Printmaking Studio: Heather Peak

Heather Peak presents a Printmaking Studio as part of Ikon’s exhibition Start the Press! (9 February – 21 April 2024).

Peak is one of eight printmakers who operate an antique, working flatbed printing press from Wolverhampton School of Art: establishing a functioning printmaking workshop, producing original prints and filling the gallery walls as artwork is made in real time. Full schedule available here.

This exhibition is supported by Freelands FoundationJerwood FoundationThe Saintbury TrustUniversity of Birmingham and University of Wolverhampton.

Start the Press! is presented as part of Ikon’s 60th anniversary year.

About the artist

Heather Peak is an artist who has established an ambitious collaborative practice over the past twenty years, which draws together visual art, architecture and social practice. She is best known for her work as one half of artist duo Heather Peak and Ivan Morison. In May 2023 Heather Peak became Artistic Director/CEO of DASH, a Disabled led visual arts charity which creates opportunities for Disabled artists to develop their creative practice. She trained as printmaker and has in recent years returned to printmaking for her solo practice.

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Free entry, donations welcome

No need to book, just drop in

First Floor

Suitable for all ages. Seating available

Information on Ikon Gallery’s accessibility is available here

For additional access enquiries please contact education@ikon-gallery.org

This event is being photographed and filmed. Please speak to the photographer or filmmaker if you prefer not to be included.


Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS

Image Credits
1. Heather Peak, Printmaking Studio at Ikon Gallery (2024). Photo by Tod Jones 2. Heather Peak, I am afraid of other peoples ambitions for me (2023). Sketch. Image courtesy of the artist 3. Heather Peak, Work in progress. Image courtesy of the artist 4. Heather Peak. Image courtesy of the artist


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Start the Press!
The centrepiece of Start the Press! is a vintage, flatbed printing press from Wolverhampton School of Art, taking its position in the gallery as a form of protest or occupation in the tradition of the student art-school sit-ins of the 1960s, and in response to the current challenging economic landscape. A cohort of West Midlands printmakers will operate the press, producing original prints and filling the gallery walls as work is made in real time.
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Printmaking Studio
As part of Ikon’s exhibition Start the Press! (9 February – 21 April 2024), eight West Midlands printmakers present a Printmaking Studio.
Events13.04.2024 / 11.00am4.00pm
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DASH on the press
Join Heather Peak, DASH Artistic Director/CEO, artist and Start the Press! printmaker, together with other artists who identify as Disabled and/or neurodivergent, as they use the printing press as a catalyst to create printed stationery for the new and evolving DASH library.

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