Join our Board of Directors


Seacourt Print Workshop is a creative hub in Bangor, County Down providing a unique space for engaging in creativity whatever your training or life circumstances. Our workshop is a place where people can come to make art, develop their skills and talents and connect with others. 

We operate an open access printmaking studio and our printmaking family includes master printmakers, multidisciplinary artists, visiting artists, amateurs who experiment with art making, children and young people exploring creativity, those with mental health and disability who print to improve their well-being and people who love printmaking.

Seacourt is entering into an exciting development phase as we explore relocation into Bangor Town Centre and grow our Print for Wellbeing services across Northern Ireland.

We are seeking energetic and knowledgeable individuals to enrich and enhance our Board and contribute their skills to as we work to ensure good governance and embed our new strategic plan. 

We have a particular interest in people who have a specialism in Finance or Accountancy; Marketing & Promotion; Entrepreneurship; Human Resources.

For details of how to apply click here.

New Weekly Workshops for Kids and Teens


After a very busy Seacourt Summer working with lots of young printmakers we are delighted to bring back workshops for kids and teens for autumn. Sign up to our mailing list for updates over the coming weeks, we have some fun seasonal sessions in store.


Tutors: Eva Perrott/Ebony Gordon Boyd
Saturday mornings 11.00AM - 1.00PM

8 places, 2 sets of 3 Weekly Sessions

£60 for 6 weeks

This weekly session is all about turning screens off and taking time to create and have fun. We’ll introduce kids to lots of print techniques and they’ll create unique artworks and cards. Parents can hang out and have coffee and even have a try themselves if they prefer!

Begins 5th October for 6 weeks taking a break at half term.

SCREEN FOR TEENS - Ages 12 - 16

Tutors: Eva Perrott/Ebony Gordon Boyd
Thursday evenings 7.00 PM-9.00 PM

8 places, 2 sets of 4 Weekly Sessions

£40 for 4 weeks or £80 for 8 weeks

Over 4 weeks you’ll learn the basics of screen printing using paper stencils and you’ll make unique artworks including posters, totes and t shirts.

Begins 3rd October for 4 weeks. Returns 7th November for 4 weeks

£40 for 4 weeks or £80 for 8 weeks


Seacourt Summer at The Ulster Bank Building

We are delighted to announce that Seacourt Summer is coming to The Ulster Bank Building in Bangor Main Street. The building has kindly been made available as a ‘meanwhile space’ to celebrate Open House Festival.

We launch Wednesday 21st August at 12pm and we are open each day from 10 am to 4pm until 31st August.

Drop in and say hello. We have some great activities for you to enjoy and an exhibition by Seacourt Print Workshop members to see.

Print your own Bangor souvenirs

Bring your favourite t shirt and take home this one-off design by @birdsandwords. We’ll also have tote bags to buy and a free hand printed postcard for every visitor.

Drop in tasters and workshops

Pop in for ten minutes or stay for a few hours and add you own artworks to our BANGORBYTHESEA printed mural. You can try intaglio, lino cut, letterpress, and monoprinting and our artists will be on hand to show you how.

Opening hours: 10am – 4pm

Wednesday 21st to Saturday 31st August 2019

75 Main Street Bangor

Creative Peninsula 2019 - Fabrications: Unravelling fact from folklore by Susan Robinson


Fabrications examines the fine line between facts, fiction and folklore. Combining Screen- printing, Stitch, Knitting and Crochet, Robinson examines, embroiders and embellishes our understanding of memory and the human brain.

As we’re celebrating Creative Peninsula and Craft Month this is a highly participative exhibition and we hope you will get creative in the interactive exhibits:

Learn how to Spin your own ‘brainy’ yarn: Have a go at spinning, knitting and crocheting while you visit the exhibition. Add your own ‘twists to the tale’ or put your on ‘hook’ on what the last person has done. Over the course of the exhibition will add these collaboratively-made ‘fabrications' to the show.

BIG BRAIN In Stitches: Spend five minutes or half an hour making your mark in stitch on our BIG BRAIN, a collaborative work that will grow over the course of the exhibition. Bring some fabric, buttons or threads or choose from our stash.


Screen Print YOUR Brain - Tuesday 13th August, 7pm – 9.30pm

6 places available. Booking essential click here

Starting with one of Susan’s pre-printed brain templates learn to pull a screen print and using heat press, mono-type and stitch create your own brain based artwork.

