Hiring the Studios

Hire the studio on your own to print an edition, or work in a group to swap ideas and techniques.

For detailed information please download the document A Short Guide to Hire of Print Studios at the Bluecoat


 Tuesday - Saturday
  • 10.00am – 1.30pm
  • 2.00 – 5.30pm
  • 6.00 – 9.30pm
Sunday - Monday
  • 10.00am – 1.30pm
  • 2.00 – 5.30pm
(Studios are closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day)


There are three rates. They apply to both the intaglio and screen print studios.

Individual Hire - £14
Cost per session to an individual is £14
Supported session - £20
If you feel you need support opt for the Monday morning session (10am - 1.30pm) at £20 when there will be a technician present covering both studios. Up to three people may hire simultaneously in either studio in this way.

Group rate - £25
If you want to hire the Intaglio Studio as a group (of between 2 and 6) you qualify for a group hire rate of £25. You may also hire the Screen Print Studio as a group but the maximum number working simultaneously is currently 3.


To book a session or sessions please visit Tickets and Information at the Bluecoat in person or call 0151 702 5324. You will be asked for payment when you book.


You must be over 18 years old.

You need to have received the relevant Health and Safety Induction. (See below.)

The sessions are not staffed (except for Monday morning). You need to have some relevant printmaking experience. If you require training we recommend looking at the Courses and Workshops programme.

Health and Safety Inductions are FREE. Book yours with the Print Studio Manager by emailing print@thebluecoat.org.uk. The Induction lasts approximately 40 mins.

If you are booking yourself into the screen print studio you will be asked which bed you would prefer to work on: Bed 1 (silver with foot pedal), Bed 2 (largest) and Bed 3 (blue, back to the windows).  There is a simple textile table on its way.