Performance Publishing

We had a wonderful time up on the stage at Conway Hall, thank you to all of the people who came to see us and our Unknown Soldier lying in state. It was a very busy day full of fascinating conversations. Here are some pictures, including the two brand new screenprints we showed there.



Crown Poster (widows and orphans)
Screenprint and Foil Debossing



We received a warm welcome from the people of Dundee and the world-class Dundee Contemporary Arts gallery. The spiritual home of the Chip Shop (or ‘chipper’ as it is known locally), the people of Dundee were committed to local produce for their menu. Peely Wally, Glaikit, Bampot.. it seems there are more Scots words for idiot than the Eskimos have for snow. I’m glad they suffered us gladly! What an honour it was to be part of the opening of Sister Mary Corita Kent’s exhibition at DCA! A hero and inspiration to us as screenprinters, this show really refreshed our love of printmaking. Power Up! And it was a further honour to represent local print produce to the delegates of the international Impact print conference.


The co-founder of Trykkeriet print studio, Bergen, seeks squeegee advice from the co-director of the HFP

The co-founder of Trykkeriet print studio, Bergen, seeks squeegee advice from the co-director of the HFP


'sods' - a Heaney Homage

‘sods’ – a Heaney Homage


We are honoured to have been invited to be a showcase press at Free Verse 2013, Charles Boyle and Chrissy Williams’ benchmark poetry book fair. If you can tear yourself away from the 50+ amazing presses on the main floor of the hall, you will find us occupying the stage area with our books, prints and drawings. In fact, so we don’t underwhelm you, I recommend you employ the shopping centre strategy of starting with us and working back to the door.

Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair

Saturday 7th September 2013
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square


(and 5pm till late at the Square Pig & Pen pub nearby)

View Free Verse Blog



We’re very proud to announce that we’ll be taking our Chip Shop to Dundee Contemporary Arts this summer as part of the international  Impact 8 conference. And proud for so many reasons! This is in conjunction with a DCA exhibition of art by Sister Corita (the screenprinting nun) called ‘There Should Be New Rules Next Week’, which focuses on her as an educator and protestor. For screenprinters like us it’s like being asked to play support for Nirvana. And DCA is a wonderful public institution, one of the best public galleries in the land with superb education and workshop programmes. And Impact 8 is something like a print Olympics. We can’t wait.

Dundee Contemporary Arts: ‘There Should Be New Rules Next Week.’

Impact 8 Conference

Impact 8 on facebook

If you want to visit, check with DCAs website or by phone to see which events are open to the public and which are open to Impact 8 delegates only. At the moment, I think Saturday 31st Aug is open to public, but the evening events on 29th and 30th may not be.

Chip Shop @ DCA:
Thurs 29th (eve)
Fri 30th (eve)
Sat 31st (tbc)

Dundee Contemporary Arts
152 Nethergate




Clotted Sunedited by Chris McCabe

Clotted Sun
edited by Chris McCabe

Chris McCabe, who is a Poet, a friend of the family, and Head Librarian at the Poetry Library (Royal Festival Hall), asked us to help him make a book that would represent his site-specific commission for West Norwood Cemetery; part of the Curious art trail. Chris had found twelve poets interred at the cemetery, and chosen a two-word phrase from one of their poems to be engraved on a stone and left at their plot.

Clotted Sunedited by Chris McCabe

Clotted Sun
edited by Chris McCabe

decoration based on West Norwood Cemetery gateway

decoration based on West Norwood Cemetery gateway

white foil blocking on title flap

white foil blocking on title flap




debossed stones printed with HP Indigo presses


We discussed several ideas for representing this in print and binding, and Chris had the idea of a set of cards, documenting the stones and the poet’s location. We made an edition of 50 small portfolios, employing the fore-edge flap as a title page to keep the flow of opening the portfolio as close to a book as possible.

printed stone before debossing

printed stone before debossing

after the deboss

after the deboss


Instead of photographing engraved stones, we documented them without engraving and used blind debossing to impress the words physically upon the reproduced stones.

As well as doing the foiling, debossing and binding of the portfolios, we drew the title decoration, based upon the imposing Victorian stone gateway at the Cemetery.

Chris is selling these for £40. Contact him here. Remember; there are only 50 of these available!

We placed a listing in Aesthetica Magazine announcing our project An Unknown Soldier. If you saw us there – welcome to our website!


You can find everything about the whole project here.

We currently have two new superb screenprints underway, which are as yet unlisted, this time also using our foil debossing press on some of the details.

