Printmaking Studio: Laura Onions

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

Onions 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

Laura Onions is an artist based in Wolverhampton. Her work addresses ideas of place and placemaking from an educational and feminist perspective. Onions’ artwork grows from context specific and archival research resulting in a wide variety of forms including print-based objects, painting, writing and workshopping. Most recently this has taken the form of Gathering Press, a roving screen-printing unit which she travels with to different locations to explore the role of print as a collective tool and resource.


Event Dates

Thursday 15.02.2024 / 11.00am5.00pm
Friday 16.02.2024 / 11.00am5.00pm
Saturday 17.02.2024 / 11.00am5.00pm

Event Details

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. Laura Onions, Printmaking Studio at Ikon Gallery (2024). Photo by Tod Jones 2. Laura Onions, Gathering Press (2022). Mobile Screen-Printing Project, Bilston Market. Image courtesy of the artist 3. Laura Onions, Cigarette Players – Grasshopper Warbler (female) (2023). Monotype with chine collé. Image courtesy of the artist 4. Laura Onions. Photo by Dan Collins


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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.

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