart, Alison Craig, William Finnie, Constance Short, Brian Lalor, Catherine Mann, Caroline Patton, Regina Richardson, Gerald Cox, Louise Leonard, Jennifer Lane, Maureen Phelan, Sylvia Hemmingway, Deirdre Shanley, Paul Roy, Vera McEvoy, Gay O'Neill, Mick O'Dea, Peter Jones, Alice Hanratty, Charles Harper, Adrienne Symnes, Tom Macken, Eileen Keane, Judith Henihan.


    Saturday 1st December 11.00am to 6.00 pm
    Sunday 2nd December 2012 12.00 am to 6.00pm.
    All Welcome!
    Come and view our Studio. We will have a wide range of Fine Art Prints on Sale - The Perfect Christmas Gift!
    Fine Art Christmas Cards will also be on sale.
    *****Discounted prices for Open Days******
    Free Parking


    • Footprint International Print Competition 2012, June 10 - September 2, 2012  Opening Reception: Sunday, June 10, 2 - 5pm, Entry Deadline: April 21, 2012
    • Faculty of fine arts -El Minia university is organizing the first annual student international print exhibition in Egypt. The exhibition will be a good opportunity for international artistic exposure and interaction among talented printmaking students from all over the world. The show will be opened in conjunction with the international art conference in El Minia university in late March 2012 .
      Attached with this message , please find the application form , please share with your students and with other printmaking programs ASAP.
    January 2012
    • Happy New Year to all our members and supporters. New screen-printing facilities have been installed and we are now planning a workshop in the technique in the near future.
    • Don Braisby will be giving a workshop in safe-etch for beginners and improvers on Wednesday 11th January. Please contact studio for details
    • ART NOW | The 4th Contemporary Art Annual Exhibition is pleased to invite fine artists to ART NOW the 4th Contemporary Art Annual Exhibition one-year on display that takes place online at
      The screening is conducted on Jpeg [.JPG] versions of the submitted works online. Submitters whose entries pass the screening are included in exhibition and are requested to provide the entry fee payment. All submissions must be mailed to
      Submit 6 ~ 12 artwork, digital files sized to 800 pix (28 cm. /11 on the large side) 72 dpi, Jpeg [.JPG] created within the last 5 years. Entries must include your name, the title of the artwork, year, medium, size and price. The works submitted must be the sole creation of the exhibiting artist.
      Entry fee
      There is a US$ 80 /EUR 50 entry fee for 6 works and US$ 15 /EUR 10 for each additional work. Payments by Direct Transfer on account, by PayPal and by Western Union. Submitters whose pass the screening only.
      Grand Prize Award value Euro 4,900. One Artist will be awarded two-page spreads in 'ARTISTS OF TODAY' a quality art book for collectors, galleries, museums, dealers and art lovers, who seek the latest trends in the art world.
      Award of Distinction Award value Euro 2,450. Two Artists will be awarded one-page in 'ARTISTS OF TODAY'.
      Honorable Mention (Honorable Award): 65 Artists will be selected for Diploma of Excellence.
      Works must be for sale, and may not be removed until the close of the biennial. When sold, 10% of the sale price will be retained by If accepted, it is the artists responsibility to be sure the artwork is available.
      Exhibition period
      2011-2012: One year beginning with the date of the inclusion.
      Exhibition venue
      Online at
      The earlier the better. We send out monthly [digital] files of artists in our displays to over 200,000 subscribers, collectors and art lovers interested in buying art


    • ​New facilities for screen-printing are on-going. Lighting and heating are currently being upgraded


    • The Leinster Printmaking Studio will be holding OPEN DAYS on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December 11.00a.m. – 5.00p.m. The studio is currently holding its Christmas Exhibition of work and invites the people of Clane and the surrounding areas to come and visit the Studio.
    • The annual Christmas exhibition will open in Clane Parish Centre on 25th November, 7.00pm – 9.00pm. The exhibition will continue for two weeks. The exhibition will feature new work, reasonably priced and not previously shown in Kildare. There will also be a sale of unframed prints at greatly reduced prices. Copies of the LPS cookery book will also be available during the exhibition. Further information can be had from Margaret Becker at 086 355 8365
    • Copies of The Leinster Printmaking Studio cookery book can now be ordered from the studio manager by emailing: or by phoning 086 355 8365. The beautifully illustrated recipe book costs €20 and is packed with simple mouth-watering recipes. It would make a wonderful Christmas present!!!!
    • Work is in progress to install a new facility for screen-printing in the studio. A section will be cordoned off in the cutting room. There are plans to conduct workshop in screen-printing in January. More information to follow.


    • A major exhibition of the “Le Chéile” project will be held in Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni, on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales, from Saturday, 24th September until Sunday, 6th November.     “Le Chéile” is an ongoing collaboration that brings together printmakers from the Leinster Printmaking Studio and the Regional Print Centre, Yale College, Wrexham, Wales. The artists are responding collaboratively to the diversity of the cultural connections between Wales and Ireland. Themes of land, language and place emerged as starting points. The work was, and continues to be exchanged by e-mail or post, in notebooks, as first proofs or, in some cases, by exchanging the original plates. The project began in 2006 and has developed a slow but steady momentum. The exhibition in Oriel Ynys Mon, which opens at 12.00 noon on Saturday 24th September, showcases the work to date.     For further information on the project:
    A selection of the work can be seen at the Urban Retreat Gallery, Hanover Quay, Dublin 2 until Sunday 18th September. (016337865)
    The LPS participants are receiving support from Culture Ireland to bring the work to Wales.



