About Pushing Print

Pushing Print is a not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and raise awareness of traditional and contemporary printmaking.

Our aims are to:

  • Raise awareness of the quality and diversity of printmaking as a Fine Art medium
  • Promote the work of both local, national and international printmakers and those whose work responds to print
  • Provide printmakers with the opportunity to exhibit, sell and reach new audiences
  • Provide opportunities for as wide a range of people as possible to participate in print related activities
  • Develop the open submission exhibition in to an annual event
  • Raise awareness of creative Margate

The majority of events we organise take place in Margate.

Pie Factory Gallery

Pie Factory Gallery – one of the Pushing Print venues

Margate and print

Margate has a long association with print and printmaking.

Turner was an accomplished printmaker. During the production of his famous print series Liber Studorium 1809 – 1819 he produced an etching entitled ‘Margate, Kent’.

Tracey Emin, also renowned as a printmaker, has produced a vast catalogue of prints.

In the commercial print world, Margate has played host to one of the oldest print houses in the UK – Eyre and Spottiswoode and has one of the oldest local newspapers still operating.

Who we are

Pushing Print is run by the following people:


Dawn Cole – Curator and project co-ordinator

Dawn was the founder of Pushing Print and works from her studio in Birchington, Kent. Pushing Print was an idea Dawn had many years ago to raise the profile of printmaking locally and to connect people with a passion for print. Dawn specialises in solar plate and lino etch techniques and exhibits widely throughout the UK. She was invited to be one of the artists representing the UK at the 6th International Kyoto Hanga 2012 International Print Exhibition in Japan.

Artists blog

Letitia Tunstall – Education co-ordinator

Letitia trained both as a graphic designer and a teacher and has worked for a variety of publishing houses as an art director designing book jackets and as an art teacher. She now concentrates on her own work as a printmaker and teaches printmaking from her studio as well as visiting colleges and schools to run workshops. Letitia is also area co-ordinator for South East Open Studios.


Janet Williams – Finance

Janet is the Pushing Print Treasurer. She also helps to organise the festival and provides space for the exhibition. Janet owns and runs Margate Gallery and manages her creative enterprise – Pie Factory Margate – that offers artist studios, a gallery and pop up shop for hire. Having been a volunteer on local arts projects and seeing how powerful arts are in the process of regeneration for Margate it gives Janet great joy to see Margate coming alive and starting to thrive once again.


Anne-Marie Nixey – Publicity

Anne-Marie works on the PR for Pushing Print, funding and general organisation, helping support the group in the community. Having helped out with Pushing Print from the start she has seen the whole process develop and get more and more recognition. Anne-Marie runs Qing Art in Margate Old Town. She is passionate about showing the ‘made, not mass produced’ from designers in Beijing. She works with interior designers, selling furniture and home furnishings, ceramics and lighting.