The Leinster Printmaking Studio is an artist-run studio situated in Clane, Co. Kildare. The studio was the brainchild of Margaret Becker, stained glass artist and printmaker who, with several other artists, formed a company called the Leinster Printmaking Studio Limited in 1998, with support from the Arts Council and Kelt, (Kildare Enterprise Leader Teoranta). It is a non-profit making company incorporated in the Republic of Ireland, limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. It has received charity status recognition from the Revenue Commissioners.
The studio is presently funded by Kildare County Council, its members and associate members and friends.
The studio caters for anyone with an interest in printmaking, from the beginner to the professional artist. It offers facilities for producing prints by intaglio, aquatint, carborundum, screenprint, photo-etch and photo-lithography.
(see Printmaking Techniques)
The Leinster Printmaking Studio is the first 'safe' or 'green' studio in Ireland - whenever possible, members strive to use safe and non-toxic materials.
Over the years the Leinster Printmaking Studio has established links with other printmaking workshops and galleries in Ireland and further afield. These include Seacourt in Co. Down, Limerick Printmakers, The Graphic Studio and Blackchurch Studio in Dublin, The Regional Print Studio in Wrexham, Lessedra in Sofia among many others. Member regularly exhibit nationally and internationally.