About Us

Albatross Print Studio is a workshop space, run by Watchet based artists Sue Lowe, Sarah Ward and Lisa Benson.

Sue Lowe, Lisa Benson and Sarah Ward, Studio Directors.

Our intention in establishing Albatross was two-fold: to operate a community resource, supporting professional and emerging artists in our area to work in print media and introducing printmaking to the community at large, whilst at the same time developing our own professional practices.

Our Journey…

A print studio was part of the plan for the East Quay Art Centre from an early stage. From the start of 2021 we sourced the major equipment for the studio, acquiring a new etching press, a UV exposure unit and, after much searching by Sarah, an 1836 Albion relief press.

In June 2021 we were delighted to find out that our application to Arts Council England for project funding was given the green light. The grant helped us with the remaining costs of equipment items, furniture and fittings, tools and materials, and contributed towards our administrative costs.

We have run an extensive programme of print workshops throughout 2022 which will continue this autumn with our next lot of classes already booking up fast. We also offer an open access membership scheme for those who have some printmaking experience. These bookable sessions are available on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Please email us if you would like to find out more about our membership scheme.

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Why “Albatross”?

Watchet lays claim to being the location where Samuel Taylor Coleridge conceived ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. The story is commemorated by the town in a statue, by sculptor Alan Herriot, imagining the Mariner and his albatross nemesis, and continues to  inspire many local artists.