A commercial venture which has been active for 45 years, Edinburgh Printmakers has built substantial renown in various areas. On one hand it’s a working, staffed print studio which offers open access facilities and education courses in etching, lithography, screen-printing, relief printing and digital printmaking, as well as project facilities to invited artists and selected publishing partners. On the other it’s a well-regarded gallery space which hosts ongoing contemporary exhibitions.
Spread across two attic rooms, the Printmakers gallery is compact, although it has welcomed the work of high-profile artists – predominantly but not exclusively Scots – over the last few years including Calum Colvin, John Bellany and Kirsty Whiten, as well as numerous group shows. Each exhibition is heavily slanted towards print-making, while a large selection of prints are available in the reception area downstairs, with work by those artists named above, Alasdair Gray, Alan Davie, Graham Fagen and Eduardo Paolozzi all available or having been so at one point.