Cork Printmakers

Welcome to Cork Printmakers


Cork Printmakers fine art printmaking studio is a membership based artist resource, providing the space, facilities, equipment, tools and materials necessary to create a body of work through the medium of printmaking. We offer facilities in etching, photo-intaglio, screen-printing, lithography and relief printing.

Our purpose is to support and promote the creation and development of new work and to bring this work into the public domain. We always aim to address the technical and aesthetic concerns of artist printmakers and set and promote the highest standards of practice.

We facilitate professional development for artists and encourage collaborative work, through the range of programmes, schemes and awards we offer. In addition, we aim to build an awareness, interest and appreciation of printmaking by developing and implementing high quality, publicly accessible education programmes and events.

Cork Printmakers is one of the leading open access print studios in the south of Ireland and is a leading fixture in international print development. It supports exceptional artists, promoting the highest standards of practice. Cork Printmakers’ Print Showroom is open all year around and stocks prints by our one hundred and twelve artist members. There is a great variety of subject matters and sizes, to suit all tastes. The Print Showroom is open from Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm and our friendly staff are on hand, to help you with your selection. The Print Showroom is located on the second floor of our premises.

For further information please contact:

Frances O’ Connor, +353 (0)21 4322422 / +353 (0)87 9703189 / +353 (0)87 2859542

Cork Printmakers, Wandesford Quay, Clarke’s Bridge, Cork

+353 (0)21 432 2422 or email:

Web: corkprintmakers

The Print Gallery is open Monday – Friday. 10am – 5.30pm.



Cork Printmakers’ Christmas Fundraising Show 2018 presents Works by Cork Printmakers’ members

 Cork Printmakers is presenting the 2018 edition of its Christmas Fundraising Show. This exhibition features a body of new works created by a selection of Cork Printmakers’ members, including Séan Hanrahan, Eileen Kennedy, Shane O’ Driscoll, Emma O’ Hara and Nikki Tait. This Christmas Fundraising Show is a key source of income for Cork Printmakers, helping funding its facilities and programme, as well as for the featured artists.

Cork Printmakers’ Christmas Fundraising Show is on view in the organisation’s Gallery, located on the second floor of its premises on Wandesford Quay, Cork. The exhibition runs from 6 to 20 December, between 10am and 5pm. An opening party takes place on 13 December, between 6pm and 8pm, in conjunction with fundraising events organised by Backwater Artists Group and the Lavit Gallery, the other two organisations located at the Wandesford Quay complex.

Cork Printmakers’ Christmas Fundraising Show is an opportunity to view a group of works illustrating recent developments within the field of printmaking as well as to meet the artists who produced them and visit the workshop where they were made. The exhibition is also an opportunity to acquire works on display and others that Cork Printmakers has in stock, with prices varying between €50 and €75. These works explore various subject matter and use traditional techniques or harness modern technologies.

Venue: Cork Printmakers’ Gallery, 2nd Floor, Wandesford Quay, Clarke’s Bridge, Cork

Dates: 6 – 20 December

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm

Opening event: 13 December, 6pm  –  8pm



Brian Barry’s solo show The Toxic Union and Other Stories opens Wednesday, 8th August at 6 p.m. in our Print Gallery.  The story, if you choose to follow it, is set in 1930s rural Ireland and takes place on the wedding day of a hapless couple ….

Current Exhibition(s)

Stampa Ora / Print Now

An exhibition of new works by 12 Irish & 12 Italian printmaking artists 

at the Crawford Art Gallery, part of Cork Midsummer Festival 

22nd June – 19th August

at the Historic Print & Watercolour Room, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Cork Printmakers is delighted to collaborate with the Italian National Association of Contemporary Engravers (IACE) on this touring exhibition project. It features twelve Italian artists and twelve Irish artists, with each artist displaying two prints. This exhibition will have its Irish premiere at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, opening on the 21st June, and presented as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.

This is a wonderful opportunity to view contemporary prints from Italian and Irish artists; to examine the artistic concerns expressed by artists from both countries and to explore the parallels and contrasts that may be highlighted by placing these works on paper, in a variety of contexts, across a four venue tour.

