About Us

In 2012, a small group of artist printmakers who had met at Red Hot Press in Southampton came together to establish Cowprint Artists’ Group. Over the years, our community has grown to over 30 members, and we have collaborated on numerous exciting printmaking projects, including international print exchanges and successful exhibitions.
In the summer of 2021, Cowprint Artists’ Group became independent from Red Hot Press. The name “Cowprint” originated from the location where the group first met – the old Cattle Market, where Red Hot Press occupied the Corn Exchange.
Our group meets monthly in Southampton to discuss printmaking and collaborate on new projects. We also organise monthly sketching sessions in and around Southampton to inspire new creative ideas. We welcome new members who are interested in joining our supportive community of printmakers.
In 2020, Cowprint Artists’ Group collaborated with Inky Hands Print Studio in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s sailing from Southampton in 1620. We created two artists’ concertina books and organised two exhibitions, featuring prints from 40 artists from both sides of the Atlantic. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cowprint exhibition in Southampton at God’s House Tower was postponed until the summer of 2021. However, the Inky Hands exhibition was successfully held during the 400th-anniversary celebrations in Plymouth. We celebrated 10 years of printmaking with an exhibition at the Southampton City Gallery which ran from November 2022 until February 2023.
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Purpose of the Group

Through regular meetings, whether virtually or in person, we offer a platform for members to share their work and receive feedback and support from fellow printmakers. We encourage the exchange of information, including technical problem-solving and the sharing of resources for printing materials and equipment.
We also offer opportunities for learning through visiting speakers, and we organise sketching outings to inspire new ideas and creativity.
Our group has a strong focus on joint projects, such as the 20:20 print exchange and Mayflower 400, as well as finding and organising exhibiting and selling opportunities, including at Hilliers and God’s House Tower, and the local Wayzgoose.
As a community, we pool resources and seek member discounts from printmaking suppliers.
We welcome new members of any level of expertise who are interested in sharing their creative process, tools, techniques, reference books, and frustrations related to printmaking.
With the aim of maintaining high standards of printmaking, our committee members reserve the right to run a selection process for exhibitions we hold.
Join our printmaking group today and become a part of our supportive and collaborative community of artists!

Recent Exhibitions


Cutting a fine line

Friday 29th April 10:00am – Sunday 8th May 2022 4:00pm

God’s House Tower, Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2NY

In celebration of their 10th Anniversary, Cowprint invites you to explore the exciting diversity of modern printmaking through the varied work of twenty local artists.

All the work on display has been printed by hand, with our artists taking advantage of the rich variety of different printmaking techniques to express their ideas, some of which will be demonstrated during the exhibition.

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Cowprint 10th Anniversary Exhibiton

Cowprint (derived from the location where the group was first formed at the Old Cattle Market, near Itchen Bridge, Southampton) is a small group of Artist Printmakers formed in 2012.

Since then, the group has grown to 30 members, collaborated on exciting printmaking projects, exhibitions and international exchanges as well as meeting regularly to sketch, print, make, swap and discuss ideas and methods.

This exhibition celebrates their 10th anniversary and showcases the groups artists and the many different printing and making techniques they have to offer.


Red Hot Press @ Hilliers Gardens

Red Hot Press returns to the Gardens with another exhibition featuring some of the best printmaking in the region. These exhibitions are always popular and well worth a visit. Red Hot Press Open Access Print Workshop in Southampton was set up in 2004 as a fine art printmaking workshop This exhibition, featuring work by members of Red Hot Press, is a chance to see a huge range of printmaking techniques. All work is for sale including framed and unframed prints and cards.