Rabbits Road Press is open to the public fortnightly for Open Access printing sessions* between 2-7pm on the following Wednesdays:
January: 9th, 23rd (4pm-7pm, reduced hours)
February: 6th, 20th
March (provisional): 6th, 20th
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 will be on hand to offer individuals 1:1 inductions any time during the drop-in hours, there is no need to book just drop in. The cost of an induction is £10** (inductions are free for Newham residents, please bring proof of address). 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 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. Printing prices can be found here and 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 every session. Open Access session are not suitable for large print jobs, if you're not sure whether your print job is suitable for Open Access please email us. Click here for more information about how to book a private 3 hour technician supported printing slot.
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.
**Inductions include £5 print credit which can be redeemed at any Open Access session or private printing slot for up to 3 months after induction.
“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.”