Non-toxic printmaking

Autumn Residency at the NON-TOXIC ELECTRO-ETCHING WORKSHOP in Gran Canaria Island.




The artists will take part in the process of electro-etching carried out by the specialist Alfonso Crujera.

An opportunity to take part in recent experiences in the non-toxic process of electro-etching carried out by the artist and specialist Alfonso Crujera. The residency-workshop is located in the vicinity of the biosphere reserve of the island of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain). With excellent views to the Atlantic Ocean is surrounded by a quiet, natural environment, ideal for reflection and creation.

Since 2002 the artist Alfonso Crujera has been working in this workshop introducing printmakers from all over the world to the process of nontoxic etching. Author of the book Electro-etching handbook, a safe, non toxic approach.

Today, the classic technique of intaglio etching has been updated and reinvigorated by electrolytic etching, making the process of etching safer for printmakers and ecologically sound while providing a wider range of expressive qualities and innovative possibilities on graphical effects. The use of this technique is simple and not necessarily expensive. The wide range of technical possibilities enables printmakers to develop their skills within and continuing their art process.

The personal assistance as well as the friendly and family-like atmosphere including visits to the local contemporary art centres creates a pleasant work-friendly atmosphere.

San Felipe nº 90, Santa María de Guía, Las Palmas, Spain
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Electro-etching Workshop-Residency




The Electro-etching residency introduces the artist to an alternative technique of intaglio etching, using a completely non-toxic electrical process, and thus avoiding completely the harmful acids used in traditional etching. The electro-etching residency is located within the workshop and residence of the artist Alfonso Crujera, a master printmaker and specialist in the varied techniques of etching with electrolysis.

The resident artist will be introduced to the fascinating process of electro-etching copper and zinc plates instead of using traditional acids. He will have access to the master’s direct and personal assistance and will have the opportunity to develop their current knowledge of non-toxic etching using electricity, applying these techniques to their own work. The artist will also learn how to assemble an electro-etching unit themselves, so they will be able to continue electro-etching in their own studio back home.

Studio information:

The workspace is free from toxic emissions and respectful to the environment. The studio, measuring 70m2, is naturally lit, containing all the necessary equipment in order to etch (electrolytic unit, etching-press, tables, tools, acrylic resists and oil based resists, proof inks, vegetal cleaning agent). The workshop is available to the resident artists 24 hours a day.

Accommodation information:

The residence is a traditional coastal farmhouse, lovingly restored by the artist. The guest artist has a private apartment consisting of a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, fridge, library, and wireless internet connection. From the residence as well as the balconies, you can enjoy the magnificent panorama of the sea and surrounding farmland.

Founded: 1996

Language: Spanish, English


Printmaking, Non-toxic printmaking, Visual arts.

Duration of residency

Two, three or four weeks.


The residence is located on the north coast of the island of Gran Canaria, Spain. It is 700 metres from the neighbourhood of San Felipe, which boasts tidal swimming pools, restaurants and a beach ideal for surfing. The area enjoys a very pleasant and moderate subtropical climate year round, with average temperatures ranging between 12-28ºC.


Annual open call

Paid by artist:

Travel, housing, food, workshop and instruction, plates and paper, health insurance.

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