Information for submissions 2018-05-10T11:42:56+00:00

Information for Submissions

Submissions for 2019
open 1st October 2018

Printfest 2019 dates

Opening talk – Thursday 2nd May
Private view – Friday 3rd May
Open – Saturday 10-5pm 4th May
Sunday 10-4pm 5th May

This was the Information for Submissions for Printfest 2018
They will be reviewed and updated for Printfest 2019

Do Printfest take commission on sales?
Printfest 2018 will be mainly self-funded, we charge a stand fee to artists and entrance fees to the public. Printfest does not take commission on sales.

How much does a stand cost?

Main Hall Stand Fees:
Stand fee £295 when paying by BACS or Cheque.
Stand fee £305 when paying by PayPal.

Ante Room Stand Fees:
Stand fee £195 when paying by BACS or Cheque.
Stand fee £205 when paying by PayPal.
The Ante Room can hold no more than 4 stands. It is across the foyer from the Main Hall, which holds 44 stands.

What size is the stand?
It comprises of five white-painted wooden screens (180cm tall x 80cm wide), offering an approximate hanging space of 3.5m, with a 3-spotlight bar. Plinths, tables, stools and browsers can be brought in by the artists provided they do not creep onto visitor walkways or neighbouring stands.

What is the preferred method of hanging?
The only way to hang framed prints is to screw directly into the screen.

How and when do you apply?
The application process opens at 6am Sunday 1st October 2017 and closes at midnight on Sunday 7th January 2018.
Make sure you are ready to complete your application by having these items to hand:
> four images in JPG format with your name and print title as the file name (see image guidelines below),
> your 100-word artist statement for use in social media (see examples here),
> your 40-word artist statement for use in the exhibition catalogue,
> a brief CV,
> payment method with a stamped addressed envelope if applying by post.

Can you apply on-line?
On-line applications can be made by using the on-line Application Form here. We prefer on-line applications, however, we also accept applications via email and post.

Email – Download the Application Form (in Word) here, fill in your details, email with your CV and images to stating payment method.

Post – Download the Application Form (in Word) here, fill in your details and post with your CV, memory stick (see How do you send your images below) and cheque to: Printfest, Duddon Lodge, Duddon Bridge, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria LA20 6EU

What is the payment method?
BACS: on-line payments are accepted, the sort code and account number will be found on the application form
Cheque: cheques should be made payable to Ulverston Printfest and posted to: Duddon Lodge, Duddon Bridge, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria LA20 6EU
Paypal: Click the Paypal button to pay using Paypal, debit or credit card

What sort of Printmaking do you accept?
We accept all types of original hand-made prints. We cannot accept mass produced reproductions, such as laser prints or giclée prints. For types of hand-made prints see here.

Who will make the selection of artists?
Selection will be made by the Printfest committee, some of whom are printmakers themselves. For 2018 we are inviting two guest judges; a prominent printmaker and a curator to join the committee in the selection process.

Are there any awards available?
Yes, there are several awards given out each year and with support from our Sponsors we are pleased to announce there will be new awards for 2018. Details will be posted here.

What format do the images need to be?
The four images you send need to be the best quality you can give in order for the selection panel to make the most informed selection. They should be JPGs, 300dpi and approximately 1MG file size for printing in the catalogue.
If you are unable to have your work photographed or scanned professionally, please follow these guidelines:
> use a tripod
> ensure that there is enough light available and that it is even
> ensure your image is squared up on the camera screen
> do not include the frame
> set the camera to auto
> avoid shadows

How should you label your images?
Please label your images with your name and the title of the work eg. Surname-Firstname-Title-of-work. Please indicate which of the images you would like to be used in the catalogue by adding ‘Cat’ eg. Surname-Firstname-Title-of-work-Cat.

How do you send your images?
On-line: Follow the instructions on the Application Form.
Email: Send your images by email to
Post: No CDs. You can load your images to a memory stick and with your Application Form post to: Duddon Lodge, Duddon Bridge, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria LA20 6EU.

What are Printfest’s promotional activity plans?
In February 2018 flyers will be produced and distributed to key sites in Cumbria, Manchester, Glasgow, the North East and the North West in key cultural and tourist locations. Advertising takes place in the local press and tourism supplements. There is a social media campaign on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and direct marketing through Mail Chimp.

750 catalogues are printed. We know that many visitors keep their catalogues year on year. The catalogue will carry advertising from local businesses and fellow arts organisations.

A promotional kit will be sent to exhibiting Printfest Printmakers via email for use in your area and on social media.

Terms & conditions
1 All work must be original and created by the artist.

2 All work must be hand-made prints by the artist’s hand. Mass produced reproductions (giclée and laser prints) are not accepted.

3 All work displayed must be for sale.

4 Artists must be in attendance with their work throughout the Printfest weekend

5 Artists cannot sublet their space or any part of it to another party without prior permission. Artists wanting to share a stand must each be individually selected. If one artist is declined, the remaining selected artist can go ahead alone.

6 Artists cannot display the work or services of another party without prior permission.

7 Stands are non-transferable.

8 Stand fees must be paid in full by 7th January 2018.

9 Payment from selected artists is non-refundable once selection has been made.

10 Your stand fee will be refunded if not selected.

11 Please note that your application is only confirmed on receipt of payment.

12 In the event of the Printfest Art Fair being cancelled your stand fee will be refunded to you, less any expenditure made on your behalf.

13 Artists are responsible for their own public liability insurance, and insurance of their own work. We recommend joining the A-N Air scheme or the SAA Gold cover.