Grafisch Werkcentrum Amsterdam

Molukkenstraat 200-P1
1098 TW
0031 20 4651841
GWA was founded in October 2004. The aim of GWA is to take the Dutch Graphic Heritage forward by conserving, restoring and using letterpress material. Throughout the years the centre has grown into one of the most important in Europe. Nowadays not only letterpress is been practised, but classes are also given in bookbinding, etching, linocutting, papermaking, and photopolymer. GWA receives grants from the local government as well as from the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts. Members of the committee of recommendation are: Netty Gelijsteen, teacher Media College Amsterdam/artist; Tijmen van Grootheest, chairman Board of Governors Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy; Jos Houweling, member Board of Governors Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy, former director Sandberg Institute; Jan de Jong, publisher, uitgeverij de Buitenkant; Max Kisman, designer for static and dynamic media; Arie Lenoir, printer Lenoir-Schuring, chairman Grafische Cultuurstichting; Han Singels, photographer; Theodor Schokker, sculptural artist/chairman BBK; Ewald Spieker, typographic designer; Jan van Toorn, designer, former chairman Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht, Professor Emeritus Rhode Island School of Design Providence; Jules van de Vijver, Director Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving St. Joost. The centre collaborates closely with the art schools and other institutions in the Netherlands, and has a wide experience in working with groups of schoolchildren, students and adults. GWA is situated in the eastern part of the city, can easily be reached by public transport and is in the close vicinity of hotels and youth-hostels.
some of the proof presses
some of the proof presses
Made by Studio La Farme at our working place
Made by Studio La Farme at our working place
A poem by Dutch poet Hagar Peeters
A poem by Dutch poet Hagar Peeters
Interview with Corine from Grafisch Werkcentrum Amsterdam
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
In 2004
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
The fact that it makes you slow.
What inspires you?: 
The Art of Looking Sideways
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
We use five different sorts of proofpresses in our lab, and one Heidelberg.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Our lab is open to every artist who wants to deepen his or her way of working.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Courses, schoolprojects, but also small printwork for individuals - but only in collaboration with the client.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Yes! Letterpress, photopolymer, bookbinding, lino, drypoint, and combinations of these techniques.
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