Rabbits Road Press will reopen for free weekly Open Access sessions* from January 2018 between 2-7pm on the following Wednesdays:
March: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
April: 4th, 18th, 25th (closed April 11th)
May: 2nd, 12th (Saturday Open Day + Open Access) 16th, 23rd, 30th (closed May 9th)
June: 6th, 20th, 27th (closed June 13th)
The session are open to all, but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. In order to use the equipment and make the most of the open-hours, OOMK technicians offer individuals free 1:1 inductions any time during the drop-in hours. An induction session, which takes approximately 45 minutes, will introduce users to the workspace and equipment. During the induction, participants will have the opportunity to make and print a design/collage in two colours using the risograph machine and will be given 5 free copies to take home.
After completing an induction session, users will be able to use drop-ins for independent practice or projects any time during Open Access. A range of printing materials and paper will also be available at a low cost (with further reductions for Newham residents). OOMK technicians will be on hand to support throughout the day.
What is Risograph?
Designed to be a high-volume, speedy and low cost photocopier, Riso machines use a stencil-based printing process and colourful inks to produce a result somewhere between silkscreen and offset lithography. Originally manufactured by the Japanese RISO Kagaku Corporation in 1986, Risos were popularly used by schools, prisons, churches, political and activist groups to mass produce posters, flyers, pamphlets and small books. The machine’s unique effects are great for both text and illustration, and with soy-based inks and masters made from banana paper, Risograph printing is better for the environment too.
You can help to support the project by using the Risograph printing facilities to print your work. There is also a donations box at Rabbits Road Press, all of the money goes back into the project and helps towards making Rabbits Road Press a sustainable local arts space.
*If you would like to bring a group of more than 3 people to Rabbits Road Press please contact us in advance to book a private session, Open Access inductions are not suitable for groups because of limited staff numbers. If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I’ve attended 4 or 5 Open Access sessions including a free workshop. I like that within the local area it’s a focused space to work in because there are very few places you can focus on the visual arts in this area, and that’s Rabbits Road Press’s unique quality.”
“I feel like I’ve learnt a lot not just from doing Riso printing but from being able to look at the other work being produced in the space and the zines, the magazines the posters that are on display.”