History

Bath Artist Printmakers are a collective of over 20 artists who share a studio workshop in Bath.

25th Birthday Cake

We were established in 1984  (with a small grant from South West Arts), by three women artists and a bookbinder. Having studied and attended local printmaking courses and feeling fully competent in relief printing, etching, screen printing and lithography they embarked on a project to find a space and other like minded artists to enable their project to begin.

Space was found in Broad Street, Bath, a Rochat press was purchased and the studio was soon set up and working.

At the end of 2004 we moved to premises out of the centre of Bath at Larkhall. The new studio is light and airy and as it is situated on the ground floor courses and workshops can be offered  to a wider cross-section of the public than was possible previously.

BAP Bookbinding books

Bath Artist Printmakers have a written constitution and a set of three simple aims. These are:

  • To run a printmaking studio for artist printmakers
  • To promote community awareness of fine art printmaking in the city of Bath and surrounding areas
  • To promote general facilities for fine art printmaking for the community
We have a management group that oversees the running of the BAP, and regular meetings throughout the year that all members are invited to attend. Any decisions are made following a vote by the membership. We encourage the members to assist with the running of the studio, including cleaning parties, as well as organizing exhibitions and workshop events.

25th birthday party in 2009

Bath Artist Printmakers are very proud to have as our President Rosemary Simmons, the founding editor of Printmaking Today.

On leaving Chelsea School of Art Rosemary became a designer with The Curwen Press and a visiting lecturer at various art colleges.  She was the co-founder of the Bradford International Print Biennale, started the Curwen Gallery and later became MD of Curwen Prints, (gallery and studio). She was also a member of Contemporary Prints, collecting prints for the Tate Gallery print collection.  She has written many articles, catalogues and six books on printmaking and is advisor to A & C Black’s series on printmaking.  In 1990, with a grant from the Henry Moore Foundation, she started Printmaking Today.  She is an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.