Printing an impression - The Old Print Works

Down the road from the forthcoming new Cafephilia coffee shop in Moseley, Smelling the Coffee in Moseley, is a hub for artists, design makers and creative people to work and share making skills with the community in a former Balsall Heath print works, The Old Print Works,  With the aim of being the place for creative people and producers the Old Print Works offers a creative hub through teaching, sharing and using practical skills.   

Only two miles from the city centre on the A435, one of Birmingham’s best bus routes, the Old Print Works is being adapted to provide work-space, including studios and workshops, at a modest rent. The energy-efficient building will be a super-insulation demonstrator, a solar energy model building with its quarter acre of south-facing roof, demonstrating how roof collectors will be connected to under-floor energy storage. It will offer its tenants shared resources such as a van, an e-commerce website to help sell their goods, exhibition space, a reception area parking space and an attractive courtyard.

The Old Print Works is a creative hub offering complementing opportunities to the Moseley Exchange, back up the road in Moseley, which itself offers an open plan office where members can use shared space to meet, work, exchange ideas and collaborate,

The Old Print Works offers a mix of space for creative enterprises such as 'makers' in photography, bespoke furniture, and technical drawing, with the Ort cafe offering a community cafe,

It offers craft workshops with skills as diverse as glass painting, woodwork and ceramics taking place in March and April while also showcasing artists.

Old Print Works based artist Ildiko Nagy,, will be displaying and selling her artwork in an exhibition from 24 April.  Ildiko Nagy who moved to Balsall Heath in 2008 after moving to the UK from her native Hungary in October 2006 has decided to sell over 50 pieces of her enamel and felt work from 2007 - 2012 to enable her to start afresh in 2013.  Her work was exhibited in the Custard Factory,, where the 44 pieces she had painted in the UK were displayed.

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