Brainy ‘crafternoon’ - Friday 16thAugust, 2pm – 4pm

Our take on a stitch’n’bitch, bring your current knitting or stitch project or we’ll provide a project for you to work on. Open to all ages and no experience required.

UK Creativity and Wellbeing Week - Mindfulness and monoprinting


We are delighted to welcome Jill McKeown to the team at Seacourt. She took up post as Print for Wellbeing Development Officer in May and she will be bringing you some great new programmes aimed at feeling good, taking time away from the bustle of everyday life and being creative.

To launch our new programme we are partnering with Creativity and Wellbeing Week, an annual UK wide festival celebrating and showcasing some of the incredible work going on around arts and health.  There is compelling and growing evidence that arts and culture can help us keep well, improve our health outcomes and live longer, higher quality lives. Visit their site -

The festival runs from 10th to 16th June and alongside our ongoing well-being programmes we’re offer a unique printmaking session with Jill - 
‘Monoprinting with Plants’.

Take some ‘time out’ to be creative with nature in this taster workshop that combines printmaking and mindfulness. You will experiment with printing dried and fresh plants to create unique monoprints. This method of direct printing encourages improved wellbeing while harnessing your creativity to lift your mood. 

The session will begin with a relaxing ten-minute guided mindfulness meditation on nature led by the founder of Mindfulness NI Caroline Stewart.

Sunday 16th June
2pm – 4pm, 4 places

To book the course click here and scroll down or to register your interests for future well-being programmes email




Hedgerow Prints by Helen Roberts

Botanical Calendar - hanging installation

Botanical Calendar - hanging installation

Helen Roberts describes each of her prints as a botanical snapshot of a specific time and place. In April 2018 she embarked on a year of experimenting with eco printing techniques with the aim of at least one eco printing session per week and hoping to capture the changes in the plants throughout the year in print.

Roberts became interested in botanical printing in 2017 and after initial experiments and research took an online course with Nicola Brown, an accomplished textile artist, felt maker and eco printer.

The unique prints in this show are made without any ink. All the colour comes from fresh botanical material - leaves, flowers, seeds and bark - and natural plant dyes, such as madder and weld. The eco printing process combines contact printing, heating and natural dyeing, usually all at the same time.

Helen gathered most of the plant material from the hedgerows on her daily walks. There is a degree of alchemy in the process of boiling the dye pot and each "bundle" reveals how specific leaves and dyes have interacted. Each eco print is unique. Just as plants change over time, these prints may well also change in colour and eventually fade leaving a ghostly mark of what they once were.

This year of experiments has allowed Helen to make a stunning body of work that shows snapshots from her wanderings in nature and encourages the viewer to slow down and reconnect with the natural world.

This exhibition runs in the members gallery at Seacourt until 1st June 2019.

You can follow Helen’s eco printing journey on Instagram @hedgerowprints114

We are hiring - 'Print for Well-being Development Officer'

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Thanks to funding through The Foyle Foundation we are creating a new post within our team at Seacourt!

Print for Well Being Development Officer

NJC Point 28 pro rata £15,470 (FTE £25,400), One Year Fixed Term Contract

Seacourt Print Workshop is a creative hub in Bangor, North Down providing a unique space for engaging in creativity whatever your training or life circumstances. Our workshop is a place where people can come to make art, develop their skills and talents and connect with others who love printmaking.

We have been delivering print based programmes to improve well-being, mental health and inclusion for a number of years. Now, having secured funding through the Foyle Foundation we wish to employ a Print for Well Being Development Officer who will lead our current projects and devise and implement new programmes.

We are looking for a dynamic, creative professional with experience of designing and delivering projects for impact.

To request an application pack please contact our Director, Emma Drury on 02891460595 or or download the pack here.

The closing date for completed applications is 4pm Monday 1st April 2019

BORROWED TALES by Clinton Kirkpatrick

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‘Borrowed Tales’ is an exhibition of printworks derived from on a series of narratives collected by Clinton from people of Kenya. The work explores the ancestral, the personal and the fictional and Clinton travelled across the country in 2016 recording the stories told to him along the way. The body of prints he created in response to these tales was presented back to the people in The Nairobi Museum in summer 2018 and were gifted back to the permanent collection.

The exhibition opens with a reception on Thursday 10th January at 7pm and runs until Wednesday 6th February 2019.

