Performance Publishing

This is going to be amazing! HFP and the London Word Festival present a 400th Birthday Party for the King James Bible. The whole story of the Bible re-presented in film, music, performance, and live print! Creation, Fall and Resurrection! It’s in Time Out, twice!

On the night:

Nathan Jones (Mercy) and Sam Meech present bewitching poetry and film set to music by Carl Brown (Wave Machines)! They have dug deep in the Northwest film archives to present a contemporary setting of the Noah’s Ark story.

Kerry Yong provides a sudden trumpet call with Casio keyboard versions of Terry Riley’s ‘A Rainbow in Curved Air‘ and Messiean’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time‘ (Cover Me Casio)

The Henningham Family Press will be dipping into our Monday School syllabus, taking a look through geodesic domed spectacles (literally) at the Garden of Eden with Buckminster Fuller. Has Man a Function in Universe? We’ll also be watching his brilliant short film ‘Modeling Universe‘.

This week we have a fine crop of artists and writers busying themselves in our workshop making a stunning poster-print of the seven days of creation. They will finish this live on the night with the Henningham Family Press on a performance print production line! Special price on the night, and if there are any left over I’ll be floored.. This thing is printed with gold-effect bronze pigments!

Is that it? Emphatically no! Kerri Meehan & Sophie Von Cundale will be performing The Last Word, a bizarre live magazine show! New material for the night building upon their previous appearances at Frieze and the South London Gallery. And Marcus Orlandi will be performing 3:16, a look at the most quoted Bible verse, John 3:16 and how it got hi-jacked by WWF villian Austin 3:16!

Then of course there is the disco of the sheep and goats and a whole-sideshow, bar, cakes…….

King James Bible Bash
Buy Tickets

£8 advance tickets

7pm, 23rd April 2011

Stoke Newington International Airport
Unit F | 1-15 Leswin Place | London | N16 7NJ

Commissioned by London Word Festival

The Henningham Family Press are live printing again with the fabulous London Word Festival!

Our new show for 2011 is the King James Bible Bash, to be held at the sensational Stoke Newington International Airport, the venue that all airports should aspire to be. It will be on April 23rd and tickets are already on sale here (recall the last two years and get in early..)

But that is not the end of the story!

We’re inviting submissions for work to be presented as part of the King James Bible Bash. There are two opportunities available:

1) Proposals are invited for two short performance-based pieces responding to the theme of Creation, Fall and/or Resurrection.

Fresh and unusual reflections, explorations & interpretations of these themes, that look at the Bible narrative in the context of contemporary fiction, pop culture or secular ideas. Proposals are welcome from artists and performers working in any discipline or art-form, but must culminate in a piece or performance no longer than 15 mins in length, that can be presented in the context of a live show (this can include pre-record and film).

An award of £150 is available per commission, which must include any material costs.

Please send a short description of your project/idea along with examples of previous work (including images/video if possible) to


2) Work is invited for inclusion in an original broadside poster designed and screen printed by the Henningham Family Press.

Artists, designers and writers are invited to submit work based on the Creation Story (Genesis chp. 1 v1 – chp. 2 v3), in one of seven categories:

Light & Dark
Sea, Land & Plants
Sun, Moon & Stars
Fish & Birds
Animals of the Land & Humanity

One entry will be selected per category, with those successful invited to make the publication with us at our workshop on Saturday April 9th. They will present their contribution in a live print production line at the King James Bible Bash.

Entry Specifications

Multiple submissions welcome, though publication is limited to one piece per artist. Entries must be complete but do not need to be print ready.

Those successful will work with the Henningham Family Press to compose the final poster, when changes in scale, colour, layout and other variables will be made. Entrants will need to enjoy a collaborative process, and be open-minded about how their print interacts with other works.

Image-based submissions should:
Include up to two printed colours (the overlap can make a third)
Be a maximum size A4 (though this may be scaled up or down during the design process)
Be submitted as PDF (other file types might be requested, so keep layers separate)

Text based submissions should be submitted as .doc or .odt file

Please send submissions to or by post to
Henningham Family Press
399 Mentmore Terrace
London Fields
E8 3PH.



Day at HFP (for selected works): Saturday 9th April
Performance: Saturday 23rd April

A Method for Approaching Bamboo

How the world confronts the artist in the poetry of Basho and WG Sebald

What is nature and how long can it last? What happens when artists try to examine the world they are a part of? What happened when two poets born exactly 400 years apart passed each other on the road? What is a coin-operated buddha-during-enlightenment?

