Todmorden Schools' Tour 2011


Project Information

Partner: Todmorden Town Council

Practitioner: Alan Birch print-maker


Todmorden Schools' Tour 2011

Alan Birch

The Todmorden Schools’ Tour

In Spring 2011 we completed our seventh Todmorden schools’ tour.  Working with a cluster of seven Todmorden primary schools, print-maker Alan Birch introduced children to print-making techniques using a portable printing press. Over 400 pupils and teachers took enormous delight in creating their own printing templates made with a variety of materials before seeing the results of their work in print.

Previous tours have featured: Folk music and folk dancing, poetry & creative writing, South Asian dhol drumming, contemporary dance and percussion

There’s a great deal to be offered working with a cluster of schools.  Although there has to be an agreement on a common artist(s) or art form for the programme there are financial benefits in offering an artist a block of work rather than a single day.



For children:

  • Introduction to new skills not always available in school
  • Opportunity to work with unfamiliar materials within a new art-form
  • Opportunities to speak with and listen to an experienced arts professional.

 For teachers:

  • Access to new skills and techniques which can be re-shaped for your own classroom.
  • New partnership opportunities with individual practitioners and arts  organisations