May has always been a time of new beginnings. Paddington Printshop opened 1 May 1975, its successor London Print Workshop opened 1 May 1990, and a decade later, londonprintstudio opened 1 May 2000.
This month we are launching www.paddingtonprintshop.org a website archive of our early posterwork, community engagement and a rich collection of links to activist graphics workshops and poster movements. We will continue add to new material to this site and develop it as a contemporary resource for artists and communities using graphic design to support social and environmental justice and for anyone who wants to learn about activist graphics past and present.
Over the coming months we will be introducing new projects under the banner of www.lps21.org , our new on-line presence providing a continuity of past achievements and exciting new projects. This site will become an ever-changing gateway to the resources we offer and new initiatives as they develop.
John Phillips, Director of lps21 and Paddington Printshop said ‘When we closed londonprintstudio in March 2020 I promised that we’d return in some form in the future. Like so many individuals and organisations it hasn’t been the smoothest of roads. Recovery has taken longer than expected. But two years on, I’m pleased to say that despite losing the studio’s building, and the Arts Council funding that supported it, we are beginning to re-establish an organisation that will continue to offer educational support to artists, communities and the public once again.’
About Paddington Printshop
From 1975 to the late 1980s Paddington Printshop was a centre for graphic design, printing and community activism in west London, UK.
Founded in 1974 by John Phillips and Pippa Smith, Paddington Printshop worked with the local West London community and artists. Clients included the Sex Pistols and Joe Strummer alongside social campaigns on stop and search, tenants rights and property speculation. More..