A black and white photocopy of artist Jay Bernard's sketchbook on a black background.

Far from the Start Screen Printing Workshop

Artist and poet Jay Bernard is inviting ‘artists who are interested in poetry and poets who are interested in art’, to take part in a full-day screen printing workshop this April.

The free workshop hosted at Print Club London, E8, is aimed at those who have text, writing and language at the core of their practice. For writers, you might want to print a broadside of a poem; for artists, you might have a text-centric image or typographical sample.

Artists of any age (16+) are welcome to apply. The workshop will be a beginners' class or a refresher, and therefore suitable for those who are relatively new to print, and are looking to experiment with both image and text in their work.

You will learn different digital and analogue processes that will help translate your chosen images into prints on paper which you can then take home.

Bernard’s current installation at Studio Voltaire, Far from the Start (2024) includes a large-scale three-colour screen print containing both visual and textual cues that relate to the artist's 45-minute sound piece. The visual clues include images of the Clapham South Deep Level Shelter, the HMT Empire Windrush, senior civil servant Ivor Cummings, alongside pages from Bernard’s own notebook, quotes and poems, enclosed within lattice frames.

There are limited places available at this free workshop and we are asking for a short expression of interest to secure your place. Please send us:

  • A link to your work or, if you don’t have a portfolio or website, then up to 4 attached images
  • A maximum of 150 words about why you are interested, and any response you may have to Bernard’s sound piece and installation Far from the Start (We understand not everyone will have been able to attend).

Please share your work and expressions of interest to participation@studiovoltaire.org by Friday 12 April.

  1. This workshop is free of charge.

    You must be over 16 years of age to take part.

    This is a full-day event, from 10.30 am–4.30 pm with an hour for a complimentary group lunch nearby.

    Two travel bursaries are available for UK-based artists who are based outside of London. This covers train travel costs to attend the workshop and accommodation at Studio Voltaire for two nights.

    The workshop will take place at Print Club London, in Dalston, E8.

    Address: Unit 3, 10-28 Millers Avenue, London E8 2DS

    Please bring a copyright-free A4 black and white design or drawing / poem.

    Please wear clothing you are happy to get messy in.

    Further information will be provided to the selected participants.

  2. Print studio access information:

    The main studio has a small step down and is accessed via a ramp.

    There are no step-free toilet facilities onsite.

    The print beds are at a height of 80cm at smallest height and 84cm at the tallest height, assistance will be given when using these.

    If you have any questions to facilitate your participation, please contact us on +44 (0) 20 7622 1294 or email participation@studiovoltaire.org and we will endeavour to accommodate and find out from the venue.

  3. Jay Bernard is an artist from London whose work is interdisciplinary, critical, queer and rooted in the archives. They were named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2020 and winner of the 2017 Ted Hughes Award for Surge, a cross-disciplinary exploration of the New Cross Fire in 1981.

    As well as being a film programmer at BFI Flare, Bernard’s short film Something Said has screened in the UK and internationally, including Aesthetica and Leeds International Film Festival, where it won best experimental and best queer short, respectively, as well as Sheffield DocFest and CinemAfrica.

    Recent work includes Joint, an ongoing text related to the legal principle of joint enterprise, showing at the London Literature Festival 2022; Crystals of this Social Substance, a sound installation at the 2021 Serpentine Pavillion; and My Name is My Own, a physical performance piece in response to June Jordan, which premiered at Southbank Centre’s Poetry International 2019.

  4. Jay Bernard, Far from the Start, 2024. Screen print detail.

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