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Show Me How

Show Me How is an innovative community printmaking education project that creates opportunities for young people (16-25)  and young adult carers, who have limited access to the arts.  The project  addresses the decline in art being studied at post-16 and targets those  those who receive little or no encouragement in accessing the arts.  The project acts as an umbrella for other projects that may want to take part.

We are working with Young Carers Support Centre and have piloted a free summer workshops which were incredibly successful.  We are working with Borderland Charity to deliver free monthly workshops to displaced people in the city.  Everyone involved, gives their time freely.

We are currently reshaping the project to make it more flexible and have recently partnered with Rising Arts Agency  and Pressing Matters magazine to join our current partners Aardman and UWE.  The project gets underway again in January 2019.

What we can offer

  • Training in printmaking (relief, screen and intaglio) with established tutors.
  • Portfolio development. Towards applications / progression / contextual.
  • Cover aspects of the National Curriculum for teachers.
  • Mentoring (SPS & Rising).
  • Development of social skills including working as a team and responsibility for themselves and others.
  • Curation and marketing opportunities through exhibitions.
  • Young Person Member Technician scheme at SPS


Melissa Cooney, Rising Arts

Rising Arts Agency secured a spot for a young artist to join the Textile Transfer Technique Course at Spike Print Studio. Melissa Cooney spent five weeks learning from Justyna Medon, a surface designer who creates beautiful hand printed textiles and wallpapers.

Read more about Melissa’s time on our textile course on Rising’s blog.

CLF Speedwell School, Bristol

Show Me How feedback

The best bit was:

“experimenting with different tools and techniques”
“seeing how my multi-coloured print turned out”

Anna the tutor was:

“friendly, helpful & supportive”
“I felt I learned easily with her”

I feel that my work:

“turned out better than I expected”
“is the best printing I have done so far”
“will help me get a Distinction”

Young Carers

We work with young carers from Young Carers Support Centre, Fishponds, Bristol offering free workshops and summer schools.

We are developing an outreach programme  with them for 2019.

[This] Place

Spike Print Studio offers free monthly workshops to asylum seekers and refugees from Borderlands.

Borderlands is a Drop-in Centre for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Bristol. The people who attend  have the common experience of being displaced from their families, their friends, their communities and their landscapes. Most of the people who attend Borderlands are not proficient in the English Language. Yet they need to be able to communicate – to tell their stories – of their experiences and of their homes and communities. Those who attend Borderlands also have the opportunity to attend printmaking sessions at Spike Print Studio

Asylum seekers and refugees who have  worked at Spike Print Studio over the past year have produced a remarkable series of prints which were exhibited at Spike Print Studio in November.  These conveyed their shared experience of being displaced from their families, their friends, their community and their landscapes and adjusting now to a sense of belonging in their new homeland.

monoprint by attendee on refugee workshop