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Press+Play Festival of Print ** 13 Nov – 19 Dec 2021 ** Phoenix Art Space, Brighton

A five-week celebration of contemporary printmaking featuring an exhibition of new and established printmakers, as well as supporting workshops, talks and table top fair. Festivities include taster courses with opportunities for visitors to get inspired and create artworks of their own. Join us at the two-day Tabletop Print Fair and purchase original prints, cards and handmade items direct from makers. Expect screen printing, linocut, lithography, drypoint, monotype, letterpress and more.

Selected artists for PRESS + PLAY Festival of Print exhibition are; Alex Peckham, BIP Art, East Side Print, Georgia Flowers, Hannah Forward, Hattie Malcomson, Jacintha Philip, Jenni Allen, Julie Clark, Kate Watkins, Loraine Monk, Marcelina Amelia, Mellissa Fisher, Patrick O’Donnell, Peon Boyle, Philip O’Reilly, Scarlett Rebecca, Sherrie-Leigh Jones, Tidy Print, Volcanic Editions, Will Mower, Thomas Mayo, Dopple Press and a collective of students from University of Brighton’s Printmaking BA.
In the Window Gallery – our dedicated exhibition space for Phoenix studio artists – Luella Martin presents a series of solar plate etchings.


From 13 November – 19 December, the galleries at Phoenix Art Space will be open Wednesday – Sunday, 11.00 – 17.00. You do not need to pre-book to visit, but the number of people in the gallery will be limited which may result in some queuing during busier periods. See here for details on what Covid-19 health and safety measure remain in place.

  • Please socially-distance throughout Phoenix Art Space.
  • Please wear a face covering in the galleries and corridors.
  • Please sanitize your hands on arrival.
  • Please stay at home if you are feeling unwell.


Exhibition Opening
Join us for the preview in-person at Phoenix Art Space on 12 November, 18.00 – 20.00. Printmaker Type Tom will be doing a live letterpress demo on the night.

Type Tom Christmas Card Letterpress Workshops
On Saturday 13 November learn some of the history of letterpress, and get inky using a selection of Tom’s vintage letterpress wood type and antique illustration blocks. Two free sessions available; 10 -1 & 2 – 5. Find out more.

Artist Talk with Thomas Mayo 
Thomas Mayo is a letterpress printmaker who produces posters, cards and other ephemera using vintage printing presses and custom made wooden printing blocks. Hear from the artist himself on Friday 19 November. Find out more.

PRESS+PLAY Tabletop Print Fair
Taking place at Phoenix Art Space from Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 of November. Browse and buy original prints, cards and handmade items direct from the makers. Find out more.

Amazing Art Cart
Families are invited to join The Amazing Art Cart for a free creative print making workshop on Saturday 4 December. Find out more.

East Side Print: Meet and Make
An evening talk from local print studio, East Side Print, followed by a screen-printing demo. Thursday 9 December, 18.00 – 20.30. Find out more and book.


Nature’s Palette: Eco Printing
13 November, 10.00 – 16.00
More info
Linocut Day
27 November, 10.30 – 16.30
More info
Monoprint Day
11 December, 10.30 – 16.30
More info
Intaglio Print Day
12 December, 10.30 – 16.30
More info

Opening times

Wednesday – Sunday, 11.00 – 17.00

Phoenix Art Space

10 – 14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB


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