In Conversation - Clinton Kirkpatrick with Ann Donnelly

Tuesday 22nd January at 7pm

Ann Donnelly explores themes of being and belonging in solo practice and socially engaged practice. She often engages artists ‘in conversation’ about their practice to provide insight and share learning. Join us to hear Ann and Clinton discuss this body of work and its impact.

Community Opportunities: 

We are also offering opportunities for groups to spend some time at Seacourt Print Workshop, explore this work and experience printmaking. Contact Emma to discuss what your group would like to do and book a slot!

  •  A guided tour of the exhibition followed by a 2 hour print workshop to encourage meditation, relaxation and enjoyment for community groups or charities working working with mental health or health promotion (Free of Charge)

  • GROUP VISITS with demonstration and an artist talk at a time that suits your group (Small fee per head applies)

ORCHIDACEAE by Elisabeth Donaldson in our members' gallery

Elizabeth Donaldson's ORCHIDACEAE is illustrative of the artist’s long term interest in how art and nature converge.

This new series of prints are vibrant and bold and continue the floral motifs and playful abstractions that frequently appear in Donaldson's artistic practice. Her love of these exotic and compelling florals was love born from visits to the Ulster Museum and Tropical Ravine throughout her childhood. 

These exotic, provocative and sensory spaces were then, a world away from her own harsh urban environment, and would ultimately, shape her creative future.

See this new work in the members’ gallery at Seacourt until 10th November 2018.


At Seacourt education and life long learning is at the heart of what we do. We take pride in offering a programme of course and workshops that give you the opportunity to try something new, get involved and be creative.

Our facilitators are highly skilled professional artists who pride themselves on providing a supportive, structured process through which to learn new skills and express yourself.

This term we have a menu of techniques that includes Waterless Lithography, Photo Intaglio, Salt Etching and more.

Why not join our mailing list to receive regular updates?


'DIVERSITY in Print' - Creative Peninsula Open Studios

To celebrate Creative Peninsula and August Craft Month 2018 our members are presenting work that shows the diversity and dynamism of printmaking and some of its many applications beyond the traditional fine art print.   

Seacourt's members have expertise in specialist printmaking techniques from photo intaglio and lithography to etching and screenprinting. The diversity of techniques and their application in art making and craft reminds us how accessible printmaking is - to learn and experiment with or to own and enjoy.  

The work on show reflects this variety of working methods and the creativity of our Artists. Intricate 3D construction work using etching and screenprinting.  Relief print on ceramics. Vibrant screenprinted textiles.  Original screenprinted products to use or wear and original bespoke festival posters.  

We hope you will enjoy this eclectic selection of work that truly shows the breadth and depth of the possibilities of printmaking.

'DIVERSITY in Print' runs throughout August and September.  Our studios are open every day from 10am - 3pm until Saturday 11th August.

Demos every day at 2pm. Check our social media feeds for info.

Detail: 3D print by Penny Brewill


Life and Other Fictions

Seacourt member and facilitator Clinton Kirkpatrick has travelled to Kenya to exhibit his latest work. We are all very proud of Clinton, he has spent countless hours preparing work for this exhibition and we wish him all the best.

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International Mini Print Biennial

At Seacourt The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking we are delighted with the huge response to our Mini Print Biennial 2018. The exhibition showcases the work of 140 artists from over 30 countries displaying a wide range of printmaking techniques and exceptional printmaking skills.

The exhibition will run from May 9th - July 27th, 2018 with an official opening on Saturday 12th May at 1 pm.  Elena Carrasco will be providing a Stone Lithography demo at 1.30pm.

Check into the website frequently as we will be displaying the prints of all the artists involved.

A link to all the images in the exhibition can be found on the Exhibitions page of our website


Looking Back - Going Forward

March 2018

The Exhibition highlights the Printmaking skills by founder members of Seacourt Print Workshop.  Seacourt opened its doors in 1981 and has grown as a Printmaking studio of excellence. Now in 2018 we can appreciate, learn and be inspired by these masters of print.

The Exhibition highlights the Printmaking skills by founder members of Seacourt Print Workshop.

Seacourt opened its doors in 1981 and has grown as a Printmaking studio of excellence. Now in 2018 we can appreciate, learn and be inspired by these masters of print.