This exhibition features the following 12 artist members of Cork Printmakers: Brian Barry, Johnny Bugler, Séan Hanrahan, Miriam Hurley, Fiona Kelly, Aoife Layton, David Lilburn, Eimearjean McCormack, Shane O’ Driscoll, Kim Roberts, Sylvia Taylor & Anna Ziarniewicz.

The 12 participating Irish artists were selected by Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints, at The National Gallery of Ireland. Each Irish artist was asked to create and submit two new prints specifically for this exhibition project. The theme is open and artists have used a wide range of printmaking techniques; such as screen-printing, etching, photo etching, relief printmaking to create the artworks.

The 12 participating Italian artists were selected by Giorgio Marini, Vice Director of Drawing & Prints Department at Galleria Degli Uffizi in Florence. The artists are: Gianna Bentivenga, Gabriele Berretta, Sandro Bracchitta, Malgorzata Chomicz, Paolo Ciampini, Lara Monica Costa, Gabriella Da Gioz, Elisabetta Diamanti, Calisto Gritti, Stefano Luciano, Giacomo Miracola & Elisabetta Viarengo Miniotti. One of the Italian artists – Malgorzata Chomicz, recently won one of the most prestigious printmaking competitions in Italy – the Santi di Diso Engraving Prize, with her print entitled Silence IV, which features in this exhibition.

The exhibition has already toured to two Italian venues, receiving a great response at; Villa Benzi Zecchini, outside of Treviso, in March 2018 and Universita degli Studi di Sassari (University Library), Sassari, Sardinia in May 2018. The exhibition will also be displayed at the Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford from the 30 August – 14 October 2018.

Opening reception / Preview:   Thursday, 21st June at 5.30 p.m., with opening remarks by Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints at the National Gallery of Ireland. Presented as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2018.

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Thursday, 24th May until 22 June

 A solo exhibition by Emma O’ Hara. It is a series of pieces, which capture an artist’s perception and memory of a subversive Vietnamese culture.

The collection of screen-prints takes the viewer on a visual parade of, what may seem to the western eye an unconventional lifestyle. Although unorthodox at first, a sense of place is gifted by the presence of a curious culture. The simplified compositions capture the bizarre, yet mundane lived experience. The artist uses colour to highlight the disparity between structural form and the re-imagined human intervention allowing the viewer to interpret the spatial hierarchy. The work shown is meant to be explorative, to open up areas of discourse rather than dictating discussion.

Emma O’Hara is a Wexford born Artist based in Cork city. She graduated from Limerick School of Art & Design with a BA Honours in Print &Contemporary Practice in 2016. Following her Degree show, she was awarded the Cork Printmakers Emerging Artist Bursary which has allowed her to continue and refine her practice.

She has exhibited in Limerick, Wexford and Cork and was recently selected for K-Fest 2018.


Bealtaine Festival Workshop

Hosted by Cork Printmakers we offer free printmaking activities as part of Bealtaine 2018, Ireland’s national celebration of the arts and creativity and it runs for the month of May. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the art of printmaking and discover how fine art prints are created.

11am – 1pm: Print a greetings card with our Albion Press: Using our Albion press which dates from 1862, a Printmaking Technician will guide you through this simple relief printmaking technique. You can take the card you have created home, afterwards. No previous experience is necessary.
There will also be ongoing Tours of the Print Workshop where you can learn about the range of print techniques & equipment that artists in our Studio. An exhibition by Emma O’ Hara, one our artist members will be on display in our Print Gallery.
Entry is free and it is not necessary to book a place, please just drop in. Queries: (021) 4322422 /


Opening of ASSEMBLY – a solo exhibit by Deirdre Breen

Thursday, 1st February at 6 p.m. All are welcome at Wandesford Quay!


Friday, 24th November from 5–8 p.m., and on Saturday, 25th November from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.: Trove at Cork Printmakers’ Etching Studio, a Prosecco cocktail reception and exceptional opportunity to purchase work from the original print collection at Cork Printmakers’ Studio by a wide range of talented creative Irish artists working in the medium of printmaking over the past 26 years.


