York Centre for Print

Thin Ice Press: the York Centre for Print is building a community and creating opportunities for dedicated creatives and curious minds alike. Our exhibitions and activities secure the future of traditional printing techniques, not just preserving the past but bringing it to life.

In 2022, the ‘York in Print’ strand of StreetLife offered a fresh look at lesser-known histories by celebrating them together with the best of contemporary print. We began work with The Science Museum Group and Type Archive to display and interpret items from the DeLittle Collection (DeLittle were the last wood type manufacturers in the UK, and were based in York until they closed in 1989), and held a reunion for the former newspaper printers of Coney Street alongside an exhibition showing how they shaped life in the city. We commissioned new work in partnership with the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, uncovered the processes behind a finished print through First Impressions, published letterpress-printed books, and revealed a clear demand for more. 

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We have launched the York Centre for Print: a print studio, museum and gallery that will preserve an ancient craft, teach new skills, spark cutting-edge creative projects, and bring to light York’s forgotten history of print and design.

Traditional printing is on the red list of endangered crafts and without our intervention, these skills won’t survive to the next generation. So we’re creating an affordable, well-equipped workspace, for artists, writers and printers, who will be supported by an expert team.

Our team offer a unique combination of world-leading knowledge, practical training, and extensive experience, with the University of York’s unique teaching and research printing studio and StreetLife paving the way for this venture.

Thin Ice Press: the York Centre for Print used the StreetLife Hub on Coney Street as incubator space, and will reopen at a long-term home in the city centre by spring 2024. 

Please donate today and share our crowdfunding campaign to help build a new future for old-fashioned print. If you’re interested in workshops and joining our community then please contact elizabeth.holling@york.ac.uk or subscribe to our mailing list