Date: Tuesday 15.3.2011

Venue: Bethnal Green

Time: 7.30 food. 8pm lecture

Speaker: David Henningham

RSVP to book a space. (Address provided on booking)

We have been invited to set out our increasingly battered Chip Shop in the British Library. We will be dipping into the National treasure-trove of language that is the BL, and the even bigger resource buried between the ears of the people of this great literate Nation!

Evolving English Discovery Day


The British Library
St Pancras
96 Euston Road

We have been invited to put on our Chip Shop show at the Black Rat Gallery, Rivington St on 10th Feb as part of their annual editions show opening night. They say:

“In Printmaking Today we will be exhibiting prints we have published from our represented artists alongside key works by other artists in the first decade of the 21st century.  The show will include works by Peter Blake, Banksy, Tracey Emin, D*face, Damien Hirst, Nick Walker, Grayson Perry, Know Hope, Shepard Fairey and Bridget Riley. In addition to this we have been working on a number of new prints to be released on the preview evening. These include special editions by Matt Small, Swoon, Brian Douglas, Gaston Francisco and Candice Tripp.”

Black Rat represent a lot of urban artists, so we agreed it would be most appropriate to make a menu of words that salute those often unacknowledged graffiti footsoldiers, armed only with a sharpie and thirty seconds to scribble obscenities on the walls of the loo or bus shelter. But this is a family show! So only safe-swears are allowed. So Black Rat punters, please bring a quid and queue up for a ‘cripes’, ‘crikey’, ‘deary me’, ‘bumhats’… and share with us what you say in front of your grandparents or nieces.

Black Rat Projects say invites are sent out via email, but I have no idea how you get an invite.

Handmade and Bound 21st Nov 2010

November 18th, 2010 | Posted by David in Live Shows - (0 Comments)


We will be holding a table at the Handmade and Bound book and print fair: 12am–6pm, 21 Nov 2010. This fair is the exact opposite end of the spectrum from the Christie’s Fair we did in October, and we love both ends of that spectrum. So we are delighted to take part. This will be a great chance to pick up small press books and prints for yourself, and unique Christmas presents and stocking fillers, provided your feet are similar in shape to a book. We will also have a couple of things for sale that have not been seen before and won’t even be on our website until 2011!

The address is:
St Aloysius Social Club,
20 Phoenix Road,
London NW1 1TA.

The nearest station is Euston and it’s a 5 minute walk from the station. Look for the church on the right hand side (coming from Euston station) and the venue is downstairs from the church.

If you are arriving by tube or train, please check that there are no planned service disruptions, which may affect your journey, as there is often maintenance work on Sundays and there have been several tube strikes recently.

Find it on Facebook: Handmade & Bound

Follow it on Twitter: @handmade_bound

We continue our collection of off-the-beaten-track press coverage with this contribution from the Financial Times on our Christie’s stall, (and readable online here)

“The most modest prices are to be found at the Henningham Family Press, which will bring along a mobile printing workshop and offer…a takeaway work printed on chipboard for less than the price of a bag of chips.”

They also include an image of Eddie Farrell’s ‘Credit Crunch’, ideal for their readership.

Our ambition for the future is to be featured as the photo in the middle of a crossword puzzle in ‘Puzzler’ magazine.

We have been invited to keep a stall at the first ever contemporary print fair at Christie’s Auction House in South Ken.


We shall be running our Chip Shop several times a day (listed below), this time taking your suggestions for a menu of Heroes. This seemed apt what with the West End being peppered with streets named after forgotten colonial governors and ignored statues of generals. So come with your suggestions and take home an ‘Orwell’, ‘Theresa’, or ‘Christ’ printed live on chipboard. And even help with the printing. No longer need your heroes be one of a kind, but a multiple!


Also appearing with us will be Julie Rafalski and our ‘nth Convention (second edition)’, a deluxe screenprinted book. There will be a wide selection of our books and prints for you to buy.

Opening Times:
Friday 15 October 9am – 5pm
Saturday 16 October 11am – 5pm
Sunday 17 October 11am – 5pm
Monday 18 October 9am – 7:30pm

Live Printing Times:
15th: 1pm, 4pm
16th: 11am, 1pm, 4pm
17th: 11am, 1pm, 4pm
18th: 10am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm

Free admission

(suggestions for prints are deposited at our stall inbetween printing times and we shall choose a selection for the menu. Printing lasts up to an hour).