All that glitters

Opening of a Solo Exhibition by Jackie Raftery at Cork Printmakers’ Print Showroom


Cork Printmakers are delighted to present Jackie Raftery’s first solo exhibition entitled All that glitters, which opens on Thursday 6th April at 6pm, at Cork Printmakers’ Print Showroom, Wandesford Quay, Cork City.

Jackie’s chosen method is one of relief printing, working with woodblock printing, mixing foil and ink. In her works, she prefers to use fruit woods, in particular apple and pear wood, to achieve finer detail in her prints with inspiration from nature: stone, wood, flora and fauna. She has created each print in this exhibition, over the past 12 months, on an Albion Press dating from 1862, at Cork Printmakers’ Studio.

As a member of Cork Printmakers, Jackie has produced limited edition fine art prints since 2008. She also works as a graphic designer for various journals and business enterprises and is a lecturer in the Creative & Performance Department at WIT, since 2000. She obtained the degree M.A. for her thesis: A visual and textual analysis of Stultifera Navis, and the degree M.Phil. for her thesis: The economy of typography. She also tutors annual workshops at the Chester Beatty Library, focusing on techniques with particular reference to the Chester Beatty Collection of European manuscripts, including Stultifera Navis (The Ship of Fools) by Sebastian Brant, a 15th century illustrated bestseller and the Wichey Wit Darly’s comic prints.

Venue:       Print Showroom, Cork Printmakers, Wandesford Quay, Clarke’s Bridge, Cork

Dates:        Opening Night – 6pm, Thursday 6th April 2017

Closing date of the exhibition to be confirmed.

Times:        Mon – Fri; 9.30am – 5.30pm, closed Saturday & Sunday

 Cork Printmakers acknowledges the financial support of The Arts Council of Ireland & Cork City Council.



FIRST EDITION Print Symposium

23rd & 24th June 2017 at Millennium Hall, Cork

part of Cork Midsummer Festival

Cork Printmakers is delighted to present the FIRST EDITION Print Symposium, a two day event featuring over twenty high calibre international & national speakers at Millennium Hall, Cork City Hall, on Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th June 2017. The theme is Multiple Dimensions: Exploring Printmaking as an expanded practice in contemporary visual culture. It also includes a citywide trail of exhibitions and is presented as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.

Speakers include; Susan Tallman; Editor in Chief, Art in Print, Chicago, USA; Michael Kempson; Convenor of Printmaking Studies & Director of Cicada Press, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Dr. Angela Griffith, History of Art & Architecture Department, Trinity College, Dublin; Jason Urban and Leslie Mutchler, both of The University of Texas, USA, Jason co-founded award winning print website Printeresting; Dr. Carinna Parraman, Professor in Design & Colour Print, UWE, Bristol; Co-Director, Centre for Fine Print Research (IMPACT is the CFPR’s main Symposia); speakers from the main Print Studios around Ireland and many more.

Tickets price range: from €40 (students / limited early bird tickets) – €65 (standard) for the two day event. Tickets are on sale now from Cork Midsummer Festival online box office –

Cork Printmakers has initiated the FIRST EDITION Print Symposium, after attending and participating in a number of international conferences in recent years, such as the IMPACTconferences in Bristol, Dundee and China; Southern Graphics Conference in San Francisco, USA and SNAP3, Germany. Cork Printmakers has formed lasting relationships and seen high calibre artists and curators make presentations about their practice, technological development in printmaking and its use in multi-disciplinary forms. This Symposium is a wonderful opportunity to bring high quality speakers to Cork, in a format that is accessible for a national audience, which encourages networking and for international visitors to see the strength and quality of the printmaking community in Cork and Ireland.

A trail of exhibitions will accompany the Symposium, in six venues across Cork City Centre, which will be open to the public, including; Babel Unbound by Jason Urban & Leslie Mutchler (USA), CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Wandesford Quay; Child’s Play by Michael Kempson (Australia), at Triskel Arts Centre; Andrew Folan (Ireland) at The Foyer, Glucksman Gallery, UCC; BALLOT (a box-set and exhibition by students and alumni of Norwich University of the Arts, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design & Limerick College of Art & Design) at The Foyer, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Here & Now, a selected member’s exhibition at The Etching Floor, Cork Printmakers and D.P.I. at the Print Showroom, Cork Printmakers and more to be announced.


