About The Print Shed

About The Print Shed

Print Shed Tutors

Richard Bavin

After a career in IT project management and three years helping to run a retreat centre in New Zealand, Richard responded to a lifetime's desire to paint. He studied fine art at Hereford College of Arts and the University of Gloucestershire (Cheltenham School of Art), graduating with first class honours in 2008. His current studio is at the The Print Shed. 
Richard exhibits regionally in public and commercial galleries, and has been represented by the Apple Store Gallery since its inception in 2005. He teaches art in adult workshops and this year was invited to do a residency at Nature in Art for the second time.
The contemplative element within Richard's approach reflects his Christian faith and he has explored religious themes more explicitly. In 2010 he was artist-in-residence in the St Weonards Benefice during Lent and in 2012 he contributed to the Stations of the Cross exhibition in Discoed. In 2013 Richard was invited to create a new work for Risen! Art of the Crucifixion & Eastertide shown at the Piano Nobile in London followed by Monnow Valley Arts and featuring the Methodist Modern Art Collection e.g. works by Patrick Heron and Graham Sutherland. Richard's watercolour, The Empty Tomb, was recently purchased by this Collection.


Adrienne Craddock

Adrienne Craddock's striking hand painted prints feature birds, beasts, and figures imaginary worlds inspired by stories, rhymes or fable.  Her work has a richly textured surface quality.  Adrienne is heavily influenced by the experience of her rural Herefordshire upbringing.  The animals she encountered there appear in her work as characters from tales making it a very personal interpretation. 

The imagery can be festive and exhilarating, quiet and sensitive, or dark and suggestive.  Like the tales, rhymes and proverbs which kindle her creative vision, Adrienne's art playfully reveals fundamental truths about human nature. It also champions the imagination and good story telling.

She makes the work in small editions of no more that 25.  Many of the prints are hand painted making each image unique.


Victoria Keeble

Victoria trained as a textile designer at Falmouth School of Art and worked in the industry for the United Turkey Red Company.  In the 1960's she designed and hand embroidered silk shirts and kaftans for 'Mr Fish' in London.

In the 80's she studied printmaking at Hereford Art College.  Since becoming a printmaker her work has become more illustrative and incorporates a love of pattern and texture.  Subject matter is often influenced by classic legends and fairy tales, typically featuring natural forms including animals, birds and mythical beasts.

Victoria  uses several printmaking techniques which include etching, screenprinting, collagraph, wood engraving and linocut.

She is a member of the Hay Makers, a co-operative of local designer makers, situated in the world famous book town of Hay on Wye.  Victoria's work is in private collections thoughout Europe and also in Australia, Canada and the USA.


Hannah Firmin

Hannah Firmin is a graduate of the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Since leaving college she has worked as a freelance illustrator and printmaker doing work for a wide range of clients inculding many magazines, newspapers, publishers. Hannah always uses the relief print as her method of working with either lino, vinyl or wood as the engraving/cutting material but combining the print with paint and collage.

In 2004 Hannah won Best Book Cover of the Year at the British Book Awards for her cover of Alexander McCall Smith's book 'The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

She has been a demonstrator six times at Art in Action at Waterperry near Oxford. In 2008 Hannah showed work in a joint exhibiton with her father.  Peter Firmin, he, together with the late Oliver Postgate, created such characters as Noggin the Nog, the Clangers and Bagpuss. He is also a prolific printmaker. As one of the chosen illustrators Hannah contributed to The Birthday Book published to celebrate Prince Charles's 60th birthday in November 2009 which was sold to raise money for his charity The Princes Trust.

Hannah's illustration work is often influenced by her interests in nature, plants and the countryside. she continues to exhibit her work as well as working for such clients as The Folio Society, The National Trust, the BBC and others. She enjoys running printmaking and illustration workshops at various venues for small groups of adluts and children.


Allison Neal

Allison specialised in painting and printmaking on a BA fine in Fine Art at Wolverhampton and went on to complete an MA in printmaking at Camberwell.  She has taught painting, life drawing and printmaking at all levels from adult education classes to MA and for the last ten years and has been course leader for the BA in Fine Art at the Hereford College of Arts.

For the last seven years Allison has also been researching for a PhD by practice. This is now near completion.  During the process of working for her PhD Allison realised that she needed to concentrate on her own practice and left Hereford College of Art in the sumer of 2015.

Allison Neal has exhibited widely, winning prizes for her prints and drawings, her work is in private collections  internationally. 

She says of her work 'I consider all the mediums I work in to be ways of drawing, taking drawing as a physical exploration of what I see and feel'.

Sharon Curtis

Sharon has kindly given permission for me to use one of her lovely Marmite images. 

Sharon, a graduate of Hereford Art College, works with hand cut paper to create delightful three dimensional pieces.  She also works with lino cut .

Sharon's most recent printmaking has been looking at some of the most iconic of British brands, Bovril and Marmite.  The Bovril ones were the first, these reflected Sharon's love of the beefy extract and her wish to pay tribute to it.  This initial work was a private study, the intention being to have prints to adorn some wall space in Sharon's home.  The prints received many compliments, some friends also mentioned that their love was more for the yeast variety, Marmite, and this inspired Sharon to create prints in tribute of that too.




About the Studio

Large airy studio on the ground floor equipped with a modern intaglio press, the press is geared so very easy to use.

The well appointed specialist studio offers

  • Rollaco Etching press, bed size 24” by 48”
  • Large Imperial Relief Press, bed size 30.5" by 22"
  • Portable etcing press, approx A3 bed
  • Basic inks and consumables
  • Safe etching facility
  • Use of rollers, push knives, Drying Rack
  • Drying space
  • Printing paper for sale at reasonable prices
  • On site framing facility offering discount to workshop members
  • Solar plate

Drawing Studio

There is a large area  to prepare plates, plenty of seating and good light.  Materials and printmaking papers are available to purchase if required. There is a kitchen space to make drinks and on site WC.

Relief Studio

Newly refurbished 7 metre by 3.5 metres space which houses the Relief press, courses will be run from this ground floor space.

Etching Studio

This space houses the Etching Press - the area is 5 metres by 3.5metres, there is a clear workstop running along the long wall providing plenty of space for inking your plates.

The Print Shed has off road parking, a picnic area in attractive gardens and for cooler days there is a choice of pubs nearby.