We have a gig to announce, happening in just two weeks time!

Henningham Family Press have teamed up again with the golden voiced Jon Bilbrough (Wilderthorn), to compose a collaborative piece of art and music. We will be playing from an oversized book; a bestiary depicting twelve animals in pigment and melody. For inspiration we plucked twelve animal related titles from Sir Thomas Browne’s 1646 book ‘Pseudodoxia Epidemica’, chapters such as “That the Ostridge digesteth Iron.” and “That a Badger hath the Legs of one side shorter than of the other.”

Jon Bilbrough playing with us at STK during LWF 2010

At Kahalia Cafe twelve indie players will perform this instrumental animal arrangement that loops like the DNA sheet music of our biosphere. This piece accompanies an exhibition of scrolls, screenprints and drawings that celebrate the publishing of the paperback and limited edition versions of our book “The Erroneous Disposition of the People” (James Wilkes, Julie Rafalski, Eddie Farrell, David Henningham & David Barnes). These five authors plunder Browne’s fascinating catalogue of extinct opinions. They lampoon our tendency to exchange fact for factoid; our insatiable appetite for facts that fuels an entire entertainment industry.

Date: Thursday 6th June 2013
Doors: 7.30
Entry: £3
Venue: Kahalia, 135 Brick Lane, E1 6SB
Exhibition continues for one month at Kahalia and is free.

We do hope you can join us for this evening of music/art/lampooning/fun!

Just to whet your appetites, here’s a YouTube clip from our last collaboration with Jon Bilbrough…


We were invited to host this radio show at our studio, produced and edited by Jon Bilbrough of band Wilderthorn.

WE DO RADIO #3 (Wilderthorn Radio) by Wilderthorn on Mixcloud

We were given the impossible task of selecting four tracks for your listening pleasure, selecting in the end:

Luke Temple – Medicine
Half-handed Cloud – Pressing Into It
Danielson – Hammers Sitting Still
Jake Thackray – The Hair of the Widow of Bridlington

Liz Janes’ ‘Go Between’ was edited out, but we recommend it to you here now!

note: During the show we advertise a show we will be doing on Brick Lane, but this has been postponed due to ill health, probably for a couple of months. We’ll let you know more later.



The Saison Poetry Library on Level 5 of the Royal Festival Hall is “the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain.” It is the nation’s poetry collection. So we are thrilled that they have acquired pretty much everything we have made with poetry.

For their recently developed fine print collection you will find ‘Royal Poster, (left aligned)’

In the special book collection you will find:
‘Preparatory Oratory’, a large screenprinted pamphlet; the first part of ‘An Unknown Soldier’
‘Funeral, March’, an A6 pamphlet; the final part of ‘An Unknown Soldier’
‘Void’, a pamphlet made for the London Word Festival and our King James Bible Bash

For reference and loan you will find:
‘An Unknown Soldier’, the paperback edition
‘The Erroneous Disposition of the People’, a collaborative book based on the Table of Contents of Sir Thomas Browne’s Pseudodoxia Epidemica.

Two of our screenprints have just been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum for their permanent collection.

Royal Poster (left aligned) and Imperial Poster (fully justified), are both works from our An Unknown Soldier series, which mediatates on the meaning of a memorial to an unknown soldier in the age of DNA testing. Does he now embody our desire to ignore the past, rather than remember?

We used three bespoke fonts to evoke the anatomy of trench warfare and, using old-fashioned paper sizes, we alluded to call-up posters, papers, and martial instruction manuals. The block letters are topped with patterns redolent of security envelopes. Royal Poster (Left Aligned) is red and silver on turquoise paper and reads, ‘Thee must hebeas n corpus fur tet corps un see’, roughly translated, ‘you must have a body for this body of men, I see’. The fluorescent yellow, cyan and silver Imperial Poster (fully justified) reads ‘Let nuh great unborn pre-empt nuh dead’.

As well as the National Art Library, the V&A Museum has a wonderful study room where people can look at the extensive collection of prints and drawings without an appointment. You can tell as soon as you walk into the Sackler Centre that this is an institution engrossed in contemporary artistry and craftsmanship, with a thriving events programme.

Many of our prints and publications have been acquired by major collections:

University College London
Chelsea College of Art
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Winchester School of Art
De Bijloke, Ghent
Trykkeriet, Bergen

and now the Victoria and Albert Museum, ensuring that however poorly we maintain our toaster, our work will avoid destruction.