Cork Printmakers is one of the leading open access print studios in the south of Ireland and is a key fixture in international print development. Cork Printmakers mission is to provide, manage and maintain an excellent printmaking facility, equipment and specialist materials. We address the technical concerns of artist printmakers; set and promote the highest standards of practice in printmaking; foster multi-disciplinary and innovative approaches to art practice; enable opportunities for artists through exhibitions and networking nationally and internationally. We also facilitate a popular International Visiting Artist in Residence programme, where practising artists from all over the world, can avail of a maximum period of 6 weeks of free membership, to create a body of work, research and experiment.

Symposium Venue: Millennium Hall, Cork City Hall, Cork City

Dates:   Friday, 23rd & Saturday, 24th June        

Exhibition venues at 6 City Centre venues:  CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery; Triskel Arts   Centre; The Foyer, The Glucksman Gallery, UCC; The Foyer, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design; The Etching Room, Cork Printmakers and The Print Showroom, Cork Printmakers.

Cork Printmakers acknowledges the financial support of The Arts Council of Ireland & Cork City Council.




17-30 June, 2016

An exhibition celebrating Cork Printmakers’ 25th anniversary


Curated by Miranda Driscoll, Director, Sirius Arts Centre

Official Opening by Dr Angela Griffith, Print Historian, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Trinity College, Dublin, 6 p.m. on 17th June at The Atrium, Cork City Hall.




Good Creepy

3 March – 15 April 2016

Opening Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 9.30am – 5.30pm, closed Saturday & Sunday

Cork Printmakers Print Showroom, Wandesford Quay, Cork City

Good Creepy is a collection of Risograph prints made by The Project Twins during their recent residency in Facebook HQ, Dublin. Exploring the area between connection and disconnection, the work takes a wry and playful look at collaboration, communication, surveillance and identity.

The Project Twins are James and Michael Fitzgerald, a Cork based art and design duo. They create playful and graphic work across a broad range of disciplines including illustration, design, print-making, painting and three-dimensional work. They use humour, irony and wit to explore ideas of absurdity and identity. Their work presents various dualities between the serious and the ridiculous, the melancholic and the joyful.

Selected exhibitions include: Sticky Thoughts, Stenview Gallery, Cork, 2015; More Than One Maker, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, 2015; Neutral, TULCA @126 Gallery, Galway, 2014; Stellar, CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, 2014; Deception & Sacrifice, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, 2014; Extincition, VISUAL Carlow, 2013; Making Space Residency, The Library Project, Dublin, 2013; Living/Loss: The Experience of Illness in Art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, 2012. Their work is held in the permanent collections of The Office of Public Works (OPW) and Zuckerman Museum of Art, Georgia, USA.

Their graphic work has garned international attention from an array of clients with commissions from Facebook, Jameson, Three Mobile, Penguin, The Guardian, Wired, Adweek, Variety and Nature Journal.  They are members of Cork Printmakers.



You Make Mine/I Make Yours

5th May – 29th May, 2016

CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Wandesford Quay, Cork City

Four members of Cork Printmakers collaborated with Ratamo Centre for Printmaking and Photography in Finland to produce work for the exhibition You Make Mine/I Make Yours. The show will open in CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery on Thursday 5 May and will then travel to Ratamo Galleria, in Jyväskylä, Finland.

A collaborative project between contemporary printmakers based in Ireland and Finland, You Make Mine/ I Make Yours attempts to explore the creative process, questioning the progression from an initial concept to its final realisation. Preliminary proposals of work were exchanged; an engine cranked but with no set product, exposed sketches became blueprints to be constructed.

The artists of Cork Printmakers, Ireland, Johnny Bugler, Conall Cary, Dominic Fee and Fiona Kelly have collaborated with Tuomas Hallivuo, Naoji Ishiyama, Aino Kaarina, Jyrki Markkanen of the Ratamo Centre for Printmaking and Photography, Finland.

