Competition Time!

We’re celebrating the launch of our new wedding inspired workshops and we want to say a huge congratulations to everyone who has got recently engaged. What better way than to launch our brand new Save the Date Letterpress Workshops?! 

Such an exciting time and if you haven’t already, we’re sure that you’ll be falling headlong into the wedding plans very soon…

Well! The first thing you need to do is ensure that your nearest and dearest are available for the Big Day and what better way to let them know, than with a Save the Date card? With our Save the Date workshops, you can spend a few hours with your fiancée / fiancé or friends and family, perfecting the perfect announcement for the special day. Each workshop is supervised by our expert printer Chris, who will guide you through the session, taking into account the style and colour that you are looking for. At the end of the session, you’ll be able to take away a bundle of Save the Dates including envelopes (plus some guaranteed smiles).

A6 Save the Date
A6 Save the Date


We are offering one lucky couple the chance to design and print their own Save the Date stationery in our letterpress studio. All you have to do? Head on over to our Facebook page, like the page AND the competition post, share and tag away! Winners will be notified on January 31st 2018. Terms and Conditions apply.

Terms and Conditions

This competition is for a four hour Save the Date Workshop for 2 people worth £198.The winner must confirm a date with The Smallprint Company to undertake the workshop by February 14th otherwise the prize will be forfeited.

The Smallprint Company does not spam and you will not be added to any mailing lists unless you request it. You can change your mind at any time by un-liking The Smallprint Company Facebook page at any time.

No purchase is necessary for entry to the draw. Competition closes at midnight on 30th January 2018. This date is liable to be changed or the offer withdrawn at any time or without any notification.

To enter, follow the instructions on The Smallprint Company Facebook page.

Other offers are not valid with this competition.

Entry must be made by the entrant. Entries made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originating at any other address, including but not limited to commercial competitions, subscriptions, notification and/or entering service sites, will be declared invalid and disqualified from this prize draw. The use of any device to automate the entry process is prohibited.

No responsibility is accepted for any entries that are incomplete, ineligible, corrupted, lost or delayed or are unable to be sent because of any technical or other reason. Proof of sending the entry will not be accepted as proof of receipt.

Entries to the competition give entrants the chance to win the prize and entry does not guarantee the entrant the prize.

Winners must be able to attend a workshop at The Smallprint Company, 2-3 Friary Street, Derby DE1 1JF.

The prize is as stated and non-transferable. There is no cash alternative.

The result of the prize draw is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

All reasonable endeavours will be made to contact the winner during this time within 5 days of the draw being made. If a winner cannot be contacted, or is not available we will re-draw to another winner from the list of correct entries.

Events may occur that render the prize draw itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.


2017 has been a fantastic year for The Smallprint Co’s Gallery Space. We have welcomed local, national and international artists to the space, with particular highlights being Format Festival and John Blakemore & Rosalind Pounder.

We are also very proud to have been involved with the already well-established Derby Book Festival that returns to the Creative and Gallery Spaces in 2018. Peter Knight, print and artist’s book maker has been selected to show during the festival, and I’m sure that you will agree, his work is a feast for literary and artistic eyes alike.

We’re pleased to be finalising exhibitors in The Gallery Space for 2018, with just two spaces left to confirm (watch this space!) and next year’s December slot will feature a group of national and international artists, giving you the opportunity to undertake some seriously unique Christmas gift shopping.

It goes without saying that this new venture for The Smallprint Company could not have been realised without the support and commitment of friends, family, visitors and of course, the artists themselves, so thank you.

Exhibitions in 2017

First International Mail Art Project

We’re fast approaching the end of our first ever International Mail Art Project exhibition: Post Truth.

We had over 50 submissions from all over the world, ranging from the UK to Australia to Brazil to Japan.
The brief was based upon shortlisted words for The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year and Post Truth did in fact win Word of the Year 2016.


Jakabhazi Alexandru, Romania                    Woke
Helen Amyes, W. Australia                            “Post Truth” Studies
Patrick Anderson-McQuoid, Ireland           Remembering
Robyn Banks, Australia                                  Untitled
Hannah Barker, UK                                        Truth – Post
Hannah Barker, UK                                        Post Post Truth
Hannah Barker, UK                                        Pedestrians
Chris Barker, UK                                             Post Truth 1
Chris Barker, UK                                             Post Truth 2
Pedro Bericat, Spain                                       Post-truth
Elizabeth Blades, UK                                      Colour in & Cut Out
Chevalier Daniel C. Boyer, USA                   The Duke and the Partisan Await the Arrival of False News
Mustafa Cevat Atalay, Turkey                       ekslibris adnan turani
Mustafa Cevat Atalay, Turkey                       Untitled
Mustafa Cevat Atalay, Turkey                       Untitled
Rob Chapman, UK                                           Tony Blair on the decision to invade Iraq, March 2006
Ryosuke Cohen, Japan                                   Brain Cell – 962
Ryosuke Cohen, Japan                                   Untitled
David Edge, UK                                               This is a Photograph
Biro Ildiko, Hungary                                       Brexiteer
Alan Jenkins, UK                                             Untitled
John Jennings, Ireland                                   Alien Reflections
Anna Johnson, UK                                          Post truth?????
Pandora Johnson, UK                                    The Truth is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Brendan McDowell, UK                                 Take Our Country Back
Marina Milietic, Ireland                                 Serbia
Katerina Nikiltsou, Greece                            Writings on the Wall
Kevin A. Pickering, UK                                   Having a Great Time, Wish You Were Here
Klaus Pinter, Austria                                      Untitled
Klaus Pinter, Austria                                      Untitled
Monica Rex, USA                                            Dark Ages: Before the Renaissance / Quixote in the Sun
Monica Rex, USA                                            Fake Reality
Dorian Ribas Marinho, Brazil                      Untitled
Dorian Ribas Marinho, Brazil                      Untitled
Dorian Ribas Marinho, Brazil                      Untitled
Dorian Ribas Marinho, Brazil                      Untitled
Aaron Scott Griffin, UK                                 All that remains (post truth)
Jaromir Svozilik Svozilik, Norway              Post-Truth
clare twentymillion, UK                                Posting The Truth
Unknown, Germany                                      GROUP 16
Daniele Virgilio, Italia                                  BELIEVE BELEAVE
Daniele Virgilio, Italia                                  Truth
Michael Wagner, Germany                         Untitled
Michael Wagner, Germany                         Untitled
Simon Warren, UK                                       Masturbating is Habit Forming
Simon Warren, UK                                       The Nurse