Seacourt Members' Annual Exhibition

Invitation design by Steph Harrison

Invitation design by Steph Harrison

This exhibition of original prints by Seacourt members provides the perfect opportunity to purchase an original artwork at affordable prices. Etchings, lithographs, screen prints and digital works will be on display from the 2 December to the 26 January 2018.

By the Time I get to Phoenix: International Print Exchange

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As part of an ongoing initiative by Seacourt to sustain and maintain relationships between international artists and arts organisations this latest exhibition features original prints by 20 artists from Seacourt and 20 guest artists from the Arizona Print Group. Both sets of artists were asked to respond to poets and songwriters from their respective countries and their responses were exchanged in the form of a boxed compilation of artworks. Participating artists include, Edward Ferguson, Helen Roberts ,Fionnuala O’Neill, Tracy Hendry, Steph Harrison, Pamela Armstrong, Clinton Kirkpatrick and more.....

Seacourt Celebrates US Links

Students from JBU

Students from JBU

Seacourt Print Workshop has welcomed twelve visitors from the John Brown University, Arkansas to its printmaking facilities in The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Balloo. The ten students and two staff are spending a fortnight in Bangor learning skills in etching, lithography and relief printing.

Seacourt has been providing half day workshops to JBU students at their Belfast base for the past four years in partnership with Art Historian, Amanda Croft. The quality of that programme has led to our current engagement of providing two weeks of intensive training to Visual Art students. Mr. Bob Martin, Associate Professor of Visual Arts with JBU, visited Seacourt last year to plan the trip. We thank him and the students for travelling 4,000 miles to learn new skills at Seacourt.

Bob Martin said, “Our student art studies group from John Brown University has had an amazing time at Seacourt Print Workshop these past two weeks. The staff at Seacourt have been incredibly helpful in teaching the exciting possibilities of printmaking. The students and faculty in our group, most of which had no print experience, have been challenged to produce some excellent work, and been given the ability to learn new art-making techniques in an inspiring environment. Thanks to Seacourt for their hospitality and a great educational experience. We certainly enjoyed the Bangor area, and hope to make a return trip with a new group of students in the future!”

The connection with JBU is just one of several active links Seacourt has forged and maintained in the US. Currently Seacourt is exhibiting members’ original prints in Pyramid Atlantic Art Centre in Washington DC. An exhibition of artworks by PAAC members will be hosted in Seacourt during June. A print exchange with Arizona Print Group will see 40 artists from both areas exhibit prints at Seacourt’s gallery in The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking in September of this year. Artist exchanges are planned as a further development of the link to Arizona. Further details are available on Seacourt’s website

Chasing the Sublime

Christine Leathem  June 7 - 28

'But in the actual phenomenal world, unity and harmony are replaced by strife or discord; the result is a conflict, a becoming and vanishing, an illusive existence.'
Neoplatonism, Plotinus

I have always felt the desire to reject the chaos of life and find that space, which I sense deep within, that honours stillness. It’s not feeling that there is something more to this world, but rather something beyond the structures we participate in. Maybe to be human, is to plainly exist and accept the perfect emptiness that lies beneath this world of layers, faces, shades and time. It’s the age-old questions: who are we, why are we here?

Drawing has always been a personal form of therapy to me. It is how I spend my free time and helps to resolve or create a place for feelings I can never find the words for. I juxtapose figurative and landscape elements and play with compositions in which negative space becomes just as important as the image area. I layer figurative drawings until they become chaotic and undefined, ghostly and fleeting in appearance. Through this additive approach to image making I explore feelings of discontent that arise through frenetic, external activity.  The negative spaces within the work act as a dichotomy to this; a calmness. Lithography offers a meditative process, from the manual graining of the stone to the direct drawing of the image that demands attentive concentration.

Leathem was born in Northern Ireland and is a graduate from Glasgow School of Art. She trained at the prestigious Tamarind Institute, New Mexico. Recent exhibitions include Symbiosis, Pyramid Atlantic Washington(2017), Bothnia Biennial, Finland (2016), Glasgow Print StudioandTrongate Theatre, Glasgow (2012).

Confusion I lithograph

Confusion I lithograph

Response Exhibition

Seacourt artists responded to a collection of photographs taken between 1902-08 of native Americans in South-West America. An exhibition of prints and photographs will be on display in Bloomfield Shopping Centre through out the summer. Further detail here

Last of the American War Chiefs

Last of the American War Chiefs