Open Access & Membership
Mondays – CLOSED
Tuesday – 10.30am – 2pm
Wednesday – 10.30am – 9.30pm
Thursday – 10.30am – 9.30pm
Friday – Classes only
Saturday – 10.30am – 4.30pm – Only, if there is a weekend course running
Sunday – 10.30am – 4.30pm – Only, if there is a weekend course running
*Please always check that we are open in advance, to avoid disappointment as opening and closing times are subject to change at short notice.*
Open Access Membership in bip-Art
In order to use the workshop facilities on an Open Access basis, you must become a Member of bip-Art. Membership is £50 a year, £35 for six months or £15 a day plus an hourly fee to use the workshop. The hourly fee is £8.50 an hour or £37 for a 5 hour time card.
There are two ways to become a Member:
1 – Complete a printmaking course at bip-Art. Please be aware that it may be necessary to take more than one course before being confident or experienced enough to become a Member and work without tutor support in Open Access sessions.
2 – If experienced in printmaking, please bring a selection of your prints for a free, short induction in your chosen medium. Booking in advance is essential.
Individuals must have signed the General rules and Health & Safety form before commencing work in the studio.
During Open Access sessions, there is always a staff member present in the studio for the sale of materials & general enquires. However, Members need to be confident enough to work in the studio without tutor support.
*Please book your Open Access sessions in advance*
Open Access Prices
We offer open access for Traditional Etching, Aquatint, Zinc Plate Lithography, Drypoint, Collagraph, Monoprint, Linocut, Woodcut, Wood Engraving, Vinyl cut and Mokulito.
Pre-paid five hour time card – £37
These pre-paid hours can be used in part, a minimum session is 30 minutes.
Please note these pre-paid hours are not transferable to other Members or refundable. Cards do not expire. We hold them in the office under your Surname.
Hourly basis payable on the day costs £8.50 an hour.
We accept payment by card or cash.
• Sundries included in the Open Access price: Degreaser, Nitric acid, resin, black Etching proofing ink, cleaning materials, rags, White Spirit.*
We sell paper, inks, plates, blocks and other printmaking materials you may need.
Terms and Conditions
Non-attendance and Short notice cancellation of Open Access
If you are unwell, displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or if somebody in your household has the virus or is showing signs of the virus, please let us know and do not attend the studio. We will not charge you for short notice cancellation in this circumstance.
We are limiting the availability of Open Access in order to follow current advice regarding Social Distancing. This has reduced the number of people able to attend Open Access sessions so we ask you to honour all bookings, with the exception of illness. *
Cancellation of your Open Access session will be charged to your Time card, if you cancel less than three days before your booked session.
Non-attendance for your booked Open Access session will be charged to your Time card.
You will be required to pay for the time booked, even if you chose not to stay for the duration of your Open Access session.
All payments for materials and sundries must be made at the end of your Open Access session.
We reserve the right to refuse access, if on arrival, you are visibly unwell.
We thank you in advance for your understanding and co-operation.
Honoured Members of bip-Art
See the equipment in our studio on the Equipment & Facilities page.