Within the creative mind, a new idea is akin to an engine, the cogs are cranked and turn, driven by the individual’s idiosyncratic assembly processes. But what if the operators are switched; the keys have been turned but the driver’s chair is now occupied by another?

The exhibition will travel to Ratamo Galleria, Jyväskylä, Finland where it will open in September 2016.

This exhibition is kindly supported by Cork Printmakers, Ratamo Centre for Printmaking and Photography in Finland and CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery.




Glor, Ennis, Co. Clare

Dates: 4 – 26 March 2016

HOPE features a diverse and varied mix of work from printmakers from Cork Printmakers, Blackchurch Print Studio, Dublin and Limerick Printmakers. The exhibition was selected by Mike Byrne of LSAD.

The exhibition explore the theme of hope, which triumphs so spectacularly either in the natural world as it blooms all around us each year or in the way which people, even in the face of great danger, still cross stormy seas in search of a better life.

Featured artists include: Johnny Bugler, Debbie Godsell, Evelyn Goold, Sean Hanrahan, Jo Kelley, Jackie Manley, Noelle Noonan, Nikki Tait, Aoife Rooney, David Lilburn, Clodagh Twomey, Gavin Hogg, Jane Glynn, Louise Marie Peat, Mary Fitzgerlad, Sinead Dinneen, Suzannah O Reilly Mullaney and Verona Stellet.



CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Wandesford Quay, Cork City
6th – 27th February, 2016
Opening Hours: Wed. – Sat.: 10am – 6pm, closed Sunday – Tuesday
Cork Printmakers is delighted to present HORIZONS, an exhibition of new work based on the theme of horizons, by members of The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.A. This exhibition opened on Friday, 5th  February at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork City.

The exhibition is comprised of thirty five works by sixteen artist members of the Center and explores representations of horizons both physical and perceptual. HORIZONS is an opportunity for the Centers members to showcase their work internationally at world renowed printmaking facilities. Selected artists include: Christine Aaron, Linda Adato, Frances Ashforth, Betty Ball, Shirley Bernstein, Jane Cooper, Claudia Cron, William Evertson, Deborah Freedman, Joan Lane, Nancy McTague-Stock, Joan Potkay, Tim Ross, Alan Singer, Karen Vogel and Deborah Weiss.

Cork Printmakers is hosting this exhibition as part of an exhibtion exchange programme. Artist Members of Cork Printmakers will have their work displayed at The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, U.S.A. in June 2016.

For more infomation see the websites below.




UNFOLD is an exhibition featuring new artworks by 6 artists; Johnny Bugler, Rosie Cleary, Simon English, Dominic Fee, Rob Monaghan & Sarah O Brien. It opened at the West Cork Arts Centre on Friday, 15th January 2016.

UNFOLD is a Cork County Council Arts Office Professional Development Project, in partnership with Cork Printmakers and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre.

Through an Open Submisssion Call, six artists were selected to participate in UNFOLD; three professional County Cork based artists and three artist members of Cork Printmakers. The County Cork based artists are; Simon English, Rob Monaghan and Sarah O Brien. The three artist members of Cork Printmakers are Johnny Bugler, Rosie Cleary and Dominic Fee.

The six artists worked together over a two week residency from 27th July to 7th August 2015 at Cork Printmakers Studio, Cork City. UNFOLD is about professional artists discovering or rediscovering printmaking as a medium full of possibility. This project offered the artists a unique opportunity to collaborate, learn new skills and explore techniques in a professional Print Studio.

The residency provided an opportunity to develop hybrid approaches and to challenge the traditional boundaries of printmaking, enabling audiences to see printmaking in a new light. From the outset, each artist wished to develop installational print based and the artwork  interacts with and challenges the gallery space of the West Cork Arts Centre.

Gallery Opening Hours; Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4.45pm, closed Sundays & Mondays

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Tel; (028) 22090, email:, website:

Cork Printmakers, tel: (021) 4322422, email:
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