An event to set up the UK’s first open access screen printing facility has been held in Nottingham.

The facility will be open to members of the public who can use the equipment, under expert guidance, to produce their own textile print designs or use any of the facilities.

It is hoped users will be able to create design for exhibition or even gain the skills necessary to secure freelance work.

The event, Plenty of Ink, is part of a campaign to raise £8,000 to open the School of Print which will be located in the current Dizzy Ink studio in the loft of Cobden Place.

It is hoped to support a community of artist across the East Midlands as well as the thousands of graduates Nottingham produces each year.

Key pieces of equipment have already been donated by design agencies in collaboration with Cobden Place.

The Kickstarter campaign which launched on Monday, 01.02.2016, aims to produce the funds needed to buy final parts of equipment and to install them ready for the public to use.

“People can come and create their own artwork”

CRAIG pROUD, SCHOOL OF PRINT

Craig Proud, Director for the School of Print, said: “The Kickstarter is about turning our studio into a space where people can come and create their own artwork alongside three fully qualified technicians.

“It’s about opening up the space and having people come in to develop their own practice and ideas whilst having us on hand, so any questions they have with print then we can help.

“We’re involved in book making, risograph and all forms of different print. We’ve got a lot of friends within local and national print websites and studios who are putting out pieces of material and we’re all part of that community so when people approach us about breaking into freelance work or putting on an exhibition we can help to make that happen.”

Cobden Place wrote on their Kickstarter page, “We want to help support people who have a desire to be more creative in their work or daily lives.

“For people with an aptitude for screen printing or those who have a burgeoining interest in print and desgin, we want to be there at the start of them developing their creativity into a meaningful career and help generate ideas for new business start-ups.”

Currently £2,586 has been pledged by 65 backers. The Kickstarter campaign ends on March 1st.