Time for a Change

. Its been a long time since I updated my website and its definitly time for a change. Its going to take me a little bit of time, for the time being at least, as I am doing it myself. … Continue reading

November Workshops at Blackburn Museum

Learn a rewarding new skill or just find some creative time out in a genuinely stimulating environment. Try out one of these artists led workshops at Blackburn Museum this November. You can book them through the following link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/workshops-at-the-museum-12912265556 … Continue reading

Found In Blackburn

On the 25th March Found in Blackburn took place. I had the pleasure of running workshop for the event at Blackburn Museum. Linocuts were created which represented buildings highlighted in the Found in Blackburn Art Trail. Using the museums rather … Continue reading

Ant and Grasshopper Book Design

I have been experimenting with how to combine my printmaking with artist books. Here I combine my own illustrations with images from early books. I like the idea of the illustrations working their way beyond the confines of the book … Continue reading

Contemplating a Legacy

  This temporary exhibition by artist Julia M. Swarbrick showcases work produced during her seven month residency at Blackburn Museum funded by Art Council England. Julia used the museum’s Columbian Press to create hand pulled prints in response to the … Continue reading

The Trials of the Worker Bee

These bee themed Lino block were created from my drawing using a laser cutter at the Making Rooms in Blackburn. The blocks were finished by hand and then printed on Blackburn Museums 150 year old Columbian Press. The Bee pictures will form part of a series of images that will be turned into a contemporary Book of Hours. Books of Hours were designed for meditative contemplation. I associated them with seasonal pictures of labourers working in the fields. The wealthy owner of a Book of Hours might contemplate such things. I sit and look out my window contemplating the bees working hard at the Lavender. The image and the scent of the lavender is calming to me while the bees labour on.

400 years of William Shakespeare

To celebrate 400 Years of since the birth of William Shakesphere, Blackburn Museum was able to come up with something rather special. The Museum were able to display an extremely rare and important first edition of Shakespeare’s plays, known as … Continue reading

Memories of Moss & Sand – Counterpart Lytham Interventions Workshops As part of art trail within an art trail I created for Lytham festival I decided to offer a mini printmaking workshop for visitors to the event. Here are some … Continue reading

Adventures in a Northern Landscape


Artists Simon Plum, Lisa Wigham and myself are photographed by photographer Michael Swarbrick as we prepare ourselves for Adventures in a Nothern Landscape.


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