Talks and meet-ups for printmakers and creatives in Utrecht

EXCHANGE #2: Process

Following the success of our first event, we’re back with our next meet up on Tuesday 14 January 2020

Come along – alone or with print-loving pal – meet other printmakers and creatives, and get inspired.

The event takes place at Utrecht’s Rabarber on Tuesday 14 January. Doors open at 19:00 and we’ll kick off at 19:30.

Tickets cost €7 (includes a free drink).

Cosy Rabarber (Zadelstraat 20) is a great little cafe in the middle of town, just a short walk from Utrecht Central station.


There are certain unavoidable steps in printmaking. Preparation, applying some form of pressure, creating some kind of impression and, of course, cleaning up.

But there are many more steps that an artist or designer can take that make their work, and how they arrive at the (un)finished piece, creatively different and unique.

How important are these additional steps?

Is it better to work with a set idea of what you want your finished piece to look like?

How can experimenting with idea generation, exploring new methods and playing with colours help your work to evolve?

Along with our speakers, we’ll be discussing these questions, and much more, at EXCHANGE #2.

Meet the speakers

Petra Verkade

Petra is an illustrator, graphic designer and printmaker. As a student at the University of Arts Utrecht she combines different techniques, and is always on the lookout for new approaches and ways to explore possibilities in the fields of graphic design and illustration. 

Her work is full of bright colours and playful illustrations and has a strong visual language. She loves to explore and transform her drawings and designs using her biggest love, riso print, and her second biggest love, screen printing.

Visit Petra’s website and follow her on Instagram

Michael van Kekem
Michael is an illustrator and printmaker, and founder of Rotterdam-based Studio Michael van Kekem. He creates playful, sharp and colourful editorial illustrations, brand identities, handmade products, screen printed poster design and typography. Michael also runs screen printing and design workshops for people of all ages, both on location at events, and in printmaking studios.

Visit Michael’s website and follow him on Instagram

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Past events

EXCHANGE #1: Productivity

Utrecht Print Exchange #1 event banner

Utrecht Print Exchange’s debut event, EXCHANGE #1, took place in September 2019.

We were joined at cosy Rabarber by prolific printmaker Barbara de Ru, founder of Bobbinhood, and Peter and Stephan van Meir , founders of Venster – an Utrecht-based platform connecting artists with locations to display their work.