You can view the original brief here.

Post Truth Mail Art Project Exhibition

We sent a call-out for work in our first ever mail art project last September.

Over the intervening months we have had submissions from all over the world – Japan, Turkey, Brazil, Australia, United States to name a few.

It’s always a thrill to receive artwork through the post and we have enjoyed the wide and varied interpretations of the brief (found here in an earlier post).

This week marks the launch of our first ever Mail Art Project exhibition and we’re already looking forward to holding another one… so watch this space.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 21st October through to Saturday 18th November.

International Mail Art Project: Post Truth
International Mail Art Project: Post Truth
Exhibition by Hal Wright

Gallery News: Hal Wright

Following on from a successful exhibition, Arboretum, by John Blakemore and Rosalind Pounder, we’re pleased to be welcoming Hal Wright to the Gallery Space with WE R ALL SERVING TIME.

The studio is open 10-4 today, Saturday 16th September, for the launch and 10-4pm, every Monday to Friday until October 14th.

If you’d like to visit the gallery on a Saturday, we aim to be open 10-4pm. However, we do take part in off-site events so it’s best to check our up-to-date diary or call ahead before planning a special journey.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Smallprint Co!

Exhibition by Hal Wright

Fancy Hot Desking at The Smallprint Co?

Flexible Working Space Available for Freelance Designers & Creatives

Our creative, friendly space is a great place to work from with none of the hassle of renting your own space.

Working alongside our letterpress studio, you’re welcome to catch up on work in a quiet space or hold a meeting; it’s the perfect occasional office whenever you might need one!

We’re a very short two minute walk from the popular Friar Gate restaurants & bars, and five minutes walk from Derby Cathedral Quarter.

We offer Wi-Fi, heating, kitchen facilities and a sunny courtyard in the warmer months!

To discuss in more detail contact Hannah on 07806 782109, Chris on 07948 266652 or email


Nottingham Industrial Museum

The Smallprint Co. has been working recently with Nottingham Industrial Museum in a small way, in offering advice and support on their Albion and Cropper presses, which is a real treat!

We knew nothing of the museum when we first visited, which is housed in the stable blocks of Wollaton Hall. The place is filled with remarkable objects that tell the story of the industries that grew up in and around Nottingham and supported by a dedicated team of volunteers.

We were invited to attend the launch of their 40th Anniversary exhibition, of the first public steaming of the reconstructed Basford Beam Engine, which is a true feat of engineering, not least because it was transported piece by heavy piece to the museum 40 years ago (hence the exhibition).

A few weeks ago we were invited back again to take part in their working crafts weekend. Alongside weavers, knitters, blacksmiths and lacemakers, Chris operated the Albion in true Smallprint style, printing posters to use around the museum. Visitors were invited to have a go and we were overjoyed to be allowed to work the Albion.

The Cropper sadly, needs a little more TLC and has an unusual inking plate made up of two sections or discs (you can just make this out on one of the photos below). Until we see the machine operational we can only guess, but we think that the inner disc may rotate at a different speed. Looking forward to seeing it in action, in any case!



Derby Book Festival

derbybookfestival_colour_logo_smallWe’re very proud to announce that we’re partnering the Derby Book Festival this year with a programme of events related to all things bookish!

The festival, which is a little over a week long, runs throughout mid-June from June 9th – June 17th and happily coincides with the arrival of Paul Cummins’ Poppies: Weeping Window at the Silk Mill.

We kick off with two events on Saturday June 10th where you’ll find Chris at Derby’s first ever Book Fair in the Silk Mill with his trusty table top press and trademark bowler hat and I’ll be hosting a Beginners Bookmaking workshop. This workshop has already sold out but you can still book onto other sessions which are held on a regular monthly basis – check out our Eventbrite page for more details.

We’re holding two Letterpress Bookplate workshops on June 15th with the evening session also having sold out, but never fear, places are still available for the afternoon session, 1-4pm!

Saturday 17th June is the final day of the book festival, and Smallprint’s second Open Day of the year. Join us throughout the day to view Christine Stangroom’s prints entitled Footprints and Matt Edwards beautifully bound books and origami sculptures. You can also have a go at printing on our proofing press and browse our little shop.

Matt is also hosting a bookbinding workshop during the latter part of the day, which we’re thrilled about and is a fantastic opportunity to learn simple case binding with. Matt will be teaching the basics of a simple, single section case binding technique and attendees can expect to take away a beautifully bound hard backed book for their collection.

When he’s not Curator for Visual Art and the Joseph Wright Study Centre at Derby’s Museum and Art Gallery, Matt is a Conservation, Restoration and Artist’s Book Maker. Examples of Matt’s work can be seen on his blog and he can often be found over on Twitter @MattBookbinding.

We hope to see you during this absolutely fabulously bookish week!