Show Me How

Show Me How is an innovative community printmaking education project that creates opportunities for young people (16-25)  and young adult carers, who have limited access to the arts.  The project  addresses the decline in art being studied at post-16 and targets those  those who receive little or no encouragement in accessing the arts.  The project acts as an umbrella for other projects that may want to take part.

We are working with Young Carers Support Centre, Fishponds, Bristol providing free workshops, summer schools and outreach.

Below are some of the comments from the Young Carers after a session in March before lockdown:

  • It was fun ! It will help me with my Art GCSE
  • Really enjoyable and very different.
  • It was really fun.
  • Absolutely Great.
  • It was super enjoyable.
  • It was messy.
  • It was a unique experience.

 We support young, homeless people who are interested in the arts, on a one-to-one basis with 1625ip. We also work with Borderland Charity to deliver free monthly workshops to displaced people in the city.  Everyone involved, gives their time freely.

The project is flexible, adaptive, light on its feet and we have recently partnered with Rising Arts Agency  and Pressing Matters magazine to join our current partners Aardman and UWE.  

What we can offer

  • Training in printmaking (relief, screen and intaglio) with established tutors.
  • Portfolio development. Towards applications / progression / contextual.
  • Cover aspects of the National Curriculum for teachers.
  • Mentoring (SPS & Rising).
  • Development of social skills including working as a team and responsibility for themselves and others.
  • Curation and marketing opportunities through exhibitions.
  • Young Person Member Technician scheme at SPS


Melissa Cooney, Rising Arts

Rising Arts Agency secured a spot for a young artist to join the Textile Transfer Technique Course at Spike Print Studio. Melissa Cooney spent five weeks learning from Justyna Medon, a surface designer who creates beautiful hand printed textiles and wallpapers.

Read more about Melissa’s time on our textile course on Rising’s blog.

CLF Speedwell School, Bristol

Show Me How feedback

The best bit was:

“experimenting with different tools and techniques”
“seeing how my multi-coloured print turned out”

Anna the tutor was:

“friendly, helpful & supportive”
“I felt I learned easily with her”

I feel that my work:

“turned out better than I expected”
“is the best printing I have done so far”
“will help me get a Distinction”

Young Carers

We work with young carers from Young Carers Support Centre, Fishponds, Bristol offering free workshops and summer schools.

We are developing an outreach programme  with them for 2019.

Browse our community projects

  • Member Technician Scheme

    An excellent opportunity for our members who, in return for 3 hours work supporting the Technical Manager, receive keyholder membership, training, materials credit and a learning programme credit.

  • Home Print Project/Mobile Print Project

    A community project supported by Quartet Community Foundation with the purpose of continuing its refugee and asylum seeker and young people's programmes whilst the studio is closed during lockdown, providing printing packs to use in the home or in community settings and a series of demonstration videos.

  • Partners in Print

    Joint project between SPS and UWE to grow community engagement by creating sustainable opportunities for learning, exhibiting, editioning and professional development for young people who would not otherwise have access to such opportunities.

  • UWE Member Technician

    We have created this opportunity for professional development practice for an MA MDP student. 

  • Young Person Technician Scheme

    Our first young person technician joined us October for 2 months work experience and enjoyed it so much we offered him a role for 10 months.

  • Show Me How

    Show Me How is an innovative community printmaking education project that creates opportunities for young people who have limited access to the arts.

  • This Place

    Spike Print Studio offers free monthly workshops to asylum seekers and refugees from Borderlands.

  • SPS/UWE Scholarship

    Working in partnership, SPS and UWE, Bristol are creating opportunities for UWE, Bristol students and Spike Print Studio members.

  • Artist donated prints

    A number of artists have been kind enough to donate work to help us fundraise for equipment