Benchpress is an independent printing press (and occasional sandwich press) based in Perth, Western Australia. Offering printing and publishing services through the use of a Risograph MZ 790U, the press is able to assist in the production of art prints, books, catalogues, zines, posters, flyers, invitations, stationery, business cards, and CD/ DVD/ cassette covers amongst other things.
Benchpress was first established in April 2010 by Dan Bourke and Clare Wohlnick, and ran alongside Benchwork (their graphic and web design business) until their Risograph GR 3750 broke in September 2011. With the purchase of a 2004 model secondhand Risograph to replace their broken 1994 model, Bourke has continued to run the press from its new location at artist-run initiative Galleria since June 2012.
With the cost of duplicating an original via a Risograph stencil printer being typically more economical than that of a conventional photocopier, laser printer, or inkjet printer; the printing press is able to provide a more flexible, affordable, and environmentally-friendly alternative to commercial printing and publishing for small-scale jobs.
Benchpress has worked with a variety of clients and on a number of projects including the likes of Avant-Garden, Balalaika, Dada Records, Eggs Press, Fremantle Arts Centre, Galleria, Golden Staph, Good Company, Human Xerox, Matthew Hunt, Thomas Jeppe, Katie Lenanton, Love Is My Velocity, Liang Luscombe, McNess Studios, OK Gallery, Plan A, Poetry Club, Reverse Engine Ear, Charlie Sofo, Taco Leg, The Weather Ring, and UWA Architectural Projects.
As part of Galleria's inclusion in the HERE & NOW 2012 exhibition at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Benchpress is offering a limited number of introductory Risograph printing workshops to the public.
Under the guidance of co-ordinators and artists Dan Bourke and Jessie Mitchell, learn what a stencil printer is, what it can do, and how you can use it before producing a small run of your own Risograph prints.
Workshops of 10 participants will be run each Saturday at Galleria (55 Wittenoom Street East Perth) from 15:00 to 18:00 with afternoon tea. Secure your place and book to the right (via Paypal).
For group bookings and further information, please contact Dan by email, or by mobile on +61 403 782 112.
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