Michael Atkin

The rookery


Michael is an artist-printmaker who creates limited edition etchings, lino prints, fine art books and wood engravings at his home-based workshop and ‘private press’  Bracken Press,  which he established in 1974. Images are figurative, narrative and located in the Yorkshire countryside.

It is an  imagined or remembered place. In the more vigorous of these country idylls; opposites are composed, reconciled: shadow and sunlight, water and woodland, valley and hillside.I have a blurred map of connections, of things, seen, things read, places visited and other things, which once amalgamated form the imagery I conceive and commit to print. The landscape is imagined as an assemblage pieced together with vivid elements. People are dwarfed by the landscape. Images evolve from brief outline sketches made in sketchbooks. The desired composition is etched with nitric acid onto copper plates or cut into lino-blocks or end grain boxwood as engravings.The variety of mediums used by Michael requires a constant reappraisal of the image to be portrayed. With the recent addition of wood engraving, Michael wishes to add even greater detail to his work.



Low Street,



YO13 0QW

Price Range

£3.75 - £2500


From A171 heading towards Whitby, turn left into Scalby. Go along High Street, turn 1st left then 1st right into Low Street.


On street for 10 - 15 cars


Lino & wood engraving workshop beside the house, where three antique printing presses: an 1845 Columbian, 1889 Albion and a table top 1869 Albion are housed.

Another workshop situated at the bottom of the garden specifically for etching and aquatint with numerous fonts of letterpress type.

Nine small steps lower workshop at bottom of the garden.

Two small steps into drawing studio.


Public amenity 200 yards away in High Street, Scalby, next to Nags Head public house.


Studio experience

Two purpose-built workshops, one for lino & wood engraving the other specifically for intaglio/etching & letterpress. A total of five antique printing presses from the 19th century, a  drawing studio with a display area.

There will be demonstrations of various printmaking processes, including etching, lino-printing, wood engraving and letterpress printing.

A chance to be hands-on as the presses will be set up for visitors to use and print memorabilia to take home.