Printmaking Oxford Copy Paste Oxfordshire Artweeks OVADA

7 – 22 May 2016
Finissage event: Friday 27 May, 6-9pm

COPY // PASTE is a practical exploration of DIY print and distribution methods organised by our resident art collective Click and Point. Take part in a variety of workshops and add to the growing exhibit of print and graphic based work at OVADA. The exhibition will evolve as visitors produce a wide range of artwork that will be displayed during Artweeks.

We are open throughout the first three weekends of May (12-6pm) with a variety of free activities and additional workshops led by visiting artists and collectives from across Oxfordshire. There will be a free collage ‘making station’ throughout – come to help build the exhibition alongside the classes and workshops.

We are also hosting special screenings of Made You Look throughout the exhibition. This new documentary profiles the current UK graphic arts and illustration industry via rare and candid interviews with top British creatives, publishers and agency owners. The film explores the prospering DIY scene and highlights the fact that more people than ever seem to be turning to analogue means of creating things, even though we are living at the height of the digital era.

Please see below for a full timetable of COPY // PASTE events. We look forward to welcoming you at the warehouse and seeing how you decide to shape this collaborative exhibition!

Saturday 7 May
(Un)Common Print Competition

Get ready for the festival season at OVADA with a chance to win VIP tickets to Common People Festival (28 – 29 May at Oxford’s South Park). Drop-in to OVADA between 12-6pm to take part in a free workshop to produce artwork in the festival spirit! Entries will be exhibited at OVADA and will be judged by the Common People team.
Terms & conditions apply.
Free – just drop-in between 12-6pm

Saturday 7 May
Mono Printing Workshop
Ellen Love Art Mono Printing OVADA Copy Paste

Join artist Ellen Love for a session on Mono Printing techniques. Explore the process however you wish or contribute to a large group print piece to be exhibited in the exhibition.

Free – just drop-in between 12-6pm

Sunday 8 May
Introduction to ‘Jelly’ Mono Printing

Experiment using this playful approach to printmaking, with artist Ellen Love. The workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need for future independent and equipment-less printmaking!

Free – just drop-in between 12-6pm


Saturday 14 May
Introduction to Cyanotypes and Print Publications

Join collective Click and Point for an introduction to the simple and low cost photographic print process that produces a cyan-blue print, and an exploration of the DIY methods used to produce artists’ zines.

Free – just drop-in between 12-6pm


Sunday 15 May
Small Press Publishing with Hurst Street Press

Hurst Street Press - Iris
Join the artists from Hurst Street Press, who are based at OVADA studios, as they unpick the methods used to produce their new Zine, Iris. Try your hand at techniques such as marbling and basic book binding.

Free – just drop-in between 12-6pm


Saturday 21 May
Screen Print Workshop for Beginners

Love Your planeTake part in a morning (9am-1.30pm) or afternoon (2.30-7pm) silkscreen workshop using a paper stencil technique with Love your Plane. The session will explore layering and cutting into stencils to consider imagery, and to experiment with creating patterns, graphic lines and colours. Come to the class with inspiration for your design – bring a drawing, newspaper / magazine cuttings, photographs, or anything else that inspires you! Example of work produced during previous workshops can be found online. At the end of the workshop you will come away with 5 x A3 prints in 2 colours and a new passion for printing! Class size between 4 – 6 people.
Cost: £48 (£45 for OVADA Associates) All materials / refreshments included.
Online booking essential:
There will also be a free collage ‘making station’ running on a drop-in basis throughout the day (12-6pm).

Sunday 22 May
An Introduction to Hand Typesetting (FULLY BOOKED)

Join printmaker Richard Lawrence for a typesetting workshop (12pm-4pm). The group will collaborate by hand typesetting a small amount of text and illustrate it with linocuts to make a small booklet or poster.
Maximum class size of 8 people.
Cost: £20 (All materials / refreshments included).
Booking essential by email:

There will also be free collage ‘making station’ running on a drop-in basis throughout the day (12-6pm) and a drop-in linocut session in the afternoon with Richard Lawrence (4-6pm).

Friday 27 May, 6-9pm
Finissage Event
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Join us for a special evening event to mark the end of COPY // PASTE. View the work that has been created and try your hand at something practical too! We are also delighted to host a special screening of Made You Look. This new documentary profiles the current UK graphic arts and illustration industry via interviews with top British creatives.

Contributors to the project are also invited to collect their work at the end of the exhibition.

All workshops and activities will take place at OVADA, 14A Osney Lane, Oxford OX1 1NJ.

It is not too late to get involved! If you have an exciting idea for a print-based workshop or activity in May 2016 please email us: 

With special thanks to Broad CanvasCommon People Festival, Look and Yes, Sydenhams and Oxfordshire Artweeks for their generous support of this project. OVADA also wishes to give special thanks to the team of volunteers and artists who have given up their time and put their energy into making COPY // PASTE happen: Click and Point, Diane Prayle, Ellen Love, Love Your Plane, Richard Lawrence, Hurst Street Press, and Ryan Quarterman.

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