*We gratefully acknowledge PaperworkersLocal Member and professional photographer Robin McDonald for photos used on this website.*
PaperWorkers Local is a non-profit artists' co-operative established the summer of 2013 in Birmingham, Alabama. We are a group of artists actively working to promote the understanding and appreciation of art as well as to create opportunities for artists in and near Birmingham, and beyond. We do that by building community among Birmingham's printmakers, providing professional-quality studio and exhibition space and by providing workshops at all levels. Since 2013 we have operated a co-operative work space where we also offer workshops and host public art exhibitions and artist’s talks.
The mission of PaperWorkers Local is to enable and nurture the making, exhibition, and appreciation of original fine art prints and other works of art on paper.
PaperWorkers Local is a resource dedicated to enriching the Birmingham Arts Community through exhibitions, workshops, and classes. We also provide affordable studio space, access to process-oriented equipment, and professional development opportunities for artist members.
We believe that …
A group of artists of mixed background and education founded PaperWorkers Local in the summer of 2013. As artists who have chosen to make their homes and base their careers in Birmingham, these artists share a strong desire to have a meaningful local presence. To that end they have built their co-operative around Birmingham’s first and only publicly accessible printmaking facility.
PaperWorkers Local was established as an open, collaborative workspace in order to give artist printmakers affordable access to professional quality facilities and equipment. The founding artists worked to purchase and recondition presses, tools, and additional equipment in order to provide a functioning studio. This is a space where the public can experience works of art and interact with artists in the same studio space where those works have been made. The very broad variety of artmaking processes makes the studio accessible to all sorts of people as well as very conducive to collaborations and beneficial dialogues among artists, viewers and patrons.
Since its founding PaperWorkers Local has offered dozens of workshops teaching hundreds of students a variety of printmaking and related art-making techniques. The co-operative has organizes ten to twelve art exhibitions every year, both on-site and at other locations, featuring the work of local and nationally recognized artists at all stages of their careers.