the Printhaus

How the independent, not-for-profit, community focussed arts space came together.

By Emina Redzepovic


In 2010, Jude Lau, Tom Whitehead and Rob Trigg came together with the aim of creating a not-for-profit, community-focused art space. Resisting external financial support, they each made a personal investment to kick start the venture, and with the generous help of friends, family and fellow artists they found a site they liked and it was gutted and painstakingly rebuilt, piece by piece. 

The building in Canton dates back to the mid-19th century, and started life as a Dyers & Dry cleaners, before eventually closing its doors in the late 1960s. The site was briefly revived as studios for carpenters and artists, but from then on lay unoccupied until we stumbled upon it.

Not long after opening, Nigel Bowles joined the team and the Printhaus became a home. 

The Printhaus is Cardiff’s only community-based screenprinting workshop and it's founders first started working together in another print studio in 2000, based in the legendary art-space Tactile-Bosch. You could say Printhaus has evolved from the model of the Bosch: working with local creatives, running artists' studios and events, with a print workshop at its heart.

The Printhaus Directors are really proud that it has developed into an independent, sustainable and down-to-earth creative community.


Upcoming at the Printhaus

Our 1-day Back to Basics course is all about getting to grips with the screenprinting process. Alongside our technicians, you’ll learn how to create a small edition of paper prints using autographic printmaking techniques. You'll also learn how to set up on a flat-bed screenprinting table and table-top hinge clamps.  

These are the materials used on the day: 

Drawing materials (ink, brushes, felt tips, graphite sticks, oil pastels, charcoal sticks)

Mark-resist film

Photographic emulsion

Use of 1 screen

System3 acrylic ink

A3 white cartridge paper

You're welcome to bring your own paper or card to try printing onto.


£60 / 10am–4pm.


Novice / beginners.


Saturdays in 2018 inc. March 24th and April 21st