A HUGE Thank You to our Sponsors for Awards for Artists 2019

Printfest is thrilled to welcome all our Award Sponsors back for Printfest 2019, and to add one more! Read about our Sponsors here. See who the past winners have been here.

Printfest is privileged to welcome
Mychael Barratt as our third Patron

“Printfest has been staging its popular artists’ focused festival for nearly twenty years and has become one of the most ardent champions of original printmaking. I am delighted to have been asked to be a patron of Printfest and hope that I can help draw a few more artists to printmaking and a few more enthusiasts to Ulverston!”

Printmaker of the Year 2019
~ Sadie Tierney

Sadie will be visiting the South Lakes to complete an Artist’s Residency and create a commissioned print inspired by Ulverston and the surrounding area. The first edition will be unveiled at Printfest 2019. Sadie will be joining the Printfest Selection Committee as one of the guest judges on the selection panel.

Applications for Printfest 2019
deadline 7th January 2019

Printfest 2019 dates are:
Opening Talk: Thursday 2nd May, 6pm
Friends of Printfest Preview: Friday 3rd May, 6.30pm
Private View by invitation: Friday 3rd May, 7-9pm
Open: Saturday 4th May, 10-5pm
Sunday 5th May, 10-4pm

About Printfest

Printfest is dedicated to the exhibition and sale of contemporary hand-made prints, it is a rare opportunity for some of the best of the UK’s printmakers to gather under one roof, to share practice and learn from each other.

Printfest offers visitors a lovely experience of making an artwork purchase. You get to talk to the artist, hear the story behind that piece of work and find out more about printmaking. The artist gets to hear why you have responded to it as a visitor.

Printfest was founded in 2001 and is the UK’s foremost artist-led printmaking festival. The Printfest weekend is held each early May bank holiday at the Coronation Hall in the festival town of Ulverston, Cumbria.

Tourism Event of the Year Finalist 2018

Printfest was thrilled to be shortlisted by Cumbria Tourism. The four finalists had to demonstrate excellence and innovation, service, welcome, marketing and sustainable practices, all of which adds to Printfest’s appeal to visitors ~ the winner was decided by public vote!

The official Printfest photographer is Kate Kirkwood www.katekirkwood.com