    • ‘Le Chéile at Cill Rialaig’ Printmakers in Residence.  H. E. Julian King, British Ambassador to Ireland will open an exhibition of Le Chéile in Urban Retreat, Hanover Quay, Dublin on 12th July. Reception 6-8pm. Participating artists: Veronica Calarco, Linda Davies, Sylvia Hemmingway,  Pamela de Brí, Margaret Becker, Don Braisby, Eileen Keane, Alison Craig, Diana Williams, Deirdre Shanley, Bethan Hodgson and Rebecca Homfray. The exhibition will continue until 12th August.


    • CREATING THE PERFECT PRINT, a talk by Hugh McElveen.
    Leinster Printmaking Studio is delighted to present "Creating the Perfect Print", a talk by Hugh McElveen on Saturday, 16th April 2011, from 1- 3pm. Cost 10 euro. The talk will take place in the Leinster Printmaking Studio, Parish Centre, Clane, Co Kildare. To book your place please contact: Margaret Becker at 0863558365 or email:

    This fundraising event on behalf the L.P.S. is being supported by

    In order to get the most out of the digital photographic printing process it is necessary to understand how colour works and is controlled in the digital environment. This two hour seminar shows photographers how to control the colour chain from capture to print and the questions they should ask of their fine art printer in order to get the best quality exhibition prints possible. By understanding the medium and its limits the photographer is empowered to fully participate in and control the creative process.
    • Bookmaking Workshop
    Silvia Hemmingway will be giving workshops in book making during the month of April.  On the 10th of April 2011 she will give a one day introduction to book making. This will be followed by a 2 day advanced workshop on more elaborate books. Date to be confirmed. The beginners workshop on the 10th April will start at 10 am and finish at 4 pm. It will cost €50. This will include all materials. Sylvia will show how to make  books from sections of old/discarded proof/prints. 
    To sign up and for further information please contact Margaret Becker at 0863558365.
    • Workshops in Printmaking

    Workshops in Printmaking are continuing on Thursday mornings from 10.30 - 12.30 a.m. and on Wednesday evenings from 7 - 9 p.m.
    For further information contact Amelia Peart, mobile 0863094520.


    Safe  Etching

    On the Sat. 19th Feb. at 12 noon, Bethan Hodgson will give a demo of safe etch methods. Participants will be able to try out and test the results on their own plates, i.e. aluminium. The studio can supply small pieces and also any other materials needed for a small sum,to cover expenses. approx. €5
     Any one interested please contact Margaret Becker as soon as possible.

    January 2011

    Workshops in Printmaking

    Workshops in Printmaking will be held on Thursday mornings in the L.P.S. from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. Night classes are also available on Wednesday evenings from 7 pm to 9 p.m. For further information contact Amelia Peart, mobile 0863094520

    December 2010

    Plate to Plate: New Date for Launch

    Deirdre McQuillan will now launch the artist's recipe book "Plate to Plate" at the Cross Gallery, 59 Francis Street, Dublin 8, on Thursday, 16th December from 6 - 8 p.m. "Plate to Plate" is a  book of recipes and prints by artists and friends of the studio. It is a numbered limited edition of 1,000 copies which can be purchased at the Cross Gallery or directly from the LPS by contacting Margaret Becker at 0863558365

    November 2010

    Christmas Exhibition

    The LPS Christmas exhibition will open in the Moat Club Theatre at 8pm on Thursday 28th November 2010.  All welcome.
    Artists from the studio who were involved in the "Hot Press" Exchange will receive their portfolio at this event.

    Hot Press

    The LPS, along with ten other studios in Ireland and Great Britain, will be taking part in 20:20 print exchange organised by Hot Bed Press in Salford, England. In total there will be 130 artists, producing 3,120 prints.
    The exchange will take place in November 2010 with each printmaker producing 24 prints that are on paper 20cm x 20cm. Each artist will receive a portfolio of one of their own prints plus 19 other prints selected at random; no artist will get an identical portfolio.

    20:20 Print Exchange will be launched simultaneously in every stuudio on Saturday 28th November. We really look forward to seeing the work and helping create all these unique randomly selected portfolios.


     September/ October 2010

    LPS recipe book.

    • The studio are preparing a book of favourite recipes to be launched at their Christmas exhibition. Artists are asked to submit a recipe along with some musings on cooking, a drawing in black and white and a personal photograph.

    Spraoi Festival

    • The studio will be open during the Spraoi Festival in Clane which will be held on the 12th September in the Parish centre and car park. Visitors will be invited to view the work and the workshop. Members who would like to leave in new unframed work should do so as soon as possible.

    Culture Night

    • The studio will also be open on Friday, 24th September, for Kildare's inaugral Culture Night from 6.30pm - 10.00pm. There will be demonstrations in drypoint and printing techniques. All welcome.

    Other News

    • The LPS is taking part in the Ploughing Championships which will be held in Athy, Co. Kildare from the 21st to the 23rd September. We are using the BOG as our theme and the exhibition will feature the work from the Bog 50x70 exhibition, curated by Peter Jones. The unframed prints will cover the walls of our stall. This year everything is under one large marquee, food hall, crafts etc. It should prove a very interesting venture.
    • Cork Printmakers are having an auction of affordable art to raise funds for Cork Printmakers and the Chernoble Children's Project. If interested artists are requested to download the forms below and send donated work directly to Cork Printmakers.
    • Participants in the "Le Chéile" project have been invited to Cill Rialaig, Co Kerry, from Thursday 28th October to Sunday 7th November 2010. Further details will be available nearer to the date.
    • Artists are invited to apply for the  9th FEMALE ARTIST'S ART ANNUAL Online Global Art Annual. The competition is open to all artists and is judged solely by visuals submitted online or attachment. Minimum 4 works and maximum 12 works submitted inline or attachment (send to: along with the works details: title, year, medium, size, and price. Further information from

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