Rock Factory Print Studio

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Old Rock Factory is a creative hub located in the heart of Blackpool, the UK’s most popular holiday resort. It is a three storey former rock factory which houses a fully equipped screen print studio, an artists collective studio space, photography studio, and the offices of community art groups.

The Old Rock Factory print studio is run by screen printer Robin Ross, who has exhibited work around the world and was fundamental in the creation of the Sand, Sea & Spray street art festival, and some of the work from that project adorns the outside of the building.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The Old Rock Factory offers self-funded residencies at the Rock Factory Print Studio in Blackpool.

Creatives can take the opportunity to use the unique environment of Blackpool as a base to explore and create work based on the UK’s most popular seaside resort. The town is rich in inspirational textures and images.

Your residency can be totally self-steered or you can take the opportunity to work alongside artists who work out of the Rock Factory.

You will have access to the Rock Factory screen print studio for the duration of your stay. The studio has 2 vacuum pump Kippax screen printing beds, an exposing unit for burning images onto screens, wash out and cleaning facilities, drying racks, and a dark room for screen coating.

The artist will have access to materials for the duration of the residency. This includes paper, inks, screens and coating solution. The fee for the residency covers studio time, material costs will be calculated depending on usage by the artist.

The artists at the studio have a sound working knowledge of screen printing including CMYK process printing and some experience working with fabric, and can assist in your day to day experience in the studio.

We can offer behind the scenes access to various historic venues in the town if this would be of interest to the creation of your work.

Please note: Due to the age and location of the building unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to the Print Studio.

Cost for 5 day residency - £200

Materials (paper, inks, screens, coating solution etc.) are extra and the costs will be calculated on usage.

Accommodation is not included in the residency cost but there is no shortage of places to stay in Blackpool, with prices to suit all pockets.

Fylde International Hotel
Carn Brae Hotel
McHalls Hotel

The residency is based on a five day working week Monday to Friday, however this can be extended on consultation with the studio.

Disciplines and media
  • Printmaking
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
Number of artists resident at one time


Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Other

The artist is free to use the studio as they see fit in terms of creation of work, put on workshops etc. If the opportunity arises to exhibit work created during our residencies we may request a piece of work to exhibit in order to showcase the studio and its artists.

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Curator

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Computer
  • Printmaking Facilities
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

Working language(s)
  • English

How to reach

By train

The Old Rock Factory is approximately 10 minutes walk from Blackpool North Station. Please be aware that the line from Preston to Blackpool North is closed from November 2017 until April 2018.

There are rail replacement buses available or someone from the studio can arrange to pick you up with prior discussion.

By plane

Nearest airport is Manchester. Taxis and trains available to get to Blackpool.

Contact studio for possible pick up from the airport.

By car

The Old Rock Factory is located near the centre of Blackpool just off the Promenade. You can find us on Google maps. There are numerous car parks available around the town centre.

Nearest airport

Manchester International

Contact information

Rock Factory Print Studio
The Old Rock Factory, Deansgate
FY1 1BN Blackpool
United Kingdom

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