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Leicester: City of Machines and People - three terms over 10 months


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Location Leicester Print Workshop 
Date & Time The last weekend of every month for 3 terms starting on Saturday 30th September + Sunday 1st October 2023 until Saturday 29th + Sunday 30th June 2024
10am - 4pm 
Tutor  Charles Shearer

      Charles’ course is rooted in his practice and in the landscapes and post Industrial remains that are as much a part of Leicester’s Industrial heritage and its workers, which you will interrogate through multiple printmaking techniques, site visits, oral and photographic archives and guest speakers during this three term course. LPW is invested in rethinking what art education can be and do and this is a pilot of an alternative postgraduate model, which is rooted locally in our local context of a culturally diverse, post-industrial East Midlands city and understood within a global framework. This is an opportunity to develop your artistic practice, guided by Charles’ extensive knowledges, travels and skills, and access LPW’s industrial processes and print machinery.

      Each term will include a visiting guest lecturer from relevant local interest groups and a guided visit to local industrial sites, all of which will be explored back in the studio through multiple printmaking processes. The course will evolve through the development of your own practice and Charles will provide technical and artistic expertise to guide you through. The course will respond to your needs as your artistic path develops, and will follow Charles’ approach of finding the simplest solution in printmaking to achieve your goals. You will be taught a variety of processes including direct mono-print and stencil methods, card printing, and block printing in lino and wood, and you will be free to explore other printmaking methods which LPW can facilitate. 

      For participants on this course, we are including a year’s free membership and studio use, valued at up to £985 per annum, starting after you’ve had a studio induction, to encourage you to grow and develop your own artistic practice amongst the LPW creative community. There will be homework set between studio sessions, and we will facilitate a safe online space to store course material, worksheets, and artwork, and as a platform to discuss your work and progress amongst peers. Charles will take a one-one tutorial each term with each participant during studio time. 

      Course Dates

      TERM 1

      Saturday 30th September +  Sunday 1st October 

      Saturday 28th + Sunday 29th October 

      Saturday 25th + Sunday 26th November

      TERM 2

      Saturday 27th + Sunday 28th January

      Saturday 24th + Sunday 25th February

      Saturday 30th + Sunday 31st March

      TERM 3

      Saturday 27th + Sunday 28th April

      Saturday 25th + Sunday 26th May

      Saturday 29th + Sunday 30th June 

      Collaborative public event with Charles' students July

      £650 per term includes materials and studio membership

      Please call the studio if you wish to discuss payment options with Kezia.

      About the Tutor

      Charles Shearer is an artist printmaker. His subject is primarily landscape and in particular the un-scenic, the neglected estate, abandoned factory, mine or quarry. Romantic ruins & follies also attract. He studied at Gray’s School of Art Aberdeen in 1975 and at the Royal College of Art, London, specialising there in Illustration.

      Charles has taught printmaking at Colleges and workshops for many years. Teaching all ages at any stage in their development. In his own practice everything is informed through experience and drawing and it is in the studio that ideas are developed through various print processes. Charles lives in London but travels extensively to teach and seek subject matter. 

      Leicester Print Workshop 

      Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

      We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


      Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

      Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

      In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

      Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


      Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.